Calls for Advance Australia Fair to be replaced with a new anthem sung by an ...

Latrell Mitchell has thrown his support behind a new version of Advance Australia Fair with lyrics that better reflect the nation's indigenous cultures. 

The song was performed by Aboriginal performer Kutcha Edward during a live theatre production in 2013 but has gained popularity after a video of the performance was shared by Indigenous label Clothing The Gap on Monday.

A number of well-known Australians pledged their support by commenting on the post, including paralympic swimmer Monique Murphy, netball player Courtney Bruce and Indigenous reality TV star Telv Williams.

Vocal anthem critic and Aboriginal NRL star Latrell Williams also shared the post in his Instagram stories.

While the updated anthem maintains the original musical score from 1878, all lyrics except the title have been altered to acknowledge Australia's ancient history. 

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Pictured: Kutcha Edward singing Advance Australia Fair with the new lyrics at a live show in 2013

Pictured: Kutcha Edward singing Advance Australia Fair with the new lyrics at a live show in 2013

The campaign to change the words was also bolstered by Adelaide-based Aboriginal community support organisation The Dulwich Centre. 

'Please tell us the story of how you talked about this with friends, in your workplace, had it sung in your child’s school, at your sporting event and so on,' the organisation wrote on its website.

Australians flocked to the comments section to show their support, and praise Mr Edward's performance.

'Love it! It actually gave me goosebumps, something that the current anthem never has,' one supporter wrote.

'So touching. Thank You. And let’s uphold the spirit in these lyrics so that we are passing on to the next generation an Australia we’re proud to call home,' another shared.

'I stopped singing the anthem as it was, years ago. I would sing this one gladly,' another supporter wrote. 

The song was performed by Kutcha Edward (pictured) in 2012. One live performance was so moving he could not finish the song

The song was performed by Kutcha Edward (pictured) in 2012. One live performance was so moving he could not finish the song

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NRL star Latrell Mitchell (pictured with partner) threw his support behind the song

NRL star Latrell Mitchell (pictured with partner) threw his support behind the song

Mr Edward, who co-wrote the new lyrics in 2005 with four other composers including Judith Durham from The Seekers, told Daily Mail Australia the song was written because he wouldn't sing the original anthem with Ms Durham on stage. 

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'I got a phone call from her one day and I told her I'd like to perform with her but I couldn't bring myself to sing the anthem because it doesn't encompass all Australians. It doesn't represent me as an individual,' he said.

The musical superstar phoned Mr Edward back six months later and the pair co-wrote a set of new lyrics, which he later performed during a series of theatre shows in regional areas of Australia.

During one performance, the 55-year-old was so moved by the audience reaction he was unable to finish the song.

'I was singing and staring at a spot on the school gymnasium and, to my left, a teacher stands and I'm thinking she's ready to walk out. To my right, another teacher stands,' he recalled.

'Then there are four teachers standing, then all of a sudden the whole school is standing up and I couldn't finish that performance. I was so moved - that's what you envisage with an anthem. You envisage unity - not separatism.'

About 15 years after the new lyrics were written, Mr Edward said he stands by his changes and believes Scott Morrison's announcement last week that a single word be changed in the second line of the original song was meaningless.

NEW ADVANCE AUSTRALIA FAIR LYRICS 

Australia, celebrate as one, with peace and harmony. 

Our precious water, soil and sun, grant life for you and me.

 Our land abounds in nature’s gifts to love, respect and share, And honouring the Dreaming, advance Australia fair. 

With joyful hearts then let us sing, advance Australia fair. 

Australia, let us stand as one, upon this sacred land.

 A new day dawns, we’re moving on to trust and understand. 

Combine our ancient history and cultures everywhere, 

To bond together for all time, advance Australia fair. 

With joyful hearts then let us sing, advance Australia fair. 

Australia, let us strive as one, to work with willing hands.

Our Southern Cross will guide us on, as friends with other lands.

While we embrace tomorrow’s world with

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