Saturday, November 21, 2015

BOTB Results: "Goodnight, Saigon"



Whoo-ah! That wasn't even close. Perhaps it was the serious Kennedy honors staging, the elderly reflective Billy Joel in the audience, or the jaunty cowboy hat - but Garth won it, fair n' square.  

Seriously, though: anything that calls attention to veterans and their sacrifices gets a thumbs up from me. This isn't Billy Joel's personal story anymore than "Downeaster Alexa," but the man knows how to use song to tell a story. Love him or hate him, he has undeniable talent. He's the piano man, right?

But there was a steady flow of "Billy owned it" and so, I'm gonna let a younger piano-man-Billy sing us out...



Our battles take place twice a month: on the 1st and 15th. The results come six days later: on the 7th and 21st. That's when I return, total all of the votes, including mine (if necessary), and announce the winner. 

This music blogging event first introduced by our friends 

33 comments:

  1. Bill is so beautiful that I want to cry. Yup! There it is. The first tear in the right eye. In the list of bloggers who participate in BOTB, can you change WOMEN: WE SHALL OVERCOME to Janie Junebug Righting & Editing?

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I clicked on WOMEN: WE SHALL OVERCOME, and it took me to my most recent post. I wonder why my blogs to read are gone. Life is such a mystery, let me tell you.

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    2. Oh, man, I called him Bill. I meant Billy. He's never Bill.

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    3. The blogs are back in my reading list. Blogger toys with me, so I live in fear.

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    4. Oh, looky there! Like magic - it's a new blog: JANIE JUNEBUG'S RIGHTING & EDITING!

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    5. Stop denying that you tried to break into Bruce's house. Everyone knows that every single word i write is the truth.

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  2. I do like Billy Joe'ls version--what a sad song about a sad war in a beautiful country.

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    1. I've always found this song to be sad. I'm not sure why I love sad songs but I think it's the fact that the writer has the power to dredge up emotion with words and music...it's pretty amazing, in that way.

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  3. I like Billy Joel's version best too.

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    1. He owns it; I can't deny it. Thanks, ePt!

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  4. I hear condolences are in order for Janie's BOTBs, so I'm sending a hug. Go Billy!

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    1. Janie is like energy: she doesn't go away, she just changes forms.

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  5. Lady Cherdo ~ No matter who does this song, I cannot keep tears from forming. Though I liked Garth's version the best during the battle... Billy Joel's younger version touches my heart as well. Take care ~ Love, Dixie

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    1. Truth be told: me, too! My aunt's twin brother (aunt by marriage) was shot down and they never recovered his remains. I can't help but think of that when I hear this song.

      Miss you, Dixie! I'm trying to get back in the swing o' things!

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  6. Can't say I'm surprised with this outcome or the comments about Billy Joel owning it. He really does.

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    1. It's the truth, ha ha. I wish I could say I owned a song... Thanks, Robin!

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  7. Billy truly does own this. Great battle, Cherdo!
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

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    1. Thanks, Guilie! Appreciate your vote and visit!

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  8. If Billy owns this song... he can have it.

    Oops! Well... I've said too much.

    This is BOTB, a place for entertainment rather than political commentary, so... I'll just say...

    DOC CHERDO, you Rock!!! And give my regards to the "Angel", please.
    See ya on 12/01, eh?

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. What are the odds that you won't hear from me till 12/1? Low...very low...

      I thank you for the Angel hellos...angels like that a lot. This one motorvates like it has wings lately!

      Using a song you don't like it almost as good as using a song you DO like. I've already got 12/1 in the bag, man.

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  9. A part of me feels sorry for Joan Baez.
    Another part of me feels like eating that last piece of pizza on the stove.

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    1. I say "go for it" - if not you, then who? If not now - when? The night was made for culinary bravado. To Al!

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  10. I had a feeling he would take it and glad he did. No one can resist soldiers in uniform

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    1. Boy, ain't that the truth. I cry at all the military songs, too...even "Anchors Aweigh." They're "sailing at break of day", for crying out loud. Those poor boys...

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  11. Lopsided, sure, but still a fun battle. And it's true, I would have voted for Billy over the others in a heartbeat.

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    1. Lopsided, yes. But you never know...I try to get different versions. Sometimes, it's hard to find a cover that is not too too close to the original.

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  12. Well there were 4 other people that liked what's her name with me.

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    1. That's the spirit! If only we asked the right people, lol...

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  13. I wavered plenty on voting for your Battle, but in the end I fell in with the minority. The story of my life.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I don't think a waver is a bad thing.

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  14. Billy always owned it!!! At least back in the day... I was a little shocked to hear Christie Brinkley was dating John Mellencamp. She certainly likes her 70s/80s musicians!

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    1. I have never understood Christie Brinkley...

      But, I don't blame her for liking the 70s/80s musicians!

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  15. My brother is the biggest Billy Joel fan ever. So much so his wife had to talk him down from naming his first son, Billy Joel, Bill as the first name, Joel as the second name. In the end, his wife talked him out of it and being a Jr., himself he opted to name his son Edward William III. Still, my brother always called Edward, Billy and it's stuck to this day. I just kind of hope when Billy has his own son, he names him the IV. LOL
    Anyway, glad to see Garth win this battle, he did a great job with this song.

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo