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Khe Sanh
Cold Chisel Lyrics


I left my heart to the sappers round Khe Sanh
And the soul was sold with my cigarettes to the black market man
I've had the Vietnam cold turkey
From the ocean to the Silver City
And it's only other vets could understand

About the long forgotten dockside guarantees
How there were no V-day heroes in nineteen seventhy-three
How we sailed into Sydney Harbor
Saw an old friend but I couldn't kiss her
She was lined, and I was home to the lucky land

And she was like so many more from that time on
Their lives were all so empty, till they found their chosen one
And their legs were often open
But their minds were always closed
And their hearts were held in fast suburban chains
And the legal pads were yellow, hours long, pay packets lean
And the telex writers clattered where the gunships once had been
Car parks make me jumpy
And I never stopped the dreams
Or the growing need for speed and Novocaine

So I worked across the country from end to end
Tried to find a place to settle down, where my mixed up life could mend
Held a job on an oil-rig
Flying choppers when I could
Oh but the nightlife nearly drove me round the bend

And I've traveled round the world from year to year
And each one found me aimless, one more year the worse for wear
And I've been back to South East Asia
But the answer sure ain't there
But I'm drifting north, to check things out again, yes I am

Well the last plane out of Sydney's almost gone
And only seven flying hours, and I'll be landing in Hong Kong
There ain't nothing like the kisses
From a jaded Chinese princess
I'm gonna hit some Hong Kong mattress all night long

Well the last plane out of Sydney's almost gone
You know the last plane out of Sydney's almost gone
And it's really got me worried
I'm goin' nowhere and I'm in a hurry
And the last plane out of Sydney's almost gone

Well the last plane out of Sydney's almost gone
You know the last plane out of Sydney's almost gone
And it's really got me worried
I'm goin' nowhere and I'm in a hurry
You know the last plane out of Sydney's almost gone

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Songtrust Ave
Written by: DONALD WALKER

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Matthew Latter

My dad told me once that when he was over in Scotland he was in a pub. He was drunk, so he got up and chose this song for karaoke. He then announced that '"any Australians who know this song, stand up and sing it with me". Apparently half the pub stood up and started singing this song. Shit I love Australia!

Robert Aspinall

Sure m8

Carla.M Ward

@Death Ground My aussie born niece lives in Canada she has a daughter who is now 6 and 1/2 yrs old and Hayley has introduced her to AC/DC and she says that her old tennis racquet has become her daughters imaginary guitar and she's hopping all round the house being Angus Young - LOL

Carla.M Ward

@Just Me Hahahaha wrong Country mate that would be "America" amendment 2 - the "the right to keep and bear arms" you messed up !!!!!

Carla.M Ward

@Bert Adams its Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi ,Oi ,Oi

Connor Moylan

@Just Me Don’t know how to use your hands huh?

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Curtis T

It's so weird being a US Air Force vet and this Australian Vietnam era song hits closer to home than any of popular the US war songs.

Just Me

The unity of the ANZCs is much more apparent to us in America b/ c their country hasn’t received the Balkanization that the US has had to endure w/ every damned culture claiming to be American.

Just Me

51 years and a pint of vodka make me remember.....

Just Me

Yes.

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