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A Horse With No Name Chords

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Author
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Song: A horse with no name
Artist: America
Composer: Dewey Bunnell
Album: America

Tabbed by DJ ('DiddyD' at ultimateGuitar.com)
10th Oct 2016

This chord version is based on Gerry Beckley's 12 string
rhythm guitar part. I think it sounds better for a single
guitar than Dewey Bunnell's 2 chord pattern which had the
benefit of Dan Peek's and Gerry's guitars to back it up.

Dewey Bunnell just used a couple of chords throughout:
Emadd9 = 022002 and D6/9(F# bass)= 200202

Gerry's 12 string was tuned down a tone to D-G-C-F-A-D,
and then a capo at the 2nd fret brought it back up to normal
concert pitch (This was just standard practise to take the
pressure of the guitar neck) There is no need for a capo
or detuning to play this on a six string, the chords are just
the same.

N.B.
Please ignore any pop-up chord boxes the website might suggest
and use the typed shapes shown below.

Em     = 022000
Em9    = 020032
F#m11  = x44200
A6sus2 = x04200

F#m11  = 244200 (This is also an option if you want to add
                 the F# bass with your thumb)

*************************************************************

[Intro]
  Em    Em9      F#m11  A6sus2   Em   Em9      F#m11  A6sus2
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


[Verse 1]
        Em        Em9    F#m11    A6sus2
On the first part of the journey,
        Em        Em9    F#m11    A6sus2
I was looking at all the life,
            Em         Em9        F#m11      A6sus2
There were plants, and birds, and rocks, and things,
            Em        Em9       F#m11    A6sus2
There were sand, and hills, and rings!


[Verse 2]
     Em           Em9       F#m11      A6sus2
The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz,
        Em     Em9     F#m11    A6sus2
And the sky ...with no clouds,
    Em       Em9          F#m11      A6sus2
The heat was hot, and the ground was dry,
        Em      Em9     F#m11    A6sus2
But the air was full of sound!


[Chorus]
      Em               Em9        F#m11         A6sus2
I've been through the desert on a horse with no name,
         Em        Em9        F#m11    A6sus2
It felt good to be out of the rain,
         Em     Em9               F#m11      A6sus2
In the desert     ...you can re - member your name,
             Em       Em9        F#m11      A6sus2
'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain!
Em      Em9     F#m11      A6sus2
La ---, la---,  la-la, la, la!
         Em     Em9     F#m11   A6sus2
La - la, la---, la---,  la!


[Verse 3]
      Em        Em9        F#m11  A6sus2
After two days   ...in the desert sun,
    Em       Em9        F#m11     A6sus2
My skin be - gan to turn red,
       Em        Em9        F#m11  A6sus2
After three days  ...in the desert fun,
        Em         Em9   F#m11    A6sus2
I was looking at a river bed,
         Em      Em9        F#m11      A6sus2
And the story it told, of a river that flowed,
         Em      Em9        F#m11      A6sus2
Made me sad to think it was dead!


[Chorus]
              Em                Em9        F#m11        A6sus2
You see, I've been through the desert on a horse with no name,
         Em        Em9        F#m11    A6sus2
It felt good to be out of the rain,
         Em     Em9              F#m11      A6sus2
In the desert    ...you can re - member your name,
              Em      Em9        F#m11      A6sus2
'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain!
    Em     Em9     F#m11      A6sus2
La, la---, la---,  la-la, la, la!
         Em     Em9     F#m11   A6sus2
La - la, la---, la---,  la!


[Middle 8]
  Em    Em9      F#m11  A6sus2   Em   Em9      F#m11  A6sus2
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |

  Em    Em9      F#m11  A6sus2   Em   Em9      F#m11  A6sus2
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


[Verse 4]
       Em       Em9            F#m11     A6sus2
After nine days   ...I let the horse run free,
            Em         Em9     F#m11     A6sus2
'Cause the desert had turned to sea,
            Em         Em9        F#m11      A6sus2
There were plants, and birds, and rocks, and things,
            Em         Em9        F#m11      A6sus2
There were sand,  and hills,  and rings!


[Verse 5]
     Em          Em9            F#m11        A6sus2
The ocean is a desert with it's life under - ground,
          Em          Em9       F#m11        A6sus2
And the perfect dis - guise a - bove,
           Em    Em9        F#m11         A6sus2
Under the cities  ...lies a heart made of ground,
           Em        Em9    F#m11    A6sus2
But the humans will give no love!


[Chorus]
               Em               Em9        F#m11        A6sus2
You see, I've been through the desert on a horse with no name,
         Em        Em9        F#m11    A6sus2
It felt good to be out of the rain,
         Em     Em9              F#m11      A6sus2
In the desert    ...you can re - member your name,
              Em      Em9        F#m11      A6sus2
'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain!
    Em     Em9     F#m11      A6sus2
La, la---, la---,  la-la, la, la!
         Em     Em9     F#m11      A6sus2
La - la, la---, la---,  la!


[Coda]
         Em     Em9     F#m11      A6sus2
||:  La, la---, la---,  la-la, la, la!
         Em     Em9     F#m11      A6sus2
La - la, la---, la---,  la!                :||[Repeat]


[Ending]
   Em      Em9      F#m11
|  /   /   /   /  |   /  ||
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