Tony Nuttall

HOW LUCKY WAS I?

The other night I stood in a full room in our Parliament House.
The blokes were all smiles and the women looked grouse
All wearing their best frocks, the men in coat and tie,
And I couldn’t help thinking ‘How lucky was I?’

The Prime Minister came into the hall to polite applause,
Closely followed by the Opposition Leader without a pause
And the clapping got louder as two other blokes passed by,
And I couldn’t help thinking ‘How lucky was I?’

The PM and his Opposite expressed the Nation’s thanks to all in the room
But it wasn’t till these other two blokes spoke that reality hit home.
They spoke of a Battle that they had shared by and by
And I couldn’t stop thinking ‘How lucky was I’.

They spoke of Vietnam and the Battles of Balmoral and Coral
Where Aussie troops fought a war, while many at home questioned the moral.
These blokes in the room though knew they could die
And I couldn’t help thinking ‘How lucky was I’.

Twenty-five of them did die and over a hundred were wounded
But all who took part were forever bonded.
They fought off the enemy and could hold their heads high
And I couldn’t help thinking ‘How lucky was I’.

As I looked around the room they looked like ordinary blokes enjoying a drink
But they had on their chests many medals and that made me think
Of what they had gone through under that foreign sky
And I couldn’t help thinking ‘How lucky was I?’.

I didn’t have to go to war, and put my life on the line
As did these blokes did who I was now standing behind.
I don’t know the pressure to come under fire
And I couldn’t help thinking ‘How lucky was I’.

To see these blokes now as they’re getting a bit older
And hear stories of their times when they had to be bolder
Was truly an honour, and as we said thanks, I gave a sigh
And I couldn’t help thinking, ‘How lucky was I’

Webmaster’s note: Copied from South Australian TPI (Totally and Permanently Incapacitated) News, this poem was composed by Graham Nuttall …advisor for Tony Windsor MP (Member of Parliament)