A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains”
A google search later and yes, the Greer is Germaine, and no wonder I can’t understand the lyrics, even Richards himself admits in the article below that he doesn’t know what he wanted to say, but it sounds like it wasn’t too complimentary.
As for Germaine Greer, of course her most famous contribution to literature is the famous women’s liberation best seller, “The Female Eunuch”.
Greer’s Wikipedia page
6 - Theme from Schindler’s List – John Williams
Did you know that the Oscar winning Spielberg film was actually based on a novel written by an Australian? Thomas Keneally wrote the book Schindler’s Ark, winning a Booker Prize in 1982. John Williams moving theme music won an Oscar, for Best Original Score.
Link to music:
Schindler’s Ark Wikipedia entry:
5 - Our Sunshine – Paul Kelly
Bushranger Ned Kelly is infamous in Australian history, and has been the subject of many books and songs over the years. Indeed, I was at one point even considering a top ten Ned Kelly songs, but haven’t quite got the list bedded down just yet. Paul Kelly’s Ned Kelly song is “Our Sunshine”, which takes its name from Robert Drewe’s 1991 novel about Ned, which in turn inspired the Heath Ledger/Orlando Bloom film “Ned Kelly”. From Paul Kelly’s bluegrass album “Smoke”, this is great listen.
And if you are not happy with me using the name of a novel as part of the list, you could virtually argue that Ned Kelly himself is an important writer in Australian history – see the Jerilderie letter.
Link to the Our Sunshine Wikipedia entry:
Link to the Jerilderie letter Wikipedia entry:
Blainey’s Wikipedia entry:
3 - What’s a Few Men – Mark Seymour
A B Facey’s Wikipedia entry:
2- Henry’s Men – The Bushwackers
Banjo’s Wikipedia entry:
The Man From Snowy River – the poem:
So Rol, what do you think? I gave it a good shot, I know some of the links are a bit tenuous, but I got there in the end.