Comparing For The Fallen And I Was Only Nineteen

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Comparing For the Fallen and I Was Only Nineteen


In today's modern world, the use of poetry to communicate and express oneself has become quite rare. One of the main reasons is due to the fact that with such an old style of writing, it is very often hard to understand properly. poetry is indeed difficult to read and hard to understand, but given time, it is a rewarding challenge. Poetry is not only written verse but is used in songs as well. Taken the time to listen to the words of modern songs, you will realise that the lyrics of the song are actually a poem linking modern day music to poetry.

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9 From Vung Tau riding Chinooks to the dust at Nui dat,
I¡¦d been in and out of choppers now for months
we made our tents a home, VB, and pinups on the lockers,
and an Asian orange sunset through the scrub.

13 And can you tell me, doctor, why I still can¡¦t get to sleep?
And night-time¡¦s just a jungle dark and a barking M-16?
And whats this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what it means?
God help me, I was only nineteen.

17 After a four week operation, when each step can mean your last one on two legs
It was a war within yourself.
But you wouldn¡¦t let your mates down ¡¥til they had you dusted off,
so you closed your eyes and thought about something else.

21 Then someone yelled out ¡§Contact!¡¨, and the bloke behind me swore.
We hooked in there for hours, then a god-almighty roar.
Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon.
God help me, he was going home in June.

25 I can still see Frankie, drinking tinnies in the Grand Hotel
On a thirty-six hour rec. leave in Bing Tau.
And I can still hear Frankie, lying screamimg in the jungle,
¡¥Till the morphine came and killed the bloody row.

29 And the Anzac legends didn¡¦t mention mud and blood and teaars.
And the stories that my father told me never seemed quite real.
I caught some pieces in my back that I didn¡¦t even feel.
God help me, I was only nineteen.

33 And can you tell me, doctor, why I still can¡¦t get to sleep?
And why the Channel Seven chopper chills me to my feet?
And what¡¦s this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what is means?
God help me, I was only nineteen.

For the Fallen
Laurence Binyon

1 With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

5 Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

9 They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

13 They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

17 They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

21 But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

25 As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the...

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