Who Sang Goodnight Saigon? Billy Joel

Billy Joel The Nylon Curtain cover art
publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Billy Joel
release date: 1982
length: 7:02
producer: Phil Ramone
piano: Billy Joel
lead vocals: Billy Joel
mixer: Jim Boyer
engineer: Jim Boyer
electric guitar: David Brown
electric bass guitar: Doug Stegmeyer
guitar: Russell Javors
drums (drum set): Liberty DeVitto
associate engineer: Bradshaw Leigh
snare drum: Bill Zampino
We met as soulmates
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 homefront
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 onto each other
Like brother to bother
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 hands
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 highland
And they were sharp
As sharp as knives
They heard the hum of the mortars
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.

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Allentown
  • 2 Laura
  • 3 Pressure
  • 4 Goodnight Saigon
  • 5 She's Right on Time
  • 6 A Room of Our Own
  • 7 Surprises
  • 8 Scandanavian Skies
  • 9 Where's the Orchestra?

  • Album Information
    label: CBS/Sony
    country(area): Japan
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin