I was only 19 chords

The Herd

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Intro: A C G D A G A A A C Mum, Dad and Denny were some amongst many G D who came to watch the passing out parade at Puckapunyal A G Seemed every man and his mongrel cam watched cadets stumble A A on the long march to the Viet jungle. A C "Oh Christ", I mumbled as I drew that card G D and my mates came to slap me on the back with due regard A G We were the sixth battalion, yep next to tour A A we did Canungra and Shoalwater before we left, rest assured E E Seemed half of Townsville turned out to see us leave D A they lined the footpaths as we marched to the quay E E And the papers wrote it up like you wouldn't believe D A but we were only looking to the future for a fast reprieve F#m E And there's all of us looking young D A strong and clean rockin' slouch hats slung SLRs and greens E E F#m D God help me, I was only nineteen A C From Vung Tau the black helicopters G D the chinhook pilots seemed relieved at Nui Dat when he dropped us A G Seems like months running on and off landing pads A A letters to Dad it's like, man, he's sad A C But he can't see the tents that we call home G D cans of VB, pin-ups of chicks off TV A G The heat, the mosquitoes, and the noise suprising A A like the first time you see an agent orange horizon E E D A So please can you tell me doctor why I can't get to sleep the scar's left in me? E E D A Night time's just a jungle dark and a barking M16 that keeps saying "rest in peace" F#m E D A And what's this rash that comes and goes Don't suppose you can tell me what that means? E E F#m D God help me, I was only nineteen A C G D Sent off on a four-week long operation where every single step could be your last one A G A A On two legs were sorta living hell falling with the shells, war within yourself E E D But you couldn't let your mates down 'til they had you dusted off A so you closed your eyes and thought of something else E E Someone yelled "contact!" another bloke swore D A we hooked in for hours then a god almighty roar F#m E D A Then Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon E E F#m D God help me, he was going home in June solo A / C / G / D A / G / A / A A C G D And I can still see Frank with a can in his hand thirty-six hour leave in the bar at the Grand A G A A And I can still hear Frank a screaming mess of bleeding flesh couldn't retrieve his legs E E D A You see the ANZAC legend neglected to mention the mud, the fear,the blood,the tears,the tension E E D A Dad's recollection beyond comprehension didn't seem quite real until we were sent in F#m E D A Chaos and confusion the fire and steel hot shrapnel in my back I didn't even feel E E F#m D God help me, I was only 19 E E D A So please can you tell me doctor why I can't get to sleep I can't hardly eat? E E D A And the sound of the Channel Seven chopper still chills me to my feet still fuels my grief? F#m E D A And what's this rash that comes and goes like the dreams can tell me what that means? E E F#m D God help me, I was only nineteen A C G D Mum, Dad and Denny saw the passing out parade at A G A A Puckapunyal It was a long march from Cadets A C G D The sixth battalion was the next to tour It was me who drew the card A G A A we did Canungra and Shoalwater before we left E E D A And Townsville lined he footpaths as we marched down to the quay E E D A This clipping from the papers showed us young and strong and clean F#m E D A There me in me slouch hat me SLR and greens E E F#m D God help me, I was only nineteen E E D A So please can you tell me doctor why I can't get to sleep I can't hardly eat? E E D A And the sound of the Channel Seven chopper still chills me to my feet still fuels my grief? F#m E D A And what's this rash that comes and goes like the dreams can tell me what that means? E E F#m D God help me, I was only nineteen