We met as soulmates
On Parris Inland
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.

We came in spastic
Like tameless horses
We left in plastic
As numbered corpses
And we learned fast
To travel light
Our arms were heavy but our bellies were tight

We had no homefront
We had no soft soap
They sent us playboy
They gave us bob hope
We dug in deep
And shot on sight
And prayed to Jesus Christ with all of our might.

We had no cameras
To shoot the landscape
We passed the hash pipe
And played our Doors tapes
And it was dark..
So dark at night
And we held onto each other
Like brother to bother
We promised our mothers we'd write

And we would all go down together
We said we'd all go down together
Yes we would all go down together.

Remember Charlie?
Remember Baker?
They left their childhood
On every acre
And who was wrong,
And who was right?
It didn't matter in the thick of the fight

We, held the day
In the palm of our hands
They, ruled the night
And the night, seemed to last as long as six weeks
On Parris Island
We held the coastline
They held the highland
And they were sharp
As sharp as knives
They heard the hum of the mortars
They counted the rotors
And waited for us to arrive

And we would all go down together
We said we'd all go down together
Yes we would all go down together.



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"Goodnight Saigon" as written by Billy Joel

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    General Comment:This song just makes me so bitter towards the American society. It makes me think of Born on the Fourth of July (W/Tom Cruise)...It depresses me because I feel so much for all the men who went to fight thinking it was the right thing to do, but then came home to absolutely no welcoming. That's f*cked up if you ask me.
    Surfpicoon March 07, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:about vietnam
    Tiff15on May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:its great
    coolspiriton June 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Anyone who has ever seen Billy Joel play this song in Madison Square would agree that it sends a chill up your spine. The crowd just goes crazy.
    leaneyson August 19, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:I remember when I was a little kid, about 2 or 3 maybe, listening to this song on my parents record player...it was back in 1987 or 8, and i can remember the sound of the helicopter in the beginning...its just burned into my memory....great song...great song
    TSLlovesPHILon September 17, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:this song means so much to my father. He told me everytime he hears it he is reminded about when he was watching a 442 old's for his cousin who went off to 'nam but never returned, very sad story and song.
    sweetpoeton October 14, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:I think Billy had some friends who were in Vietnam and the vets weren't welcomed back, and they wanted him to write a song about it but he wouldn't because he wasn't there, so he said the lyrics are not verbatim but pretty close to the narrative they told him about what it was like.
    It's pretty similar to All Quiet on the Western Front.
    wpoton October 15, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:The songs title makes you think of being at vietnam, but the talk about Parris Island is bootcamp.... still a powerful song...
    MelissaOKon March 20, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:Yeah, but he talks about meeting at Parris Island, meaning they meant at boot camp, so that means the song could still be about Vietnam
    Sukaion April 21, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:Yeah, but he talks about meeting at Parris Island, meaning they meant at boot camp, so that means the song could still be about Vietnam
    Sukaion April 21, 2003   Link

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