The location of this song is "Desert Moon" because Dennis DeYoung wrote the first version of the song for the 1984 movie Dune
, which is based on the 1965 Frank Herbert book. Dune
is set on a desert planet, which is how he arrived at the title. In a Songfacts interview with DeYoung
, he told the story:
"A friend of mine told me they were looking for somebody to write a song for the movie Dune
, so I started reading the Frank Herbert books, which my wife loves but I hate that kind of stuff. I read it, and I said, 'OK. Moons, desert planet.' I started to write it, and before I got anywhere, they said they'd hired somebody else. So, I thought, 'Well, I've got moons and desert,' and I came up with a completely different story.
'Desert Moon' becomes an imaginary place in your past to which you desperately want to return, where life seemed simple and innocent."