I Was Only 19 (A Walk in the Light Green) by Redgum

Title:
I Was Only 19 (A Walk in the Light Green) by Redgum
Category:
NFSA ID:
376284
Year:
1983
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This iconic protest song written by John Schumann was released as a single in March 1983, hitting number one on the Kent Music Report Singles Chart. The song presents a soldier’s experience of war and reflects on Australia’s attitude to involvement in the Vietnam conflict. The song helped Australians to better appreciate the plight of soldiers that returned from the conflict and its lyrics were inscribed on the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial in 1992. In 2001 APRA listed this song as one of the top 30 Australian songs of all time.

Epic ES844

Performer:
Redgum