"Australia" as written by and Raymond Douglas Davies....
Opportunities are available in all walks of life in Australia
So if you're young and if you're healthy
Why not get a boat and come to Australia

Australia, the chance of a lifetime
Australia, you get what you work for
Nobody has to be any better than what they want to be
Australia, no class distinction
Australia, no drug addiction
Nobody's got a chip on their shoulder
We'll surf like they do in the U.S.A.
We'll fly down to Sydney for our holiday
On sunny Christmas Day
Australia, Australia
No one hesitates at life or beats around the bush in Australia
So if you're young and if you're healthy
Why not get a boat and come to Australia
Australia sha-la-la-la sha-la-la-la
Australia sha-la-la-la sha-la-la-la
Everyone walks around with a perpetual smile across their face
Australia sha-la-la-la sha-la-la-la
Australia sha-la-la-la sha-la-la-la
Everyone gets around and nobody can ever get you down
We'll surf like they do in the U.S.A.
We'll fly down to Sydney for our holiday
On sunny Christmas Day
Australia, Australia


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"Australia" as written by Raymond Douglas Davies

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    General CommentAccording to some background info, it ties in with the album's story about Arthur's family and comes a bit from real life. His son and daughter-in-law are dead-set on moving away from drab England to Australia, which they've been told is the greatest place on earth. Of course it's seen through Arthur's point of view, so it's incredibly sarcastic and overblown. Also Dave Davies' sister moved from Australia with her husband, so that sorta gives an interesting perspective too.
    Nirgeon November 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat an underrated band! Well, let me be the first to day that this is a fantastic song about a country that to this day remains appealing for English people wishing to escape the cramped and stressful life they currently struggle through, and find a place with "no class distinction" where nobody has a "chip on their shoulder".

    Of course, the song suggests getting there by boat, but I am sure a plane would be fine!
    danramone840on October 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've always thought this song to be extremely sarcastic. As if simply living in a certain place could make someone joyously happy. The narrator is mocking someone who tried to convince him how great his life is because he lives in Australia.
    almanacrdron August 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI took the song literally. England is great, but Australia would look pretty inviting without all the class nonsense. In the US, we don't consider class, but in the UK, especially at the time this song was written, class distinctions made it unnecissarily difficult for an individual to advance up the economic ladder to a better life. Not sure what the taxes were like between Australia and UK then (or now), but the line 'You get what you work for' implies an unfair tax burden in the UK. Add 'Sunny Christmas Day' to the picture, and you can imagine Australia as the chance of a lifetime. At the end of the album, Arthur's children are sailing off 'to a new horizon where there's plenty for everyone'. Sounds like Australia represents all the opportunity that was lacking in England.
    Bill1964on October 06, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General Comment"Why not get a boat and come to Australia"

    At least 3 possibilities here:-
    1. Before 1850 that was how British convicts were transported here
    2. In the 1950's the 10 pound British immigrants arrived that way
    3. In 2010 people-smugglers deliver Asian "boat people" (refugees)to our shores this way
    chrisb1on May 12, 2010   Link

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