Mateship Lyrics

                “Mateship”

Written by Terry Bennetts & Keith Jamieson      copyright © 2009

In this world we’re forever searching, for something to believe in
That we all can hang our hat on, and proudly call our own
But here in Australia we don’t need to look to far
To find out just what makes us who we are.

At work or in the playground, at home or on the road
What we have helps get us through our day, for it helps when you share the load
It’s as strong now as it ever was, as in those early days back when
Henry’s thoughts on us flowed through his pen.

He said it was there with the ANZACs, on the shores of Gallipolli
And the many other conflicts, our fighting men had to be
And the nurses that would tend their wounds, with love and a ready smile
It was there just to help them to survive.

We call it Mateship
And it’s as real as that Southern Cross
On our flag for all to see
Mateship, it’s a part of you and me.

Some say Australia’s changing, it’s not the same as she used to be
And the spirit of this big old land, is just a fading memory
But if they cared to look around them, take their heads out of the sand
If they could see through my eyes, then they’d understand.

I’ve seen it in a handshake and a friendly Aussie smile
I’ve seen it out there every where as I’ve walked that country mile
From the day’s of feet and inches, the two bob and the quids
It’s a trade mark of Australia, it’s true blue.

We call it Mateship
And it’s as real as that Southern Cross
On our flag for all to see
Mateship, it’s a part of you and me.

From the outback to the ocean, we’re all still flying free
And our typical Aussie character, is as pure as an old gum tree
Just show your love and kindness, to the one’s right next to you
And the spirit of Australia will shine through.

We call it Mateship
And it’s as real as that Southern Cross
On our flag for all to see
Mateship, it’s a part of you and me.

We call it Mateship
And it’s as real as that Southern Cross
On our flag for all to see
Mateship, it’s a part of you and me.

It’s a part of you and me.

Copyright © Terry and Jenny