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I Was Only Nineteen

Redgum

 ACGDA
 Mum and Dad and Denny saw the passing out parade at Puckapunyal           
 GA
(1t was long march from cadets).
 ACGD
 The sixth battalion was the next to tour and It was me who drew the card.
 AGA
We did Canungra and Shoalwater before we left.           

Chorus I:
 EDA
 And Townsville lined the footpath as we marched down to the quay.  
 EDA
This clipping from the paper shows us young and strong and clean.                 
 F#mEDA
 And there's me in my slouch hat with my SLR and greens.        
 ED
 God help me, I was only nineteen.

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

Chorus 2:
 EDA
 And can you tell me, doctor, why I still can't get to sleep?
 EDA
 And night time's just a jungle dark and a barking M.16?
 F#mEDA
 And what's this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what it means? 
 ED
 God help me, I was only nineteen.

 ACGD
 A four week operation, when each step can mean your last one
 AGA
On two legs: it was a war within yourself.     
 ACGD
 But you wouldn't let your mates down 'til they had you dusted off,       
 AGA
So you closed your eyes and thought about something else.          

Chorus 3:
 EDA
 Then someone yelled out "Contact"', and the bloke behind me swore.       
 EDA
 We hooked in there for hours, then a God almighty roar.      
 F#mEDA
 Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon.
 ED
 God help me, he was going home in June. 

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

Chorus 4:
 EDA
 And the Anzac legends didn't mention mud and blood and tears.
 EDA
 And stories that my father told me never seemed quite real       
 F#mEDA
 I caught some pieces In my back that I didn't even feel.          
 ED
 God help me, I was only nineteen.

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bachandfloyd (report comment to admin):
I think it goes like this on the last line of the chorus:

E F#m E D
I was only nineteen