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"Goodnight Saigon" is a song written by Billy Joel, originally appearing on his 1982 album The Nylon Curtain. It is one of the most well-known songs about the Vietnam War. It depicts the situation and attitude of United States Marines beginning with their military training on Parris Island and then into typical aspects of Vietnam combat.

Unlike most of his early works, 'Goodnight Saigon' is not a piano-dominated song, instead relying on a gentle guitar strumming pattern, which Joel himself… read more

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We met as soul mates on Parris Island
We left as inmates from an asylum
And we were sharp, as sharp as knives
And we were so gung ho to lay down our lives

Billy Joel - Goodnight Saigon Lyrics


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  • Adios Saigon..................
  • Apparently, the men singing with Billy on this track were all Vietnam veterans. Such a powerful and sad song.
  • this song bring tears to my eyes. being english i only met conscientous objector when i was working in london during vietnam. but the passion and the words brings to life what the american soldiers may have felt
  • very important masterpiece.
  • excellent
  • Powerful song
  • Captures the feeling I get when talking to our Vietnam Vetrans. Proud but sad.
  • Great song, but from The Nylon Curtain, not Piano Man.
  • excellent song, surprising changes in tone. love it.
  • very fine song from a very good album

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