No One to Depend On
|"No One to Depend On"|
|Single by Santana|
|from the album Santana III|
|Writer(s)||Coke Escovedo, Gregg Rolie, Mike Carabello|
|Santana singles chronology|
The song is very instrumentally based, with numerous bass and guitar riffs and a long instrumental introduction. The vocals start after 56 seconds. At the start of the song, a man can be heard saying something in Spanish. It is commonly believed to be the Spanish phrase, "Salpica Micaela," said by José "Chepito" Areas himself to the other musicians about the style (rhythm or "feel") to play the song. The song is famous for its "call and response" passage between the guitar and the bass.
The single reached no. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Santana's 15th most successful song. In Canada it reached no. 17 in the RPM Magazine charts.
The main melody of the song is taken from Willie Bobo's "Spanish Grease" (1965).