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Dire Straits — Ride Across The River
Album: Brothers In Arms
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8

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Total ratings: 2732









Released: 1985
Length: 6:35
Plays (last 30 days): 3
I'm a soldier of freedom in the army of man
We are the chosen, we're the partisan
Well the cause it is noble and the cause it is just
We are ready to pay with our lives if we must

Gonna ride across the river deep and wide
Ride across the river to the other side

I'm a soldier of fortune, I'm a dog of war, yeah
And we don't give a damn a-who the killing is for
It's the same old story with a different name
Death or glory, it's the killing game

Gonna ride across the river deep and wide
Ride across the river to the other side

Oh nothing gonna stop them as the day follows the night
Right become the wrong, the left become the right
And they sing as they march with their flags unfurled
Today in the mountains, tomorrow the world

Gonna ride across the river deep and wide
Ride across the river to the other side

Gonna ride across the river deep and wide
Ride across the river to the other side
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TOO LONG
shit can the last 3 minutes 
This came out when I was first becoming really aware of music. When this song came on my friend's new CD player I had to close my eyes and stand by the speakers, and the end of the song was like waking from a dream. Foolishly I assumed that it was only the tip of the iceberg, and that I'd keep discovering more and more of its calibre or better. More fool me, it's 35 years later and there's still nothing like it.
 parttime wrote:
I had the CD before I had a player..
 
It was one of my first CDs. Such a great recording.
Tremendous album and this song is amazing. Title track still brings tears to my eyes.
 nEco26 wrote:
For some reason the intro reminds me of Monkey Island theme :)
 
You just knocked my rating up by one.
This piece is a great example of the high quality of the streaming audio that I have only heard on RP.
Long Live Radio Paradise
My rating is a                                                    SOLID               9 -OUTSTANDING
For some reason the intro reminds me of Monkey Island theme :)
Dear Pilsenaaa, Duh, apparently this is Croatian Pjesnik wrote: Haustor- Treci svijet, kao inspiracija Knopfleru. Zanimljivo. Why is it always the Polish insisting communicating in Polish on an English forum , it's not very communal and cool Posted 4 weeks ago by Pilsenaaa from Toronto
 Pjesnik wrote:
Haustor- Treci svijet, kao inspiracija Knopfleru. Zanimljivo.
 
Why is it always the Polish insisting communicating in Polish on an English forum , it's not very communal and cool
I even hear Van Morrison in this spiced with  Marley , great tune and superb guitar as always
Just did expatlar wrote:
Boy if this one doesn't make you reach over and turn it up...
 

Just did that
Brilliant piece of a brilliant mix this morning. Well done RP as usual.
 h8rhater wrote:


His voice is HIS voice and works on all of his songs.  They wouldn't be his without it.
 Thank you Captain Obvious, but original post is not hacking on Knoffler, just commenting.  Same comment on vocals could be made for many legends including Dylan, Hendrix, Clapton maybe?

despite the over-production that was the calling card of the 80’s ...  wow is Knofler a wonderful musician.  
Haustor- Treci svijet, kao inspiracija Knopfleru. Zanimljivo.
 Retrograde-orbit wrote:

Well then, you should hear it on a pair of KEF LS50Ws.  My fav off this solid album is Brothers in Arms.  Love that song.  Interestingly the weakest song is the one that gets overplayed - I will not mention its name.
 
Over 30 years old and it's still used as a standard for audiophiles. This CD was a pretty big deal back in the days as one of first recorded digitally and having a DDD code on the back. Every store selling highend speakers had a copy of Brothers in Arms within reach...
 GR82DRV wrote:
Knoffler is undeniably in company of a handful of true guitar geniuses.  Absolutely incredible on the guitar (although this is not his best piece).

His voice however only works well with some of his songs.  He always sounds like he's just waking from a three day bender...  The Communique album has some really great work.   
 

