Brothers In Arms

by Dire Straits

May 13, 1985
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Lyrics for Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits:

Instrumental Intro 0:00-1:06

Verse 1
These mist covered mountains
Are a home now for me
But my home is the lowlands
And always will be
Some day you'll return to
Your valleys and your farms
And you'll no longer burn
To be brothers in arms

Verse 2
Through these fields of destruction
Baptisms of fire
I've witnessed your suffering
As the battle raged higher
And though they did hurt me so bad
In the fear and alarm
You did not desert me
My brothers in arms

There's so many different worlds
So many different suns
And we have just one world
But we live in different ones

Instrumental break 3:32-4:04

Verse 3
Now the sun's gone to hell
And the moon riding high
Let me bid you farewell
Every man has to die
But it's written in the starlight
And every line in your palm
We're fools to make war
On our brothers in arms

Instrumental Outro 4:48-6:59

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Song Facts

This song was released in 1985 as the closer to the album of the same name. The video shows images of World War I, which corresponds with the theme of the song about war and brothers in arms.

The song is about the brotherly bonds forged by the destructive fire and pains of war. A bond between soldiers on both sides of the trenches.

It focuses on the Falklands War, which was going on when Dire Straits lead singer Mark Knopfler wrote the song in 1982. The Falklands War was a conflict between Argentina and the United Kingdom over islands off the coast of Argentina that each country claims rights to. A new version of the song was released in 2007 by Knopfler in order to raise money to bring veterans of the war back to the Falklands as a way to treat their PTSD.

The song is reported to be the first ever released as a CD single. It was released in the UK in 1985.

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