Brothers In Arms Lyrics - Dire Straits
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WtF??! It's not "different words" and "different songs". It's "different WORLDS" and different SUNS.
These are the full corrected lyrics:
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 me
Your valleys and your farms
And you'll no longer burn
To be brothers in arms
Through these fields of destruction
Baptisms of fire
I've witnessed all 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
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 on your palm
We're fools to make war
On our brothers in arms
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Mujahideen | Reviewer: Paul H. | 3/22/14
I just read that the song was 'about' the Falklands war.
I had always imagined it was about some Mujahideen, fighting against the Russians or Americans. Driven from their green valleys, to the mist-covered mountains.
"It is written in the stars..." is not what an English soldier would think or say. It *is* what an Arabaic peasant resistance fighter would think. Same with, "...in the palm of your hand..."
Hm. I like my interpretation better.
A song that touched my soul.
Not Ireland | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/5/12
Mark has said in an interview that the song is about the Falklands War - including the absurdity thereof, since both sides were actually @brothers@. The Music video also is pencil sketched war-clips of the Falklands War
brothers in arms | Reviewer: stand your ground | 10/5/11
the song brothers in arms reminds me of my firm went we walked in to chealseas stamford bridge football stadium and my cousins michael was killed (i was 7) he was a truemendus loss to me and my family and to the rest of the firm R.I.P Michael Ashley Bartlett
Observations of a dying soldier | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/16/11
I won't pretend to know what the lyricl "really" are about. But I guess as with any poem, each reader (or listener) enjoys the priviledge of finding his or her own meaning. Here's what I see in this song: It's the immensely moving observations from a soldier who at the moment the poem begins has just been felled in battle. As he lays dying, he enjoys the utter clarity that perhaps only a dying man may have. The mist covered mountains where he has fallen - this is now a home for him, IE, this is where his life is ending, and perhaps where his body will remain. But it's not his homeland: he's from the lowlands. This highlights what probably every soldier experiences: you may die far from home, on foreign soil. The poem then immediately turns from the dying soldier's self reflections to him speaking to the soldiers whose battle continues around him and further up the hill. Someday they'll all return to where they came from and will realize with that distance the futility of war (a core message the song wishes to impart). Toward the end, as the sun has set below the hill and night has fallen, his thoughts return to the more immediate: it's time for him to let go and die, as he has finished offering his obervations (directed ultimately at the listener/reader). So, this song to me is a dying soldier's observations to those still fighting on the battlefield (more broadly, we the reader/listener) about both the reason wars do, and perhaps may always, happen (while we may inhabit one world, we simply don't get along; we effectively live in different worlds), and about the ultimate uselessness of war generally (we're battling pur own brothers, whether we see it that way or not). Utterly beautiful, moving and sad poem, seems so well written, and with such perfectly appropriate musical accompaniment. For what it's worth...
Sad | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/20/11
This poem reflects the un-cooperative nature of humanity. The author speaks about how there is a gap between our cultures, and the only way to bridge it seems to be through war. Why is it so hard to cooperate?
War? | Reviewer: MM | 8/16/11
Funny how interpetations are unlikely to dive under the surface of the words..
Perhaps a poet like Knopfler not only had the specific words and idea of war in mind when he wrote this? Anyone thought of the possibilty that the war in his song is a metaphor?
Face it, the whole society we live in is war: capitalism is a battlefield and we are supposed to be fighting to destruct anyone who is not 'ours', whether it be outside our own family, village, religion or race.
To me, the song appears to be about loneliness too, about men trying to bond through violence, aggression and destruction, but not seeing that their enemies are in precisely the same situation.
Patriarchism is war, whether it be in daily life or on the battlefield, and in fact - paradoxally as it may sound - men are the biggest losers in their own system...
Legendary song | Reviewer: Bojan_Serbia | 6/22/11
@David: << Last verses " We're fools to make war,On our brothers in arms". So enemy soldiers are in fact also brothers in arms? >>
Exactly. This last verse is about absurdity of war. No matter whose army wins, we are all as a humanity, losers.
Review below is quite ok, altho I'm not sure that Mark have had one specific war on his mind, I think it's in generaly about wars. All wars are the same.
Meaning | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/14/11
This is about the british occupation in Northern Ireland. Where young boys from the North East, Newcastle (where Knopler is from) and other poor communities in England were sent to fight the Irish Republican Army. The opening lines are the thoughts of the young soldier leaving and the middle parts are the fighing, bombs etc. The last verse is the soldier hoping that the conflict will end without any more deaths. Fact.
