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    To all of you who served, Thank you

    Goodnight Saigon
    The Nylon Curtain Released: 1982 By Billy Joel

    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

    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 home front
    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 on to each other
    Like brother to brother
    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 hand
    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 highlands
    And they were sharp
    As sharp as knives
    They heard the hum of our motors
    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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    Re: GoodNight Saigon

    Originally posted by JohnKnight77
    To all of you who served, Thank you

    Goodnight Saigon
    The Nylon Curtain Released: 1982 By Billy Joel

    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

    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 home front
    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 on to each other
    Like brother to brother
    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 hand
    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 highlands
    And they were sharp
    As sharp as knives
    They heard the hum of our motors
    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

    One of the best war songs written about Nam.. The video was as equally stark. I remember that Joel had a group of vets standing around the piano singing the chorus as well as cutting to combat footage.

    It is a very powerful song....Semper Fi my brothers.

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