A Horse With No Name, America 1971

“A Horse with No Name” is a song by the folk rock band America, written by Dewey Bunnell. It was the band’s first and most successful single, released in late 1971. Dewey Bunnell wanted to capture the sensation of the hot, dry desert, as he remembered his childhood travels through the Arizona and New Mexico desert when his family lived at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Bunnell has explained that “A Horse with No Name” was “a metaphor for a vehicle to get away from life’s confusion into a quiet, peaceful place”.

In the midst of life’s confusion, the solace and joy of old friends and beautiful memories always transport people to a state of peaceful bliss!!!

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I have a theory that most people think the best music came out the year they graduated high school. It is more a guideline than a rule, but I graduated in 1971. And as nonsensical as these lyrics are, it is amazingly memorable.

Frankly, Rene, I’m still behind on your new songs, and I think I skipped to the most recent on this one, but to me this was an exceptionally strong performance and recording. Your voice fits well for this song. You sound a lot like Dewey but with a tad more vibrato, which is not a bad thing. But your guitar, strumming those well known chords from the gitgo, exuded a rich tone that made me wonder if the original even sounded so good.

Of course you are a solo performer, but again you succeed in producing an impressive cover in your distinct style.

Hi You played and sung this well. This and the Edmund Fitzgearld go on and on too long. IMHO