Desert Rose (Sting song)

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"Desert Rose"
Single by Sting featuring Cheb Mami
from the album Brand New Day
Released 1 January 2000 (UK)[1]
Format 12", CD
Recorded 1999
Genre Pop rock, Synthpop, world
Length 4:45 (album version)
3:55 (radio edit)
Label A&M
Writer(s)

Sting (English),

Cheb Mami (Arabic)
Producer(s) Sting and Kipper
Sting singles chronology
"Brand New Day"
(1999)
"Desert Rose"
(2000)
"After the Rain Has Fallen"
(2000)

"Desert Rose" is a song by British recording artist Sting from his album Brand New Day (1999). the song peaked at #3 in Switzerland, #4 Italy, #15 in the UK Singles Chart and #17 in the US Billboard Hot 100. The song is noted for Sting's duet performance with Algerian raï singer Cheb Mami, creating a distinct world music feel to the song.

Composition[edit]

The lyrics of the song are inspired by the Frank Herbert novel[citation needed], Dune, of which Sting is a fan. Sting also played the villainous Feyd Rautha in the 1984 film adaptation. Both the book and the song feature the Algerian Arabic dialect, as well as imagery involving moisture and desert plant life.

Content[edit]

Sting told CNN that the song was about "longing -- romantic, philosophical longing."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video features Sting taking a trip through the Mojave Desert in a Jaguar S-Type and then going to a nightclub in Las Vegas to perform the song with Cheb Mami. After shooting the video, Sting's manager Miles Copeland III approached a music licensing maven, Lloyd Simon,[citation needed] to work with Jaguar on a collaboration, and the auto company featured the video in their prominent television advertisements during the year 2000.[3]

Remixes[edit]

Also included on the single releases were club remixes by Victor Calderone. One remixed version of the song was used in an alternative edit of the video, which included more sexually explicit footage.[citation needed]

Track listings[edit]

UK CD1 (497 240-2)
  1. "Desert Rose (radio edit)" – 3:55
  2. "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" (live at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles) – 4:27
  3. "Fragile" (live at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles) – 4:10
  4. "Desert Rose" video (CD-ROM)
UK CD2 (497 241-2)
  1. "Desert Rose (Melodic Club Mix radio edit)" – 4:47
  2. "Desert Rose (Melodic Club Mix)" – 9:21
  3. "Desert Rose (Filter Dub Mix)" – 5:21
  4. "Desert Rose (Melodic Club Mix)" video (CD-ROM)
UK 12" (497 241-1)
  1. "Desert Rose (Melodic Club Mix)"
  2. "Desert Rose (Filter Dub Mix)"
  3. "Desert Rose" (original)
US CD (0694973212)
  1. "Desert Rose (radio edit)" – 3:54
  2. "Desert Rose (Melodic Club Mix radio edit)" – 4:44
  3. "Brand New Day (Murlyn Extended Mix)" – 5:01
  4. "Brand New Day (Murlyn Radio Mix)" – 3:54
Europe CD (497 233-2)
  1. "Desert Rose (radio edit)" – 3:54
  2. "Desert Rose (Melodic Club Mix)" – 9:20
  3. "Desert Rose (Melodic Club Mix radio edit)" – 4:44
  4. "Brand New Day (Murlyn Mix) – 5:01
  5. "Brand New Day" video (CD-ROM)

Charts[edit]