America – ‘A Horse With No Name’

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There Were Plants And Birds And Rocks And Things…

Originally titled ‘Desert Song’, America’s iconic easy listening tune ‘A Horse With No Name’ remains one of their biggest hits to date! Written in 1972, it’s a lyrical road diary of the things seen by lead singer Dewey Bunnell while visiting the United States.

Due to the song’s resemblance to the work of Neil Young from the same time period, it is occasionally mistaken as having been written and sung by Young.

America…Not Actually From America

America was formed in London in 1970. Band members Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley were all children of U.S. Servicemen stationed in London, and met while attending the same British high school. The band moved to the United States after the release of their first album, America.

This is an amazing road trip song! ‘A Horse With No Name’ has been described by the band as being “a metaphor for a vehicle to get away from life’s confusion into a quiet, peaceful place” – we have to agree! Nothing makes us want to hit the open road in search of someplace quiet and peaceful quite like this song does!

+ A Horse With No Name lyrics +

On the first part of the journey
I was looking at all the life
There were plants and birds and rocks and things
There was sand and hills and rings
The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz
And the sky with no clouds
The heat was hot and the ground was dry
But the air was full of sound

I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name
It felt good to be out of the rain
In the desert you can remember your name
‘Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain
La, la

After two days in the desert sun
My skin began to turn red
After three days in the desert fun
I was looking at a river bed
And the story it told of a river that flowed
Made me sad to think it was dead

You see I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name
It felt good to be out of the rain
In the desert you can remember your name
‘Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain
La, la

After nine days I let the horse run free
‘Cause the desert had turned to sea
There were plants and birds and rocks and things
there was sand and hills and rings
The ocean is a desert with it’s life underground
And a perfect disguise above
Under the cities lies a heart made of ground
But the humans will give no love

You see I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name
It felt good to be out of the rain
In the desert you can remember your name
‘Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain
La, la

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