Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Friday, March 31, 2006

I was only nineteen...

A great song written by John Schumann and originally performed by Redgum.

Now Herd have done a cover version with a fantastic video clip.

I need say no more...

Oh... just one little thing... Anzac Day's coming soon...

Heil Howard!!!


Blogger GreenSmile said...

Oh god, Gerry, that hurts to read.
Its makin' little movies play in my head
If I'd heard a song like that in 67, I might gone to Canada like some of my friends. The Doors and Country Joe and the Fish were not as potent.

I'm thinking that.

But I'm 56 now. What would I really have thought of that when I was 18...I'm almost glad I'll never know, much as I sometimes pine for my youth.

But its always good to hear from you, old bear.

March 31, 2006 2:09 PM  
Blogger Ron said...

Yes, Gerry, fantastic and very moving. Time passes so fast yet so slowly.

April 02, 2006 8:16 AM  
Blogger Davo said...

Stuff you, Gerry. i'm going to find my dead dad's four 'service' medals, pin 'em to the 'wrong' side of me chest .. and march along with all the other 'left-overs' on ANZAC day.

April 02, 2006 2:48 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Davo, if it makes you feel better, go for it. No need to stuff me though... :-)

April 02, 2006 4:52 PM  
Blogger Davo said...

OK, forget the 'stuff' bit. How about if I just give a passing thought to all those who went, and didn't come back to annoy us. ;-)

April 03, 2006 6:55 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

No wuckers, Davo... I happen to think that your father died for a noble cause. He was, after all, LITERALLY defending Australia. So you have every right to to march proudly on Anzac Day.

April 03, 2006 8:58 AM  
Blogger Davo said...

Ah, the LITERAL defense of Australia, its ethos and history. (me dad, in real terms, got dead) Mm, thinks.

April 04, 2006 2:37 AM  
Blogger me & God... said...

so........ how was your week...?

u sound a bit better.

i read your comment - course you're cool - why else would you get that much "fan" mail? or so many regulars in ur comments box. believe me there are a LOT of peep who dint make it on my link list.

19 is such a nice age to be... but u shud always live in the present. can't wait till i'm your age... can't imagine what my relationship with God wilil be like then. it's already so tight.

i'm gonna try n be like the Oracle in Matrix.

April 04, 2006 10:17 PM  
Blogger Davo said...

Now Herd have done a cover version with a fantastic video clip.

um, have to dispute a couple of things. The "herd" version of the song is laclustre, and without the simple lyrical 'bite' of Redgum. The video clip is a load of crap for those who have not "been there". Yes, I watch the images, yes, can sort of understand... but the clip is too simple in an age where young people only react to the video FX of "Lord of the Rings" and such like. Yes, I understand the simplicity of the clip..

But fail to understand the reality of it all.

April 07, 2006 1:21 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Nora, my sciatica is getting a bit better so maybe that's something good. However my depression's getting worse.

I have real trouble thinking of myself as being cool.

Fan mail? I think in real terms, commenting has dropped right off around here. But given my state of mind, my grumpy nature, and my infrequenct posting of late, it's only to be expected.

Davo, I said The Herd's film clip was fantanstic, I said nothing about their "lyrics". I still think it's fantastic. If you don't "get it", perhaps it becasue you weren't there and you've never experienced PTSD or any of the other mental beauties that war leaves some people with. "Reality"? What's that?

April 11, 2006 4:22 AM  
Blogger Davo said...

Keep with the (supressed) anger, friend .. it's the only reality some of us have left.

April 14, 2006 10:49 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Yeah, right, me old cobber, but about understanding Herd's film clip over the top of Redgum's lyric's, I strongly identified with that package. The guy with the "No War" placard could have been me.

Happy Anzac Day, Davo!

April 19, 2006 10:33 AM  
Blogger coup said...

I found this place by accident whilst searching for more info on The Herd. I just want to say thankyou. Whether we agree or not on the issue of why, the least we can do is say 'thanks mate', remember those who fell and respect those who returned. I am only 34, a proud Australian, but I know very little about Vietnam. It's not something they taught us about in school, as opposed to the 2 World Wars. Anyway, the video really did upset me to the point of a tear. It made me feel especially grateful and at the same time sympathetic to the Diggers. Once again THANKYOU.

October 20, 2006 6:32 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Coup, in "the West", soldiers are mostly young idealists, sucked in by government propaganda (and too young to realise this) into fighting for the hidden agendas of Big Business (Australia's interests).

It's only a few veterans of such wars, who, some decades later, and after a lot of self-education and soul searching, are forced to admit, by the overwhelming weight of evidence, that they were nothing more than hired killers doing the bidding of a government in the grip of Big Business agendas. It's then that the images of the their dead victims come back to haunt them.

October 22, 2006 12:10 AM  

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