A song for Sunday – I was only 19

And can you tell me, doctor, why I still can’t get to sleep?
And night time’s just a jungle dark and a barking M.16?
And what’s this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what it means?
God help me – I was only nineteen

“I was only 19” or “A walk in the light green”, released in 1983 by the Australian band Redgum, is a powerful song based on the experiences of Vietnam veterans. The Wikipedia entry for the song explains some of the lyrics if you aren’t sure what the “Channel 7 chopper” or “a walk in the light green” refer to.

If you liked this post you might want to follow my blog (top right-hand corner of the blog), and you might like to look at:

  1. Past Songs for Sunday
  2. Principles of nonviolence
  3. What can you do when someone you know is experiencing domestic violence?
  4. White Ribbon Day

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace & sustainability.
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