|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org » Forums » General Topics » Weekly Themes » ninteen Register User Forum List Calendar Active Topics Search FAQ
#210019 - 03/14/13 10:11 AM ninteen
I was visiting England in 1985 when the song "NIneteen" became popular. The writer, Paul Hardcastle was comparing his own life at 19 to those of the soldiers featured: "...what struck me was how young the soldiers were: the documentary said their average age was 19. I was out having fun in pubs and clubs when I was 19, not being shoved into jungles and shot at." The title "19" comes from a documentary's claim that the average age of an American combat soldier in the war was 19, as compared to World War II's 26. The source for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, shows a large number of deaths (38%) were ages 19 or 20. The song is known for its "stuttering" refrain: "N-n-n-n-nineteen"._________________________
Prof. Emeritus Tom Priestly
Modern Languages & Cultural Studies
University of Alberta
Canada T6G 2E6
#210024 - 03/14/13 11:00 AM Re: ninteen [Re: Tom Priestly]
Loc: Land of the Flat Water
I remember it well.
----please, draw me a sheep----
#210055 - 03/17/13 09:10 PM Re: ninteen [Re: Tom Priestly]
Greetings, yes indeed Tom, I remember the song and video well. It's unfortunate that the link posted in AWAD for Paul Hardcastle's '19' has to point to one of the many newer versions/mixes of the video.
The original is unsurpassed and is a much more impactful and to the point video. (Sorry, I have no link to give as it is apparently no longer available thanks to EMI's stinginess...best as I can tell anyway).
The "nuh-nuh-nuh-nineteen" is certainly earconic to the song but so is the uttered phrase "I wasn't really sure what was going on..." and it's the more telling.
Average age aside and 40 years beyond "'Nam" war has not gotten an iota better for any involved....hmm, maybe UAV pilots? I suppose most of them sleep okay at night...or then again maybe not :-\
Unrelated to the focus of this week's AWAD on the number 19, I actually watched the 1985 video within the past week (I long ago snagged my own copy before EMI protested to whoever and shut it down :-p ).
Deh, deh, deh,, deh, deh, DESTRUCTION! / Suh, suh, suh, Saigon / Vietnam / Suh, suh, suh, Saigon / Vietnam / Suh, suh, suh, Saigon / Nuh, nuh, nuh....
TR Hanlon / qwuh, qwuh, qwuh, qwerrk
Forum Stats 8876 Members
Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members RBG4L, jimrsbjorklund2, Ralph2, JoanPerrin51, Steve_Benko
8876 Registered Users
Who's Online 0 registered (), 80 Guests and 3 Spiders online. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
endymion6 82 LukeJavan8 80 wofahulicodoc 64 A C Bowden 44 May 33 Rainmaker 15 Tromboniator 3 BranShea 1 Ralph2 1
wwh 13858 Faldage 13803 Jackie 11613 tsuwm 10532 LukeJavan8 7712 Buffalo Shrdlu 7210 AnnaStrophic 6511 Wordwind 6296 wofahulicodoc 6041 of troy 5400
Board Rules · Mark all read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.
Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat
© 2014 Wordsmith