Smoko To 'knock off for a smoko' is to have a break for a coffee, tea or cigarette. Give it to me straight Face to face Are you really disappearing, Just another dying race, Hey True Blue.  True Blue



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“TRUE BLUE”

John Williamson




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

Smoko
To 'knock off for a smoko' is to have a break for a coffee, tea or cigarette.

Give it to me straight


Face to face
Are you really disappearing,
Just another dying race,
Hey True Blue.

True Blue
Steadfast loyal Australian who displays the Aussie ideals of a fair go for all, mateship, having a go, and solving problems.

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 will she be right?
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

Fair Dinkum
Virtually the same as True Blue - honest, reliable, trustworthy, dinki-di; someone who has embraced the Aussie attitudes to everything, especially mateship. 'Are you fair dinkum?' means 'are you telling the truth?'

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 will she be right?
True Blue, I'm asking you...

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 will she be right?
True Blue ... True Blue.




Each question should be answered in no less than 50 words.




  1. After reading the lyrics, explain what this song is about (if you don’t know, look in up).


  1. In the original version, the lyrics asked, “Is it standing by your mate, when he’s in a fight…Or is it Vegemite?”, but these lyrics were later changed. Research and explain the reason WHY these lyrics may have been changed by the songwriter.


  1. Do you think this song is more relevant today than when it was written or less? Explain why.


  1. How does the colloquial language and use of imagery create a strong representation of the songwriter’s vision of Australia?


  1. Find a simile in the song. Explain what the simile is saying and how it helps to reinforce an Australian image.



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