Sting — Desert Rose
Album: Brand New Day
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6.6

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Total ratings: 1845
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Released: 1999
Length: 4:34
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

I dream of fire
Those dreams that tie two hearts that will never die
And near the flames
The shadows play in the shape of the man's desire

This desert rose
Whose shadow bears the secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume that would torture you more than this

And now she turns
This way she moves in the logic of all my dreams
This fire burns
I realize that nothing's as it seems

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

I dream of rain
I lift my gaze to empty skies above
I close my eyes
The rare perfume is the sweet intoxication of love

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

Sweet desert rose
Whose shadow bears the secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume that would torture you more than this

Sweet desert rose
This memory of hidden hearts and souls
This desert flower
This rare perfurme is the sweet intoxication of love
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Cheb Mami:  {#Ass}
{#Cheers} liked it then like it now / been awhile thanks bill
 toomanyollys wrote:

"She" is this gentleman... {#Tongue-out}

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheb_Mami

I hope this doesn't affect your goose pimples!


{#Lol}  If I had a dime for every time I've heard that phrase...
Every time I hear this song I remember our trip across Tunisian desert 10 years ago. We've been driving and listening to this song. Piercing vocal of Cheb Mami, boundless space ... perfect harmony! 
Not a Sting fan mostly... but I do have a big soft spot for this track. Thanks!
 fredriley wrote:

That's understandable - Sting is an awful pseudy ponce these days. However, I really like this number because of the woman (who she?) whose voice gives me goose pimples, and the mix of rock and Middle Eastern music. 9 from the swaying mesmerised Nottingham jury.

 
"She" is this gentleman... {#Tongue-out}

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheb_Mami

I hope this doesn't affect your goose pimples!
 h8rhater wrote:

The mirror might be the place to look for the self-important. {#Ask}

 
Caught a nerve there, did I Dearie? Oh no matter, I am sure Sting loves you too! {#Think}
 VH1 wrote:
{#Stop} Enough! I cant stand this self-impotant tantra guru!

 
That's understandable - Sting is an awful pseudy ponce these days. However, I really like this number because of the woman (who she?) whose voice gives me goose pimples, and the mix of rock and Middle Eastern music. 9 from the swaying mesmerised Nottingham jury.
 FluorideFreeMN wrote:
Sting's music/style never appealed much to me - but for some reason, this track works for me.

 
Same here. He's getting out of the mainstream and it works for me like when other talented musicians try it. Think Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Ry Cooder, David Byrne
 VH1 wrote:
{#Stop} Enough! I cant stand this self-impotant tantra guru!

 
The mirror might be the place to look for the self-important. {#Ask}
{#Stop} Enough! I cant stand this self-impotant tantra guru! And whats with the stupid yodeling? Geez! Give me Tamikrest any time!
beautiful...the king of rp. 
The matter of fact he don't mind when the  desert rose thorns gets in the way.
Not bad. What's next Rock the Casbah by The Clash?
I can't decide if this a rocking groove, or a overly repetitive forcing of a weak hook
It's actually not awful 
But Sting ... .
The jerk in him gets in the way 😃 
along with many RP users 

Athyrius wrote:
Sting sends his regards.

Haters.

 


Sting sends his regards.

Haters.
 FluorideFreeMN wrote:
Sting's music/style never appealed much to me - but for some reason, this track works for me.

 
Interesting — I was just thinking the inverse of that.  
Sting's music/style never appealed much to me - but for some reason, this track works for me.
 unclehud wrote:

Sting is a musical genius.  I also like Mozart's music, but I hear he was a jerk, too.

 
Many musical geniuses are/were jerks. Beethoven from what I can tell went through life like a clenched fist. 

But Mozart was funny! He was apparently a fetishitist, if you will:  

From Wikipedia's article "Mozart and Scatology":

handwritten score of Mozart's musical piece,
Reproduction of the original manuscript of Mozart's canon "Difficile Lectu". The words "lectu mihi mars" were intended to be heard as "Leck du mich im Arsch", for which a relatively polite English rendering is "kiss my arse".

PDQ Bach would have been jealous!  Apparently Wolfie wrote to friends and family about shit and shitting and farts and ass-licking a fair amount. According to this piece with the link below, Mozart's mother did the same when writing Mozart's father. 

Definitely worth reading: 

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2014/05/mozart-wrote-song-called-lick-arse-right-well-clean/ 
 
The most commercial cut from his worst album

ho hum 
 Byronape wrote:

Ironically, his song Rock and Roll Part 2 is played at sporting events all over the US.  Even at junior high and high school events.  To me, that's like playing Micheal Jackson's Thriller at a little kids Halloween parade.  

