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Anthem

Men At Work
Down Under
The National Anthem of Australia

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Travelling in a fried-out combie
On a hippie trail, head full of zombie
I met a strange lady, she made me nervous
She took me in and gave me breakfast
And she said,

Do you come from a land down under?
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover.

Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six foot four and full of muscles
I said, do you speak-a my language?
He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich
And he said,

I come from a land down under
Where beer does flow and men chunder
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover.

Lying in a den in Bombay
With a slack jaw, and not much to say
I said to the man, are you trying to tempt me
Because I come from the land of plenty?
And he said,

Oh! Do you come from a land down under?
(oh yeah yeah)
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover.
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Way back in the days of vinyl, new wave reggae-influenced rock band Men at Work released the second, final version of what would become their signature song Down Under from their debut album Business As Usual. The catchy flute makes it a feel-good song, the slapstick lyrics about a vegemite sandwich-eating backpacker who runs into freak encounters all over the planet led to the inevitable: Down Under replaced whatever boring insignificant hymn the aussies used to have as the real national anthem of Australia, and rightly so. If someone tries to tell you that Waltzing Matilda is the real anthem, laugh in their face. If someone starts blabbing about some tune called Advance Australia Fair, send for the guys in the white coats!

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