About the long forgotten dockside guarantees Bruce Springsteen's 1984 hit "Born in the USA" includes the sentence: "Had a brother at Khe Sanh". According to Toby Creswell's liner notes for the band's 1991 compilation album Chisel, the song is also a story of restless youth. It’s really got me worried, I’m goin’ nowhere and I’m in a hurry This video was created just for the screens at the live concerts. Three studio versions of "Khe Sanh" were released by Cold Chisel. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2011 CD release of Cold Chisel (Collector's Edition) on Discogs. According to Toby Creswell's liner notes for the band's 1991 compilation album Chisel, the song is also a story of restless youth.[1]. Billboard Hot 100. I gotta give Cold Chisel the credit for having the cahones to sing a song like that and stay with it. I held a job on an oil-rig, flying choppers when I could How there were no V-day heroes in 1973. It was remixed and included on the US version of the album East in 1981. The song ends with the former soldier returning to south-east Asia, presumably to Vietnam, still in search of answers. [7] This was partly a result of actions taken in August 1978, when censors gave it an A Classification, meaning that it was "not suitable for airplay". It contains 184,073 words in 261 pages and was updated last on June 11th. [19] It was filmed in a movie studio in Melbourne,[20] and featured the band miming to the song, interspersed with some sepia-toned footage of the band backstage. This was Cold Chisel's first single and debut album. Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh at Discogs. Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last.fm. Lyrics to 'Khe Sanh' by Cold Chisel. The punchline of it is a line out of a verse, it had nothing to do with the title. He arrives home to a thankless country (“there were no V-Day heroes in 1973”), takes up several unsatisfying jobs and struggles with drug addiction. Don was writing ‘Khe Sanh’ when I was sort of scratching my head, trying to put three lines together (he laughs). And their legs were often open but their minds were always closed Lyrics. So I worked across the country from end to end This rendering was in a stripped down bluegrass/country style, featuring largely spoken lyrics. [12], During the Australian cricket team's tour of the Caribbean in 1994–1995, the players accorded "Khe Sanh" the status of an unofficial team song and sang it frequently. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1978 Vinyl release of Khe Sanh on Discogs. Don and Jimmy also found a new way to work together. The first featured on the band's 1978 debut self-titled album. The Battle of Khe Sanh was fought between US Marines with elements of the South Vietnamese ARVN, and the North Vietnamese Army. Download sheet music for Cold Chisel. "Sanh" is often misspelled (even, at times, on official album covers and sleeve notes) as "Sahn". "Khe Sanh" to Breakfast at Sweethearts (1978–1979) In the early months of 1978 Cold Chisel recorded their self-titled debut album with their manager and producer, Peter Walker (ex- Bakery). A video was made to promote the single, directed by Paul Drane. You know the last plane out of Sydney’s almost gone. “It was very intimidating when I first started writing with Don, in the earliest days of Cold Chisel. [18] As a member of folk-rock band Redgum, Schumann wrote and sang another hit song about Australians in Vietnam: "I was only 19", released in 1983. They're shocking," Barnes has said.[4]. This Vietnam War website is created and maintained by Alpha History. The bands classic songs like Khe Sanh, Flame Trees, Bow River, My Baby, Cheap Wine, Saturday Night and You Got Nothing I Want have become the soundtrack to our summers. Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh Lyrics | AZLyrics.com A B C D E F G H I J K L M N … 8 tracks (38:43). Written by pianist Don Walker, "Khe Sanh" concerns an Australian Vietnam veteran dealing with his return to civilian life. The song, performed by Cold Chisel, having been written by pianist Don Walker and featuring the vocals of Jimmy Barnes, is about a bitter and disillusioned Australian Vietnam veteran. 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 The Vietnam-vet song "Khe Sanh" became one of Aussie rock's most enduring anthems with its punchy piano line and everyman pathos. Upcoming Lyrics. "Khe Sanh" is a song by Australian rock band Cold Chisel, released as a 45 rpm single in May 1978, and named after the district capital of Hướng Hóa District, Quảng Trị Province, Vietnam. [12], In August 2011, "Khe Sanh" re-entered the ARIA Singles Chart at #40, beating their previous peak position by one spot. "If I had imagined anybody would see those lyrics, I probably would have written them a bit differently. Popular Song Lyrics. Cold Chisel suffered from studio debutante nerves. Khe Sahn has since become an iconic Australian song, despite its dispiriting lyrics. And the telex writers clattered where the gun ships once had been Complete your Cold Chisel collection. Print instantly, or … A second version was included on the international version of the 1980 album East[9] and omits the piano introduction. The song, performed by Cold Chisel, having been written by pianist Don Walker, is about an Australian Vietnam veteran dealing with his return to civilian life. I’ve had the Vietnam cold turkey, from the ocean to the Silver City 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 tur. Trivia: Honored with a 60¢ Australian commemorative postage stamp in the Living Legends series, issued 18 January 2013. And she was like so many more from that time on Cold Chisel ‎– The