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Dire Straits — Brothers In Arms
Album: Brothers In Arms
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Released: 1985
Length: 6:30
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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 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're fools to make war
On our brothers in arms
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Yes, it gently weeps so beautifully   Stratocaster wrote:
That guitar solo near the end.....OMG
 

i've been listening this song since 1985... still love it like the first time
Quite relevant in these times with strife between the US and NATO:

"
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"
 Easter wrote:

Amen to what you say here, brother, especially to the organ part. Thanks for pointing that out.
You've got ears, my friend. 

 
Had to look up if someone had the same idea about that organ part at the end. And yes, there are fellow listeners who are on the same level!
A command to listen at any volume............... but 10 is best
 Tomasni wrote:

Thank you  Dire Straits  
for  Brothers In Arms

10 - Godlike for me   TY RP



 
{#Notworthy}  {#Sunny}  {#Yes}
That guitar solo near the end.....OMG
I don't give out too many "Godlikes", but I kind of wish that there was an 11 for this!
So beautiful song {#Hug}
 On_The_Beach wrote:
37 listeners voted "Sucko Barfo"?
Ted Nugent? Kid Rock? Who are the other 35?
 
There are a few usual suspects.  Some of them also have sock puppets.
37 listeners voted "Sucko Barfo"?
Ted Nugent? Kid Rock? Who are the other 35?
Pas de concurrence depuis toutes ces années !
 Elsabe wrote:
 - Faithful_Fool wrote:

I concur. Actually reached over a 2nd time to turn it up more.

 

Exactly - immediately reached for the volume button....

 
Laughing a bit...  I turned up the volume, then came over to see what others had to say about this one.  HaHa!  Seems like the thing to do.  
 - Faithful_Fool wrote:

I concur. Actually reached over a 2nd time to turn it up more.

 

Exactly - immediately reached for the volume button....
 expatlar wrote:
Funny how this one just keeps makin' ya' reach over and turn it up a little...

 
I concur. Actually reached over a 2nd time to turn it up more.
 westslope wrote:
Listened to an NPR podcast this morning that informed me of the very high suicide rates among American female veterans.  
 
Tragic.  

 
It's not just female vets. The suicide rate among Vietnam vets (not sure the percentage of females among Vietnam vets) is also very high.
 AKMacAddict wrote:
A solid 10, for one of my all time top ten.  Hadn't heard it on RP before.  Quite a pleasant surprise when it came up in the rotation this evening.  Thanks!

 
And worth the repeat, to start the day off right!
What is this today, some classic Rock playlist? Excellent choice! {#Music}
A solid 10, for one of my all time top ten.  Hadn't heard it on RP before.  Quite a pleasant surprise when it came up in the rotation this evening.  Thanks!
Long Live                                                                                                                            Radio Paradise
Thank you  Dire Straits  for  Brothers In Arms                                      10 - Godlike   to me   

 

 
 Dosequis wrote:
Not gonna look at some stupid ass Hollywood TV show.
Search: Miami Vice "Where the Buses Don't Run" ... So good.  This song is great!

 

 
Are you always a little b*&ch?

Here is the link for anyone with taste:
Good Scene from a show that featured A+ music

 


yep - definately a glitch in this - while listening on the app for mac: rudely cut off in the middle of the climax on the end (a true crime{#Fire} in a perfect flow)
 
 Tippster wrote:
I'm just stunned that 37 people gave this a "1."

 
Dave Matthews fans, fckrs.
 
Listened to an NPR podcast this morning that informed me of the very high suicide rates among American female veterans.  
 
Tragic.  
Best musical indictment against war I've ever heard
{#Notworthy}
Funny how this one just keeps makin' ya' reach over and turn it up a little...
I remember a season of West Wing wrapping up with this song playing, accompanied by an extreme closeup of President Bartlett (Martin Sheen) at a press conference before the screen went black.
One of their very, very best.  You can almost fee; the mountains of Scotland, England, or many other countries.  Thanks for playing.
This is one of the greatest tracks this station plays. Grabs me every time. 
 
Whew. 
Good memories, and can still listen to this any time....
Great tune - incredible lead guitar melody
Not a Dire Straits fan but this is a solid 9 all day long.
NY Times 12-23-16:
"President-elect Donald J. Trump on Friday intensified his threat to “expand” America’s nuclear arsenal, saying he was willing to restart a nuclear arms race . . ."
Gratitude for playing my fav song from their best album! thanks Bill, healthy 2017 and beyond!
Very fine.
 Cueburned wrote:

That'd be Bruce McGill.  I ran a recording studio in Santa Barbara some time back and Bruce came in to do a commercial VO.  I set up the studio and engineered the recording. We got a chance to chat between takes.  I told him how much I liked Animal House and that I dug his performance as D-Day.  He looked at me, stepped up to the mic and performed the Lone Ranger Theme by flicking his fingers on his throat - just like in the movie.  What a cool thing to do for a fan.      

 
That is really awesome! I LOLed. A life-changing moment, I bet.

"Daniel Simpson Day...has no grade point average."
Absolutely outstanding. It is one of their finest songs. So much feeling. I would rate his guitar playing as one of the finest around, and very close to Dave Gilmour. Thanks for playing it this evening!
 jimtyrrell wrote:
This is the best of one the best albums ever. 9
War is such bullshit! Great lyrics and guitar and I love the organ part towards the end. 

 
Amen to what you say here, brother, especially to the organ part. Thanks for pointing that out.
You've got ears, my friend. 
 GuiltyFeat wrote:
Never been a Dire Straits fanboy. Never bought this album on CD. They have some nice tunes. This is one of their nicest.

 
Gee, that's very nice of you. 
That Dire Straits has some nice tunes is quite an understatement. 
 LizK wrote:
If Mark Knopfler never did anything else....

 
{#Notworthy}{#Sunny}{#Yes}
Never been a Dire Straits fanboy. Never bought this album on CD. They have some nice tunes. This is one of their nicest.
In today's world nothing could be more apt 😢
 ShaunJ wrote:

There is a simple explanation for that. Those 37 peeps only have taste in their mouths, not in music {#Cheesygrin}

 
LOL!    

It was easy to rate this one a 10.   
A few years ago I was taking a taxi to the airport in Brussels, Belgium at 4:00 AM. This song was playing on the radio in the cab as we rode through the dark streets. Needless to say, I enjoyed the ride.
 Tippster wrote:
I'm just stunned that 37 people gave this a "1."

 
There is a simple explanation for that. Those 37 peeps only have taste in their mouths, not in music {#Cheesygrin}
 Sunman wrote:
There aren't many songs I will listen to multiple times in a row but this is one of them.

 
Amen to that. An extraordinary track. 
This song has always moved me, but hearing it today of all days is spine tingling.
Just a few hours ago I finally received a copy of Hell Upon Earth, a book about Canadian soldiers in WWI. It includes an account of my grandfather being wounded at Vimy Ridge.... before he returned to his farm in the valley.
I've been immersed in WWI memorabilia and history all day.
Thank you, Bill, for providing the soundtrack. 
10. Solid 10.
I'm just stunned that 37 people gave this a "1."
Out-freakin-standing. Along with David Gilmour, one of my favorite guitarists.
There aren't many songs I will listen to multiple times in a row but this is one of them.
Great tune, keep playing it
 
A masterwork. One of the best musical indictments against war I've ever listened to.
 RedGuitar wrote:
I always think of the Miami Vice episode this was used in.  I think the guy that played D-Day in Animal House was in it.

 
That'd be Bruce McGill.  I ran a recording studio in Santa Barbara some time back and Bruce came in to do a commercial VO.  I set up the studio and engineered the recording. We got a chance to chat between takes.  I told him how much I liked Animal House and that I dug his performance as D-Day.  He looked at me, stepped up to the mic and performed the Lone Ranger Theme by flicking his fingers on his throat - just like in the movie.  What a cool thing to do for a fan.      
I always think of the Miami Vice episode this was used in.  I think the guy that played D-Day in Animal House was in it.
March 15th - what a string ...
- Queen - show must go on (RIP Freddie)
- ELP - Karn Evil 9 (RIP Keith)
- Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms (is there something we don't know yet about Mr Knopffler?)

Anyway, what a haunting melody, beautiful mournful guitar...
This is the best of one the best albums ever. 9
War is such bullshit! Great lyrics and guitar and I love the organ part towards the end. 
If James Joyce had written songs, instead of prose masterpieces, this would have been one of his.
What a timeless theme, perfectly expressed.  +10.
together we stand , divided we fall brudder
Not gonna look at some stupid ass Hollywood TV show.
Search: Miami Vice "Where the Buses Don't Run" ... So good.  This song is great!

 

 

Search: Miami Vice "Where the Buses Don't Run" ... So good.  This song is great!

 
 dickmahoon wrote:
This makes up for all the shite at the start of the album...

 
There's not a bad song on this album, in my opinion...

there are a bunch that were/are overplayed and i never want to hear ever again... but they're still remarkably good songs.
 hayduke2 wrote:

The boast of heraldry, the pomp of pow'r,
And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave,
Awaits alike th'inevitable hour.
The paths of glory lead but to the grave

.PathsOfGloryPoster.jpg 

 
thank you for that
 
If Mark Knopfler never did anything else....
OMG I woke up this morning with this song in my head. 
This makes up for all the shite at the start of the album...
 imklammer wrote:
Hey Bill
How about one 11 per person? Can change your mind over time?
Just suggesting


 
The West Wing was never better than this. A 12!
Hey Bill
How about one 11 per person? Can change your mind over time?
Just suggesting

transcendental.. {#Music}
Life pause.

It's a good job all songs aren't as good as this otherwise I'd never get anything done.
8 > 9. A very moving and deeply heartfelt track. A guitar seldom or never gets more soulful. 
 hugogdt wrote:
Can I put another 10 ?

 
How about a 12.  This is so great.  Read the wiki story when time allows
So good {#War}
Heavy summer rain and thunderstorms at the moment ... song fits the weather 
I used to play Dungeons and Dragons. This was my theme song I'd play in my head. I kid you not...
 fredriley wrote:

Well, I never thought I'd see 'Ull mentioned on RP. I spent 10 mostly happy years in Tenfoot City back in the 90s, and still return there regularly. It's a small world, eh? ;-)

 
See you there for the European City of Culture next year then...
 divis wrote:
Goosebumps, every time.
AGREED
10+ goosebump inducing guitar and lyrics
There's no way art like this merits less than 10.  It sets the bar.
Anyone remember the closing music for this episode of Miami Vice . . . Out Where the Buses Don't Run. 

May be the only scene I remember from that program.  
 fredriley wrote:
I read an article in the Guardian G2 supplement last Friday 29th May about the history of the DVD, and a bit of trivia was that Brothers in Arms was the first ever album to sell more on CD than vinyl. As back in those days CD players were expensive items they became a 'lifestyle accessory' of yuppies, hence Dire Straits' strange, in my view, association with stripey-suited flat-haired yuppies. See

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/may/28/how-the-compact-disc-lost-its-shine

 
Also (as myth and legend would have it) 2 out of 3 households in the UK owned this album, mine being one of them :)
Went to Mark Knopfler & Band last week in Dortmund, Germany with my father, who happens to be a great fan of everything Mark does. This song has been their encore. Great song, great artists and performance! Thanks for playing. :)
Great tune for today. Thanks Bill. My Uncle never talked about Normandy.
I read an article in the Guardian G2 supplement last Friday 29th May about the history of the DVD, and a bit of trivia was that Brothers in Arms was the first ever album to sell more on CD than vinyl. As back in those days CD players were expensive items they became a 'lifestyle accessory' of yuppies, hence Dire Straits' strange, in my view, association with stripey-suited flat-haired yuppies. See

