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I Was Only 19 Chords
[Intro] Am C G D Am G Am [Verse 1] Am C G D Am Mum and Dad and Denny saw the passing-out parade at Puckapunyal G Am It was a long march from cadets. Am C G D The sixth battalion was the next to tour, and it was me who drew the card. Am G Am We did Canungra, Shoalwater before we left. E D A And Townsville lined the footpaths as we marched down to the quay E D A This clipping from the paper shows us young and strong and clean. F#m E D A And there's me in my slouch hat with my SLR and greens. E D God help me, I was only nineteen. Am C G D From Vung Tau, riding Chinooks, to the dust at Nui Dat Am G Am I'd been in and out of choppers now for months. Am C G D But we made our tents a home, VB and pinups on the lockers Am G Am And an agent orange sunset through the scrub. [Chorus] E D A And can you tell me, doctor, why I still can't get to sleep? E D A And night-time's just a jungle dark and a barking M16? F#m E D A And what's this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what it means? E D God help me, I was only nineteen. [Verse 2] Am C G D Am A four week operation when each step could mean your last one on two legs G Am It was a war within yourself. Am C G D But you wouldn't let your mates down til they had you dusted off Am G Am So you closed your eyes and thought about something else. E D A Then someone yelled out "Contact!" and the bloke behind me swore E D A We hooked in there for hours, then a Godalmighty roar F#m E D A Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon, E D God help me, he was going home in June. [Solo] Am C G D Am G Am Am C G D I can still see Frankie, drinking tinnies in the Grand Hotel Am G Am On a thirty-six hour rec leave in Vung Tau Am C G D And I can still hear Frankie, lying screaming in the jungle Am G Am Til the morphine came and killed the bloody row. E D A And the Anzac legends didn't mention mud and blood and tears E D A And the stories that my father told me never seemed quite real. F#m E D A I caught some pieces in my back that I didn't even feel E D God help me, I was only nineteen. [Chorus] E D A And can you tell me, doctor, why I still can't get to sleep? E D A And why the Channel Seven chopper chills me to my feet? F#m E D A And what's this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what it means? E D God help me, I was only nineteen. [Outro] Am C G D Am G Am
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