The words (lyrics) to the song are used or read at commemorative ceremonies. Schools throughout Australia use the song for commemorative purposes, especially for ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day.
Over the years since the song was first recorded, it has been used for commemorative purposes across Australia by local councils, choirs, bands, RSL branches, retirement homes, military services, schools, churches, radio stations and ANZAC tributes at NRL & AFL matches. The song is also used at veteran funerals.
It is 14 years since the recording of the song (March 2001). The offical website where you can download sheet music, mp3's and order USB's that include videos for screening is at Australian War Heroes. The song's official website is a Mobile Friendly website.
Sheet music, lyrics, mp3's and backing track are available for download here Sheet music includes, full arrangement, choir, solo voice, piano, guitar (bass & electric), trumpet and drum kit.
April 25, 2015, was the 100 year anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli and the new video below is an instrumental tribute (song's backing track) to 'Australians At Gallipoli'.
Can you hear Australia's heroes marching?
Along with their mates, they're marching once again, in the towns and cities, across our great land.
'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?'is a national war memorial song and a tribute to the ANZAC spirit of mateship, courage, and sacrifice.
The song is timeless and honours the memory of those who have died in the service and defence of Australia in war. The song is popular as an ANZAC Day song and as Remembrance music.
ANZAC Day Song website created by Peter Barnes. The two soldiers war memorial monuments for the background (taken at Portland's War Memorial in Victoria) on this website and the YouTube photo still (taken at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance) you see before playing the video were taken by Peter Barnes - Also the outstretched arms photo (statue reaching out to WW1 Centenary banner in Adelaide) on the instrumental video (including the Gallipoli board with names photo taken at Adelaide's National War Memorial) and all the photos in the 'Free ANZAC Day Video - With Australian War Heroes Song' were taken by Peter Barnes. The author of the song also took all the photos on the video at the very top of the page, except the one with the diggers hat on the grave. All photos taken by Peter Barnes are natural photographs, no photoshop. The Australian War Heroes Song 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching? Peter Barnes - Copyright 2001 - 2015.
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Copyright 2015 - ANZAC Day Song - Australian Remembrance Day Music
You can download the lyrics to'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' HERE
The author and copyright owner of the song has also made available a new video that can be used for commemorative purposes FOR FREE. The video is below...
Many people from Australia and around the world took advantage of the free download of the song in the lead up to the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli on April 25, 2015. The free download of the song will remain throughout the ANZAC centenary 2014 - 2018.
Download the Original Version (2001) of 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' FOR FREE at the song's official website download page HERE
You can also download a longer 4 minute version of the song FOR FREE as well at the same download page.
You can use the song for commemorative purposes without having to ask for permission. This means, for instance, veteran funerals, veteran organisations, schools, local councils, community and military bands, school and community choirs, sporting and community events focusing on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, can use the song without having to ask the author and copyright owner for permission.
The global aspect of the internet has allowed many people from other countries to hear the song. For instance, some years ago, a publishing house in Norway asked for the song... "The Norwegian publishing house Aschehoug is about to publish a new series of English schoolbooks for 8-10th grade in the Norwegian market. In this new series, called Key English, we want to make use of the song "Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching".
The song's YouTube Channel has passed two million eight hundred thousand video views, with most viewing videos relating to the song. You can see videos of the song for WW1, WW2, the Vietnam War and more.
The heroes song was created by Peter Barnes after he visited the Adelaide River War Cemetery (114 kms south of Darwin) in the Northern Territory and saw the graves of Australians who gave their lives in the service and defence of their country. Peter felt he should do something within his capabilities to honour the memory of such incredible sacrifice.
A total of 434 war graves marked by bronze plaques are contained in the Adelaide River War Cemetery. The burials are made up of 14 airmen of the RAF, 12 unidentified men of the British Merchant Navy; one soldier of the Canadian Army; 18 sailors, 181 soldiers and 201 airmen of the Australian Forces and seven men of the Australian Merchant Navy. The Northern Territory Memorial to the Missing honours a further 292 Servicemen and women lost to the north of Australia. The adjacent civil section contains the graves of the nine Post Office staff killed on 19 February 1942 during the bombing of Darwin, one of 63 separate occasions from that date. The civilian casualties of WW2 include those of 31 Indigenous Australians.
"To stand on my homeland, surrounded by our war dead, who fought heroically to defend Australia and their loved ones down the track, was a profound experience and initiated the creation of the song." Peter Barnes
The new video below titled 'You never came home' is a memorial to all the Australian who died on the Western Front. The words to 'You never came home' were written by Peter Barnes. Music is Chopin's Funeral March. All photographs come from the Australian War Memorial. Nearly half of all Australians who have died in all wars, died on the Western Front from 19th July 1916 to the end of the war November 11, 1918.