My Sunday Song – “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall

My Sunday Song #69 is “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall.  The song was released as a single in 2005 from her 2004 debut album ‘Eyes to the Telescope’.  It was a sensational debut song and reached as high as #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and made it to #1 Adult Pop Songs chart.

The acoustic guitar and drum beat had you tapping your feet and bobbing your head instantly.  When you add in that gritty voice, you had an instant classic. KT’s song was a little blues, a little soul and a little rock, but a had a lot of character.  I never knew what the song meant and it didn’t really matter.  It was catchy and had a certain charm to it. I would catch myself singing it all the time when it was released and it was one of the best songs of 2005 for sure.

KT Tunstall discussed the meaning of the song at Contactmusic.com.  She said the following:

“Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” is inspired by old blues, Nashville psycho hillbillies & hazy memories. It tells the story of finding yourself lost on your path, and a choice has to be made. It’s about gambling, fate, listening to your heart, and having the strength to fight the darkness that’s always willing to carry you off.

Apparently, the lyrics came to her quickly and she had it written in like ten minutes.  It is amazing how fast inspiration can come and how wonderful it can turn out to be.  This song is a shining example of that.  Give it a listen and I hope you enjoy!!  Happy Sunday!

 

“Black Horse & The Cherry Tree”

{Two, three, four}

(woo-hoo, woo-hoo) [throughout the whole song]

Well my heart knows me better than I know myself
So I’m gonna let it do all the talking.
I came across a place in the middle of nowhere
With a big black horse and a cherry tree.

I felt a little fear upon my back
He said “Don’t look back, just keep on walking.”
When the big black horse said, “Hey lady!”
Said, “Look this way, will you marry me?”

But I said no, no, no, no-no-no
I said no, no, you’re not the one for me
No, no, no, no-no-no
I said no, no, you’re not the one for me

And my heart hit a problem, in the early hours,
So I stopped it dead for a beat or two.
But I cut some cord, and I shouldn’t have done it,
And it won’t forgive me after all these years

So I sent it to a place in the middle of nowhere
With a big black horse and a cherry tree.
Now it won’t come back, ’cause it’s oh so happy
And now I’ve got a hole for the world to see

And it said no, no, no, no-no-no
Said no, no, you’re not the one for me
No, no, no, no-no-no-no
Said no, no, you’re not the one for me

{Not the one for me}

Said no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no,
You’re not the one for me
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
You’re not the one for me

(do, do, do, do)

Well I was
Big black horse and a cherry tree
I can’t quite get there ’cause my heart’s forsaken me
Big black horse and a cherry tree
I can’t quite get there ’cause my heart’s forsaken me

Written by KT Tunstall

5 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall

  1. Great song, though I’ve never been so disappointed by an album as I was after getting this. There was nothing as good as that track on there… and it was only included as a bonus live version tacked on at the end!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. This year I rediscovered and LIKED the album, particularly the first five songs, including “Black Horse.” While not in my rock/blues wheelhouse their creativity appeals to me like those of artists such as Aimee Mann or Tracy Chapman.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s