SOMEWHERE IN ARIZONA
|Dave Taylor horse whispered the name from|
the famous horse's grandson last Summer.
"It was a special moment" said Taylor.
The famous lyrics written by Dewy Bunnell started out, "On the first part of the journey" and then went on to include, "I've been through the desert on a horse with no name." Forty two years later, the song still plays on classic rock stations around the world and new generations of listeners still wonder, just what was the horse's name. CHANNEL 1 NEWS'S Senior anchor and reporter, Dave Taylor decided to find out. He packed a shirt and his boots and headed for Arizona last summer in search of the descendant of the famous horse with no name.
After arriving at the desert ranch where the descendant is being kept, the first thing he noticed was a lot of plants and birds and rocks and things. "There was sand and hills and rings and the first thing I met was a fly with a buzz", he wrote in his journal. "And the sky with no clouds, the heat was hot and the ground was dry". Taylor soon realized how eerily this was, to the songs original lyrics. He knew he was close and it was fifteen minutes later he spotted the lone horse having some desert fun in a dry river bed.
Taylor, being a horse whisperer was able to walk up to the horse and put his head next to the horse's head and once he had the horse's confidence, whispered, "In the desert you can remember his name,
cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain." Taylor said it was truly a special moment for both of them. The horse made him promise not to leak his grandfather's name until after February 15th, 2014 because that would have been his grandfather's birthday. When Taylor gave him his word the horse revealed the name of the horse with no name, The name was Ralph. The horse went on to explain that the name Ralph didn't fit into the song's name or lyrics, "I've been through the desert on a horse named Ralph" so Bunnell changed it to a horse with "no name".