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Redgum - I Was Only Nineteen tab

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Redgum-I Was Only Nineteen
Intro: A, C, G, D, A, G, A.
A		      C		    G		      D		         A
Mum and Dad and Denny saw the passing out parade at Puckapunyal
	G		       A
(1t was long march from cadets).
A			    C			   G		       D
The sixth battalion was the next to tour and It was me who drew the card.
	A		       G			A
We did Canungra and Shoalwater before we left.

Chorus I:
E					 D		          A
And Townsville lined the footpath 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.

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

Chorus 2:
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 M.16?
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.
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A		 C		     G 	 		D
A four week operation, when each step can mean your last one
	A	        G                     A
On two legs: it was a war within yourself.
A			  C		         G                      D
But you wouldn't let your mates down 'til they had you dusted off,
	A		         G			          A
So you closed your eyes and thought about something else.

Chorus 3:
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 God almighty 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.

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

Chorus 4:
E				         D            A
And the Anzac legends didn't mention mud and blood and tears.
E				    D                           A
And 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.

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