Iron Hand cover
Iron Hand cover

Iron Hand Lyrics Meanings
by Dire Straits


Iron Hand Lyrics

With all the clarity of dream
The sky so blue, the grass so green
The rank and file and the navy blue
The deep and strong, the straight and true

The blue line they got the given sign
The belts and boots march forward in time
The wood and leather the club and shield
Swept like a wave across the battlefield

Now with all the clarity of dream
The blood so red, the grass so green
The gleam of spur on chestnut flank
The cavalry did burst upon the ranks Oh the iron will and iron hand
In England's green and pleasant land
No music for the shameful scene
That night they said it had even shocked the queen

Well alas we've seen it all before
Knights in armor, days of yore
The same old fears and the same old crimes
We haven't changed since ancient times

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Sorry, 1984 - typo!

This song is about the Battle of Orgreave between the police and the striking miners on 18 June 1986. Great song - I've always wondered why it isn't more widely known.

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