I Was Only Nineteen I have loved this song since it came out when I was eight years old. The last couple of weeks Australia has been commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan (18 August 1966) and this song, the anthem of the Vietnam diggers, has been played a lot. It is common to see veterans - and their families - cry when they hear this song. My own father simply couldn't listen to it, probably because one of it's main themes is PTSD. This is the original recording and lyrics. Just press play. It's probably important to remember that there is an intentional pun in the lyrics - the line "and an Asian orange sunset through the scrub" is usually considered to say Agent Orange, and the song played a role in raising public awareness of the issue that resulted in the Royal Commission into the effects of Agent Orange a few years later. The subtitle "A Walk in the Light Green" refers to the light green areas of the map of Phuoc Tuy that were lightly covered by scrub, rather than the thick jungle that was dark green. The events in the song are a true story, about the writers brother-in-law, and Frankie did step on a mine on July 20 1969... one month into his tour. I Was Only Nineteen was covered by Hip-Hop group The Herd last year and has been very well received by old and new fans alike. Here is a radio program that covers the making of the video clip, including interviews with veterans that were invloved in the clip, and goes some way in conveying the importance of this song to many Australians. There are also excerpts of the cover version which I havn't been able to find elsewhere. Anyway, I just thought I'd share this great and poignant song that has earned a place in our national history.