A Horse With No Name by America Chords and Lyrics 

A Horse With No Name is possibly the easiest song of all time to play on guitar.

A Horse with No Name chords

A Horse With No Name is possibly the easiest song of all time to play on guitar. It has just two chords all the way through. Although the rhythm can be a little tricky for complete beginners.

I remember learning this one, back when I first picked up a guitar. If you’re a complete beginner, a simple downstroke on every beat of the bar is a good starting point. After a while, work up to including the upstrokes to make the strumming you can hear on the record.

The two chords are E minor, and D/6/9/F#. Thankfully, D/6/9/F# sounds a lot more complicated than it is. It’s a very simple two-finger chord. In fact, both chords can be played with the same two fingers making a simple swap.

If you’re wanting to learn more songs, check out our list of 100 beginner guitar songs for other suggestions.

A Horse With No Name – Chords

A Horse With No Name – Chord Chart

(We’ve shortened the name for the D6/9/F# to make it easier to write, but make sure you play the chord above when you see D6/9).

[Intro]
Em    Em   D6/9  D6/9  (x2)
 
[Verse 1]
            Em                     D6/9
On the first part of the journey

          Em                       D6/9
I was looking 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
 
[Chorus]
       Em9                                          D6/9
I've been through the desert on a horse with no name

          Em9                            D6/9
It felt good to be out of the rain

           Em9                       D6/9
In the desert you can remember your name

                       Em9                        D6/9
'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain

Em9        D6/9
La, la, la lala la la la, la, la

Em9        D6/9
La, la, la lala la la la, la, la
 
[Verse 2]
         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
 
[Chorus]
             Em9                          D6/9
You see I've been through the desert on a horse with no name

         Em9                  D6/9
It felt good to be out of the rain

       Em9             D6/9
In the desert you can remember your name

       Em9                       D6/9
'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain

    Em9        D6/9
La, la, la lala la la la, la, la

     Em9         D6/9
La, la, la lala la la la, la, la 
 
[Verse 3]
      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 a 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
 
 
[Chorus]
              Em9                          D6/9
You see, I've been through the desert on a horse with no name

        Em9                   D6/9
It felt good to be out of the rain

       Em9              D6/9
In the desert you can remember your name

       Em9                       D6/9
'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain

Em9         D6/9
La, la, la lala la la la, la, la (x8) 

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