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Song We met as soul mates The soldiers were enthusiastic buddies and hopeful for a better life We left as inmates from an asylum The soldiers dreamsideas of heroism and valour were completely wrong And we were so gung ho to lay down our lives The soldiers thought theyd be heroes that when they came back they would be revered as fighters for freedom And WE were sharp as sharp as knives And THEY were sharp As sharp as knives Equalizes America and Vietnam Both were as deadly as each other They sent us Playboy They gave us Bob Hope Weak useless temporary distractions Just like drugs A temporary getaway from the reality of war guts and blood We dug in deep And shot on sight And prayed to Jesus Christ with all of our might These two lines just accentuate the fear that resided in the lives of the soldiers Relates to Platoon As in Platoon where the imagery is dark and colours are dull the soldiers couldnt see anything and shot anything that moved To the soldiers who or why didnt matter at that time it was their life or the shoot Their country forsook the soldiers Their countries had sentenced them to near certain death in Vietnam in a hopeless situation Their country left them to die there The American people hated the soldiers they spat on them To them their home countries had betrayed them In this case all that seemed to be left was God And it was dark so dark at night This has two meanings the literal and metaphorical In the literal sense the atmosphere was dark for the soldier Relates to Platoon The soldier was disillusioned and couldnt see anything Just as in Platoon In the metaphorical sense darkness stands for evil hell Vietnam was hell It was dark Everyone was confused Just as the darkness hides truth we are
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