'Brothers in Arms': A Song That Wrote Itself

I wrote “Brothers in Arms” two hours after seeing Jake Rademacher’s “Brothers at War.” Gary Sinise had set up a screening for a few folks in town and I popped down not knowing what I was in for.

Much has been written about the merits of this film at Big Hollywood and I can only echo the sentiments. As someone who has spent time with our troops overseas, “Brothers at War,” is an honest window into the reality of our soldiers and their families. A view to often obscured and agendized by our culture.

I didn’t know Jake at the time and had no thought of writing anything that would appear in the movie. I was inspired by what I saw and the song wrote itself.

The final master, now the end title, is the piano/vocal I cut in my living room that evening, accompanied by a string arrangement we added after the fact.

I hope you to get see the movie. I’m glad I did.

Brothers in Arms

Time

Doesn’t mean a thing

Baking in the Sun

When all you have are memories

Life

Is never what it seems

Till you see it for yourself

Nobody else can know

I don’t know how we got here

I don’t know what’s ahead

But wherever we are going

Brother

Brothers

We’ll be Brothers in Arms

What’s that picture on the wall

You were barely old enough to crawl

I had your back

Who are these men we have become

Are we still little boys

Are they who we are fighting for

I don’t know how we got here

I don’t know what’s ahead

But wherever we are going to

Brother

Brothers

We’ll be Brothers in Arms…

Time doesn’t mean a thing

Baking in the sun

When all you got are memories

Life is never what it seems

See it for yourself

Nobody else can know

I don’t know how we got here

I don’t know what’s ahead

But whatever comes we’ll always be

Brothers

Brothers

Brothers in Arms…

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