His voice is HIS voice and works on all of his songs.  They wouldn't be his without it.
Boy if this one doesn't make you reach over and turn it up...
 Highlowsel wrote:
A song still relevant today because....well....because we humans never change do we?  Not really.  We all start off with the best of intentions.  Yet for the most part it all becomes....

"I'm a soldier of fortune, I'm a dog of war, yeah
And we don't give a damn a-who the killing is for
It's the same old story with a different name
Death or glory, it's the killing game"

A cynics point of view regarding the conditions of his/her isn't it? 
We stop listening to the small voice inside.  

But that's okay.  It will all be fine. 
It'll all come 'round, you'll see.  
Everything in its time.  
Everything in its glory as fate and life decree.
You just have to learn to accept that you cannot rush the blooming of the Rose.

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 
I guess you're complimenting the song so that is good. But the use of the word "relevant" is subjective. All music is relevant to someone. I'd call the song more prophetic or telling. I'd call it and the whole album a pure gem.
The great unheralded Dire Straits track.
A song still relevant today because....well....because we humans never change do we?  Not really.  We all start off with the best of intentions.  Yet for the most part it all becomes....

"I'm a soldier of fortune, I'm a dog of war, yeah
And we don't give a damn a-who the killing is for
It's the same old story with a different name
Death or glory, it's the killing game"

A cynics point of view regarding the conditions of his/her isn't it? 
We stop listening to the small voice inside.  

But that's okay.  It will all be fine. 
It'll all come 'round, you'll see.  
Everything in its time.  
Everything in its glory as fate and life decree.
You just have to learn to accept that you cannot rush the blooming of the Rose.

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 FernandoJCano wrote:
One of the best songs by Dire Straits to me.
 
I agree

I recall hearing years ago that Knopfler's guitar work on this album inspired ZZ Top to attempt to replicate the sound on their album Eliminator. I also believe that Billy Gibbons considered the duplication a failure despite Eliminator's massive success. I may be misremebering...
 john.hills1 wrote:
One of the outstanding tracks on Brothers in Arms :)
 

They are all outstanding and get better with age
One of the outstanding tracks on Brothers in Arms :)
Saw them in 1985 at Wembley Arena on this very tour. They opened with this number.

I was 11 years old and it's been in the blood ever since...

How this song in particular gets less than 10 on average is beyond me.

{#Notworthy}
 Aaronosteo wrote:
Sublime. Sounds great on my Bower Wilkins Zeppelin . . . 
 
Well then, you should hear it on a pair of KEF LS50Ws.  My fav off this solid album is Brothers in Arms.  Love that song.  Interestingly the weakest song is the one that gets overplayed - I will not mention its name.
One of the best songs by Dire Straits to me.
Sublime. Sounds great on my Bower Wilkins Zeppelin . . . 
The original Vinyl version of this recording is not only musically wonderful but is one of the outstanding examples of top-notch studio technique and mix-down that is in my record library.  Total genius from artist to final master.
I change my opinion to 9 - O U T S T A N D I N G
I had the CD before I had a player..
Eternity since 80-s ...... I put 10.
Thank you  Dire Straits
Ride Across The River


is a STRONG 8- Most Excellent  to me  :-)

Great songs today. Keep it up!
very relaxing
I woke up this morning with this playing in my head, I knew it was Dire Straits, but couldn't remember the title. Here it is and now I know. Ain't that weird {#Question}
dont stop  {#Sunny}
More Mark Knopfler, Bill and thanks keep it up.  Mark Knopfler for President of the World: Bob Geldof for V.P.!
Is it possible to share your link on FB with another image besides Dire Straits? 
Greetings from Brazil. I'm your follower. Congrats. 
 1wolfy wrote:
I wish I could turn up the volume of just the horns in this song

 
And leave out the cheesy keyboard sound.
Thanks RP!
I seems that your selections tonight are just grand.
It's a wonderfully good vibe boost to my weekend.
 
