AMERICA – A Horse With No Name is an AM Radio classic that was originally recorded by America and released as a single in late 1971. Dewey Bunnell wrote this song and sung it for America. This classic Folk Rock song is featured on the debut and self-titled studio album from America, on its 1972 re-release.
When I first heard this song as a young lad, it was on one of the many 1970’s Sunday drives my parents would take my sister and I on. A Horse With No Name was played so often on AM Radio back then, I thought it was only natural to hear it at least six times during one Sunday drive through the countryside! I remember vividly, my father singing along to this song and singing this song when it was not on the radio as well. Yes, back then I memorized the lyrics very quickly to A Horse With No Name.
The peaceful mood of this song is what I find so striking, along with the soothing vocals of Dewey Bunnell which truly enhances the tranquility. Everything seems to fit together perfectly on this song; from the flow and atmosphere to the “la la la la la la la la” chorus.
To this very day, anytime I hear this song I think about my father and those innocent family Sunday drives from yesteryear. Sadly, my father passed away on December 19th of 2015, at the age of 76. Revisiting A Horse With No Name is my way of celebrating both my father’s love for this song and my affection for it as well. Rest peacefully dad and know I will never forget those Sunday drives. – Larry
Above: Debut/Self-Titled America Album Cover