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(Daily Mail)   Survey finds more Australians know the words to Daft Punk's Get Lucky than know the words to the country's national anthem   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 40
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2014-07-21 11:51:13 PM  
During filming for "The Man from Snowy River", Australians were less than thrilled to have Kirk Douglas, an American, as a main character. He reportedly was heckled at an Australian airport, and in turn, broke out into the Australian National Anthem, inviting everyone to sing along. No one did, and people stopped giving him trouble.
 
2014-07-21 11:58:47 PM  
It's actually a land of mad up words down under.

The Aussies know the anthem, they just don't know what the hell any of it means.
 
2014-07-22 12:17:42 AM  
Unless it has the words "Tie me kangaroo down, Sport" in it, I don't know the Australian national anthem either
 
2014-07-22 12:17:54 AM  
To be honest, there are only like 25 words in the entirety of "Get Lucky"
 
2014-07-22 12:26:43 AM  
Isn't it "Waltzing Matilda?"

Jumbuck? Billabong? Speak English!
 
2014-07-22 12:39:32 AM  
To be fair, me too. The Colbert thing was very memorable, after all.
 
2014-07-22 01:10:47 AM  
Does you Dad own a brewery?
 
2014-07-22 01:11:42 AM  
WE'RE ON A MEXICAN MONKEY
 
2014-07-22 01:51:51 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Isn't it "Waltzing Matilda?"


That one came in second... And is much easier to remember...
 
2014-07-22 02:20:58 AM  

MrBallou: To be fair, me too. The Colbert thing was very memorable, after all.


One of the best moments in recent television history. I still get a kick out of watching that video. One of my favorite Colbert moments, up there with Suq Madiq. :D
 
2014-07-22 04:24:51 AM  
Well, "Get Lucky" is a better song.
 
2014-07-22 04:51:20 AM  
Sam Kekovich, pictured right, said it was imperative the national anthem was sung at school, with the study finding just 71 per cent of young people know the words to the anthem's second verse.

Wrong way around.

If people care about their anthem, they'll learn it and sing it.


Find the song that drunk ex-pats in bars sing along and weep to. That's your national anthem.
 
2014-07-22 05:10:10 AM  
So every country has their version of the Tea Party. This is meaningless patriotism and just another another excuse for old people to biatch about the younger generation.
 
2014-07-22 06:07:23 AM  
Came for the Mexican monkey reference, leaving in in a kangaroo pocket with a Joey

www1.pictures.zimbio.com

Whoa. When did I get so old?
 
2014-07-22 06:34:06 AM  
The reason we don't know the second verse is because we can rarely be bothered to sing it.


farkeruk: Sam Kekovich, pictured right, said it was imperative the national anthem was sung at school, with the study finding just 71 per cent of young people know the words to the anthem's second verse.

Wrong way around.

If people care about their anthem, they'll learn it and sing it.


Find the song that drunk ex-pats in bars sing along and weep to. That's your national anthem.


'Khe-sanh' by Cold Chisel or 'Am I ever going to see your face again' by The Angels?
 
2014-07-22 07:01:44 AM  
I don't know know the words to Get Lucky or the Australian national anthem, so there.
 
2014-07-22 07:18:09 AM  

Fury Pilot: The reason we don't know the second verse is because we can rarely be bothered to sing it.


farkeruk: Sam Kekovich, pictured right, said it was imperative the national anthem was sung at school, with the study finding just 71 per cent of young people know the words to the anthem's second verse.

Wrong way around.

If people care about their anthem, they'll learn it and sing it.


Find the song that drunk ex-pats in bars sing along and weep to. That's your national anthem.

'Khe-sanh' by Cold Chisel or 'Am I ever going to see your face again' by The Angels?


No way, Get Farked, Fark off!
 
2014-07-22 08:01:44 AM  

Rincewind53: To be honest, there are only like 25 words in the entirety of "Get Lucky"


25?  That might be an overestimation, they re-use the same words multiple times.  I'm saying 15 different words, tops.
 
2014-07-22 08:03:48 AM  
OK, so now I've got the words to "Get Lucky" going through my head to the tune of "Waltzing Matilda".
 
2014-07-22 08:28:47 AM  

fusillade762: WE'RE ON A MEXICAN MONKEY


We're eating Mexican latkes

/Swear to GAWD that's what I thought they were saying
 
2014-07-22 08:29:37 AM  
 
2014-07-22 08:35:08 AM  
You can sing the Australian national anthem to the tune of the Gilligan's Island theme, the words fit perfectly.
 
