Summertime Is Here

When the sun’s a golden rose,
And the magpie carols sing.
You can say and I can say,
Summertime is here.
In Australia summer’s here,
Bringing joy and Christmas cheer.
In Australia, summer’s here.

When the food is barbecued,
And the beaches overflow,
Holidays and laid-back ways.
Summertime is here.
In Australia summer’s here,
Bringing friends and family so dear.
In Australia, summer’s here.

When the bushfires scar our hearts,
And the flooding waters rise,
Scorching days and sleepless nights.
Summertime is here.
In Australia summer’s here,
Bringing so much doubt and fear.
Yes in Australia, summer’s here.

When the sky is azure blue,
And the wattle’s flowering still.
You can say and I can say,
Summertime is here.
In Australia summer’s here,
Heralding another new year.
In Australia, summer’s here,
Yes, in Australia, summer’s here.

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This song / ballad is based on an old Australian Christmas Carol.

Having always liked the tune (which I have altered), I decided to write some new words which relate to the theme of summertime in Australia.

Summer in Australia is synonymous with heat, the outdoors, bushfires, beaches, barbecues, holidays and Christmas.

I hope that all Australians can relate to it in some way. For those not in Australia, it will provide an insight into summertime down under.

Freedom in Words & Art – Dec 2010
Melbourne & Victoria – Dec 2010
Destination Australia – Dec 2010
A Little Bit of Everything – Mar 2011

130 views at 2/3/11

I have also recorded this song. It can be heard at my YouTube site.


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I live in Australia and enjoy bushwalking in the great outdoors, especially the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

My photographic interests are pretty much related to Australian landscapes, rustic Australia, historic Australia, Australian wildlife, flora, fauna, birds, etc. Guess I love the country I was born and live in.

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  • John Vriesekolk
    John Vriesekolkover 3 years ago

    That is Australia’s summer alright Michael. Well written.

  • Thanks for that John.

    – Michael John

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyover 3 years ago

    Hey ~ he’s a poet! I like it :)

  • Glad you liked it!

    – Michael John

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsover 3 years ago

    Great work Mike & the video clip is brilliant. Well done.

  • Thanks for the fave and for the great comment Michael.

    – Michael John

  • Ellanita
    Ellanitaover 3 years ago

    Hey Michael, you surprised me with this…. Video is great as well so many fabulous images, well done for sure!!!!!

  • Thanks for that Ellanita…I was a little unsure about it all!

    – Michael John

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    WOW !!
    A man of many talents … well written … good voice … great shots!

  • Haha…thanks for the great comment and compliments Trish!

    – Michael John

  • jeanni2010
    jeanni2010over 3 years ago

  • Thank you for the feature – much appreciated

    – Michael John

  • SusanAdey
    SusanAdeyover 3 years ago

    _Congratulations. Your poem has been featured in Destination Australia. Great work Michael, I hope you submit more of your writing to the group. :)

  • Thank you Susan, that is great news! Much appreciated.

    – Michael John

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...over 3 years ago

    Good one! :) You’re multi-talented, ay. :) Well done!

  • Thank you!

    – Michael John

  • Judi Rustage
    Judi Rustageover 3 years ago

  • You’ve made my day! Thanks Judi.

    – Michael John

  • RainbowWomanTas
    RainbowWomanTasover 3 years ago

    Good on you. Congrats on the feature

  • Thanks for that Caz.

    – Michael John

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