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A Horse with No Name: a cloze exercise

Written by Dewey Bunnell and originally recorded by the band America, it was the band's first and most successful single, released in early 1972. The song was often interpreted as a drug reference since the word "horse" was a commonslang term for "heroin".
A Horse with No Name

Language Notes:

  • ain't = informal contraction for am not; are not; is not has not; have not.
  • "for to" give you = colloquialism, the preposition "for" is not used in correct English before an infinitive preceded by "to"
  • ain't no one = the double negation is typical of informal, uneducated speech
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On the first part of the
I was looking at all the
There were plants and birds,
and rocks and things,
There was sand and hills and rings.
The first thing I was a fly with a
And the with no
The heat was and the ground was
But the was full of

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.
(x2) La la, la, la la la, la la, la, la

After days, in the desert
My began to turn .
After days in the desert
I was looking at a river
And the story it of a river that
Made me to think it was

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.
(x2) La la, la, la la la, la la, la, la

After days, I let the horse run
'Cause the desert had turned to
There were plants and birds,
and rocks and things,
There was sand and hills and rings.
The is a desert
with its life
And a perfect above.
Under the lies a heart made of
But the will give no love.

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.

(x times) La la, la, la la la, la la, la, la
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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.

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, la la la, la la, la, la
La la, la la la, la la, la, la

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.

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, la la la, la la, la, la
La la, la la la, la la, la, la

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 lies a heart made of ground,
But the humans will give no love.

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.

(x times) La la, la, la la la, la la, la, la