fidesquaerens (marta_bee) wrote,

26 Days of Music - V - Daniel by Elton John + My Vietnam by Pink

V is for Vietnam War, because that's where my mind is these days. (On war generally, not that particular one.) It's a theme connected to two songs in my mind.

First, the obvious:

And the not-so-obvious.

If you missed the Vietnam connect you're not alone. As one of Mr. John's collaborators said in an interview:

"Daniel had been the most misinterpreted song that we'd ever written" explained Bernie in the "Two Rooms" tribute project. "The story was about a guy that went back to a small town in Texas, returning from the Vietnam war. They'd launded him when he came home and treated him like a hero. But he just wanted to go home, go back to the farm, and try to get back to the life that he'd led before. I just embellished that and like everything I write, I probably ended up being very esoteric, but it is a song that is important to me, because it was the one thing I said about the Vietnam War. I wanted to write something that was sympathetic to the people that came home".

The last verse, which makes all this clear, was cut for length.
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