G'Day G'Day
Slim Dusty Lyrics


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G'day g'day, how ya goin', what d'ya know, well strike a light
G'day g'day, and how ya go-o-o-in'
Just say g'day g'day g'day and you'll be right

Isn't great to be an Aussie
Takin' a walk along the street
Lookin' in shops or buyin' a paper
Stoppin' and havin' a yarn with people that you meet

Down at the pub or at a party
Whenever you're stuck for what to say
If you wanna be dinky-di, why don't you give it a try
Look 'em right in the eye and say goo'day

G'day g'day, how ya goin', hat d'ya know, well strike a light
G'day g'day, and how ya go-o-o-in'
Just say g'day g'day g'day and you'll be right

Now when Italians meet they all go crazy
The blokes all like to hug each other too
The Yanks invented "hi" "and see you later"
While the Pommy will shake your hand and say "how do you do"

Now watch out for a Frenchmen or he'll kiss you
The Spaniards go for "Olah" and "Olay"
But in the land of the cockatoo, pole cats and the didgeridoo
When you meet an Aussie ten-to-one here's what he'll say

G'day g'day, how ya goin', what d'ya know, well strike a light
G'day g'day, and how ya go-o-o-in'
Just say g'day g'day g'day and you'll be right

It's a greeting that you'll hear across Australia
From Geraldton to Goulburn, Gundagai
It's as dinkum as the Dingo and the Dahlia
And you spell it with a G, apostrophe, a D-A-Y

G'day g'day, how ya goin', what d'ya know, well strike a light
G'day g'day, and how ya go-o-o-in'
Just say g'day g'day g'day and you'll be right

G'day g'day, and how ya goin', what d'ya know, well strike a light
G'day g;day, and how ya go-o-o-in'




Just say g'day g'day g'day
Just say G'day g'day g'day and she'll be right

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Slim Dusty's song "G'Day G'Day" celebrate the Australian way of life, where people greet each other with a cheerful "g'day" and are always ready for a chat. The song highlights the cultural differences in how people greet each other, and how Aussies have their own unique way of doing so. Whether it's walking down the street, having a drink at the pub or attending a party, the song suggests that saying "g'day" is the perfect icebreaker to start a conversation.


The song also touches on the multiculturalism of Australia. Slim Dusty sings about the different ways people from different cultures greet each other, from the Italians who like to hug, to the Spanish who say "Olah" and "Olay". But in Australia, the simple and friendly greeting of "g'day" is enough to make people feel welcome.


Overall, the lyrics to "G'Day G'Day" celebrate the Australian way of life, promote friendliness, and encourage people to connect with each other.


Line by Line Meaning

G'day g'day, how ya goin', what d'ya know, well strike a light
Hello, how are you doing? What have you been up to? An expression of surprise or emphasis.


G'day g'day, and how ya go-o-o-in'
Hello again, how are you doing now?


Just say g'day g'day g'day and you'll be right
Saying hello and being friendly can go a long way in Australia.


Isn't great to be an Aussie
Australia is a great place to be.


Takin' a walk along the street
Going for a stroll outside.


Lookin' in shops or buyin' a paper
Taking a look in stores or purchasing a newspaper.


Stoppin' and havin' a yarn with people that you meet
Stopping and having a conversation with people you come across while out and about.


Down at the pub or at a party
Socializing at a local bar or party.


Whenever you're stuck for what to say
When you're unsure of what to say in a conversation.


If you wanna be dinky-di, why don't you give it a try
If you want to be truly genuine/authentic, why not try saying hello in a friendly way?


Look 'em right in the eye and say goo'day
Make direct eye contact and greet them with a friendly hello.


Now when Italians meet they all go crazy
Italians greet each other in a more enthusiastic way.


The blokes all like to hug each other too
Italian men enjoy hugging each other as a form of greeting.


The Yanks invented 'hi' 'and see you later'
Americans commonly use 'hi' and 'see you later' as a greeting and farewell.


While the Pommy will shake your hand and say 'how do you do'
The British are known for shaking hands and asking 'how do you do?' as a greeting.


Now watch out for a Frenchmen or he'll kiss you
The French often greet others with a kiss on the cheek.


The Spaniards go for 'Olah' and 'Olay'
The Spanish use 'Olah' and 'Olay' as a form of greeting.


But in the land of the cockatoo, pole cats and the didgeridoo
In Australia, a place with unique wildlife and culture.


When you meet an Aussie ten-to-one here's what he'll say
When meeting an Australian, there's a high likelihood they will say hello in a friendly way.


It's a greeting that you'll hear across Australia
Greeting others in a friendly way is common across Australia.


From Geraldton to Goulburn, Gundagai
From one side of Australia to the other.


It's as dinkum as the Dingo and the Dahlia
A true, authentic greeting like this is as Australian as the Dingo and the Dahlia (native animals).


And you spell it with a G, apostrophe, a D-A-Y
This greeting is spelled G, apostrophe, D-A-Y.


Just say G'day g'day g'day and she'll be right
Saying hello in a friendly way will make things right.




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@rae7158

Heard this song while at an antique shop when I visited Australia (Brisbane) in 2016. Every time I hear this tune, it brings me back.

@wolfsteingaming2095

G'day G'day, from Morocco.
This is by far the most satisfying song my ears has ever heard.

@bradleybrown8428

I’m a brit and I’ll be honest this song has brought me to tears. it’s awesome!

@manejap5

gday aussies RIP slim dusty

@VexensTrue

growin up I was told he wrote this for my home towns radio. We just sing it as the chorus. gday gday, an how ya goin, waddya know? We'll strike a light, gday gday an how ya goin you say gday gday gday an youll be right. Probably a lie. But still. That was my childhood.

@fingerrs2581

Thank you 🇦🇺

@noelineriordan

We had this song played for my husbands farewell he was carried in to the chapel with this song

@beadsstitcher

I dedicate this song to my father in-law who loved Slim Dusty all his life.He is celebrating his 84th birthday today on Anzac day.

@lovinkaussiechannel4047

This song brings me back to Ballarat 😄🎤🎹🎼

@onehornoneeyeflyingpurplep2855

Dad I hope you hear this I miss you 24/11/09 never forget that day we didn't cry we celebrated your life. But I truly do miss you I didn't want you to leave but I hope you say g'day one more time please xo

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