 GR82DRV wrote:
Knoffler is undeniably in company of a handful of true guitar geniuses.  Absolutely incredible on the guitar (although this is not his best piece).

His voice however only works well with some of his songs.  He always sounds like he's just waking from a three day bender...  The Communique album has some really great work.   

 

Their best album!

thanks Bill' 
I like this song a lot.  But, somehow it seems like I hear it a lot; here and in my own listening.
What a band...fantastic!
                         {#Cheers}  grande!!
Soooooooooo gooooooooooooood!!! even if a little over-produced, IMHO (like a majority of albums of the mid 80's, actually).
Anyway, I put a real 10.   {#Notworthy}
Knoffler is undeniably in company of a handful of true guitar geniuses.  Absolutely incredible on the guitar (although this is not his best piece).

His voice however only works well with some of his songs.  He always sounds like he's just waking from a three day bender...  The Communique album has some really great work.   
I can't believe how well this song (album) holds up. Fantastic!!
 hugogdt wrote:
Not the best song of the album, and even though a great song. I agree, all this CD is good vibrations ...

 
That says a lot about the other songs on this album because this is great.
This entire album is inextricably tied up with memories of a long-ago Christmas week with pre-school sons.  Warm, pleasant memories ...
I like everything about this album, even the cover! Mr Knopflers gitars in this one invite specially to turn up the volume wow!!
I wish I could turn up the volume of just the horns in this song
Not the best song of the album, and even though a great song. I agree, all this CD is good vibrations ...
I bought this CD at least 4 times. Every time some one  "borrowed"  it from me I replaced it. I never got it back. I love this CD. It has a great vibe. 
Theme from 'Breaking Bad' kind reminds me of this.

My fav off Brother in Arms.  I love the groove.
Feeling it today.  9 > 10 
Love.
 bc wrote:
I think Calexico wrote this song.

Then they put it in a time machine and sent it back 20 years.

Thankfully, they sent it to Dire Straits and not Def Leppard.
 
You're welcome.
 
 
Apparently, Def Leppard declined the offer they were too busy working on a project having just returned from post apocalyptic 2045 to be bothered about Calexico.
Arguably my favorite song.  Period.

Unbelievably great guitar work on this - even better than on "Brothers in Arms."
I think Calexico wrote this song.

Then they put it in a time machine and sent it back 20 years.

Thankfully, they sent it to Dire Straits and not Def Leppard.
 
You're welcome.
 
This entire album is a time machine that takes me back to my senior year in high school. If I only knew then...
Dire Straits most under-rated song. Sounds like they were lying in hammocks when they recorded it.  
 daveshel4 wrote:


Totally — I've always thought of track 4, "Your Latest Trick" as the ultimate speaker auditioning song because of the range of sounds (and it's a good song too)
 
Funny you should say that - when I went shopping for a good set of hi-fi speakers 15 years ago I brought this CD along with me and used "Your Latest Trick" as one of the test tracks. Great song on a great album.


 h8rhater wrote:

I'm amazed at your commentary.  You are clearly an artist and not merely a technician but I do understand your unpopularity. 

 
Haha, good point...

 MiracleDrug wrote:
this was SO well recorded...
  excellent observation.


Once I have a sound system sorted in my current car, I put this track on.  I think it's a great test track.

{#Curtain} Little-known factoid:  The National Steel (Reso-phonic) guitar was invented by John Dopyera in Los Angeles in the mid-1920's for playing Hawaiian and Jazz music. When the electric guitar was invented in the 1930's, the National Steel guitar fell out of favor. Dopyera also invented the Dobro.

Amazing what you can learn from the Internet, innit?  It adds one more layer to the saga of why I love Dire Straits and the National Steel guitar... {#Cheers}
Great band of all times!
this was SO well recorded...
 Dave_Mack wrote:
This is beautiful song from an awesome album.  When I got my first CD player, my first CD was Aqualung, an all-time fave album, but the CD sounded terrible with tons of noise.  Not long after that, fortunately, "Brothers in Arms" came out — digitally recorded!  Now THAT'S what I was hoping for.  So clean, you can turn it up to maximum volume and it's totally noiseless.  I used it for auditioning speakers for years.
 

