This weekend is one of the most important on the camping/barbecuing calendar. We Aussies are celebrating Australia day on Saturday the 26th, and really it is just an excuse for people to wear the flag as a cape, drink too much, and stand around a barbie eating partially cremated sausages in bread with sauce.
It is also an excuse to chuck a sickie on Friday or Tuesday. Even though we get Monday as a public holiday it would be un-Australian not to at least consider having an unnecessary extra day….
In honour of the day I am posting the song considered by many to be the alternative Australian national anthem, and one that I am sure will get a good run over the weekend, Khe Sanh.
Cold Chisel released this song about a Vietnam veteran trying to return to normal life in 1978* and I doubt there is an Aussie among you who can listen to it and not go over all patriotic. Or resist singing along as soon as you hear those first lines.
I left my heart to the sappers 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 only other vets could understand
Happy Australia Day!
*This clip from a live show in 2003 is the only one I could find that wasn’t homemade. There is something horribly wrong about not being able to watch such a classic being belted out live by Cold Chisel in their prime.