Black Cherry

It’s time for Song Lyric Sunday again! This week Jim Adams has given us the prompt of “Yes or No.” So, I chose KT Tunstall’s Black Horse & the Cherry Tree.

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Lyrics

“Black Horse & The Cherry Tree”

Two, three, four
(Woohoo, woohoo)
(Woohoo, woohoo)

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, “Look this way,”
Said, “Hey, lady, 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.”

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.

The Story

According to Wikipedia, “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.

It is sunng by Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall and featured on her debut album, Eye to the Telescope. It is one of many songs that reuses the famous Bo Diddley beat from the influential 1955 song of his own name. The track was released on 21 February 2005 as the lead single from the album, charting at No. 28 on the UK Singles Chart the same month. The following year, the single became a hit outside Europe, reaching No. 7 in Canada and No. 20 in the United States and New Zealand.

The song is usually performed solo by Tunstall, the original artist, with the layered guitar and vocals constructed piece-by-piece by sampling the parts live, and using a loop pedal unit to create the backing track. A performance of the song on Later… with Jools Holland (recorded before the release of Eye to the Telescope) was an important break in Tunstall’s career. The song won Tunstall an award for Best Single of 2005 in Q, and it received a 2007 Grammy Award nomination for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance“.[2]

The album version was used as the opening theme song for the CBC Television drama Wild Roses. The song was later redone by Aly & AJ for Pepsi Smash, included on the Japanese only re-release of their second studio album Insomniatic. “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” was also used in advertisements for The WB show Pepper Dennis and the 2006 US Open. The song’s video ranked No. 19 on VH1‘s 40 Greatest Videos of 2006. During the programme’s airing, Tunstall stated that the day of the video shoot was the only time she had ever worn red lipstick.

14 thoughts on “Black Cherry

  1. Great choice this week! Like Christine, I have always loved this song with its Bo Diddley influence. 50’s/60’s, blues and country are my favorite genres. This song has all of that going for it. 🙂

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