IT WASN’T GREAT SOUTHERN PLANNED
THE mass appeal of Great Southern Land remains a total mystery to the man who penned it.
Iva Davies says he wrote his most famous song in an afternoon. Though he is very fond and understandably proud of the song that many have suggested would make a better national anthem than Advance Australia Fair, Davies says he never imagined it would become such a huge hit.
‘‘ Great Southern Land continues to astound me,’’ he says. ‘‘When I wrote it, it was just another song for one of my albums.
‘‘I have no idea why, pardon the pun, it struck such a chord with people. ‘‘It has done from the very beginning. ‘‘I remember the recording studio’s reaction to it— they were so excited.
‘‘I didn’t see it as a single— at five minutes long. And it wasn’t like you could dance to it.’’