Song: Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits

Brothers in Arms, by Dire Straits, is an anti-war song. Watch the video and read the lyrics below.

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 arm

Through these fields of destruction
Baptism of fire
I've watched all your suffering
As the battles 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's 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

Answer the following questions:
1. What does the expression "brothers in arms" mean?
Brothers fighting together.
Soldier fighting on the same side of some conflict.
Soldiers who died at war.
2. What does it mean that "the battle raged higher"?
The armed conflict became more intense.
The soldiers became angrier.
The rage became more intense.
3. What does it mean "to bid you farewell"?
To offer some comfort.
To wish for your wellbeing.
To say goodbye.
4. What final message does it give?
It tells us about a specific war.
It speaks to the tragedy of war and highlights the individual nature of war i.e. each soldier has his own family, life and universe.
It refers to the fact that wars are necessary.

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Match the following words from the song with their meanings

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