According to lead singer Don Dokken, when the band got the assignment, he wrote his "Dream Warriors" and his bandmates wrote theirs.
"Mine was more uptempo, more of a rock song," he said in a Songfacts interview
. "They had given me a rough cut of the movie so I could know what the movie was about. So, I wrote the lyrics:I lie awake and dread the lonely nights
I'm not alone
I wonder if these heavy eyes
Can face the unknown
So, I wrote a version, they wrote a version. It's kind of funny. They said, 'We actually like your version better Don, but we're going to use our part.' [Laughs] It was just ego – there was a lot of ego in my band in the '80s."