Everytime I hear this song I'm reminded of a fellow student in college who's pot smoking ways were legendary. "Otto" literally walked around with his head engulfed in a haze of smoke:)) When "hippie" songs like this would play he would say: "Auch Mann, time for a Doobie!!". It took me awhile before I knew what a Doobie was. I though he meant he needed to use the lavatory! That is why I never felt the urge to ask:))
IDK know what ever became of him.
So what do I think about the meaning? It sounds like a Salvador Dali painting in motion.....or someone who just dropped acid. One thing is for sure, this song takes place in the desert. There's nothing to do in the desert. At least give the horse a name! Oui? Peace......10K stars for you:))
@EuroGirl On another note I am always reminded of Neil Young when I am listening to this song. I wouldn't exactly compare them to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young but there's a certain familiarity here. I think this was the style of acoustic bands back then. They had "unplugged" koncerts long before MTV. That's pretty kool! Peace.....10♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ HEARTS! I l♥ved it!
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America is a folk rock band, formed in England in 1970 by three sons of U.S. Air Force personnel, the...
America is a folk rock band, formed in England in 1970 by three sons of U.S. Air Force personnel, the multi-instrumentalists Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek. The trio attended London Central High School at Bushey Hall where they met while playing in two different bands. Dan Peek left for the USA for an abortive attempt at college during 1969 but soon after his return to the UK. Starting out with borrowed acoustic guitars, they developed a style which incorporated three-part vocal harmony with the style of contemporary folk-rock acts, much like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. They played their first gigs in the London area, including some highlights at the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm where Pink Floyd had played at the beginning of its career. Through Ian Samwell and Jeff Dexter's efforts they were eventually contracted to Kinney Records (UK) in March 1971 by Ian Ralfini and assigned to the UK Warner Brothers label.
They achieved significant popularity in the 1970's, and their debut album, a 1971 self-titled album, was recorded at Trident Studios in London and produced by Ian Samwell with the transatlantic hits -A Horse with No Name- and -I Need You-. Jeff Dexter, Ian's roommate co-produced the album and became the trio's manager. Their first major gig was for a Christmas charity event on 20 December 1970, at -Implosion- at the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, as the opening act for The Who, Elton John, Patto and The Chalk Farm Salvation Army Band & Choir. America became a musical sensation during 1972, scoring N°1 hits and winning a Grammy for best new musical artist. Then they produced the single -Ventura Highway- (1972) and -Hat Trick- (1973), a modest success on the charts which fared poorly in sales. 1974's Holiday featured the hits -Tin Man- and -Lonely People-. 1975's -Hearts- generated the N°1 single -Sister Golden Hair- alongside -Daisy Jane-. The same year a compilation of hit singles titled -America's Greatest Hits- was released and was certified multi-platinum in the USA and Australia.
Originally titled -Desert Song- but re-named -A Horse with No Name- it's a song written by Dewey Bunnell. In March 1972, America's debut album was re-released with the hit song added and quickly went platinum. Dan Peek left the group in 1977, and the commercial fortunes declined, despite a brief return to the top in 1982 with the single -You Can Do Magic-. A few years later Dan compiled his memories and the material into a book entitled -An American Band-, which was released in late 2004. Unfortunately he died on 24 July 2011 - RIP.
Since their debut the band has released 17 studio albums, 4 live albums, 7 compilation albums, including a holiday album and 45 singles. In 2006 America was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and, on 6 February 2012, was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.