You're showing your age.
I thought I was showing my white-bread taste, thus playing music by the group, America, could be considered racist.
Truth is I put America’s Greatest Hits on my phone yesterday and listened to the whole thing while gardening through a pair of good headphones (headphones rarely coming in singles, at least the good ones). A couple of the songs were cringe-worthy (“I Need You”) , many were pleasant enough (“Daisy Jane”), and some were quite excellent including “Sandman” and “Sister Golden Hair.”
“Muskrat Love” was an excellent song in the hands of Captain and Tennille. America’s version is dull, but then Bob Dylan was the master of song-writing and a horrible performer. America’s version isn’t that bad. Again, the album is pretty white-bread so it must be racist. But compared to the rap and other junk that does violence to the soul, you realize that “white bread” music is vastly underrated. Harmless, good fun has generally been replaced by “sophisticated” vulgarity.
One of the saddest songs of hope is their “Lonely People.” I wonder if these guys, or this guy, was religious and “the silver cup” refers to Christianity.
I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with “A Horse With No Name.” The lyrics are, to my mind, pretty stupid. But then regarding modern rock, you can’t be too picky. The words were just a rough scaffolding to carry the tune. Perhaps the most honest song in this regard is “Innagadadavida” by Iron Butterfly. You all know the story. One of the guys misheard “In the Garden of Eden” as this and it just stuck. But it showed that often the lyrics mean very little. In fact, the kings of pretentiousness are those Rolling Stone reviewers who pick through song lyrics and offer lengthy analysis on what it all supposedly means. The downfall of Western Civilization and the trivialization of thought can be tracked by reading that magazine…which I occasionally did in my 20’s.