I Was Only Nineteen
1983
auJohn Schumann (Redgum)
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6 chords used in this song
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AMum and Dad and CDenny saw the Gpassing-out paDrade at PuckaApunyal
GA
It was a Glong march from caAdets
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AThe sixth battalion was the Cnext to tour, and it was Gme who drew the Dcard
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We did CaAnungra, ShoalGwater before we Aleft
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And ETownsville lined the footpaths as we Dmarched down to the Aquay
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This Eclipping from the paper shows us Dyoung and strong and Aclean
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And F#mthere's me in me Eslouch hat with me DSLR and Agreens
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God Ehelp me, I was only nineDteen
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From AVung Tau, riding CChinooks, to the Gdust at Nui DDat
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I'd been Ain and out of Gchoppers now for Amonths
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But we Amade our tents a Chome, VB and Gpinups on the Dlockers
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And an Aasian orange Gsunset through the Ascrub
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And Ecan you tell me, doctor, why I Dstill can't get to Asleep?
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And Enight-time's just a jungle dark and a Dbarking M sixAteen?
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And F#mwhat's this rash that Ecomes and goes, can you Dtell me what it Ameans?
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God Ehelp me, I was only nineDteen
A four week operation when each step could mean your last one on two legs
It was a war within yourself
But you wouldn't let your mates down til they had you dusted off
So you closed your eyes and thought about something else
Then someone yelled out "Contact!" and the bloke behind me swore
We hooked in there for hours, then a god all mighty roar
Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon
God help me, he was going home in June
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AI can still see CFrankie, drinking Gtinnies in the DGrand Hotel
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On a Athirty-six hour Grec leave in Vung ATau
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And AI can still hear CFrankie, lying Gscreaming in the Djungle
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Til the Amorphine came and Gkilled the bloody Arow
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And the EAnzac legends didn't mention Dmud and blood and Atears
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And the Estories that my father told me Dnever seemed quite Areal
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F#mcaught some pieces Ein my back that I Ddidn't even Afeel
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God Ehelp me, I was only Dnineteen
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And Ecan you tell me, doctor, why I Dstill can't get to iAsleep?
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And Ewhy the Channel Seven chopper Dchills me to my Afeet?
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And F#mwhat's this rash that Ecomes and goes, can you Dtell me what it Ameans?
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God Ehelp me, I was only nineDteen
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