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Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits

Updated on July 16, 2014

Dire Straits Hit Single Brothers In Arms

Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits is one of their most famous songs, and comes from the album of the same name, Brothers In Arms.

Dire Straits were one of the best known English rock bands from the late 1970's through to the early 1990's.

Formed by Mark Knopfler in 1977. The band comprised also his brother David Knopfler (guitar), John Illsley (bass), and Pick Withers (drums).

Although the band was formed in an era when punk rock ruled the charts, their unique style of Rock Music, simpler than the Classic Rock of the 1970's, wooed new audiences quickly.

Their first single Sultan's Of Swing immediately put them into the spotlight. By the time their most famous album, Brothers In Arms was released, with the single Money For Nothing which of course was recorded at Live Aid they had reached the top.

Brothers In Arms from their best selling album of the same name is one of their best known hits.

From the growling thunderstorm opening, the sad and evocative electric guitar intro, and the first verse, more whispered than sung, through the slow and steady crescendo of the song's intensity to the closing guitar solo, Mark Knopfler's ode about war, in ancient Scotland and today, "civil" and otherwise, is nothing short of a true masterpiece.

Song Lyrics: Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits

Written by: Mark Knopfler from the Album: "Brothers In Arms" - 1985

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

Through these fields of destruction

Baptisms of fire

I've watched your suffering

As the battles 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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    • aesta1 profile image

      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is my husband's favourite. The words have so much meaning.

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      7 years ago

      Brothers in Arms is a typical song / album which is close to the heart as 'College Classics' (Over-played and relished much during college! And brings back fond memories too!).

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      7 years ago

      Top Job! Yes, 'Brothers in Arms' is my favourite from Dire Straits

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      8 years ago

      I love Dire Straits' music, and I loved this song since when I heard it the first time. Then, on 12th of Semptember, 2001, a reporter decided to put this song on the images of the falling Twin Towers. Since that moment, a tear always appear on the corner of my eye when I listen to this song.

      Thanks for your lens!

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      John Dyhouse 

      8 years ago from UK

      Love this song, and Dire straits was one of my favourite groups.Thanks for the lens

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      10 years ago

      Great lens. I bought this album recently, on vinyl, for 50p from a second hand shop in Brighton. Excellent.

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      10 years ago

      a vice good song!!

    • piedromolinero profile image


      10 years ago

      A great song from a great band. I love this song.

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      K Linda 

      10 years ago

      One of my all-time favorite bands. Thanks for the great lens. 5*'s.

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      10 years ago

      You should apply to be on "Don't Forget the Lyrics" Nice job.

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      Laraine Sims 

      10 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I like your intro to this group. I hope that you will add more though. They must have just scads of things written about them. I lensrolled this to my rock star lenses.

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      10 years ago

      Love "Brothers in arms" - it was one of the albums we played while we did a tennis marathon - 4 hours on and four hours off for 48 hours for "SportAid" in the 80s. Everytime I hear it I reach for my tennis racquet!

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      10 years ago

      Wow! I have their cassette -- haven't listened to it for quite some time, but found them to be such a talented group. ;)

    • Mihaela Vrban profile image

      Mihaela Vrban 

      10 years ago from Croatia

      Every time I hear that guitar intro... I shudder! :)

      So I went through all three clips! LOL

      Like your music choice a lot!

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      10 years ago

      Dire Straits got lots of radio play in my area back in the day! Great lens! Starred and faved!


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      Rob Hemphill 

      10 years ago from Ireland

      Love Dire Straits music, have seen them in concert a few times - sheer magic! 'Brothers In Arms' is such a good song. Great 5* lens!

    • Twmarsh profile image


      10 years ago

      "Brothers In Arms" is by far my fav Dire Straits tune. Great five star lens. Thanks


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