Totally — I've always thought of track 4, "Your Latest Trick" as the ultimate speaker auditioning song because of the range of sounds (and it's a good song too)
Love this....great music.  Love you RP!
 Welly wrote:
I'll never forget this being the last song played on the sound system before David Bowie took the stage on  tour. This sounded unbelievable on a giant sound system that was very clear, as the lights slooooooowly went down.

 
David Bowie + Dire Straits!!! What a GODLIKE mix.
Great moment you lived there.
This is beautiful song from an awesome album.  When I got my first CD player, my first CD was Aqualung, an all-time fave album, but the CD sounded terrible with tons of noise.  Not long after that, fortunately, "Brothers in Arms" came out — digitally recorded!  Now THAT'S what I was hoping for.  So clean, you can turn it up to maximum volume and it's totally noiseless.  I used it for auditioning speakers for years.
 sirdroseph wrote:
Always been my favorite Straits tune!{#Clap}
 
Me too.

Pinging: Cynaera wrote:

Echoing Johnny_Wave, too - Great tune, great album.  Something about that floating National Steel guitar just makes me shiver in awe... I fear that should I ever have the honor to hold one, I'd prolly drop it and it would shatter, and there'd go my chances at a hereafter...

Mark Knopfler is one of my top five guitarists, and this album/CD is one of my all-time favorites. {#Bounce}
 


This sounds like the sountrack from Legend.

Go Tim!


this song (read: album) just never gets old
 bachbeet wrote:
Yet another excellent song from an excellent album.
 
Echoing Johnny_Wave, too - Great tune, great album.  Something about that floating National Steel guitar just makes me shiver in awe... I fear that should I ever have the honor to hold one, I'd prolly drop it and it would shatter, and there'd go my chances at a hereafter...

Mark Knopfler is one of my top five guitarists, and this album/CD is one of my all-time favorites. {#Bounce}

Great tune, great album
Yet another excellent song from an excellent album.
 bubink wrote:
Someday I *will* see this band live....  
 

Quite a bold statement there... Especially since Dire Straits broke up in 1995. The possibility of MK visiting your place isn't too small, but you'll have to wait till his next album release, he's now in Europe and almost finished with his "Get Lucky" tour...

If you ever get to see him, don't expect him to play this song or any of the other less known Dire Straits songs, normally he only plays the well known songs, the "hits". Sultans Of Swing, Romeo And Juliet, Money For Nothing etc.

Someday I *will* see this band live....  I hope!   MK, if you are listening, you need to come to Omaha, Nebraska USA...  we have a wonderful venue here!  Neil Young and Rogher Waters and many significant other folks have played here to sold out houses!  You could do well here!  Heart of Amerca's midlands, and all that!! Perfect stop between Chicago and Kansas City or Denver!! (this shameless plug/home-town promotion is now over... thanks everyone for your understanding!)


 panlad wrote:
Absolutely exceptional guitar work by Knopfler.
I never get tired of listening of the way he moves through the spaces in this song.  It's as if he's letting the song guide his fills and silences.  As other's have commented it is very surreal and transporting.
Perhaps some of his best and most inspiring playing. 
 

Totally! I have the same feeling, although i must say that the guitar work from his latest albums to me sound less inspired than of his early work, nowadays it's more storytelling and the whole concept...

As for this song, besides the somewhat cheap-sounding synth's it has a great atmosphere and it always makes me stop and listen...

