I was reading some commentary about the song, and Colin Hay said it's not really a patriotic song, but rather a bit of a protest against the over development and commercialization of Australia. I can understand that. I am sure it was a nation of immense natural beauty and indigenous people who were kind of trampled over from colonization and all that. Unfortunate, but here in the U.S., everything is one "melting pot" as we've heard so many times. Kudos to Colin Hay for remembering and celebrating the true heritage and beauty of the country--and especially for giving us such an incredibly fun, likable, upbeat, and unique tune. Spotlight on a woodwind instrument never hurt, either! I've included an additional version of the song from a live performance by Ringo Starr and His All-Star Band, which includes Sheila E and John Waite. Pretty cool. Nice to get all those legends together on stage. Enjoy!