"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…
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