A very good list of ANZAC Day songs for kids and adults alike!
ANZAC Day Songs For Primary School Students!
The marches, the Dawn Services and other similar events are often silent, reflective affairs. We all like to take the time to nod our heads, remove our hats and fill our hearts with gratitude for the sacrifices made by the fallen. There is a time, though, when it becomes appropriate for music and song to become part of our commemorative gatherings.
Here are some excellent ANZAC Day songs (and their history!) that primary school aged kids might like to sing during these special times.
Why do we celebrate ANZAC Day?
Primary schools, in particular, like to become involved in ANZAC Day marches. You will often see cohorts from local primary schools and junior sporting teams marching side by side with those who have served. Students might even be reciting special ANZAC Day poems like these ones!
Given this age group’s consistent involvement in ANZAC Day, we thought it only appropriate to round up a few songs that students could sing on special assemblies to commemorate this special day and what it means for all Australians.
This is one of the best-known bush ballads (and indeed, songs) that Australia has ever produced. The lyrics come from the pen of Banjo Patterson, our most famous poet, and it was written all the way back in 1895. It’s a song that tells the story of a bushman traveling with his matilda (swag or bag) on his back.
He boils a peaceful cup of tea nearby a waterhole when he comes upon a stray sheep and has the sheep for dinner. He then runs away from the owner of the sheep (as well as some policeman) and dies in the billabong. After his death, the ghost of the bushman haunts the area where he died.
Although that overview sounds rather grim, this is one of the most widely recognised and loved songs that Australia has ever produced. It’s almost our unofficial national anthem! You’ll find the lyrics here.
We are Australian
“I am… you are… we are Australian.”
This is one of those ANZAC Day songs that is regularly taught in primary school (and in kindy!) classrooms. It celebrates everything great about our country – Indigenous history, colonial history, modern pop culture – it’s all there! This is a song that’s often used in different campaigns or at sporting events because it makes us feel very patriotic and reminds us of all the great things that we have to be proud of.
The best part about this song is the chorus…
“We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice
I am, you are, we are Australian.”
That sounds like a message that the diggers would proudly get behind. The ANZAC spirit is all about looking after your mates and giving what you have to help others.
Spirit of the ANZACs
This is an ANZAC Day song by Lee Kernaghan, a very well-known country music performer. It also features a lot of pop artists who you might know like Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy and even Sheppard. This is a charity single that was intended to raise money for the families of soldiers.
The song’s intention is to demonstrate the very human, everyday qualities that heroes like the ANZACs possessed. It teaches us that we all have the strength and capacity to be heroes and that we owe so much to those brave men and women who fought against their own fears to protect us.
Some of the great lyrics from this song are –
He’s a pilot on a midnight bombing raid,
He’s an Able Seaman on the Armidale
She’s a nurse in Vietnam,
They’re on patrol in Uruzgan,
Sons and daughters rising to the call.
To My Fellow Man
“To My Fellow Man” is an ANZAC Day song by Lugh Damen. He has written quite a number of songs about the ANZACs and he lives off the land in true Aussie spirit.
This song was dedicated to a real soldier – Corporal Mark Donaldson, VC. He intentionally drew enemy fire to make sure that his unit could find a safe spot. He crossed over battlefields under heavy fire and returned with a wounded comrade in his arms.
Advance Australia Fair
Of course! An ANZAC Day song you’re bound to hear is our national anthem. We’ll post the lyrics to it just below here. This is a song that’s always sung on any day of national importance and it proudly stands as a symbol of our values as a country.
Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil;
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history’s page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.
Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We’ll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who’ve come across the seas
We’ve boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing
Advance Australia Fair.
Have you got a favourite ANZAC Day song that we haven’t included? Please feel free to let us know and we can share it with our other readers!