I am Australian: a new verse for asylum seekers

I AM AUSTRALIAN[1]


We are one, but we are many,

And from all the lands on earth we come.

We’ll share a dream and sing with one voice:

“I am, you are, we are Australian”

 

 

 I’m a child of war and conflict[2]

I sought refuge in this land

A child of two on a long sea voyage

I held my mother’s hand

 

My father lost, my siblings drowned

My history left behind

Found rest and peace in this new land

I am Australian

 


We are one, but we are many,

And from all the lands on earth we come.

We’ll share a dream and sing with one voice:

“I am, you are, we are Australian”

 

 

[1] Words and music by Bruce Woodley 1987, 2009 sung by Dante Musica Viva Choir of the Dante Alighieri Society, Canberra

[2] Additonal verse by Michelina Ferraro 2011 member of the Dante Musica Viva choir of the Dante Alighieri Society, Canberra

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Legal and psychological advocate for freedom of political communication.
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