America - A Horse With No Name

America“A Horse With No Name” è la traccia numero 4 di “America”, album d’esordio del gruppo “America”. Uscito nel 1971, questa canzone è il primo singolo estratto dall’album. Gli America sono un gruppo musicale anglo-statunitense caratterizzato da un rock leggero e vicino al sound della West Coast, molto popolari agli inizi degli anni ‘70 e degli anni ‘80. La band era formata da Gerry Beckley(voce, tastiera, chitarra, basso armonica), Dewey Bunnell(voce, chitarra) e Dan Peek(voce, tastiera, chitarra, basso, armonica). Quest’ultimo è morto il 24 luglio 2011. L’album “America” raggiunge la prima posizione nella Billboard 200 per cinque settimane. “A Horse With No Name” è stato uno dei singoli più venduto degli America. Il brano ricorda, per sonorità e voce, Neil Young, anche se, secondo l’autore, Dewey Bunnell, la cosa è dovuta al caso. La canzone è stata usata come colonna sonora dei film “Air America”(1990) e “American Hustle – L’apparenza inganna”(2013). È stata inoltre utilizzata in due episodi del videogioco “Grand Theft Auto”.

Testo
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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