I recently got Elton John's song "Daniel" in my head, and got curious what it was about - it seemed likely from the lyrics that they might be referring to something specific.
A quick look online says it's an anti-war or at least aftermath-of-war song, from the perspective of a younger brother, about someone who comes home, is received as a hero, doesn't want this but can't avoid it, and leaves (to another state, or overseas, I'm not sure).
But after listening again, I can't figure this except as a very obscure reference that might be the last thing anyone would guess. Then again I'm not a US citizen so I don't have all the cultural knowledge by omosis of growing up in a country that fought that terrible war.
As a naive listener its still coming over as a song about an unknown person sad about a close older silbling who's leaving home for an unknown (but probably regrettable) reason, and not a lot more. Could be because of anything from local prejudice to ... well, anything really.
So, as a bare listener, is there anything in the lyrics that gives away its true context as a war song, or a Vietnam war song, or what exactly is being described in the lyrics? Or does one have to "just know/be told this"?