Reclaim Australia said it was “deeply saddened” at the request by former Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes to refrain from playing any of his songs at their rallies, pointing out that “Khe Sanh is the only song we know”.
In response to Reclaim Australia rallies featuring his music, Barnes released a statement via Facebook saying: “None of these people represent me and I do not support them. I only want to say the Australia I belong to and love is a tolerant Australia.”
National Reclaim Australia organiser Sherman Goering said the decision was very disappointing and the group was at a loss at how to provide musical accompaniment to future rallies “as there is just no other song all of our supporters know the words to”.
Pressed as to whether the proud patriots of Reclaim Australia actually really knew the words to a song that is a sustained attack on an empty and alienating Australian society that abandoned those it sent to fight in futile wars to such an extent the song’s narrator can not wait to leave the country at the first available opportunity, Mr Goering said: “Well yeah more or less, when we drunkenly sing it preparing for a race riot, we’re all pretty strong on the opening ‘I left my heart to the sappers round Khe Sanh’, then we all sort of just mumble till the big bit near the end about the ‘last plane out of Sydney’ which we all sing with gusto…
“But look, we are definitely stronger on this than Advance Australia Fair. Like we all know the first verse, more or less, but that weird second one about sharing our plains and shit, I dunno, it’s not really our thing.”
In related news, John Farnham’s manager Glenn Wheatley also asked Reclaim Australia to cease playing Farnham’s 1987 hit song “Your The Voice” or any other song by the Whispering Jack singer, much to the relief of the movement’s supporters.