I Was Only Nineteen Uke tab by Redgum

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Intro: A chordA, C chordC, G chordG, D chordD, A chordA, G chordG, A chordA.
A chordA C chordC G chordG D chordD A chordA
Mum and Dad and Denny saw the passing out parade at Puckapunyal
G chordG A chordA
1t was long march from cadets
A chordA C chordC G chordG D chordD
The sixth battalion was the next to tour and It was me who drew the card
A chordA G chordGA chordA
We did Canungra and Shoalwater before we left


Chorus I:
E chordE D chordD A chordA
And Townsville lined the footpath as we marched down to the quay
E chordE D chordD A chordA
This clipping from the paper shows us young and strong and clean
F#m chordF#m E chordE D chordD A chordA
And there's me in my slouch hat with my SLR and greens
E chordE D chordD
God help me I was only nineteen

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


Chorus 2:
E chordE D chordD A chordA
And can you tell me doctor why I still can't get to sleep
E chordED chordD A chordA
And night time's just a jungle dark and a barking M 1
F#m chordF#m E chordE D chordD A chordA
And what's this rash that comes and goes can you tell me what it means
E chordE D chordD
God help me I was only nineteen

A chordA C chordC G chordG D chordD
A chordA four week operation when each step can mean your last one
A chordA G chordG A chordA
On two legs it was a war within yourself
A chordA C chordC G chordG D chordD
But you wouldn't let your mates down 'til they had you dusted off
A chordA G chordG A chordA
So you closed your eyes and thought about something else


Chorus 3:
E chordE D chordD A chordA
Then someone yelled out Contact ' and the bloke behind me swore
E chordE D chordD A chordA
We hooked in there for hours then a God almighty roar
F#m chordF#m E chordE D chordD A chordA
Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon
E chordE D chordD
God help me he was going home in June

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


Chorus 4:
E chordE D chordD A chordA
And the Anzac legends didn't mention mud and blood and tears
E chordE D chordD A chordA
And stories that my father told me never seemed quite real
F#m chordF#m E chordE D chordD A chordA
I caught some pieces In my back that I didn't even feel
E chordE D chordD
God help me I was only nineteen



 

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