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"19" is a song by English musician Paul Hardcastle released as the first single from his self-titled third studio album Paul Hardcastle (1985). The song features dialogue by television narrator Peter Thomas, and a strong anti-war message.

The track is about America's involvement in the Vietnam War and the effect it had on the soldiers who served. "19" features sampled dialogue and news reports from Vietnam Requiem, an ABC television documentary about the post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by veterans.

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  • Avatar for McGuelrretti
    Not only this song, but the whole album brings me good vibes
  • Avatar for smoothwoman
    I love this so much!!
  • Avatar for JaFO_NL
    It's not hard to believe. No army would want to tell you that it basically makes you unfit for society for life. It makes it kind of impossible to find new suckers who are willing to die for the ideals of old men.
  • Avatar for Photo-Galleria
    Still after all these years, it is one cracking song. Drum Bass remix, anyone?
  • Avatar for silversurfer250
    Requiem æternam
  • Avatar for nWoSyxx
    Vietnam. S-S-Saigon. PURPLE HEART.
  • Avatar for Whelanmk
    Should have been in Command and Conquer!
  • Avatar for psibreaker
    Remix? Nice, but I prefer the original.
  • Avatar for tomfarcie
    Like this track very much!
  • Avatar for WeirdSteve
    All time classic!

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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 26
In Vietnam he was 19

Paul Hardcastle - 19 Lyrics

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