So this might be getting a little obscure, but hoping someone can help me out.
For many years, I had a very different impression of the song by Redgum - "I was only 19".
My memory, which may not be correct, seems to remember hearing a different version of the song, which contained the question "And what's this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what it means?", and answered the question in the next line, which included "good old Aussie pride".
Searching that line on Google returns a poem called Green and Gold Malaria. , with the full line being "The rash that you've contracted here is good old Aussie pride".
So, either I am remembering two separate events and mashing them together, or there exists a single song that combines I was only 19 and Green and Gold Malaria. If this song exists, I am looking for a recording of it, name of the person who did the cover, or even just a confirmation of "yes, you aren't crazy, I do remember hearing that version".
For context, this would have been country New South Wales, in roughly 1998 and would have been played at a primary school.