The Australian National Mourning Service for the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires included this special rendition of I Am Australian. Twenty two years after first writing this much loved song, Bruce Woodley wrote two extra verses to reflect on the tragic events of those terrible fires.
As the members of our Peaceful Town gathered together this morning to celebrate Australia Day, we too joined voices to sing. Our version of Bruce's song had also been altered to reflect the feelings of our community.
I'd like to share our modified verses here:
There are no words of comfort that can hope to ease the painAs our townsfolk all sang, tears coursing down our cheeks, I couldn't help but feel that I really was so very glad to be an Australian.
Of losing homes and loved ones, the memories will remain.
We weep our silent tears and find the strength to carry on
You're not alone. We are with you. We are Australian.
There are so many heroes whose stories must be told
The fought the raging fires and floods, and saved so many souls.
From the depths of deep despair our towns will rise again
We mourn your loss, we will rebuild. We are Australian.
We live in a great country.
Happy Australia Day, friends.