 
To those, everywhere.......you, included, evidently......who don't have a brother, uncle, father, cousin, son named "Michael".....(almost unimaginable when you consider all those possibilities).........it's AE.......not EA.  {#Beat}

Thanks,
Michael Scott 
 :+:_DL wrote:
You know you don't have any real friends when you make music like this. 
Nobody around him had the balls to tell him it's just shit. 

 
or maybe no one has had the balls to tell you to go and wash your ears ? 
those two voices are a perfect match and the lyrics are beautiful. This is, to me, one of Sting's best songs, and the album itself was a great success, I love it !  That's a very well deserved 10 from me :)
 pamorama wrote:

Wish he would do more songs like this one. Love the middle eastern influence.

 
Agreed on the "middle eastern" feel.

If you REALLY want to explore that vibe a little more.....visit Gabriel's "Last Temptation of Christ".....it's loaded with it. You'll be belly dancing or becoming a snake charmer in no time! :-) 
 Proclivities wrote:

I'm not sure I've ever seen Sting and Mozart mentioned in adjoining sentences.

 

Sting and Mozart are good drinking buddies
 unclehud wrote:

Sting is a musical genius.  I also like Mozart's music, but I hear he was a jerk, too.

 
I'm not sure I've ever seen Sting and Mozart mentioned in adjoining sentences.
 annieb63 wrote:
Still think Sting is a genius even though I hear he's a jerk.

 
compared to his co-vocalist, he's a sweetheart.
I want to belly dance to this cool beat.
No explanation or analysis attached. I just appreciate and love this effort.
I want to vote 11! {#Angel}
Meh.

Sting without The Police is like Roger Waters without Pink Floyd. Self-indulgent and mediocre.

 
 annieb63 wrote:
Still think Sting is a genius even though I hear he's a jerk.
 
Sting is a musical genius.  I also like Mozart's music, but I hear he was a jerk, too.
 DaidyBoy wrote:
Judging by some of the comments, we are all supposed to hate this guy.  I don't think it matters whether we like or dislike a particular song, as long we get personal pleasure from something in life.  I love this song, but I don't necessarily know what it is about it that appeals to me.  It just does.  It is also fine to dislike something, but I see no need for such spite.

 
{#Clap}  so much of it is pure snobbery.
 DaidyBoy wrote:
Judging by some of the comments, we are all supposed to hate this guy.  I don't think it matters whether we like or dislike a particular song, as long we get personal pleasure from something in life.  I love this song, but I don't necessarily know what it is about it that appeals to me.  It just does.  It is also fine to dislike something, but I see no need for such spite.

 
Sting & The Police have made a bunch of great songs that sound good to my ears. Like this one.  That's what counts to me.
Judging by some of the comments, we are all supposed to hate this guy.  I don't think it matters whether we like or dislike a particular song, as long we get personal pleasure from something in life.  I love this song, but I don't necessarily know what it is about it that appeals to me.  It just does.  It is also fine to dislike something, but I see no need for such spite.
 annieb63 wrote:
Still think Sting is a genius even though I hear he's a jerk.

 
Wish he would do more songs like this one. Love the middle eastern influence.
I'm not a huge Sting/Police fan, but i do love this song. I like when Sting (Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, David Byrne, etc.) work with "World Music" sounds.
Still think Sting is a genius even though I hear he's a jerk.
I have always liked this tune.  It was almost a forgotten track off a well put together album, until it was used in a car commercial which gave it the airplay and attention it needed to rise through the airwaves. 
You know you don't have any real friends when you make music like this. 
Nobody around him had the balls to tell him it's just shit. 
Could this BE more monotonous?
 Smoove_D wrote:
I took a break from RP for a few years (mainly because I stopped working a desk job), but now I've returned. And, just like a few years ago, Bill's playing this song every day—or what seems like every day, anyway. Just a suggestion, but maybe it's time to give it a rest?
 
"Plays in last 30 days: 3"
I took a break from RP for a few years (mainly because I stopped working a desk job), but now I've returned. And, just like a few years ago, Bill's playing this song every day—or what seems like every day, anyway. Just a suggestion, but maybe it's time to give it a rest?
I love this track!!
Holy crap, this is horrible.

 

Oh no!!!!!    It's STINK.  Must be a childhood thing for me.  Sucko Barfo.  Almost as bad as Mick Jagger.

 


 Byronape wrote:

Ironically, his song Rock and Roll Part 2 is played at sporting events all over the US.  Even at junior high and high school events.  To me, that's like playing Micheal Jackson's Thriller at a little kids Halloween parade.  
 
I think Rock and Roll Part 2 isn't played anymore at sporting events in the US. Certainly the big-time professional leagues like the NFL and NBA stopped using it because of Glitter's crimes. 

If it's used in schools, that's likely down to a lack of awareness more than cynical acceptance. Most of the kids would like to hear something much more contemporary, I'm sure. 
Feel the sudden urge to purchase a Jaguar...