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Billy Joel

Goodnight Saigon

 

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From: Peter Eybert [pjoe@charon.muc.de]

Sent: Saturday, January 03, 1998 8:54 AM

 

Song: Goodnight Saigon

 

by Billy Joel

from "The Nylon Curtain",1982

transcribed by Peter Eybert

 

 

F Dm Bb G

Dm Dm7 C

We met as soul mates on Parris Island,

Dm Dm7 C

we left as inmates from an asylum.

Em Am Em Am

And we were sharp, as sharp as knives

Dm Dm/C G C G

and we were so gung-ho to lay down our lives.

 

Dm Dm7 C

We came in spastic like tameless horses,

Dm Dm7 C

we left in plastic as numbered corpses.

Em Am Em Am

And we learned fast to travel light,

Dm C Bb G Dm G

our arms were heavy but our bellies were tight.

 

Dm Dm7 C

We had no home front, we had no soft soap.

Dm Dm7 C

They sent us Playboy, they gave us Bob Hope.

Em Am Em Am

We dug in deep and shot on sight

Dm F G C G

and prayed to Jesus Christ with all of our might.

 

Dm Dm7 C

We had no cameras to shoot the landscape

Dm Dm7 C

we passed the hash pipe and played our Doors tapes.

Em Am Em Am

And it was dark, so dark at night

Dm Dm/C

and we held on to each other, like brother to brother,

Bb F6/A G

we promised our mothers we'd write.

 

F Bb C C7

And we would all go down together,

F Bb C C7

we said we'd all go down together,

F Bb G F Dm C

yes, we would all go down together.

 

Dm Dm7 C

Remember Charlie, remember Baker,

Dm Dm7 C

they left their childhood on every acre.

Em Am Em Am

And who was wrong? And who was right?

Dm C Bb G

It didn't matter in the thick of the fight.

 

Am Em C Dm E Dm Dm7 E

We held the day in the palm of our hand.

Am Em C Dm E Dm C+

They ruled the night and the night seemed to last

E C E Dm Dm7 C

as long as six weeks on Parris Island.

Dm Dm7 C

We held the coastline, they held the highlands,

Em Am Em Am

and they were sharp, as sharp as knives,

Dm Dm/C

they heard the hum of motors, they counted the rotors

Bb F6/A G

and waited for us to arrive.

 

F Bb C C7

And we would all go down together,

F Bb C C7

we said we'd all go down together,

F Bb G F Dm Bb

yes, we would all go down together.

 

G F Dm Bb ...

 

(C+ = 032110)

 

--

pjoe@charon.muc.de

 

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