Brothers in Arms (song)
|"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|
|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|
|Producer(s)||Neil Dorfsman, Mark Knopfler|
|Dire Straits singles chronology|
"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. Brothers in Arms was the first song to be pressed on CD, a brand new format at the time. A protest song about the horrors of war, 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.
Musically (phrasing and ballad structure) and topically it bases heavily on Dominic Behan's "The Patriot Game".
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 The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: 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; it was released in the United Kingdom in 1985.
The music video uses rotoscoping and shows the band performing, overlaid with images of the First World War. 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.
- Brothers In Arms - 6:04
- Going Home (Theme of the Local Hero) (Live) - 4:45
|UK Singles Chart||16|
|Irish Singles Chart||10|
|Dutch Top 40||59|
|Australian Singles Chart||57|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||5|
In popular culture
- It was used as the theme song to Civvies, a British TV series from 1992.
- The song was used at the end of The West Wing episode, "Two Cathedrals".
- It was used at the climax of the Miami Vice episode "Out Where the Buses Don't Run".
- The song was used in the Due South episode, "I Coulda Been a Defendant".
- The song was used in the Movie Spy Game and Movie What Just Happened?.
|This section needs additional citations for verification. (August 2014)|
- Gregorian covered the song for their album Masters of Chant, Chapter 1-3
- Folk singer Joan Baez covered the song for her 1987 album, Recently
- Serbian rock band Galija covered the song, with lyrics in their native language, entitled "Kad me pogledaš" on their 1989 album Korak do slobode
- Metallica covered the song on the Bridge School Benefit fundraiser
- The Finnish Symphonic power metal band Northern Kings covered the song on their 2007 album Reborn
- Ryan Kelly covered this song as part of the 2007 Celtic Thunder DVD and during the 2008 tour
- The Finnish a cappella band Club for Five covered the song on their 2009 album You're the Voice
- Nina Persson and Georg Wadenius performed a version on Wadenius' 2009 album Reconnection
- Alex Cornish performed a cover of the song on The Dermot O'Leary Show on BBC Radio 2 in May 2010: the recording was included on the Dermot O'Leary Saturday Sessions CD
- "Falkland's veterans' song aid". Daily Express. 29 May 2007. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
- "Keith Hirsch's CD Resource » Blog Archive » The first CD Single: Dire Straits "Brothers in Arms"". keithhirsch.com.
- chaddi. "Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms Original". Dailymotion.
- "Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits Songfacts". songfacts.com.
- "Civvies (TV Series 1992– )". IMDb. 7 September 2005.
- Two Cathedrals#Notes
- Out Where the Buses Don't Run#Production
- "Due South: I Coulda Been a Defendant: Soundtracks". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- "Dermot O'Leary presents The Saturday Sessions". Music @ The Digital Fix.