Billy Joel – Goodnight Saigon (Official Video)

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In 1982, Billy Joel released an album titled The Nylon Curtain, which became a Billboard Top 10 album and was one of the first to be recorded, mixed, and mastered digitally. Watch the official music video for ‘Goodnight Saigon’, which became a Billboard Top 100 track and details life on the front lines during the Vietnam War.

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Lyrics:
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

Billy Joel’s official YouTube channel features music videos, live performances, interviews, TV appearances and more. Best known for his first hit song, ‘Piano Man’, in 1973, Billy has written and recorded thirty-three Top 40 hits in the United States. He is a six-time Grammy Award winner, a 23-time Grammy nominee and one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 150 million records worldwide. Billy Joel is the sixth-best-selling recording artist and the third-best-selling solo artist in the United States.

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  • My dad was drafted, didn't get selected due to his asthma. 6'3 250#, he would have been awesome. Miss that man.

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  • I never liked how the song spares the American soldiers from the war crimes they committed; it makes it seem as if every GI was simply a victim, when in reality the Vietcong suffered like no other nation had suffered before. Countless civilians, countless women and children, were killed, raped, tortured, shot and their villages burnt – just for the heck of it.

    Millions and millions of Vietnamese people had died in the end (and they continue to do so!), while the US lost about 50,000 soldiers. And most of all: the US still had their country, while Vietnam was a wasteland.

    This song is ultimately, while being anti-war, propaganda.

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  • Moved to tears. I'd never seen the visual component of this song.

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  • My Husband Still Has Nightmares And Flash Backs From That Bullshit! U.S. Army Sniper S.o.com. Special Operations Command Special Forces……WAR IS A TERRIBLE THING……………..WHY?

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  • We're fighting a different war now. One that is invisible, but just as lethal. My heart goes out to everyone, everywhere, who has lost a loved one, and who is angry, scared and simply fed up with a world that refuses to learn from the past. We're all in this together, and this time, we know where the blame lies. Please stand up against wildlife poaching and butchering. Kick ass and fight animal cruelty, and smuggling – even snakes, chameleons and other little critters.

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  • Seeing the woman singing in the background at 2:30 is so special. This song is so moving.

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  • Now i dedicate this song for the healthcare soldiers in the fight against the unseen enemy corona.

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  • If you dont get chills from the "and we would all go down together" part you are not human
    A meaningless war which took away many lifes of both Vietnamese and American

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  • This song is so sad and so beautiful. My dad fought with the British army in the Korean War. At night he would have nightmares and wake up screaming. No therapy in those days…

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  • This song gives me chicken skin every single time I hear it!

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  • Billy Joel fan never heard this song before. No words the words but the pictures ?….

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  • I lost a friend in Cambodia. I have another friend who is lost inside for all these years. I severed the last years of Nam. How sad I was

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  • They finished the fight, they ran the race, they keep the faith

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  • I'm not biting my tongue on this, many have expressed their opinions on this piece. For all of you who downplay the rise of Communism and the reason for the string of wars that followed, I highly disagree with you. And even wars in the Middle East that followed afterwards, I'll agree they were mostly for resources and influence, I'd still argue that they were more important than people would down play as. Not every war is black and white like ww2, it may be at times for commodities or keeping ties to other nations. War isnt for deciding good and bad guys, it's for settling desires or disputes. That's the bottom line, that's the way it is. Disagree with me, but with what I said, I still love the personnel that serve our military and respect them tremendously.

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  • There are some song which etch themselves upon the heart and remain there. This is one of those songs.

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  • My dad volunteered, wasn't drafted, probably helped bc he never ended up on the front lines. He learned how to wire telephones and set up lines instead. He died in 80s, so I never heard his after thoughts but I know from his recorded tapes that he abhorred the environmental destruction of war. I told him once that I wanted to join military, he objected strangely, but could have been bc I am female. Who knows? I'll never know.

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  • Anyone else cry when they hear this song?

    I was not in Vietnam, but served in Operation Desert Storm in the U.S. Air Force.

    1986-1991.

    007

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  • joinig, recruitment,then boot camp, at pendjenton, then combat training at pariss island , and then , , well then you know, utter chaos .

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  • I was in the marines in the 80s and many of the officers and enlisted men in charge of us were combat actions marines.
    Some of these guys were extremely intense— some so hardcore closed off like they built a wall around them. I remember a stoic Sargent major of our unit who had been shot several times while in Vietnam. He was around 40 but he looked like he was in his 20s, young face, very fit and would only date 18-19 year old girls. He was like 17-18 when he did his first combat tour. I wonder now if his dating of girls more than half his age was an effect of his combat tours. Sort of like arrested development. His emotional age halting because of being in combat. It’s like he missed out on a part of his life that many had. Kind of sad.

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  • We would all go down together we would all go down together we would all go down together
    We would all go down together we would all go down together we would all down together we would all
    Go down together we would all go down together we would all go down together we would all go down together we would all go down together we would all go down together we would all go down together we would all go down together we would all go down together we would all go down together we would all go down together we would all go down together we would all go down together we would all go down together

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  • We met as soulmates
    On Parris Inland
    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 would all go down together
    We would all go down together
    We would all go down together
    And they ruled the night and they ruled the night
    And they ruled the night they ruled the night and they ruled the night
    For us to arrived we would all go down together we would all go down together
    Remember me and we would all go down together we would all go down together we would all go down together we would all go down together we would all go down together we would all go down together

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  • WHO ELSE just watched this in 2020 and cried like a baby….like me??

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  • this song makes me remember a war that ended 30 years before I was born but somehow have memories from

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  • Usually a metalhead, but this is some good shit right here. Very impactful and emotional, you can really feel it.

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  • Something I never noticed before in this video: the lone girl, behind Billy, at 2:30, singing along.

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  • This song tears me up because people lost their lives and it's about the brave soldiers who lost their lives just for this country. I also cry because it makes me feel so happy that they fought for us so people if you think this country sucks think about what these men did for us. They suffered for our freedom so stop taking advantage of this country. Think about what these men suffered through just for us.

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  • I lost my grandfather in Vietnam in 1970. This song, even though I’m not a veteran, actually makes me sad.

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