"19" as written by Jack, and Brenda,....
In 1965 Vietnam seemed like just another foreign war, but it wasn't
It was different in many ways, as so were those that did the fighting
In World War II the average age of the combat soldier was twenty-six
In Vietnam he was nineteen
In inininininin Vietnam he was nineteen

In inininininin Vietnam, he was nineteen
In Vietnam, he was nineteen

The heaviest fighting of the past two weeks
Continued today twenty-five miles northwest of Saigon

I really wasn't sure what was going on

N-n-n-n-nineteen, nineteen
N-nineteen, nineteen

In Vietnam the combat soldier typically served a twelve-month tour of duty
But was exposed to hostile fire almost every day

(N-n-n-n-nineteen) nineteen

In Saigon a US military spokesman said today
More than seven hundred enemy troops were killed last week
In that sensitive border area
In all of South Vietnam
The enemy lost a total of two thousand six hundred eighty-nine soldiers

All those who remember the war
They won't forget what they've seen
Destruction of men in their prime
Whose average age was nineteen


According to a Veteran's Administration study
Half of the Vietnam combat veterans suffered From what psychiatrists call
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Many vets complain of alienation, rage, or guilt
Some succumb to suicidal thoughts
Eight to ten years after coming home
Almost eight-hundred-thousand men
Are still fighting the Vietnam War

None of them received a hero's welcome

Nineteen, n-n-n-n-n-ninteen

Nineteen n-n-n-n-n-ninteen
N-n-n-n-n-ninteen, nineteen

(Vietnam, S-S-S-S-Saigon)

Purple heart, Saigon

(I wasn't really sure what was going on)

Lyrics submitted by Nelly

"19" as written by Paul Hardcastle William Couturie

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC, DOMINO PUBLISHING COMPANY

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  • +1
    General CommentThe number 19 refers to the average age of the soldiers killed in Vietnam.
    richieon March 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust have to add that the unconventionality of the song makes it even more hard-hitting. It really creates an atmosphere that tells the story. I just wish it hadn't have had to be written, and I really wish the vets of recent wars didn't have to go through the same things. When will the old guys in the governments all over the world stop making the young guys suffer for their belligerent attitudes?
    law4on November 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's obviously about the bad effects of war, in this case, the Vietnam War..another classic Paul Hardcastle song.
    WittySarcasmon April 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBueno
    sexmaniacon February 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...No. I hardly think you can call a song "a perpetuation of imperialism" purely because it looks at the problems faced by the western army. He only chose to attack this one facet of the war, it doesn't necessarily mean he thought everything else about it was fine.
    hastalavictoriaon December 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch a good song. so many version, so great. i really like the german mix as well.

    song is very touching and deep.

    NONE OF THEM!!!!
    borntoloseon March 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentObviously you never have had to point an M-16 at anyone... lately.
    Josegaon September 28, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General CommentInterestingly, while the song denounces the war it's still from a very western viewpoint, which is arguably a perpetuation of imperialism.
    ntwjoneson March 21, 2006   Link
  • -3
    we watched it in history. they like to... rub the point in your face a little?
    nnninininineteen, nineteen
    CALLEY_roadtojoyon April 08, 2008   Link

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