Lyrics for I Was Only 19 by Redgum

I WAS ONLY NINETEEN - REDGUM

Composers: John Schumann
Genre: rock, folk, country
Producer: Nelson Guimaraes
Hit Trax: www.MIDI.COM.AU
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Mum and Dad and Danny saw the passing out parade at Puckapunyal
It was a long march from cadets
The sixth battalion was the next to tour
and it was me who drew the card
We did Canungra and Shoalwater before we left

And Townsville lined the footpaths as we marched down to the quay
This clipping from the paper shows us young and strong and clean
And there's me in me slouch hat with me SLR and greens
God help me! I was only nineteen

From Vung Tau riding Chinooks to the dust at Nui Dat
I'd been in and out of choppers now for months
And we made our tents a home, V.B. and pinups on the lockers
And an Asian orange sunset through the scrub

And can you tell me, doctor, why I still can't get to sleep?
And night time's just a jungle dark and a barking M.sixteen?
And what's this rash that comes and goes,
can you tell me what it means?
God help me! I was only nineteen

A four week operation,
when each step can 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 somethin' else

And then someone yelled out "Contact",
and the bloke behind me swore
We hooked in there for hours, then a God almighty roar
And Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon
God help me! he was goin' home in June

And I can still see Frankie, drinkin' tinnies in the Grand Hotel
On a thirty-six hour rec. leave in Vung Tau
And I can still hear Frankie, lying screaming in the jungle
'Til the morphine came and killed the bloody row

And the Anzac legends didn't mention mud and blood and tears
And the stories that my father told me never seemed quite real
I caught some pieces in my back that I didn't even feel
God help me! I was only nineteen

And can you tell me, doctor, why I still can't get to sleep?
And why the Channel Seven chopper chills me to my feet?
And what's this rash that comes and goes
Can you tell me what it means?
God help me! I was only nineteen


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Key: A
Time: 4:14
Bars: 192
Tempo: 90

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MIDI Channel/Track Assignment:

Ch 1 * Cushion strings (synth 1)
Ch 2 * Bass
Ch 3 * rhythmic steel 1 (starting verse 2)
Ch 4 * Melody Guide (tenor sax)
Ch 5 * Harmonies Guide (poly pad)
Ch 6 * Muted guitar
Ch 7 * viola
Ch 8 * viola (solos)
Ch 9 * strings
Ch 10 * Drums
Ch 11 * rhythmic steel 2 (from beggining)
Ch 12 * warm pad
Ch 13 * nylon arpeggio (starting verse 2)
Ch 14 * nylon arpeggio (from beginning )
Ch 15 *
Ch 16 * chords guide (E Piano 1)

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