America (band)

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The band in 1972.

America is an American folk rock band that originally consisted of Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek. The three members were barely out of their teens when they became a musical sensation during 1972, scoring No. 1 hits and winning a Grammy for best new musical artist.

Song lyrics


America (1971)

  • I understand you've been running from the man
    That goes by the name of the Sandman.
    He flies the sky like an eagle in the eye
    Of a hurricane that's abandoned.
    • Sandman, written by Dewey Bunnell.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • A Horse with No Name.
  • We used to laugh, we used to cry.
    We used to bow our heads, then wonder why.
    And now you're gone, I guess I'll carry on.
    And make the best of what you've left to me;
    Left to me, left to me.

    I need you like the flower needs the rain.
    You know I need you, guess I'll start it all again.
    You know I need you like the winter needs the spring.
    You know I need you, I need you.

  • Whenever it's a rainy day
    I pack my troubles up in my room.
    I chase all the clouds away;
    I get myself back to the womb.

    But I know that you're gonna cry.
    Tears are runnin' from your eyes.
    The piece of my life you take
    Is one that so often breaks.

    • Rainy Day, written by Dan Peek.
  • Ventura Highway in the sunshine.
    Where the days are longer
    The nights are stronger than moonshine.
    You're gonna go I know.

    'Cause the free wind is blowin' through your hair.
    And the days surround your daylight there.
    Seasons crying no despair
    Alligator lizards in the air, in the air.

  • To each his own it's plain to see;
    To walk alone you have to be.
    It's all for you and all for me, you'll see.

    I'm gonna miss you, yes, I will.
    No matter who you are, I'll love you still.
    For my life is my conscience, the seeds I sow.
    I just wanted to let you know.

    • To Each His Own, written by Gerry Beckley.
  • Don't cross the river if you can't swim the tide.
    Don't try denyin' livin' on the other side.
    All your life
    You were on your own.
    • Don't Cross the River, written by Dan Peek.
  • Sometimes the free thoughts clash;
    Sometimes I see through the grass.
    Sometime the light begins to dim.
    Somebody should come and be me;
    Somebody should come and free me.
    • Cornwall Blank, written by Dewey Bunnell.

Holiday (1974)

  • But Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man
    That he didn't, didn't already have.
    And Cause never was the reason for the evening
    Or the tropic of Sir Galahad.
  • This is for all the lonely people
    Thinking that life has passed them by.
    Don't give up until you drink from the silver cup
    And ride that highway in the sky.

    This is for all the single people
    Thinking that love has left them dry.
    Don't give up until you drink from the silver cup
    You never know until you try.

Hearts (1975)

  • Well I tried to make it Sunday, but I got so damn depressed
    That I set my sights on Monday and I got myself undressed.
    I ain't ready for the altar but I do agree there's times
    When a woman sure can be a friend of mine.

    Well, I keep on thinkin' 'bout you, Sister Golden Hair surprise.
    And I just can't live without you; can't you see it in my eyes?
    I been one poor correspondent, and I been too, too hard to find
    But it doesn't mean you ain't been on my mind.

Hideaway (1976)

  • Amber cascades all over today.
    Then we walk on a crooked catwalk
    Only to be delayed.
    Bubbles of blue burst into two
    Eaten up by the incoming tide
    Of the new.

    Then we call to the man who walks on the water.
    We talk of a plan to stop all the slaughter in view.
    It's in view.

    • Amber Cascades, written by Dewey Bunnell.
  • Hold me close.
    You turn nighttime into day.
    And you're the most
    Brightest star that lights my way.

    So come home to me now.
    'Cause it won't matter anyhow.
    I've got this feeling that today's the day.
    I've got this feeling today's the day.

  • You can do magic.
    You can have anything that you desire.
    Magic, and you know
    You're the one who can put out the fire.

    You know darn well
    When you cast your spell you will get your way.
    When you hypnotize with your eyes,
    A heart of stone can turn to clay.

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