True Blue…

The song “True Blue” written by John Williamson is a very iconic Australian Song. It was a song that resonated with the country in 1981 when it was released and continues to be a symbol of Australian life and mateship. The song itself portrayed Australian language with the use of slang like, “smoko, true blue and fair dinkum,” these colloquialisms convey so many aspects of Australian life and values.

The concept of the true blue is a national symbol of an Aussie who gives everybody a fair go, stands up in the name of mateship and are loyal and hardworking[1]. Another concept mentioned is mateship; this is a concept which was talked about in Julia Gillard’s “Because we are Australian” speech and also many other pieces of literature. It is a value which is highly regarded and encompasses Australia to the tee. Mateship is the core fundamentals of every Australian and it is constantly repeated in the song itself. Peter Thompson from Talking Heads at the ABC described Williamson’s song “True blue” to be “synonymous with Australian country[2],” the concepts mentioned in this iconic song is actually symbolic of Australia itself. The song also mentions this concern that Australian values and this concept of a “true blue” may be dying out. He also mentions being straightforward and kind and touches on the resourcefulness of the Australian people.

Williamson presents a Australia which is reflective of Australia of the past. In this source you can see that identity is represented through the use of language mentioned above.  He questions what mateship is now and how it has evolved, wether that be for the better or worse. He believes that the contemporary Australia is now abut more self centred and is lacking heart. In the line

“If they sell us out like sponge cake
Do you really care?”

He questions whether mateship and community still exist today. The whole song is a bit of a rhetorical question asking what makes up Australian identity and how we can get back to the original roots of the True Blue Aussie.

Here are the lyrics to the song for refrence:

Hey True Blue, don’t say you’ve gone
Say you’ve knocked off for a smoko

And you’ll be back later on
Hey True Blue, Hey True Blue

Give it to me straight
Face to face
Are you really disappearing,
Just another dying race,

Hey True Blue.

True Blue, is it me and you?
Is it Mum and Dad, is it a cockatoo?
Is it standing by your mate
When he’s in a fight?
Or just Vegemite?
True Blue, I’m asking you…

Hey True Blue, can you bear the load?
Will you tie it up with wire,
Just to keep the show on the road?
Hey True Blue, Hey True Blue, now be Fair Dinkum

Is your heart still there?
If they sell us out like sponge cake
Do you really care?
Hey True Blue

True Blue, is it me and you?
Is it Mum and Dad, is it a cockatoo?
Is it standing by your mate
When she’s in a fight?
Or just vegemite?
True Blue, I’m asking you…


[1] “The Meaning of True Blue.” N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Aug. 2012. <http://www.trueblue-australia.com.au/about.html&gt;.

[2] “Interview with John Williamson.” Talking Heads. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Aug. 2012. <http://www.abc.net.au/talkingheads/txt/s1491916.htm&gt;

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