All rights reserved by sony/bmg and billy joel documents from the vietnam era to the billy joel song goodnight saigon this video is dedicated to the american soldiers who gave the ulitmate sacrifice in the vietnam war due to past concerns i would also like to say if you post anything hurtful to. Goodnight saigon by billy joel song meaning, lyric interpretation, video and chart position saigon is a city in vietnam where major combat operations took place during the vietnam war joel wrote the song as a this is a very unusual song for joel, who stays away from political songs and never served in the military.
Goodnight saigon is told from the perspective of a young american reflecting on his service in vietnam joel's lyrics focus on the brotherhood and camaraderie of soldiers in vietnam it mentions aspects of combat, including the skill of the viet cong (“they were sharp, as sharp as knives”) it also refers to cultural experiences.
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 goodnight saigon is billy's epic about the vietnam war experience although billy himself did not serve in the armed forces, his friends and roadies did and urged him to write the song. In we gotta get out of this place, doug bradley and craig werner place popular music at the heart of the american experience in vietnam they explore how and why us troops turned to music as a way of connecting to each other and the world back home and of coping with the complexities of the war they had been.
This essay examines a unique collection of popular songs of the 1980s which deal with the vietnam war, and, in particular, the plight of the vietnam veteran the military and political implications of america's withdrawal certainly remained topics of popular debate among politicians, soldiers and media analysts, but the.