9
Absolutely exceptional guitar work by Knopfler.
I never get tired of listening of the way he moves through the spaces in this song.  It's as if he's letting the song guide his fills and silences.  As other's have commented it is very surreal and transporting.
Perhaps some of his best and most inspiring playing. 
So overplayed...I might like it more if I hadn't already heard it 10,000 times.
One of the greatest songs ever recorded, IMHO.
Always been my favorite Straits tune!{#Clap}
a great song from a decent period: the live performances during the tour were very good....  sure, I Want My MTV was a bit over the top but the touring band and live set were something else.{#Yes}
 Limpopoking wrote:
I'm surprised at the rating for this. Admittedly, this is one of their better albums, but I've always considered Mark Knoffler a bit of a technician rather than artist. I understand their popularity, I'm just amazed that the RP listeners (I consider RP to NOT be poular/mainstream) voted this an 8.1 {#Ask}
 
I'm amazed at your commentary.  You are clearly an artist and not merely a technician but I do understand your unpopularity. 

Naboo: This is Liquid Music.
Howard Moon: Whats in it?
Naboo: The tears of Mozart...

Naboo: ...mixed with the urine of Mark Knopfler.



so nice!

Brothers in Arms will remain one of the best records ever (in my books at least).
Not one weak track on it.

It's funny though that, to me, Money For Nothing (as good as it is) seems out of place on this album.
The feeling I get from Ride Across The River is more in tune with the vibe I get from whole disc (aside from MFN).


Knopfler's tasty Strat' licks make the song, as usual.

 countyman wrote:

This was the opening song (at least in Pgh) during the tour in 85-86. The opening riff went on for about a minute before the curtain fell to the floor.  Excellent entrance.
Still have the concert tee.  (doesn't fit)


 
Also the opening song at the Toronto show at Varsity Arena in '85.  Stevie Ray Vaughan was the back up band that night.  Amazing!

Better with time —


"Telegraph Road" - Mark Knopfler - Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2005):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjJzlIedCuo


 Welly wrote:
I'll never forget this being the last song played on the sound system before David Bowie took the stage on  tour. This sounded unbelievable on a giant sound system that was very clear, as the lights slooooooowly went down.

 
This was the opening song (at least in Pgh) during the tour in 85-86. The opening riff went on for about a minute before the curtain fell to the floor.  Excellent entrance.
Still have the concert tee.  (doesn't fit)


I'll never forget this being the last song played on the sound system before David Bowie took the stage on  tour. This sounded unbelievable on a giant sound system that was very clear, as the lights slooooooowly went down.

{#Smile}sounds like a jackson browne song i remember.   love dire straights.  they rank up there with steely dan and tull.


Wow, haven't heard this song in a long time!  Must remember to get this on CD to replace my much played cassette. :)
Huge Dire Straits from long ago.     Unfortunately, this and most other songs of theirs are just not aging well to my ears. 

I used to enjoy that one could recognize Knoffler's playing in one or two notes.  Now i find it pedestrian.     Try a different sound, Mark!  It won't hurt!  
Brilliant...one of my favorite Dire Straits tunes.  {#Music}{#Guitarist} 10/10!

The beginning of this song always makes me think of an early-90s videogame soundtrack. Maybe Loderunner?
Limpopoking wrote:
I'm surprised at the rating for this. Admittedly, this is one of their better albums, but I've always considered Mark Knoffler a bit of a technician rather than artist. I understand their popularity, I'm just amazed that the RP listeners (I consider RP to NOT be poular/mainstream) voted this an 8.1 {#Ask}


I gave it a 9. It's a taste of what it's like to be something I never imagined. Pretty good poetry that way. The music dovetails with it well. When I was a kid it made me think of slinking through the reeds getting ready to shoot a bunch of people to bits and it was cool. Now it makes me think of slinking through the reeds getting ready to shoot a bunch of people and it's a little depressing. It's a cool song that way.

