Goodnight Saigon Uke tab by Billy Joel

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We met as soulmates on Parris Island
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We left as inmates from an asylum
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And we were sharp as sharp as knives
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And we were so gung-ho to lay down our lives
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We came in spastic like tameless horses
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We left in plastic as numbered corpses
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And we learned fast to travel light
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Our arms were heavy but our bellies were tight
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We had no homefront we had no soft soap
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They sent us Playboy They gave us Bob Hope
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We dug in deep and shot on sight
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and prayed to Jesus Christ with all of our might
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We had no cameras to shoot the landscape
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We passed the hash pipe and played our Doors tapes
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And it was dark so dark at night
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And we held onto each other like brother to brother
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We promised our mothers we'd write
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And we would all go down together
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We said we'd all go down together
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Yes we would all go down together

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


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We held the day in the palm of our hand
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They ruled the night and the night
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Seemed to last as long as six weeks on Parris Island
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We held the coastline They held the highland
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And they were sharp as sharp as knives
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They heard the hum of the motors
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They counted the rotors
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And waited for us to arrive


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

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About this song

"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 played. Read more on Last.fm.