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  • Brothers In Arms

    I meant to post this cover of the Dire Straits song by Home Free over Memorial Day but I just forgot until it popped up in my YouTube feed today. Mark Knopfler wrote the song back in 1982 in response to The Falklands War. I can remember picking up the Brothers In Arms album in late '85 and listening to it in the barracks and thinking that it was so different from anything else Dire Straits was doing, but it was still very powerful.

    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
    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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    The Joan Baez version is quite haunting.
    "Think as I think," said a man,
    "Or you are abominably wicked;
    You are a toad."
    And after I had thought of it,
    I said: "I will, then, be a toad." - Stephen Crane