Analysis of Desert Rose Essay examples
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For my analysis essay, I chose the song Desert Rose written and performed by Sting. Cheb Mami also wrote and performed the Arabic part of the song. The genre of the song is pop and “Desert Rose” was released in 1999 but it was well known around 2000 due to its music video which was used in a Jaguar auto mobile commercial. I chose this song because Sting and Cheb Mami speak of longing and desire which is what every human being feels at some point in their lives. In life people always want something they cannot have, which makes the person or object of one’s desire more intriguing because of the struggle to obtain it. I for one can relate to this song and know people who can feel what the lyrics are expressing through love, lust, and desire…show more content…
The metaphor of the veils are connected to the petals of the rose which is usually compared to a woman’s beauty. In love and or an act of seduction it usually takes steps to get into a woman’s heart as compared to the veils. Sting is singing of finding the woman of his dreams and getting inside her heart. In the last verse, “This memory of Eden haunts us all...”(A-Z Lyrics). In this line Sting is be referring to the Biblical reference of the Fall of Man from the Garden of Eden in which “...the patterns of desire and seduction have been hardwired into us since ancient times.” (Douglas). It is natural for humans to long for things that are unattainable. As John Donne wrote in his poem, “If ever any beauty I did see, Which I desir'd, and got, 'twas but a dreame of thee.” (Donne, 45). Since ancient times, everyone dreams of the perfect mate. This song can relate to personal situations as well as beliefs. Some people think that this song is a good dance song, but if any type of dance could suit this song, I believe slow dancing fits “Desert Rose”. Slow dancing brings people together and can also spark attraction between the partners. The mood of the song is slow and intoxicating in a sense because for me, it relaxes me and ignites my imagination. When people dance one on one they tend to stare into each other’s eyes. Some say that eyes are the windows to your soul and its true when you
On Sunday morning, Thomas accompanies Chess and Checkers to the Catholic church, fighting the urge to run away. Chess holds his hand as the service begins, and Thomas observes Checkers’ adoring gaze at Father Arnold. Thomas drifts into a hot dream, where Father Arnold asks why he has come. Suddenly he is in a sweat lodge, where he is asked to pray but refuses, knowing that someone is there, watching, to steal their traditional songs. An animal brushes past him, and he follows it outside, through the forest. Then Thomas trips, falls, and awakens in the church. An old woman greets him, saying she is glad he has decided to quit the band, and that rock and roll is sinful. She tells him that the whole community is against Coyote Springs now, ever since they left. Thomas palms his communion wafer instead of eating it, and crumbles it to pieces outside.
Thomas, out of his love for Chess, makes an attempt to rejoin this religion that he cannot see as separate from its violent history and abuse of his people. His dream is a rebellion, a stirring-up of the native spirituality that he identifies with more strongly, which is condemned and endangered by the rise of Christianity—the force he feels watching him in the sweat lodge, perhaps. The old woman is another reminder of the close-mindedness that Thomas ran away from years ago when he witnessed a book burning at the church. He returns his communion wafer to the earth, which he feels more spiritually connected to than this symbol.