Studio Sessions 1978-1984 Label: Warner Music Australia Pty. Tried to find a place to settle down where my mixed up life could mend Don Walker has said the song was inspired by a number of people, including, "the guy from the next farm," who came back from Vietnam, "severely changed for the worst," and Adelaide guitarist Rick Morris. "[4] Walker said, "I originally wrote it as a punk song, but we found it worked better with a country-rock approach. The only Australian personnel to be directly involved in the siege were the crews of Canberra bombers operated by 2 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, who flew close air support missions in the area. [10], In 2001, members of APRA, the Australasian music industry's peak body, put "Khe Sanh" at number eight in a poll of the all-time best Australian songs. "[3], Singer Jimmy Barnes said of the writing process: "Don Walker used to write great songs, but he'd take months and months, and you wouldn't know about them until he'd turn up that day and say, 'Let's learn it.' I left my heart to the sappers round Khe Sanh Production difficulties on Breakfast left a bitter aftertaste. You know the last plane out of Sydney’s almost gone And car parks made me jumpy and I never stopped the dreams He has travelled the world: "I've been back to South East Asia but the answer sure ain't there". Khe Sanh This song is by Cold Chisel and appears on the album Cold Chisel (1978) and on the album Chisel (2001). But as Cold Chisel clearly illustrates, Chisel was a band married as much to melody as power. Written by pianist Don Walker, "Khe Sanh" concerns an Australian Vietnam veteran dealing with his return to civilian life. Springsteen pronounces it to rhyme with "barn" rather than with "man", as the Cold Chisel version does. Sailed into Sydney Harbour… I saw an old friend but I couldn’t kiss her The first draft was written in Sweethearts Cafe in Kings Cross, New South Wales. And it’s only other vets could understand. With the exception of music and lyrics, content on this page is © Alpha History 2018. I had to learn all the words that day. [2] Walker said he "killed a couple of afternoons" putting down the lyrics, "for my own enjoyment and amusement," in the days before the band had a recording contract. And how we "It doesn't follow any of those rules, it has no chorus. The mood of the song is typified by its first verse: The remaining verses describe the singer's aimless drifting after his return to Australia: womanising, post traumatic stress disorder, addiction to speed and Novocaine, getting work on oil rigs and flying helicopters. Other performers honored in this issue were John Farnham, 'Paul Kelly (III)', Ian 'Molly' Meldrum, Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newton-John, AC/DC, INXS, Men at Work, and The Seekers. It's a special treat for our Facebook fans, all 100k + of them. About Khe Sanh "Khe Sanh" is an Australian song, released as a 45 rpm single in May 1978, and named after the district capital of Hướng Hóa District, Quảng Trị Province, Vietnam. "[6] The record reached number four in the band's home town of Adelaide but peaked on the national sales charts at a modest number 41. Well the last plane out of Sydney’s almost gone You know the last plane out of Sydney’s almost gone. And I’ve travelled round the world from year to year Let's do it tonight. [13], In January 2018, as part of Triple M's "Ozzest" 100, the 'most Australian' songs of all time, "Khe Sanh" was ranked number 1, ahead of Men at Work's "Down Under" and Jimmy Barnes's "Working Class Man". Khe Sanh is an Australian rock song, written by Don Walker and recorded by Cold Chisel in 1978. They had to ban something once a week to keep the Catholic Church happy. He arrives home to a thankless country (“there were no V-Day heroes in 1973”), takes up several unsatisfying jobs and struggles with drug addiction. And each one found me aimless, one more year the worst for wear Cold Chisel Khe Sanh Lyrics More music MP3 download song lyrics: , Cured of Sadness Lyrics , After the Fall Lyrics , Basketball Lyrics , Dorfkinder walzer (from Der Zigeunerprimas) Lyrics , I Never Changed My Mind Lyrics , Remnant of a Hopeless Path Lyrics , With Our Love Lyrics . Well the last plane out of Sydney’s almost gone [14], In November 2014, "Khe Sanh" was added to the National Film and Sound Archive's Sounds of Australia registry of historically, culturally and aesthetically significant sound recordings.[15]. Listen free to Cold Chisel – Cold Chisel (Juliet, Khe Sanh and more). And it really was easy for them, because there are not many chords, but for me it's like a novel. Their lives were all so empty until they found their chosen one "[5], Don Walker later described it as the type of song that would be written by an author who had yet to learn the established forms of songwriting. Ironically the Battle of Khe Sanh (1968), which the song refers in its title, was fought almost entirely by American forces; the Australian contingent in Vietnam was based much further south and not directly involved at Khe Sanh. Khe Sanh is the life we lived and 50,000 names on the wall is the price we paided. Cold Chisel's promotion-video for the classic 'Khe Sahn' (May, 1978), taken from the 1978 album 'Cold Chisel'. I’ve been back to south-east Asia, you know the answer sure ain’t there Content created by Alpha History may not be copied, republished or redistributed without our express permission. "I've heard them. For more information, visit Alpha History or our Terms of Use. Pianist Don Walker's songwriting reflects an emotional depth and range rarely rivaled by other max-volume outfits. Told in the first