Brothers in Arms (song)

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"Brothers in Arms"
Single by Dire Straits
from the album Brothers in Arms
B-side "Going Home: Theme of the Local Hero (Live)" & "Why Worry (Instrumental segment)"
Released 14 October 1985
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded December 1984
Length 6:58 (Album version)
6:05 (Edited version)
4:55 (Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits version)
Label Vertigo Records/Warner Bros. Records
Writer(s) Mark Knopfler
Producer(s) Neil Dorfsman, Mark Knopfler
Dire Straits singles chronology
"Money for Nothing"
"Brothers in Arms"
"Walk of Life"
Brothers in Arms track listing
"One World"
"Brothers in Arms"

"Brothers in Arms" is a 1985 song by Dire Straits, appearing as the closing track on the album of the same name. It is in G# minor. It was originally written in 1982, the year of the Falklands War. It was re-released in 2007 as a special edition to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the conflict and raise funds for veterans of it with posttraumatic stress disorder.[1]


There are two studio recorded versions of this song: the album version which is 6:55 minutes, and the shorter version which is 6:05 minutes and features slightly different (and shorter) solos at the beginning and end of the song. The version that appears on Dire Straits' greatest hits album, Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits, is 4:55. The version featured on the live album On the Night contains an extra pedal steel guitar solo and is 8:55. The full-length, studio album version (6:55) was also included on the 2005 compilation Private Investigations.

Mark Knopfler usually played the song on a Gibson Les Paul guitar, rather than his usual Schecter "Stratocaster", and a Les Paul appears in the distinctive promo video, which is in the style of a charcoal drawing, interspersing scenes of the band playing with scenes of war. During Dire Straits' 1992 "On Every Street" tour, Knopfler used his Pensa-Suhr MK1 for this song, like most of the others.

The song is reported to be the first CD single ever released;[2] it was released in the United Kingdom in 1985.

The song's meaning, influence and impact was discussed in the BBC radio programme & podcast Soul Music in January 2013.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video uses rotoscoping and shows the band performing, overlaid with images of the First World War.[4] In the first seconds of the clip, a zoom-out is seen from the animated clip from the single "Money for Nothing" from the same album. In contrast with the at-that-time very modern clip in "Money for Nothing", the video clip has a very classic appearance in noisy black and white images.[5]

Track listings[edit]

7" Single

  1. "Brothers In Arms" - 6:04
  2. "Going Home (Theme of the Local Hero)" (Live) - 4:45


Chart (1985/88) Peak
UK Singles Chart 16
Irish Singles Chart 10
Dutch Top 40 59[6]
Australian Singles Chart 57
New Zealand Singles Chart 5

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