While I was sleeping

The subconscious is an interesting thing. I try to take the time to understand it; however, when I am in the subconscious I am not in a conscious state to evaluate it. Okay, I just lost more value in my blog with that last statement.

I wake up with songs in my head every morning which makes me believe that my dreams are more like music videos. Of course they must be very strange music videos. Last night in one dream I was chasing a little toy truck down the street that changed into a dirty diaper. I woke up with “A Horse With No Name” by America stuck in my head. I have actually had that song stuck in my head for a week now. I have no idea why it’s in my dreams nor do I understand that song in the least bit.

If you click on the link above it’s a forum about what the song means. Many think it is about heroin–the horse is heroin. I think you would need to be on heroin to understand the song, but there are many songs like that. I also think that maybe the inspiration for this song was actually a well-known old “patriotic” song. Let’s analyze “Yankle Doodle” a bit:

Yankee Doodle went to town riding on a pony (now, how small was this man that he could ride on a pony? And did this pony have a name?)

Stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni (did he call his hat macaroni or the feather macaroni? I could understand how a hat might look a bit like macaroni, but a feather? No, a feather would look more like fucilli.)


Yankee Doodle keep it up (keep what up? naming his clothing after pasta?)

Yankee Doodle dandy (Okay “dandy” is a man who gives exaggerated attention to his appearance–according to the Merriam Webster online dictionary. So to bring this into today’s vernacular, Yankee Doodle was metrosexual.)

Mind the Music and the step and with the girls be handy (how is he minding the music and the step when he’s riding a pony? And after that last phrase, I don’t want this guy anywhere near my daughter.)

Let me summarize the obvious connection that a “Horse With No Name” and “Yankee Doodle” have:

  1. One is on a horse with no name and the other is riding a pony that is obviously nameless as well–but that feather is named.
  2. Both writers must have used drugs when writing the lyrics
  3. You must be on drugs to understand the lyrics
  4. Do you need more evidence?

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Luisa
    Sep 15, 2007 @ 05:54:17

    Huh. Heroin. Who’d a-thunk it? I guess my drug knowledge is not very extensive. I’ve been cluelessly singing both those songs for decades.

    What’s more, the ‘colitas’ in The Eagles’ “Hotel California” are apparently marijuana buds! I always thought ‘colita’ was the Spanish name for oleanders or bougainvillea. Who knew?

  2. rjlight
    Sep 15, 2007 @ 16:22:35

    Luisa — I just found out what the “Doobie Brothers” meant a year or so ago…

  3. Theresa
    Sep 16, 2007 @ 08:24:21

    If you want to find drug references in songs, the Beatles take the cake. Got to Get You into My Life is about marijuana, and Day Tripper is about LSD. And the best of all is Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, all you have to do is look at the abbreviation of the title: LSD. There are more, but I don’t remember them all now.

  4. Grundir the Implacable
    Sep 18, 2007 @ 07:46:11

    I have been through many a desert on a horse with no name.

  5. rjlight
    Sep 18, 2007 @ 16:17:37

    Theresa — since Yankee doodle was written by the British to mock Americans and the Beatles are British, well, then, need I say more???

    Grundir — I do not doubt this.

  6. madmad
    Sep 18, 2007 @ 17:02:15

    Oh, too funny! Keep up what, naming your clothing after pasta… good one. And I needed a laugh today, so thank you! I thought Yankee Doodle Dandy was one of those songs where they were making fun of the British. But I like your theory better.

  7. rjlight
    Sep 19, 2007 @ 11:57:14

    madmad — thank you, I appreciate your support! 🙂

  8. Karen Vogel
    Sep 24, 2007 @ 16:45:43

    Thanks a lot. Was it too much to ask that I go the rest of my life without ever again thinking about that stupid song? Apparently. Now I can’t get it out of my head. Wasn’t it enough that I was tortured with it during my formative years?

  9. LOTGK
    Oct 01, 2007 @ 12:50:01

    Puff the magic dragon baby.
    Actually, I heard the song is about a dream the lead singer had. In his dream, he was awoken by flowers calling out to him and the pungent smell of what is the garden of Eden. As he was chasing his dream, (The garden of Eden) the scene changed to his conscious reality and he stared at himself changing his son’s diaper. A second later, a toy truck fell from the shelf awakening him.
    That is when he wrote the lyrics….
    “You see Ive been through the desert on a horse with no name.”

  10. rjlight
    Oct 02, 2007 @ 12:52:18

    shouldn’t it have been a toy horse that fell on him then?

  11. LOTGK
    Oct 03, 2007 @ 04:17:12

    Just reporting the news as I hear it. And this was on FOX news so it has to be true! Right!

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