-1968-
When Wayne Went to War
By Brenton Manser  1994 Australia

Verse
When the Apollo eight mission was orbiting the moon
Martin Luther King was killed in the street
and we were watching Lionel Rose win the World Bantamweight
as Johnny Farnham sang about the 'Cleaning Lady'
'Skippy' appeared around national TV
'The Seekers' wound it up with 'The Carnival is Over'

Chorus
And Nana cried and we all hurt inside the day that, Wayne went to war.
She'd lost one son a few years before and then, Wayne went to war
We hugged him then we thought we'd never see him again
When Wayne went to war

Verse
Well he was twenty-one and I was only nine
I saw him as he trained up in Puckapunyal
Then he sailed for Nuidat with the 9RAR
While objectors stood for peace and vowed they'd never go there
And the jungle was hot there in South Vietnam
'nd 1968 was when Wayne was sent over

Chorus
And Nana cried and we all hurt inside the day that, Wayne went to war
She'd lost one son a few years before and then, Wayne went to war
We hugged him then we thought we'd never see him again
When Wayne went to war

Verse
Robert Kennedy was shot the Blue Mountains were on fire
Australia's biggest earthquake devastated Meckering
And Normie Rowe was sent as his songs were riding high
Well like my Uncle Wayne, Normie is a hero
But the soldiers slept in pits out there in the rain
While we were judging them for even going over

Chorus (x2)
And Nana cried and we all hurt inside the day that, Wayne went to war
She'd lost one son a few years before and then, Wayne went to war
We hugged him then we thought we'd never see him again
When Wayne went to war
Ending
Oh oh oh when Wayne went to war
Mmm when Wayne went to war