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  • Előadó: Cold Chisel
  • Fordítások: Tongan
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Khe Sanh

I left my heart to the sappers round Khe Sanh
And my soul was sold with my cigarettes
To the blackmarket man
I've had the Vietnam cold turkey
From the ocean to the Silver City
And it's only other vets could understand
 
About the long forgotten dockside guarantees
How there were no V-Day heroes in 1973
How we sailed into Sydney Harbour
Saw an old friend but couldn't kiss her
She was lined, and I was home to the lucky land
 
And she was like so many more from that time on
Their lives were all so empty
Till they found their 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, pay-packets lean
And the telex writers clattered
Where the gunships once had been
But the car parks made me jumpy
And I never stopped the dreams
Or the growing need for speed and Novocain
 
So I worked across the country end to end
Tried to find a place to settle down
Where my mixed up life could mend
Held a job on an oil-rig
Flying choppers when I could
But the nightlife nearly drove me round the bend
 
And I've travelled round the world from year to year
And each one found me aimless
One more year the worse for wear
And I've been back to South East Asia
But the answer sure ain't there
But I'm drifting north, to check things out again
 
You know the last plane out of Sydney's almost gone
Only seven flying hours, and I'll be landing in Hong Kong
There ain't nothing like the kisses
From a jaded Chinese princess
I'm gonna hit some Hong Kong mattress all night long
 
Well the last plane out of Sydney's almost gone
Yeah the last plane out of Sydney's almost gone
And it's really got me worried
I'm goin' nowhere and I'm in a hurry
And the last plane out of Sydney's almost gone
 
  • Khe Sanh:

    Referring to the Battle of Khe Sahn in the Vietnam War

  • And my soul was sold with my cigarettes:

    Referring to a smoking addiction, which (when the song was made) was very common among adults. However, government awareness caused the number of smokers in Australia to rapidly decrease.

  • To the blackmarket man:

    A man on the black market. The black market is a term for any illegal retailer selling illegal items (e.g drugs, weapons, stolen credit cards, endangered species, etc).

  • Silver City:

    Silver City is a nickname for Broken Hill, a small city in outback New South Wales.

  • vets:

    veterans

  • V-Day:

    Veterans Day

  • How we sailed into Sydney Harbour:

    Sydney Harbour is/was the main port for the army to arrive and depart from, as Sydney is Australia’s most populated city.

  • lucky land:

    In local English, Australia is often referred to as the lucky country.

  • And their legs were often open:

    A sexual reference.

  • Where the gunships once had been:

    Gunships were once docked there in the war

  • Or the growing need for speed and Novocain:

    a drug addiction

  • But the nightlife nearly drove me round the bend:

    Referring to his casual attendance at Australian nightlife (i.e pubs, clubs, etc).

  • But I'm drifting north:

    Southeast Asia is north of Australia, so he is referring to going back to Asia.

  • You know the last plane out of Sydney's ...:

    This is perhaps the most iconic line of the song.

  • Only seven flying hours:

    A flight from Sydney to Hong Kong is only seven hours.

  • There ain't nothing like the kisses From a ...:

    Referring to his need for sex from overseas women, in this case in Hong Kong

  • hit some Hong Kong mattress all night long:

    Referring to having sex

  • And it's really got me worried I'm ...:

    He is worried that his addiction to smoking, drugs and sex is getting worse.

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Kűldve: swedensourswedensour Hétfő, 08/04/2019 - 05:06

 

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