person, Walker’s lyrics describe the frustrated and unsettled life of a returned Vietnam veteran. The classification was ostensibly due to sex and drug references, such as the lines: "their legs were often open, but their minds were always closed". But the nightlife nearly drove me round the bend. And there ain’t nothing like the kisses from a jaded Chinese princess About Khe Sanh "Khe Sanh" is an Australian song, released as a 45 rpm single in May 1978, and named after the district capital of Hướng Hóa District, Quảng Trị Province, Vietnam. Limited ‎– 8573800802, EastWest ‎– 8573800802 But I’m drifting north, to check things out again. "[2], "Khe Sanh" is one of the most popular songs ever recorded by an Australian act and one generally seen as a resonant symbol of the Australian culture. Khe Sanh Lyrics: 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 There’s nothing more Australian than hot sun, warm waves and COLD CHISEL – especially on the eve of this holiday weekend. All tracks were written by Don Walker, except "Juliet", where Barnes composed its melody and Walker the lyrics. The figure in the foreground of the cover is Micki Braithwaite, Daryl Braithwaite's wife. Label: Atlantic - 100073 • Format: Vinyl 7 Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh (1978, Vinyl) | Discogs The song, performed by Cold Chisel, having been written by pianist Don Walker, is about an Australian Vietnam veteran dealing with his return to civilian life. I left my heart to the sapper's round Khe Sanh And I sold my soul with my cigarettes to the black market man I've had the Vietnam cold turkey from the ocean to the silver city And it's something other vets could understand >> "Khe Sanh" was named the greatest Australian song of all time in a mid-2007 countdown on the Max channel. Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh Lyrics. Told in the first person, Walker’s lyrics describe the frustrated and unsettled life of a returned Vietnam veteran. Khe Sanh achieved only modest chart success on release, while its provocative lines about sex and drug use saw it banned from radio play. [21], "Cold Chisel reissues carve out hidden gems of Australian rock history", "Here Are The Songs That Made Triple M's 'Ozzest 100, "Four iconic bands become part of the NFSA's Sounds of Australia", You're Thirteen, You're Beautiful, and You're Mine, Standing on the Outside: The Songs of Cold Chisel, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Khe_Sanh_(song)&oldid=997085526, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 29 December 2020, at 23:04. Allmusic describes it as, "a song that will forever epitomize this period of Australian music. "[9] At the start of the Live at the Wireless album, Barnes thanks Double Jay for being the only station that played the song. Khe Sanh has also been mentioned in another frequently misinterpreted song. She was lined and I was home to the lucky land. A notable cover of the song was released in 2007 by Australian singer/songwriter Paul Kelly. I remember we were doing a gig somewhere, it might have been in Melbourne, and Don walked in and said, 'I've got this song. And their hearts were held in fast suburban chains. "[5] Barnes later commented "Every DJ in the country begged us to release "Khe Sanh" as a single. Then they banned it two weeks later. Vietnam War memory quiz – events 1946-1964, Vietnam War memory quiz – events 1965-1975, Vietnam War memory quiz – terms and concepts (I), Vietnam War memory quiz – terms and concepts (II). Top Lyrics of 2010. Well the last plane out of Sydney’s almost gone "Khe Sanh" is a song by Australian rock band Cold Chisel, released as a 45 rpm single in May 1978, and named after the district capital of Hướng Hóa District, Quảng Trị Province, Vietnam. The final refrain is "Well the last plane out of Sydney's almost gone", as the singer heads to Hong Kong for casual sex. >> More songs from Cold Chisel Khe Sanh lyrics video from Cold Chisel's 2011 Light the Nitro tour. "Khe Sanh" is an Australian pub rock song, released as a 45 rpm single in May 1978, and named after the Battle of Khe Sanh (1968) during the Vietnam War. “Khe Sanh”, originally banned from commercial radio for its lyric content, subsequently became Australia’s ‘unofficial national anthem’ and the Australian cricket team’s victory song. Adam Brand includes the chorus of "Khe Sanh" at the end of his single "Comin' From/Khe Sanh" from his fifth album Blame It On Eve.[17]. [16] It was released on the tribute album Standing on the Outside. Choose from Cold Chisel sheet music for such popular songs as Flame Trees, Khe Sanh, and When the War Is Over. [8] Walker said, "That was the reason they told us, which wasn't necessarily the real one. This song has been covered by John Schumann and the Vagabond Crew under the title "Khe Sahn (Long Tan Version)". You know the last plane out of Sydney’s almost gone “Working with Don has evolved over the years,” says Barnes. Only seven flying hours and I’ll be landing in Hong Kong Top Lyrics of 2011. And I sold my soul with my cigarettes to the black market man Or the growing need for speed and novocaine. And it’s really got me worried, I’m goin’ nowhere and I’m in a hurry Khe Sanh is an Australian rock song, written by Don Walker and recorded by Cold Chisel in 1978. COLD CHISEL Khe Sanh Lyrics. And the legal pads were yellow, hours long, pay packets lean For more information please refer to our Terms of Use. It's really easy.' Transcribed by Dean Povey (dean@psy.uq.edu.au) G 320003 D xx0232 Em 0220xx C … [11] It still receives strong airplay on Australian radio stations with a "classic rock" format. 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