2014-07-22 09:02:24 AM  
Land der Berge, Land am Strome isn't it?
 
2014-07-22 09:16:49 AM  
They didn't hear the Australian national anthem on every pop station, four to six times a day, every day, for months.
 
2014-07-22 09:34:13 AM  
This song is just six words long.
This song is just six words long.
This song is just six words long.
 
2014-07-22 09:34:44 AM  
To be fair, the Australian national anthem is missing something.

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2014-07-22 09:41:33 AM  

question_dj: Rincewind53: To be honest, there are only like 25 words in the entirety of "Get Lucky"

25?  That might be an overestimation, they re-use the same words multiple times.  I'm saying 15 different words, tops.


Yeah but there are verses. Just counted for shiats and giggles and am absolutely shocked that it's 62.
 
2014-07-22 10:10:08 AM  
I thought they all knew Waltzing Matilda
 
2014-07-22 10:35:29 AM  

RminusQ: question_dj: Rincewind53: To be honest, there are only like 25 words in the entirety of "Get Lucky"

25?  That might be an overestimation, they re-use the same words multiple times.  I'm saying 15 different words, tops.

Yeah but there are verses. Just counted for shiats and giggles and am absolutely shocked that it's 62.


I knew someone would do it!
 
2014-07-22 11:27:20 AM  

AtlanticCoast63: fusillade762: WE'RE ON A MEXICAN MONKEY

We're eating Mexican latkes

/Swear to GAWD that's what I thought they were saying


Yeah, glad to see I'm not crazy; "Mexicans love me" was my first guess before learning the title.
 
2014-07-22 12:22:43 PM  
Aussie - Oy! Aussie - Oy! Aussie Aussie Aussie - Oy Oy Oy! is hard for them to remember? They should sober up a bit then.
 
2014-07-22 12:51:09 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Isn't it "Waltzing Matilda?"


Yeah, I was under the same (apparently mistaken) impression.
 
2014-07-22 01:18:06 PM  

fusillade762: WE'RE ON A MEXICAN MONKEY


Thanks for that.  Now all damn day I'm going to be hearing "We're up all night to get some...we're up all night for good fun....we're on a Mexican monkey".
 
2014-07-22 01:36:44 PM  
Oh Australida, my home and Native land! Deadly spiders always near at hand!
(same verse in french)
 
2014-07-22 02:55:20 PM  
Meh. Show me how many Virginians know the lyrics to their state song, and them I'll be impressed.

/still can't believe Animaniacs got it past the radar
 
2014-07-22 09:01:45 PM  
As opposed to the firm grasp upon our own national anthem some Americans seem to have?

oi60.tinypic.com
 
2014-07-22 09:18:59 PM  
Well, admittedly, most other folks also don't know the words to "Advance, Australia Fair" either...at the same time, though, the fact that even Australians don't know the words to "Advance, Australia Fair" probably saves them from utter chainsaw macekres of their national anthem the same way that pretty much all Americans must suffer through with EVERY.  SINGLE.  FARKING.  SPORTING.  EVENT.  EVAR.
 
2014-07-23 03:21:09 AM  
So?

I know it. Everyone I know knows it. We also hear it about twice a year, unless you attend international sports events, which puts you at snootily middle class.

On the other hand, Get Lucky is a song lots of people listen to regularly, for fun. It isn't dreary, worded archaically, and it's fairly recent.

I suppose I could use this as an opportunity to get mad about further American cultural Imperialism, but aren't Daft Punk French?
 
2014-07-23 07:55:17 AM  

clkeagle: As opposed to the firm grasp upon our own national anthem some Americans seem to have?

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wasn't it originally a drinking song that Key put new words to?  Anybody know the drinking version?
 
2014-07-23 11:11:13 AM  

Tricky Chicken: clkeagle: As opposed to the firm grasp upon our own national anthem some Americans seem to have?

[oi60.tinypic.com image 377x416]

wasn't it originally a drinking song that Key put new words to?  Anybody know the drinking version?


The images in question weren't even the national anthem - it was the America The Beautiful commercial that Coke aired during the Superbowl.

But yes, the actual Star Spangled Banner is set to a British social club tune. It's all here.
 
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