True Blue (John Williamson song)

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"True Blue"
Single by John Williamson
B-side "Alice Springs"
Released 1982
Genre Country music
Label Gum Leaf Recordings
Writer(s) John Williamson

True Blue is an Australian folk song written in 1981 by singer-songwriter John Williamson. The lyrical content[1] in the song utilises Australian slang heavily, with the title being an example of this, meaning totally Australian. (The phrase itself might have originated in England where it was used to describe the blue shown by members of the Order of the Garter).[2]

True Blue is often performed at sporting events and was performed by Williamson twice on acoustic guitar at Australia Zoo during Steve Irwin's public memorial service (it was Steve's favourite song); once shortly after the beginning ceremony, and again at the end as Irwin's truck was driven out of the Crocoseum for the final time.[3]

The song had notable success in particular in more rural areas of Australia. At the Country Music Awards of Australia in 1982, the song took out Tamworth Country Music Festival's Golden Guitar for Best Songwriter and Composer.

In March 2009, John Williamson sung in a 30-minute musical called The Story of True Blue, a story of an Australian cattle dog that loses its family in a bushfire. It was narrated by Shannon Noll, and combined stockmen, livestock, motorbikes and circus performers.[4]

The original lyrics included a reference to Vegemite, but that was removed in a later version because Williamson "just didn't want the song to be commercialised".[5]


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