Song Lyric Sunday – 2 May 2021 – Brothers in Arms

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week we should aim for a song that contains one of the words Fix, or Make

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

The song I’ve chosen this week is Brothers in Arms by British rock band Dire Straits. It is the closing track on their fifth studio album of the same name. It was written in 1982, the year of Britain’s involvement in the Falklands War

The word that features here is “make” and Jim postulates that it means to create something. However, in this song it is attached to “war”, and to make war is far from creating, it is pure destruction!

In the first two verses the dying soldier speaks to his own comrades, i.e. the “brothers in arms”. Only in the final line does it become clear that all enemy soldiers are included within “brothers in arms”.

“Brothers in Arms” was first released as a single on 14 October 1985. The song is reported to be the first CD single ever released; it was released in the United Kingdom in 1986.

The lead guitarist, and singer, is Mark Knopfler, described by Classic Rock as a virtuosofingerstyle guitarist. He is one of my all-time favourite guitarists!

In 2007, the 25th anniversary of the war, Knopfler recorded a new version of the song at Abbey Road Studios to raise funds for British veterans who, he said, “are still suffering from the effects of that conflict.” “Brothers in Arms” has become a favourite at military funerals.

There are just so many fantastic performances of this iconic song that it is difficult to pick one that is the best.  I particularly like this one.  There are so many reasons why, most of which would be of no interest to you whatsoever. Being an ex soldier of some 28 years and 151 days I can’t help but have an affinity with my brothers in arms.

Here, for your enjoyment, is Dire Straits playing Brothers in Arms LIVE at Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute, Wembley Stadium, 1988. You might just spot someone you recognise, at 6:22, helping the band out!

The following are a selection of recordings.  Some of them are excellent, none of them are bad. I believe they all show what a huge part of himself Mark Knopfler puts into this song, every time!

Brothers In Arms – With pictures of Brothers in Arms

Brothers In Arms – Royal Albert Hall – Which shows that they still perform well in 2019

Brothers in Arms – 1996 London

Brothers in Arms – Wembley 1985

Brothers in Arms

Dire Straits

These mist covered mountains
Are a home now for me
But my home was the lowlands
And always will be
Someday you’ll return to
Your valleys and your farms
And you’ll no longer burn to be
Brothers in arms

Through these fields of destruction
Baptism of fire
I’ve watched all your suffering
As a battle raged high
And though they did hurt me so bad
In the fear and alarm
You did not desert me
My brothers in arms

So many different worlds
So many different suns
And we have just one world
But we live in different ones

Now the sun’s gone to hell
And the moon’s 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 are fools to make war
On our brothers in arms

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Mark Knopfler

Brothers in Arms lyrics © Straitjacket Songs Ltd.

23 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – 2 May 2021 – Brothers in Arms

  1. Oh brilliant, Peter. I like the same version as you. So much emotion. I have always loved this song. Mark Knopfler what an amazing talent. And there was Eric Clapton….also so talented and a very nice man. Dangerously near to being a “trigger” for me, Peter, but the song says so much that I believe. Thank you.

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  2. I never served in the military Peter, but I can understand why soldiers and police for that matter feel a special bod with those who are helping to protect them. It was interesting to hear the different versions and I actually liked the longer ones best. The guitar is haunting in this beautiful song and the lyrics carry so much meaning. The flute adds a nice touch to this tune in the 3rd video. I can see why you added the fourth video, as the string instruments go so good with this song. I have probably written about 1,000 posts about different songs and you just made me realize that I have never written about a Dire Straits song, which I will remedy soon. Thanks for sharing this classic song today.

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  3. (Mr. Eric Clapton! 🙂 )
    Powerful, poignant, important song, Peter. Great song choice. I love Mark’s voice.
    The lyrics and tune stay with me long after the song ends. It always makes me teary-eyed.
    All great vids…the one with the photos is especially heart-touching.

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