Brothers in Arms

by Gaitway Brothers

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War is an inextricable part of life for millions of people.

Being performed by two 15-year-old boys, this song has a particular pathos as we remember just how young some of the lives lost to conflict can be. Peter and Steven combine their emotive voices with mellow, folk harmonies to tell the moving story.

The lyrics hold a paradox. Battles can forge the strongest friendships. Two boys can enter a fight as friends and emerge as brothers, bound together by the fear and danger of what they have experienced together. And yet - the song asks - why is it that we so rarely have the imagination to extend the compassion we feel for our ally to our enemy? If we allowed ourselves to accept and respect their humanity for a brief moment would we see the futility of it all?

"But it's written in the starlight
And every line on your palm
We're fools to make war
On our brothers in arms"


"Brothers In Arms"

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 riding high
Let me bid you farewell
Every man has to die
But it's written in the starlight
And every line on your palm
We're fools to make war
On our brothers in arms


released June 17, 2016
originally by 'Dire Straits'



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Gaitway Brothers UK

Peter and Steven Gait are Scottish twins who love to sing! They have released an album 'Gaitway' featuring a variety of music including folk songs, modern hymns and original compositions. They have sung in Gaelic in the epic song 'Còmhla Riut-sa' (With You) and have also made covers of several popular songs. ... more

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