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America-A Horse With No Name

 
 
Reply Mon 29 Aug, 2005 08:28 pm
Hey all,

I love this song,(A Horse With No Name, by America) and I have been listening to it for so long, but I, being the kind of person I am would really like to know what it actually means. I have been searching the internet and found some interesting results. Some I like, some I don't...I would like to know what you guys think? Is there anyone out there who knows the real meaning? I would love to hear it from you. Otherwise, just post what you think it means...

The Lyrics:

Verse 1
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


Chorus
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 ...


Verse 2
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


Chorus
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 ...


Verse 3
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


Chorus
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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The meaning which I really like is this:

'The song follows a logical progression and is concerned with the universal theme of the journey towards finding your true sense of self. By travelling with your persona - (horse with no name) through desert (place away from societies influences) you can remember your name (sense of self) until you reach the ocean (your essence/core self) where you don't need a horse (persona) anymore.'

This meaning was found at Song Facts
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No I did not come up with this meaning, but I really like it, and that is what I am going by at this point in time.

Hope to hear from you all Smile

Crazynutt*Waves*
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roger
 
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Reply Mon 29 Aug, 2005 08:59 pm
Reggovitch Rat waves back, but doesn't know the meaning either.
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LionTamerX
 
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Reply Mon 29 Aug, 2005 09:06 pm
You might want to fire up a doobie before listening next time.
Repeat as necessary.

Welcome to A2K. :wink:
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Crazynutt
 
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Reply Tue 30 Aug, 2005 02:38 am
LionTamerX, I have no idea what you mean by 'fire up a doobie', can you please explain?

And yeah, thanks for the welcome...I have been here since last year...before you infact...but, I don't usually post, just look... Smile

Get back to me, Crazynutt
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panzade
 
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Reply Tue 30 Aug, 2005 03:45 am
It's remarkable to me that this litle bit of stoned fluff from American pop music has fired up your imagination but....hey...c'est la vie.
And stop lurking! Makes me nervous mate. :wink:
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Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Tue 30 Aug, 2005 03:49 am
Crazynutt wrote:
LionTamerX, I have no idea what you mean by 'fire up a doobie', can you please explain?



I hope this don't upset you too much, but to some older folks (even your parents!) a 'doobie' is a cigarette made with 'marijuana' (see below)...

http://www.nature.com/news/2004/040726/images/430492a-i1.0.jpg

...they were also called 'scoobies' and 'doobies' and 'jays' and you lit 'em and smoked 'em..

http://www.joint.co.il/joint/funpic/images_funpic/marijuana_girl.jpg
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panzade
 
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Reply Tue 30 Aug, 2005 03:59 am
I'm getting a contact high from your post Stilly
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Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Tue 30 Aug, 2005 04:06 am
panzade wrote:
I'm getting a contact high from your post Stilly



Bogarting bastid! He's like "Oh man, y'know I am expected some of the wickedest green, man! So, I'll like smoke your stash man, but you just wait till I lay this on you, man!! Does anyone like want that candy bar??"
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djjd62
 
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Reply Tue 30 Aug, 2005 07:46 pm
"'cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain"

ironically this is perhaps the most painful line in all of popular music
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2005 06:48 am
I despise this song. Once I start to read the words or hear the tune I can't get it out of my head for days. I hope you're happy with what you have wrought Crazynutt.

As to my take on the meaning, I look at it as a life journey and it starts out with birth and being a child. "I was looking at all the life." This seems to me to be the essential curiosity of a child as they first start to take in the world but then: "The heat was hot and the ground was dry but the air was full of sound" Sounds like the first day of school all line up in the schoolyard in 90 degree temperatures with all cacophony of the other children all around. (Not a pleasant remembrance and the first sign that life was about to get rough and tough.)

It moves on through an examination of how traveling alone can help relax and bring myself back in touch with the universe and nature.

By the end it seems like a man bemoaning the sadness of life as he sees it "the humans will give no love". I can't say I agree with that assessment.


A deep powerful and meaningful song. One of the things I like about it is that we can each apply it into our life and derive from it the meaning which it gives to each of us individually.


(Now how do I get it out of my head?)
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LionTamerX
 
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2005 09:01 pm
(Now how do I get it out of my head?)


I've been told that If you start to sing or hum "Private Dancer" by Tina Turner it acts as a cleanser, and will not only clean the old song from your head but will not stick.

Or, you might try a doobie...
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Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Fri 2 Sep, 2005 12:33 am
Quote:
Dem gonna legalise mareewaanah
Down here inna Jamaica
I man am de bushdoctor


http://blog.tilos.hu/bossabomdia/archives/tosh_legalf.jpg
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Crazynutt
 
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Reply Fri 2 Sep, 2005 01:52 am
Sturgis, I am sorry to hear that you hate this song so much, personally, I love it. I agree with you, it is a great song in that each different person can apply it to their own life...And it seems to work, maybe this is why I love it so much, it almost starts to make sense of the very confussing life which I lead...In a weird kind of way.

In relation to the drugs/smoking comments. I think that this song is far from related to drugs/smoking. I hate any kind of drugs, and I am almost not taking the prevention rubbish for my asthma because of my hate for them, I also hate smoking-yes even just the normal kind-so, given I love this song so much, I do not want to link the two together. *Shrugs*

And yeah, about getting the song out of your head...I have it on good authority(from me)that listening to the song, the whole way through, once only, without singing or humming along to it, works wonders...I have not tried listening to this Tina Turner song...but hey, it is worth a try.

Thanks for your ideas so far, keep them coming...I still have not found one I really like yet... Razz

Crazynutt*Waves*
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CowDoc
 
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Reply Mon 5 Sep, 2005 08:31 pm
Just for the record, the guy who wrote the song (a member of America) claimed that the lyrics didn't mean anything - he just liked the way the words sounded. Now, if you believe that..........
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Tue 6 Sep, 2005 06:32 am
Well I hope you're very happy now I've got another America song imbedded in my brain, Sister Golden Hair.
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LionTamerX
 
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Reply Tue 6 Sep, 2005 08:32 pm
Sturgis wrote:
Well I hope you're very happy now I've got another America song imbedded in my brain, Sister Golden Hair.


Thanks a lot Sturgis... Now that guitar riff is stuck in my head too.

"Ahem, I'm your private dancer, dancer for money..."

(I'll be here all the week.)
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Wed 7 Sep, 2005 06:22 am
Ventura Highway


Chewing on a piece of grass
Walking down the road
tell me, how long you gonna stay here, Joe?
Some people tell me this town don't look good in snow
You don't care I know.

Ventura Highway in the sunshine
Where the days are longer
The nights are stronger than moonshine
You're gonna go I know.

'Cause the free wind is blowin' through your hair
And the days surround your daylight there
Seasons crying no despair
Alligator lizards in the air, in the air.

did di di di dit did di di di dit ....

Wishin' on a falling star
Waitin' for an early train
Sorry boy but I've been hit by purple rain
Awe, come on Joe, you can always
Change your name
thanks a lot son, just the same.

Ventura Highway in the sunshine
Where the days are longer
The nights are stronger than moonshine
You're gonna go I know.

'Cause the free wind is blowin' through your hair
And the days surround your daylight there
Seasons crying no despair
Alligator lizards in the air, in the air.

Did di di di dit did di di di dit did di di di dit
Did di di di dit did di di di dit...
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barefootTia
 
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Reply Wed 7 Sep, 2005 06:41 am
LionTamerX wrote:
You might want to fire up a doobie before listening next time.
Repeat as necessary.

Welcome to A2K. :wink:



That is the key
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