We'Ve Done Us Proud
Slim Dusty Lyrics


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We've done us proud to come this far,
Down through the years to where we are,
Side by side, hand in hand, we've lived and died,
For this great land, we've done us proud.

I sailed the seas in search of freedom,
I tilled the soil for seed to grow,
I built the fences to hold the cattle,
I mined the earth in search of gold.

I sheared the sheep of golden fleeces,
I formed the union, to win fair pay,
I built a railroad to cross the country,
I fought a war for the countrys sake.

We've done us proud to come this far
Down through the years to where we are
Side by side, hand in hand, we've lived and died,
For this great land, we've done us proud

I kept a home and raised a family,
I taught your children as if my own,
I painted pictures to show the beauty,
I wrote the stories to keep the flame.

We've done us proud to come this far
Down through the years to where we are
Side by side, hand in hand, we've lived and died,
For this great land, we've done us proud

(We've done us proud) I worked the factory,
(To come this far) I worked the land,
(Two hundred years) I built the houses,
(To where we are) I baked the plan,

(Side by Side) I drive the highway,
(Hand in Hand) I right the wrong,
(We've lived and died) I reach for glory,
(For this great land) I sing the songs,
(We've done us proud).

(To come this far) To come this far,
(Two hundred years) Two hundred years,
(To where we are) To where we are,
(Side by side) Side by side.





(Hand in Hand) Hand in Hand,
(We've lived and died)

Overall Meaning

In Slim Dusty's song We've Done Us Proud, he is reflecting on the history of Australia and the various contributions made by its citizens to build the nation. The song pays tribute to the hardworking individuals who have shaped the country and made it what it is. Dusty speaks of the different roles people have played in the development of Australia, from working the land, mining for gold, building fences, and laying railroad tracks. He also acknowledges the different challenges Australians have faced, including fighting for the country in times of war.


The lyrics suggest a sense of unity and cohesion among the people of Australia. Dusty paints a picture of individuals working side by side, hand in hand, and living and dying together for the same cause- the growth and prosperity of their nation. This anthem-like song inspires a sense of patriotism and reminds listeners of the hard work and determination required to build and maintain a successful country.


Overall, We've Done Us Proud is a moving tribute to the history and contributions of Australians. It reflects on the nation's struggles as well as its successes, highlighting the diverse and challenging experiences that have shaped the country.


Line by Line Meaning

We've done us proud to come this far,
We are proud of how far we have come.


Down through the years to where we are,
We have come a long way over the years.


Side by side, hand in hand, we've lived and died,
We have stuck together through thick and thin.


For this great land, we've done us proud.
We have done everything we can for our country.


I sailed the seas in search of freedom,
I searched for freedom on the open seas.


I tilled the soil for seed to grow,
I prepared the land for crops to grow.


I built the fences to hold the cattle,
I constructed barriers to keep the cattle in place.


I mined the earth in search of gold.
I excavated the earth in hopes of finding gold.


I sheared the sheep of golden fleeces,
I removed the valuable wool from the sheep.


I formed the union, to win fair pay,
I organized a group to demand fair wages.


I built a railroad to cross the country,
I constructed a railway to traverse the country.


I fought a war for the countrys sake.
I engaged in a battle for the betterment of our nation.


I kept a home and raised a family,
I maintained a household and nurtured a family.


I taught your children as if my own,
I educated your children as if they were my own.


I painted pictures to show the beauty,
I created art to reveal the beauty of our land.


I wrote the stories to keep the flame.
I composed stories to uphold the values of our country.


(We've done us proud) I worked the factory,
I worked in a factory with pride.


(To come this far) I worked the land,
I labored on the land to contribute to our progress.


(Two hundred years) I built the houses,
I constructed homes for two hundred years of history.


(To where we are) I baked the plan,
I created the blueprint for our current success.


(Side by Side) I drive the highway,
I drive on the highways with my fellow citizens.


(Hand in Hand) I right the wrong,
I correct injustices alongside my fellow citizens.


(We've lived and died) I reach for glory,
I strive for excellence with unyielding determination.


(For this great land) I sing the songs,
I celebrate our country through song and music.


(We've done us proud).
We have every reason to be proud of what we have accomplished.




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Comments from YouTube:

@russellned7640

I'm a aboriginal but I love all slim songs because my grandmother love his song...god bless to you slim the LEGEND 🙏

@AdorbsxTilds

This man is an absolute bloody legend. I'm aboriginal and this song inspired me to play guitar.

@Norm-eq6qy

Uncle slim, thank you for all the years of wonderful music, I'm truely proud to be a aboriginal Australian

@dstanleytv

slim dusty a true Australian legend 🍻🍻🍻🍻

@daveneumann6361

The Real Australian National Anthem ..God Bless You Slim... We will never forget you!!!

@billie_jean602

Yeah

@patrickbaird7416

How good would that be.
Dave you gotta make that happen.

@brianreid5294

What a treasure this LENGEND is for all Australians ? Thanks Slim .

@WHUFCxVB

Great song about an amazing country. Had the amazing opportunity to live in Australia for 4 years and I miss it everyday. Love from the USA

@williamchitwood8114

Back when country music was true country sung by true country singers. I was born when this kind of music started to die off. I am thankful i lived in a time when people sang true country

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