 Limpopoking wrote:
I'm surprised at the rating for this. Admittedly, this is one of their better albums, but I've always considered Mark Knoffler a bit of a technician rather than artist. I understand their popularity, I'm just amazed that the RP listeners (I consider RP to NOT be poular/mainstream) voted this an 8.1 {#Ask}
 

All in all, I'd say your statement is right on the money.  You can't argue with that rating though.  Dire Straits is quite loved by RP listeners.
Eclectic is simply good music, forget all the other labels.  Listen to Ragpicker's Dream and you'll take back that technician bit, too.    

 Limpopoking wrote:
I'm surprised at the rating for this. Admittedly, this is one of their better albums, but I've always considered Mark Knoffler a bit of a technician rather than artist. I understand their popularity, I'm just amazed that the RP listeners (I consider RP to NOT be poular/mainstream) voted this an 8.1 {#Ask}
 


I'm surprised at the rating for this. Admittedly, this is one of their better albums, but I've always considered Mark Knoffler a bit of a technician rather than artist. I understand their popularity, I'm just amazed that the RP listeners (I consider RP to NOT be poular/mainstream) voted this an 8.1 {#Ask}
Gawd this is boring
This album came out when I was in junior high. It was one of the first cassette tapes I bought. I wasn't mature enough to appreciate this song at the time. Damn, sounds great now though.
I don't like the song it's set in, but the guitar-playing absolutely gets this song a high ranking.  Amazing.  Funny how I feel that way about a lot of Dire Straits songs, and it bugs me that I feel that way, but the fact is that I often love the 'pieces' of their songs but not the integrated whole.  Go figure. 
Wake up , Republicans are selling you all , Rove's version of american Idol.
 countyman wrote:
Great song.
I saw them in Pgh. at the now demolished Syria Mosque in 1985 for the "Brothers in Arms" tour.
They opened up with this song playing for about two minutes before the curtain opened, actually dropping, to the floor on purpose.
{#Guitarist}{#Dance}
 
I was at that concert too....very last row with my wife and Brother.Great show.

Great song.
I saw them in Pgh. at the now demolished Syria Mosque in 1985 for the "Brothers in Arms" tour.
They opened up with this song playing for about two minutes before the curtain opened, actually dropping, to the floor on purpose.
{#Guitarist}{#Dance}
drtjdel wrote:



Oh yeah, speaking of intellectually dishonest nut job whatever who is dangerous because people take him seriously, when's Mikey Moore's next project due out?



Michael Moore is a different subject, but since you've raised it, he's as intellectually dishonest, and just about as "brilliant", as Coulter. They're both pure polemic. Al Franken may be a lefty, but you'll have a lot tougher time convincing me that he deserves to be lumped in with these other two wackos —- "Lying Liars" is very, very well argued.

I don't think Michael Moore is dangerous —- crazy, maybe, but not dangerous. I spent a considerable amount of time analyzing Godless, though, and after picking my way through two hundred plus pages of bigotry, homophobia, hypocrisy, meanness, and some non sequiturs in support of the invasion of Iraq that would have made Goebbels proud, I concluded that Coulter is. To take a random example: On page 6, Coulter argues that Chernobyl "wasn't that bad" since there were "only" 4,000 deaths from acute radiation poisoning. Wonder how she would have viewed that if it had happened in Miami? Is this chick nuts or what?

I have a million of em. Rather than waste any more of Bill's valuable electrons, though, if you want my full critique my email is posted here.


keller1 wrote:
Well, that explains the "brilliant" comment --- anybody with an attention span long enough to dissect an argument could only conclude that Godless is a bad joke.
:stupid: Oh yeah, speaking of intellectually dishonest nut job whatever who is dangerous because people take him seriously, when's Mikey Moore's next project due out?
drtjdel wrote:
10,000 words?!?! Any pictures? I like pictures. And Jokes. Like Al Franken writes. LONG LIVE AIR AMERICA!!!
Well, that explains the "brilliant" comment --- anybody with an attention span long enough to dissect an argument could only conclude that Godless is a bad joke.