A Horse With No Name hit no 1 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 27 May 1972.
Writer Dewey Bunnell says 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”.
Dewey Bunnell: “I didn’t question the song. I felt like it suddenly appeared, like waking up in a dream. It was a dream of being on a horse and realising that I don’t even know the name of this horse. And there was serious heat. I remember getting sunburned severely as a kid and it was on a beach. It wasn’t in the desert. But I guess in my mind’s eye, I was thinking, ‘I’m on this horse, I’m going somewhere, who knows where? I don’t know the name of the horse. Maybe I didn’t even have a hat on.’”
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