Australian singles chart:
A Horse With No Name entered the Kent charts on 13 March 1972 and peaked at #2. The song was #25 on the Top 100 of 1972.
The song was on America which entered the Kent album charts on 10 April 1972 and peaked at #3.
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”.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Horse_with_No_Name
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.’”
Read more: americansongwriter.com/behind-the-song-horse-with-no-name/
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