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ONLY NINETEEN Redgum Mum and Dad and Denny 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 shoal water before we left And Townsville lined the footpaths as we marched to the quay This clipping from the paper shows us young and strong and clean And theres me in my slouch hat with my SLR and greens God help me I was on - ly nine teen From Vung Tau riding chinooks to the dust at Nui Dat Id been in and out of choppers now for months But we made our tents a home, VB, and pinups on the lockers And an Asian orange sunset though the scrub And can you tell me doctor why I still cant get to sleep And why night times just a jungle dark and a barking M16 And whats this rash that comes and goes can you tell me what it means God help me, i was only nineteen A four week operation every step could be your last one on two legs ; It was a war within yourself But you wouldnt let your mates down till they had you dusted off so you closed your eyes and thought about something else Then someone yelled out "contact" and a bloke behind me swore We hooked in there for hours then a god almighty roar Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon God help me, he was going home in June I can still see Frankie lying drinking tinnies in the Grand Hotel On a thirty six hour rec leave in Vung Tau And i can still see Frankie lying screaming in the jungle till the morphine cam and killed the bloody row And the Anzac legends didnt 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 didnt even feel God help me I was only nineteen And can you tell me doctor why I still cant get to sleep And why the channel seven chopper chills me to my feet And whats this rash that comes and goes can you tell me what it means God help me, I was only nineteen..

    


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