Iconic Sydney Opera House
Iconic Sydney Opera House

You know, one thing about being away, is that I really miss Australia.  Whilst I’m happy to be about travelling, I miss that which I have come to love about Australia.  It’s as basic as knowing where to find the best dim sum places, catching up for coffee, or just chilling at the local shopping centre.  Also, I miss all my friends and the sunshine.  It’s specific things, and yet some intangible things, like the way the sun glints off the water as you drive through North Sydney across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

From our apartment in London, we can see the planes flying into Heathrow.  We get excited when we see Australian logos, long taken for granted and not previously even noticed.  And when I see the boxing kangaroo on the red tail of the Qantas jet, I do get a little bit home sick especially when I recall all the “lost Qantas children” (that’s what my son calls them) singing Peter Allen’s song.  Yes, yes, Qantas branding is very powerful indeed.  Love marketing!

I’ve always loved this song when I was in Australia, but I find it particularly poignant now.  So, to all my Australian friends who are currently living overseas, I know that there have been moments where you’ve hummed this tune from Peter Allen.  So here’s the lyrics in its entirety, so that you can truly get home sick.

And by the way, is there Boy from Oz showing anywhere?  It’s definitely not in London.

I Still Call Australia Home by Peter Allen

I’ve been to cities that never close down,
from New York to Rio and old London town,
but no matter how far or how wide I roam,
I still call Australia home.

I’m always travelling, I love being free,
and so I keep leaving the sun and the sea,
but my heart lies waiting over the foam,
I still call Australia home.

All the sons and daughters spinning ’round the world,
away from their family and friends,
but as the world gets older and colder,
it’s good to know where your journey ends.

Someday we’ll all be together once more,
when all of the ships come back to the shore,
I’ll realise something I’ve always known,
I still call Australia home.