America: A Horse with No Name

America: Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek and Gerry Beckley

America is a rock band formed in London in 1970 by Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek and Gerry Beckley. All three sons of US Air Force personnel met when their parents were stationed in London and began performing live. They achieved popularity in the 1970s with their close vocal harmonies and light acoustic folk/rock sound.

Released in 1971 ‘A Horse with No Name’ was written by Bunnell and was America’s first and most successful single. It was certified a gold disc by the RIAA.

Lyrics by Dewey Bunnell

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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