I was asked for an arrangement of this song for a mixed voice ensemble, so here it is. The score is written with melody, (plus a descant in the chorus), to be sung by sopranos and/or tenors, an alto line and a bass line, with guitar chords indicated.
This is a song I felt compelled to write in October 2017, aghast at Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers. The second verse of our national anthem has the lines,
“For those who’ve come across the seas,
We’ve boundless plains to share;”.
We should be more compassionate.
Here is a recording of the song. It’s far from a professional recording, but just something I put together in my kitchen.
The version below, 1.3, has the alto voices doubling the bass part, except for the ends of lines 4 and 5. There is no tenor line, but there are descant notes in the melody line for the cadences, again at the ends of lines 4 and 5. These could be sung by a tenor and/or a soprano.
This song is Keith Binns’ 2014 rewrite of the lyrics to Advance Australia Fair; a commentary on the xenophobia inherent in our current policy on asylum seekers arriving by boat.
Here is Keith Binns’ 2014 rewrite of the lyrics to Advance Australia Fair; a commentary on the xenophobia inherent in our current policy on asylum seekers arriving by boat. In the arrangement presented here, for a small group of singers, I have largely dispensed with the tenor line. I have added chords to most parts.
Image by By Russell Watkins/Department for International Development, CC BY 2.0.
A song about the plight of refugees, asylum seekers, wanting to find sanctuary in Australia, by Marianne Tozer and Lyndon Piddington, with further arrangement by Doug McPherson. The song is offered in two keys, Em and Fm. Fm is probably the best key for singing this song. The Em version might usefully be used by guitarists, using a capo on the 1st fret. Versions 1.7 and 1.9 are virtually identical; the main difference is that the tenor part is written in bass clef in 1.7, and tenor clef in 1.9. 1.9 is better formatted, with a larger font where possible, and is also offered in a cropped format, with the potential for a larger printout. Look for a print setting that says, “Fit”, or “Fit to printer margins”.