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For Love of Country

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Permission provided by Vonda Last. The PSMF would like to sincerely thank Vonda for her ongoing support.

Please purchase a copy of the original song recorded by Vonda Last HERE.

Listen to the original ‘For Love of Country’ HERE.

This song and more original music by Vonda Last can also be purchased on iTunes.

For Love of Country (Choral) (4.781 MB)

For Love of Country (Backing) (4.502 MB)

Vonda is a Proud Ngaantjatjara woman, born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, who lives and works in Adelaide. Music Is a powerful medium and Vonda uses her musicality as an expression of her culture and what her family, their stories, her home and country mean to her.

Vonda performed her song "For Love of Country" at the unveiling of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial on November 10, 2013.

The song was inspired by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who served their country, and in many cases sacrificed their lives, in a time when they weren't even recognised by the Government as citizens of Australia.

For Love of Country

Words and Music by Vonda Last. Arranged by MS Ferguson ©2014.

Chorus: For love of coun-try they left their is-land home.

For lands un-known a-way from all, the first Aust-ra-li-ans

to stand as one side by side, with ho-nour and with pride,

to fight for love___ of land___ and coun-try.

Verse 1: For for-ty thou-sand years they kept the first watch,

and when the call of du-ty came they went to watch a-gain.

From track-ers in the Boer war to peace keep-ers of to-day,

Let’s take the time to re-mem-ber them all.

Chorus: For love of coun-try they left their is-land home

For lands un-known, a-way from all, the first Aust-ra-li-ans

to stand as one side by side,

with ho-nour and with pride.

To fight for love___ of land___ and coun-try.

Verse 2: You'll find them in the trench-es and the Light Horse.

Marj served in the Na-vy, Un-cle George just se-ven-teen.

In Vi-et-nam, Ko-re-a, I-raq, Af-ghan-is-tan.

Lis-ten as their sto-ries are told.

Chorus: For love of coun-try they left their is-land home.

For lands un-known, a-way from all, the first Aust-ra-li-ans

to stand as one side by side, with ho-nour and with pride.

To fight for love___ of land___ and coun-try.

Chorus: For love of coun-try they left their is-land home.

For lands un-known, a-way from all, the first Aust-ra-li-ans

to stand as one side by side, with ho-nour and with pride.

to fight for love of land and coun-try,

to fight for love of land and coun-try,

to fight for love of land and coun-try.