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I left my heart to the sappers 'round Khe Sahn
And I sold my soul with my cigarettes, to a black market man
I've had to Vietnam cold turkey, from the ocean to the silver city
And it's only other vets could understa-and
'Bout the long forgotten dockside guarantees
How there were no V-day heroes in nineteen seventy-three
How we sailed into Sydney Harbour, I saw an old friend but I couldn't kiss her
And she was lined, and I was home to the lucky land
She was like so many more from that time on
Their lives were all so empty, until they'd found there 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 paypackets lean
And the telex writers clattered where the gunships once had been
The carparks made me jumpy and I never stopped the dreams
Or the growing need for speed and novacaine
So I worked across the country from end to end
I tried to find a place to settle down, where my mixed up life could mend
I held a job on an oil-rig, a-flyin' choppers when I could
But the nightlife nearly drove me round the bend
And I've travelled round the world from year to year-ear-ear
And each one found me aimless, one more year the worse for wear
And I've been back to South East Asia, you know the answer sure ain't there
But I'm driftin' north to check things out agai-ai-ain
Well the last plane out of Sydney's almost go-one
And only seven flyin' hours, till I'll be landin' in Hong Kong
And there ain't nothin' like the kisses from a jaded Chinese princess
I'm gonna hit some Hong Kong mattress all night lo-ong
Well the last plane out of Sydney's almost gone-aca

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    UnregisteredJun 6, 2012 at 11:51 am
    Classic!! Beautiful song about the heart ache that vietnam vets suffered and how they struggled to maintain a normal life, sad but one of the all time greats.
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    Michael ScottJul 8, 2013 at 6:54 pm
    So now we've got God save the Queen, Waltzing Matilda, Advance Australia Fair, Land Down Under and Khe Sahn? No wonder we're confused!! Love the song, but national anthem?? I don't think so.
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    UnregisteredAug 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm
    A fatigued aussie helicopter pilot in the american war in viet nam who was never able to comfortably repatriate after his military service. His fate is a mystery following an immediate lifestyle of vice and licentiousness.
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    UnregisteredMay 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm
    Veitnam was where our sasr got to make a name for themselves. They were relativly new and never seen any real combat but were named "phantoms of the jungle" by the vietnamese because they were almost undectable and with a 500:1 kill ratio i think they proved themselves.
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    UnregisteredApr 27, 2012 at 8:17 am
    This is indeed a song about serving in vietnam but i'm afraid that "hardly any aussies were actually there other than raaf" is entirely untrue, by the end of the war almost 60 000 aussies had served in vietnam... My father being one of them...

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