Coming Home

John Schumann

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John Schumann

John Lewis Schumann (born May 1953) is an Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist from Adelaide. He is best known as the lead singer for the folk group Redgum, with their chart-topping hit "I Was Only 19 (A Walk in the Light Green)", a song exploring the psychological and medical side-effects of serving in the Australian forces during the Vietnam War. The song's sales assisted Vietnam Veterans during the 1983 Royal Commission into the effects of Agent Orange and other chemical defoliants employed during the war. Schumann was an Australian Democrats candidate in the 1998 Federal election, narrowly failing to unseat Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer for the Division of Mayo. more »


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1987
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South-east Asian telephone lines aren't what they might be,
I can barely hear your voice... I hope you can hear me...
It's been a lifetime here in Jakarta but its only been a week,
There are Generals in their limousines and children on the street.

There are ships in the harbour and the planes roll in,
Ice in the beer and American gin.
I've picked up my ticket and I'm coming home...
There are ships in the harbour and the planes roll in,
Ice in the beer and American gin.
I've picked up my ticket and I'm coming home...
I'm coming home...

It's and hard rain here in Jakarta and it kills the afternoon,
So it's tea on the verandah, telling lies and swapping tunes.
Is history a measure of wasted time, is it only a matter of chance?
Watch the shadows not the puppets, watch the dancers not the dance...
There's something here that I can't quite touch,
Perhaps it's the heat and I'm thinking too much,
Here I am coming home.

There are ships in the harbour and the planes roll in,
Ice in the beer and American gin.
I've picked up my ticket and I'm coming home...
I'm coming home...

And the dark guns and glasses of the military,
The drains are open and the rats run free...
My passport tells me I'm coming home...

There are ships in the harbour and the planes roll in,
Ice in the beer and American gin.
I've picked up my ticket and I'm coming home...
I'm coming home...
Coming home
It's been a lifetime here
Coming home

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Written by: JASON INGRAM, MEREDITH ANDREWS

Lyrics © JAMIE MUSIC PUBLISHING CO, Universal Music Publishing Group, Downtown Music Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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