"CAMBODIA" BY KIM WILDE (1981)
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
Released in November 1981, "Cambodia" was the fourth single by English singer Kim Wilde, and the first of two singles to be lifted from her second studio album Select, the one other being "View From A Bridge". The track reached #12 in the UK, and was released at the end of a year in which Kim Wilde had already had three successful hit singles and a best-selling, self-titled debut album.
Cambodia Spanish vinyl single sleeve
The thought-provoking lyrics (penned by Kim's brother, Ricky) are about a pilot who experiences the horrors of the Cambodian-Vietnamese war. His mental state is altered by the whole experience, and then he is possibly shot down and captured, although the lyrics only suggest this.
The start of the song suggests that life with his wife was pretty rosy before things turned sour. "Well he was Thailand based she was an air force wife, he used to fly weekends, it was the easy life".
"He had the saddest eyes the girl had ever seen, he used to cry some nights as though he lived a dream" describe his poor mental state.
UK 7 inch vinyl front sleeve