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Kim Wilde - Cambodia

Well he was Thailand based
She was an air force wife
He used to fly weekends
It was the easy life
But then it turned around and he began to change
She didn't wonder then
She didn't think it strange
But then he got a call
He had to leave that night
He couldn't say too much
But it would be alright
He didn't need to pack
They'd meet the next night
He had a job to do
Flying to Cambodia

And as the nights passed by
She tried to trace the past
The way he used to look
The way he used to laugh
I guess she'll never know
What got inside his soul
She couldn't make it out
Just couldn't take it all
He had the saddest eyes the girl had ever seen
He used to cry some nights as though he lived a dream
And as she held him close
He used to search her face as though she knew the truth
Lost inside Cambodia

But then a call came through
They said he'd soon be home
She had to pack a case and they would make a rendezvous

But now a year has passed and not a single word
And all the love she knew has disappeared out in the haze

Cambodia

Don't cry now, no tears now

And now the years have passed with not a single word
But there is only one thing left I know for sure
She won't see his face again

"Cambodia" is the fourth single by British singer Kim Wilde. It was released at the end of 1981; a year in which Wilde had already scored three highly successful hit singles and a best-selling debut album. The lyrics were inspired by the Operation Menu bombing campaign of Cambodia by the United States during the Vietnam War. The single was another international success, topping the charts in France, Sweden and Switzerland and hitting the top ten in several other nations. In France alone it sold one million copies. It was released on the 7" format but also as a 12" single in Germany, although not in a remixed or extended version. The B-side of both releases was an exclusive non-album track called "Watching for Shapes". "Cambodia" was later included on Wilde's second album, Select, which was released six months after the single in May 1982. The album version of "Cambodia" runs for 7:13 minutes, as it is teamed with a more uptempo instrumental version of the song, called "Reprise". Musically and lyrically, "Cambodia" showed a change in direction for Wilde from the new wave feel of her debut album. The song was mainly synth-driven, with oriental-sounding percussion.

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