“Goodnight Saigon” by Billy Joel (1982)
- What sensory experiences does the song describe?
Going to Vietnam as a soldier and dying for America
- Where does the song use pauses, repetition, parallelism and/or unique sentence structure?
repetition when he says, night, right, knives
- What three words most impact to the overall feel of this song?
lives, corpses, together
- How are musical devices (instrument choice, pacing, rhythm, vocals, etc.) used to enhance specific words' meaning?
We held the day in the palm of our hand, drums in between words
- What is the subject of the song? Does it tell a story or declare a message?
It tells a story of how soldiers died in Vietnam together and they weren’t fighting for what was right. They were fighting for the men next to them.
- ***If there are any allusions you do not know, research their details and decide how they add meaning to the song.
- Use this list of tone words to describes the tone of the song’s music.
Calm, proud, appreciative, angry
- Use this list of tone words to describes the tone of the song’s language as revealed through imagery, syntax, diction, and details.