Reggae Covers: Horace Andy – A Horse With No Name (America)

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The original recording by London, UK’s America –comprised of Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek, all sons of English mothers and American fathers– was their breakthrough hit, achieving #1 on the US Hot 100 charts in 1972. This 2002 cover by Kingston, Jamaica’s Horace Andy  appeared on his 2002 release ‘Mek It Bun.

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 its life underground
And a perfect disguise above
Under the cities is a heart made of clay
But the humans will give no love

You see I’ve been through the desert with a horse with no name
It felt good to be out of the rain
In the desert you can’t remember your name
‘Cause there ain’t no one to give you no pain

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