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/may/28/how-the-compact-disc-lost-its-shine
 PeterMC3 wrote:
One of my great regrets was when I was a first year student at Hull University and living on the campus just across from the student union building. I'd got fed up going to see duff bands there every Saturday night so when I saw the signs up for a band I'd never heard of doing their first UK tour I told my mates I'd give it a miss. Next day they were raving about this Dire Straits and played the album to me. I've loved them ever since but never got the opportunity to see them though I worship Mark Knopfler as a musical genius. Ah well...

 
Well, I never thought I'd see 'Ull mentioned on RP. I spent 10 mostly happy years in Tenfoot City back in the 90s, and still return there regularly. It's a small world, eh? ;-)
Truly exceptional.
One of my great regrets was when I was a first year student at Hull University and living on the campus just across from the student union building. I'd got fed up going to see duff bands there every Saturday night so when I saw the signs up for a band I'd never heard of doing their first UK tour I told my mates I'd give it a miss. Next day they were raving about this Dire Straits and played the album to me. I've loved them ever since but never got the opportunity to see them though I worship Mark Knopfler as a musical genius. Ah well...

The boast of heraldry, the pomp of pow'r,
And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave,
Awaits alike th'inevitable hour.
The paths of glory lead but to the grave

.PathsOfGloryPoster.jpg 
Goosebumps X 3 
Need 12 on the rating scale.
For me, this one hits the mark every time.  
Wow crazy segue!
 
Goosebumps, every time.

But incredibly enough, the live version 'On the night' tops it.
 cc_rider wrote:
This song's effect on me has dimmed slightly, but I think only because that kind of intensity is unhealthy to maintain. Bill plays another song about war sometimes, by Carbon Leaf, that hits me in similar ways. The awful waste is hard to fathom. Worse, it feels like we're winding up for another big go-round.

 
{#Clap}
This song's effect on me has dimmed slightly, but I think only because that kind of intensity is unhealthy to maintain. Bill plays another song about war sometimes, by Carbon Leaf, that hits me in similar ways. The awful waste is hard to fathom. Worse, it feels like we're winding up for another big go-round.
Yes. Amazing.
Pure genius. 10, 10, 10.
 oldsaxon wrote:
"All war is anarchy. You cannot expect an army on a noble mission to save another country from evil communists to spend all its resources prosecuting each and every individual crime. "..they were, after all, just following orders...

 

Not exactly... We were trying to keep the guys on each side of us alive... If they made it, we might make it.

The Vietnam era saying I remember was "They can kill you, but they can't eat you" referring to our leaders with brass on their collars and hats. Every warrior knows that our leaders want a victory and not our survival... Look at the slaughter house that was WWI France. History books are about generals and politicians who won. Nobody teaches about the dead and enlisted of either side. There were several books from the French experience in Vietnam in circulation when we were in-country. We had no illusions.  

This is a music channel, not politics.  That war will not find a balanced place in history for another 50 years. Let's hold -ff discussions until we see what they have to say... 


Goes well with a couple of early Leonard Cohen songs about partisans and resistance... The price of fighting vs the cost of not fighting... As the guy at Charlie said; "Better to die standing than live on knees"...He wasn't the first just most recent. There are some things worse than death...

Great guitar and mood... Done very well...


                     
                              Pure 10 ...it's written in the stars....{#Crown}
Can I put another 10 ?
sublime
one of the most important albums of its time.
the instrumentation, recording technique, imagery, lyric, understated vocals when everyone else was monkeying and screaming...wow what a fresh breeze. 
 rdo wrote:
 fredriley wrote:

Two immense evils do not even make a lesser evil, let alone a right.

Not that this song is about the rights and wrongs of war as such, but is rather about the soldiers who end up fighting them.



