"Goodnight Saigon"
   By: Billy Joel

Imagery

The song "Goodnight Saigon" starts off with auditory of helicopters flying close above almost to make you feel as if you were in the battle field. This feeling is also created with lyrics such as "tameless horses..." and "plastic as numbered corpses..." to show the countless lives lost. The lyric"remember charlie, remember baker, they left their childhood on every acre"  allows a picture of pieces of each soldier's past being left behind, for the war was changing them indefinitely. However such lyrics as "we would all go down together" show the brotherhood of the war, and how even though tough, shown in the visual above, they had each other.

Syntax

The use of repetition in the words "we would all go down together" shows the importance of brotherhood in the war. That they depended on one another as a second family.

Diction

The word brotherhood as a connotative meaning of team work.They cared for one another like brothers, they were in this together.

Details

The over all truth of the song was to put the hardships of the war all together but also to show that this didn't stop the troop they push froward for themselves and for each other, for they would all go down together.

Some of the details were allusions, such as "bob hope", a comedian, and "Playboy" both there for entertainment and yet no home feel essentials. Another allusion being "Jesus Christ" for they looked up to a greater power striving for the safety they could only hope for. With in the title the allusion of the word, "saigon" to show that they are saying goodbye to this city and the wreckage. One last allusion found was "Parris Island." This was the place in which the marines where trained.

Tone

The lyrics show a type of CANDID tone. This means that they are vey frank and outspoken with the honesty of the historical war.

The music shows a RELAXED tone. With the light use of the piano and the drums to create a sort of sanctuary.

Lyrics

"Goodnight Saigon"

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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