A Horse with No Name

by America

Top hit from: 19.03 to 08.04.1972

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"A Horse with No Name" is a song written by Dewey Bunnell and originally recorded by the band America. It was the band's first and most successful single, released in early 1972, topping the charts in several countries. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
America's self-titled debut album was released initially in Europe with only moderate success and without the song "A Horse with No Name." Trying to find a song that would be popular in both the United States and Europe, "A Horse with No Name" was originally called "Desert Song" and was written while the band was staying at the home studio of Arthur Brown, in Puddletown, Dorset. The first two demos were recorded there, by Jeff Dexter and Dennis Elliott, and was intended to capture the feel of the hot, dry desert that had been depicted at the studio from a Salvador DalĂ­ painting, and the strange horse that had ridden out of an M.C. Escher picture. Writer Dewey Bunnell also says he remembered his childhood travels through the Arizona and New Mexico desert when his family lived at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
"A Horse with No Name" was recorded in the key of E minor with acoustic guitars, bass

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Lyrics

Songwriters: Bunnell, Dewey;

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 la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la 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 la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la 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 la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la
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these lyrics are last corrected by OarSmaN