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Ride Across the River - Dire Straits

Ride Across the River

Brothers in Arms
rock classic rock dire straits 80s guitar


"Ride Across the River" first appeared as the sixth track on the band's 1985 multi-platinum selling album Brothers in Arms. It is very different from the band's other works, with Latino-style beats and flutes. The lyrics are about wars (or the same war) described by two opposing views: one follows guerrilla members and the other follows mercenary warfare. At 6 minutes and 58 seconds, "Ride Across the River" is the fourth longest song on the album. The song opened the second side of the original LP. It was never released as a single. The song was used in the Miami Vice episode Knock Knock, Who's There? and The Last Ship episode El Toro.


Dire Straits were a British rock band from Newcastle, United Kingdom, formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (guitar and vocals), his brother David Knopfler (guitar), John Illsley (bass), and Pick Withers (drums), and subsequently managed by Ed Bicknell. The band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Dire Straits emerged during the post-punk era of the late '70s, and while their sound was minimalistic and stripped down, they owed little to punk. Show more ...

Ride Across the River - Dire Straits

I'm a soldier of freedom in the army of man
We are the chosen, we're the partisan
The cause it is noble and the cause it is just
We are ready to pay with our lives if we must
Gonna ride across the river deep and wide
Ride across the river to the other side
I'm a soldier of fortune, I'm a dog of war
And we don't give a damn who the killing is for
It's the same old story with a different name
Death or glory, it's the killing game
Gonna ride across the river deep and wide
Ride across the river to the other side
Nothing gonna stop them as the day follows the night
Right becomes wrong, the left becomes the right
And they sing as they march with their flags unfurled
Today in the mountains, tomorrow the world
Gonna ride across the river deep and wide
Ride across the river to the other side



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