Friday 26 April 2013

Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms

I heard this on the radio the other day, obviously I've heard it before but never really paid any attention to the lyrics.  The presenter claimed it was specifically about the American Civil war, which made me listen in closely. Although I'm glad he said it, I'm not sure he was right as it appears to be about war in general and the contrast of the destruction and the comradeship it brings.  Absolutely captivating, I'm posting it here along with the lyrics just in case anyone else is like me and has heard it a thousand times with ever noticing what it was about!

These mist covered mountains
Are a home now for me
But my home is 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
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

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

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