Horse With No Name



Chord Guide


Em:   022000

      1  2

D6/9: 200200




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Strum: B U D U B U D U    Partially mute bass strums with the

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +    palm of your strumming hand.



Intro:  / Em - - - / D6/9 - - - / x2


             Em                     D6/9

On the first part of the journey

           Em                 D6/9

I was lookin at all the life

                     Em                      D6/9

There were plants and birds and rocks and things

                    Em                        D6/9

There were sand and hills and rings


         Em                         D6/9

The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz

              Em                  D6/9

and the sky with no clouds

       Em                           D6/9

the heat was hot and the ground was dry

           Em                  D6/9

but the air was full of sound



       Em                                      D6/9

I've been through the desert on a horse with no name

          Em                          D6/9

it felt good to be out of the rain

           Em                   D6/9

in the desert you can remember your name

                     Em                   D6/9

'cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain

   Em    D6/9             Em    D6/9

la la la  la lalala   la la  la  la la


         Em                   D6/9

After two days in the desert sun

        Em                    D6/9

my skin began to turn red

           Em                   D6/9

After three days in the desert fun

           Em                      D6/9

I was looking at a river bed

               Em                  D6/9

And the story it told of a river that flowed

                 Em                      D6/9

made me sad to think it was dead




          Em                      D6/9

After nine days I let the horse run free

               Em                           D6/9

'cause the desert had turned to sea

                     Em                      D6/9

there were plants and birds and rocks and things

                  Em                      D6/9

there were sand and hills and rings

       Em                                D6/9

The ocean is a desert with its life underground

               Em                   D6/9

and the perfect disguise above

 Em                             D6/9

Under the cities lies a heart made of ground

             Em                         D6/9

but the humans will give no love




End on Em

Tab Player For A Horse With No Name:

This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.

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4 Comments for America – Horse With No Name

  1. Rob Hampton says:

    One of the few decent two-chord rock songs. Great song for someone just learning how to strum.

  2. steve manwarren says:

    Hi Rob,

    Always liked this song but was sometimes turned off a little by the monotonous chords (which I know is part of the story being told in the song :-), so looking around I found that it’s fun to play the “La la” chorus part with

    Em9 & Dmaj9

    and then the second verse with

    Em 075000 & F#m11/E 044200

    Please feel free to correct the chord names if I’ve pooched those, or to delete this if I’m overstepping my bounds with this.:-)

    • Rob Hampton says:

      This is great, Steve.  I wrote this song out for an almost-total beginner, and I agree that for most of us, this song just plods with two chords, and from what I remember the song has more stuff going on (in terms of what the bass is doing, for one thing) than just these two chords.   So this is really helpful for non-beginners.

      How do you voice those Em9 and Dmaj9 chords?
    • Steve Manwarren says:

      These didn’t make the trip: the Em9 is O2OOO2, and the DMaj9 is OOO22O. Hope that works