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Goodnight Saigon Chords

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                Goodnight Saigon - Billy Joel
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Tabbed by: maguri
Tuning: Standard

Billy Joel
Goodnight Saigon (1982)
(Billy Joel)

From: "The Nylon Curtain"

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CHORDS (alphabetically)

          E-A-D-G-B-E
Bbmaj7    x-1-3-2-3-1
C/Bb      x-1-2-0-1-0
C/E       x-x-2-0-1-1
E7        x-x-2-1-3-0
E-9       x-x-2-1-0-1
G/B       x-2-0-0-3-3
G7/B      x-2-3-0-3-x
F/A       x-0-3-2-1-x
Dm/A      x-0-0-2-3-1
Dm/C      x-3-x-2-3-1
Dm/F      x-x-3-2-3-1
Fadd9/A   x-0-3-2-1-3

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INTRO
  F                Dm               Bbmaj7           G
e|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----0---1---3---|----0---1---3---|----0---1---3---|----0---1---0---|
G|2---0---2---4---|2---0---2---4---|2---0---2---4---|2---0---2---0---|
D|3---------------|3---------------|3---------------|3---------------|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
                                                         We met as ...

INTERLUDE 2
  Bb               G                D                G7
e|----0---1---3---|----0---1---3---|5---7---8---10--|5---7---8-------|
B|3---1---3---5---|3---1---3---5---|7---8---10--12--|6---8---10------|
G|3---------------|4---------------|----------------|----------------|
D|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
                                                         We had no ...

INTERLUDE 3
  G                F                Dm               G 
e|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----0---1---3---|----0---1---3---|----0---1---3---|----0---1---0---|
G|2---0---2---4---|2---0---2---4---|2---0---2---4---|2---0---2---0---|
D|3---------------|3---------------|3---------------|3---------------|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
                                                         Re-mem-ber ...

INTERLUDE 4
  Bb               G             
e|----0---1---3---|5---7---8---10--|
B|3---1---3---5---|6---8---10--12--|
G|3---------------|----------------|
D|----------------|----------------|
A|----------------|----------------|
E|----------------|----------------|

INTERLUDE 5
  G                F
e|----------------|----------------|
B|----0---1---3---|----0---1---3---|
G|2---0---2---4---|2---0---2---4---|
D|3---------------|3---------------|
A|----------------|----------------|
E|----------------|----------------|

OUTRO
  Dm               Bbmaj7           G                F
e|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----0---1---3---|----0---1---3---|----0---1---3---|----0---1---0---|
G|2---0---2---4---|2---0---2---4---|2---0---2---4---|2---0---2---0---|
D|3---------------|3---------------|3---------------|3---------------|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|

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INTRO (see above)
| F | Dm | Bbmaj7 | G |


VERSE
          Dm/F          G7     C
We met as soul mates on Parris Island,
   C/E     Dm/F         G7  C
We left as inmates from an asylum
            Em    Am           Em     Am
And we were sharp, as sharp as knives
            Dm            Dm/C            G/B   F/A  G
And we were so gung-ho to lay down our lives


VERSE
           Dm/F         G7       C
We came in spastic like tameless horses,
   C/E     Dm/F       G7       C
We left in plastic as numbered corpses
               Em  Am         Em     Am
And we learned fast to travel light, 
              Dm            Dm/C         Bb
Our arms were heavy but our bellies were tight


INTERLUDE 2 (see above)
| Bb | G | D | G7 |


VERSE
          Dm/F           G7     C
We had no home front, we had no soft soap
     C/E     Dm/F          G7      C
They sent us Playboy, they gave us Bob Hope
          Em    Am            Em     Am
We dug in deep    and shot on sight
              Dm                Dm/C          G/B Fadd9/A  G
And prayed to Jesus Christ with all of our might

 
VERSE (+ bridge)
          Dm/F       G7        C
We had no cameras to shoot the landscape
   C/E        Dm/F          G7         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           F/A          Gm
We promised our mothers we'd write


CHORUS
C/Bb         F/A    Bb     C       C/Bb
And we would all go down together,
             F/A    Bb G7/B C       C/Bb
We said we'd all go down  together,
              F/A    Bb Dm/A   [G7]
Yes, we would all go down    together


INTERLUDE 3 (see above)
| G | F | Dm | G7 |


VERSE
         Dm/F       G7     C
Remember Charlie, remember Baker,
     C/E        Dm/F         G7    C
They left their childhood on every acre
            Em   Am            Em     Am
And who was wrong? And who was right?
          Dm            Dm/C         [Bb]
It didn't matter in the thick of the fight


INTERLUDE 4 (see above)
| Bb | G |


MIDDLE 8
Am G/B      C   Dm     E    Dm/F   E     E7-9  E  E7
We held the day in the palm of our hand
Am   G/B       C     Dm      E     Dm/F      G
They ruled the night and the night seemed to last as long as 


VERSE (+ bridge)
Dm/F         G7     C
Six weeks on Parris Island
   C/E      Dm/F            G7       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          F/A    Gm
And waited for us to arrive


CHORUS
C/Bb         F/A    Bb     C       C/Bb
And we would all go down together,
             F/A    Bb G7/B C       C/Bb
We said we'd all go down  together,
              F/A    Bb Dm/A   [G]
Yes, we would all go down    together


INTERLUDE 5 (see above)
| G | F |


OUTRO (see above)
| Dm | Bb | G | F |
| Dm | Bbmaj7 | G | F |
(repeat and fade)
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maguri wrote on August 30 2012, 04:37 pm

I'm the submitter of this tab. I was surprised about the rating and asked the user who rated it why he thought the tab was not so good so I could update and improve it. I didn't get an answer.
The tab is OK, as far as I can tell. If you think so too, please rate. Thanks!

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a fret so wrote on June 2 2014, 02:15 pm

It's perfect. Thanks for your hard work!

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brendandrobek wrote on October 17 2015, 04:16 pm

Can't imagine why anyone would rate this lower than perfect. Ever chord tabbed. All the interludes ect. Also, it's right; listen to some Youtube guitar covers of this and everyone is getting it wrong. Clearly they aren't using this version.

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