Khe Sanh dalszöveg
- 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.
- 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
He is worried that his addiction to smoking, drugs and sex is getting worse.