There is was a joke current during the Vietnam war among the soldiers serving in the bush relating to insubordination, or crime.  It goes like this "What are they going to do to me, shave my head, send me to basic training, and ship me off to Vietnam?"  If you know anything about what it was like to serve there in the bush (the movies do not do it justice), then you would know that a 12-month tour of duty was far worse than the worst prison time.  For many people it was death sentence.  Worse than that even, because with a death sentence you are not tortured. You lived on the brink of death for 12 months, being shot at and bombarded constantly.  You lived in the absolute worst possible conditions, without food or sleep for weeks on end. The "civilians" who you believed you were there to defend, risking your life at every moment, would very often try to kill you.  Even young children and old women. It was a complicated situation.  I believe if it were not for the communist propaganda, millions of lives would have been spared.  The immense evil is that. 

You cannot judge a soldier in that situation the same as you would judge someone in your local community who commits a crime. This does not let them off the hook, but you have to consider the situation.  Mitigating circumstances are weighed in all jurisprudence, everywhere.  All war is anarchy. You cannot expect an army on a noble mission to save another country from evil communists to spend all its resources prosecuting each and every individual crime.  The army would not stand a chance of accomplishing the mission it is there to accomplish. 

  "All war is anarchy. You cannot expect an army on a noble mission to save another country from evil communists to spend all its resources prosecuting each and every individual crime. "..they were, after all, just following orders...


 kingart wrote:
Question for Bill or someone who has taken note: what track on RP has garnered the most comments? 743 comments for this one. Wow.  I noted earlier that there have been only 43 for Blue Skies. But ratings are in the 8s for both. Certainly it's the nature of the respective material causing that wide disparity of responses: but it's more than 17 times as many. What tune has a higher volume than 743? 
 
Bobby Bare, Jr - The Monk at the Disco

3631 comments.

Song info says never-been-played, but I know for a fact that I have heard it.
Found in the dictionary under sublime
Romeo & Juliet for Breakfast. 
Brothers in Arms for Lunch.
 
Today is Dire Straits day...geez, they don't make them like this anymore.
 
 kingart wrote:
Question for Bill or someone who has taken note: what track on RP has garnered the most comments? 743 comments for this one. Wow.  I noted earlier that there have been only 43 for Blue Skies. But ratings are in the 8s for both. Certainly it's the nature of the respective material causing that wide disparity of responses: but it's more than 17 times as many. What tune has a higher volume than 743? 

 
I poked around a bit and the top 3 I could find:

Pink Floyd - "Us & Them -> Eclipse" with 1,339
The Beatles - "You Never Give Me/The End" with 1,408
our winner: Pink Floyd - "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" with 1,638 (!!!)

I guess when the song lasts a long time and is really good, people are more likely to leave comments!

(note: I wouldn't be surprised if there are some other really high comment counts out there, but I don't have an easy way to find out)
Question for Bill or someone who has taken note: what track on RP has garnered the most comments? 743 comments for this one. Wow.  I noted earlier that there have been only 43 for Blue Skies. But ratings are in the 8s for both. Certainly it's the nature of the respective material causing that wide disparity of responses: but it's more than 17 times as many. What tune has a higher volume than 743? 
Brilliant....
10, next
10+   {#Notworthy}
The cries Mark's Les Paul makes, goosebumps, each time!!
I would like to put another 10, but already have a 10 in my voting ...
So I turn up the  volume and ENJOY!
 ench wrote:
One of the best songs. Ever.

 
MOST LIKELY TRUE!

BREATHTAKING GUITAR WORK!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!JUST BREATHTAKING!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

CLEAR 10


One of the best shows in my Life
 NeuroGeek wrote:
Hey Bill - everytime I hit PSD, the volume gets very loud....not sure this is the forum to ask this, but I needed a quick send. 

Cheers

 
If you hit PSD and it brought you to this song with the volume cranked, then no -  that's not a bug.   It's a feature.  
One of the best songs. Ever.
Had the pleasure of seeing him play this last month at the Fox in Oakland. The whole show was superb.