Happy Australia Day – I Still Call Australia Home
This was one of the best marketing tactics ever done by Qantas. Every time I listen to it, the hairs stand up on my neck and I feel an immense pride to live in this lucky country our home Australia.
I so wish it was our official National Anthem.
“I Still Call Australia Home” is a song written and performed by Peter Allen in 1980. In it, Allen sings of Australian expatriates’ longing for home.
It has been used to signify Australian patriotism and nostalgia for home. An example is the series of Qantas television commercials where it was sung either by individual Australian musicians or one of several Australian youth choirs.
In the 1984 Summer Olympics‘ Opening Gala TV special (in Los Angeles), Olivia Newton-John performed this song from Sydney, Australia with the choir in a medley with “Waltzing Matilda“. Later, both songs were used in the musical about Allen’s life, The Boy from Oz, in which Hugh Jackman starred as Allen.
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