Great Guitar Work! | Reviewer: A.W. Reed | 11/21/10
The lyrics are very powerful and it does really remind you about the true nature of war, but I have to say: one of the very defining features of this song is the guitar work. It takes a very talented guitarist to know exactly how to improvise all those guitar solos so that it isn't either over-exaggerated or under-done. Bravo to dire straits on this song! 10 out of 10! Five stars! Two thumbs up! Whatever you say, this song is for the win!
What i think | Reviewer: bleb | 11/9/10
I can't help but wonder if the people who made the X-Box game Brothers In Arms: Road to Hill 30 heard this song. I know some people might find this silly or childish, but both the game and the song are trying to show that war is hell, how everyone suffers, and that even the enemy( in the game this would be the German Army, but this can apply for anyone, terrorist, US soldiers,etc) have families and feelings. This song also shows how soldiers bond together and how they feel when they take casualties. It's a powerful song, and it's worked
Another look at it | Reviewer: bleb | 11/9/10
Another careful reading of the lyrics may reveal its well hidden meaning. In my opinion, the hidden meaning is that despite how much soldiers feel that what their doing is right( as in my other review, I will have to use the game series Brothers in Arms), their enemies feel the same way as well. For example, in the third BIA game, Hell's Highway, one character, Frankie, quite regularly voices his opinion that they are winning not because of weapons or tactics, but because they are 'the good guys; and the good guys always win. Always.' Later in the game, he even abandons his squad mates to save a girl he likes even though, in the words of another character, she 'dosen't even speak any f**king english'. What happens? Both Frankie and the girl die. War is hell, and this incident, despite being fictional, shows how doing the right thing can get you killed. This isn't even restricted to American/Allied/Coalition soldiers. In a real incident a Nazi corporal was going to shoot a mother and her daughter for the 'crime' of being Jewish. He was stopped by a German Officer. When he asked the officer why he was stopped, the officer simply said,'One day, history will judge us all.'History has judged the Nazis, and they have mostly been found to be guilty. But not all of them. The officer was never heard from again, after being sent to battle again. Yet, when the book which told this story was published, the corporal was still alive. Is this even remotely fair?
brothers in arms | Reviewer: snerg | 11/5/10
Not sure what exactly inspired Dire Straits to write this song nor I personally care, but it sure can be applied to any group of soldiers that are in the front lines being engaged by an enemy, so it can be applied to the soldiers of that enemy. "Universal Soldier" is what this is about. Be it a group of good christian boys that NOZZLE is frothing about, or their "muslim filth" counterparts, both of them experiencing hard casualties (as there are no easy ones) and each of the dying men experience the same pain and is going to be greatly missed and mourned by his family and... his brothers in arms. Both counterpart believe that their fight is necessary and unavoidable. Calling muslims a filth is diabolical, but is made by a diabolical personality. NOZZLE did not come to this conclusion himself, he was simply brainwashed in it by a bible thumping buffoon who failed to get out of his little box. As long as the majority of the people on the planet have such weak minds and are easily manipulated into just about anything, the wars will continue and songs like this will be written. The unfortunate part, is the songs like that fuel furry in people like Nozzle and make them hate their presumed nemesis even more, there fore promoting the war. On the other hand, a more open minded people see the sadness aspect in such song and might see the waste of life in the war, hence see the song as anti-war. Nozzle, I can speak with certainty that there are muslims that think of their falling comrades while listening to this song... and by the way, before you make a fool out of yourself again, "comrade" is NOT the same as "communist".
the muslim filth that plagues the planet? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/12/10
that's very comforting to know that there are people like you exist in the world you know? thanks to people like you there are wars.
with the muslim people that think christians are filth. and the christian people think that muslims are filth, there will always be wars.
people like you doesn't see the big picture. they freakin generalize everything. you think all muslims are war freaks or christian haters or something. but that's not true.
i can see that you are furious because they hate your people. but you hate them, too. so what's the fucking difference between you and them?
think before you make up your mind. first, save yourself. second, save the world.
THE MEANING | Reviewer: NOZZLE | 9/10/10
Its not an anti war song, look at the closing graphic with the Christian crosses, which was an approved interpretation by the band, our brothers in arms are our fellow Christians, not the muslim filth that plagues the planet
Meaning of Brothers in Arms | Reviewer: nobody in particular | 7/23/10
No one seems to know what the lyrics mean. The Falklands War sounds like the best idea. Let's face it. Soldiers are the dregs of humanity. They take pay to kill, but even they sometimes wake up at their end.
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