TRUE BLUE

Words and Music by John Williamson

© 1986 EMUSIC PTY LTD
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 just Vegemite
    True Blue, I'm asking you...

  • Vegemite
    A yeast extract that may only be palatable to fair dinkum Aussies. Australians are weaned onto it straight off the breast. Backpackers ensure they have a jar of it on their overseas trips. Despite its iconic status in the culinary tastes of Australians, it was carelessly sold off ('like sponge cake') to the multi-national Kraft.
  • 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 just Vegemite
    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 just Vegemite
    True Blue ... True Blue.