Two, three, four

(Woo, hoo, woo, hoo)
(Woo, hoo, woo, hoo)

Well, my heart knows me better than I know myself
So I'm gonna let it do all the talking
(Woo, hoo, woo, hoo)
I came across a place in the middle of nowhere
With a big black horse and a cherry tree
(Woo, hoo, woo, hoo)

I fell in fear upon my back
I said don't look back, just keep on walking
(Woo, hoo, woo, hoo)
When the big black horse that looked this way
Said, hey lady, will you marry me?
(Woo, hoo, woo, hoo)

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

(Ooo, woo, hoo)

And my heart had a problem in the early hours
So it stopped it dead for a beat or two
(Woo, hoo, woo, hoo)
But I cut some cord, and I shouldn't have done that
And it won't forgive me after all these years
(Woo, hoo, woo, hoo)

So I sent her to a place in the middle of nowhere
With a big black horse and a cherry tree
(Woo, hoo, woo, hoo)
Now it won't come back 'cause it's oh-so-happy
And now I've got a hole for the world to see
(Woo, hoo, woo, hoo)

But it said no, no, no, no, no, no
I said, no, no, you're not the one for me
No, no, no, no, no, no
Said, no, no, you're not the one for me

(Ooo, woo, hoo) (not the one for me, yeah)
(Ooo, woo, hoo)
Said, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
You're not the one for me
Said, 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 they've all forsaken me
Big black horse and a cherry tree
I can't quite get there 'cause they've all forsaken me



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"Black Horse & The Cherry Tree" as written by Katie Tunstall

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    General Comment:This song IS simple, but it does have meaning. Just read the words and she lays it out. She says her heart is going to tell the story because her heart understands itself best. And the story goes, she came upon an urgent decision to make between a big black horse and a cherry tree. I agree that the horse stands for danger and love, and the cherry tree is practicality. It may have even literally been a lover who asked her to marry him. She chooses to be practical and soon after the decision, her heart started to ache, and she had to turn off her emotions (stopped it dead for a beat or two). But she cut the cord between her heart and the person she loves, can't get over it and regrets it. So, as she reviews this decision, she knows her heart wanted to stay with love, and realizes she has a whole in her body because her heart is not hers. And the world sees it through this song. Then, her heart says to her she is "not the one for me." In other words, her heart doesn't want to stay with her because she made the wrong decision. It's a decision that becomes a battle between her mind and her heart... and her heart chooses to ditch her (my heart's forsaken me) but the decision was made and she can't get back to the horse and the cherry tree again, but she is trying for her heart's sake. Moral: always follow your heart when it comes to love, cause your heart knows itself best.
    Leonessaon May 09, 2012   Link
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    General Comment:K, so she's going along with her life, and suddenly, a choice appears. She has to choose between the Horse (evil, scary, but she kinda want's to pick him) or the cheery tree (peace, calmness, security) and she knows that the cheery tree is the right one, but she kinda wants the horse anyways. So she chooses the tree really decidedly, hoping that if she sounds sure to the rest of the world, she will be sure. So she moves on, but cannot forget the horse that she didn't choose. Her heart wanted the horse, but her mind knew the tree was the right choice, and she followed her mind. This cuased her to start thinking like this always (her heart stopped for a beat or two) and she stopped feeling things and always went with the logical desicion. She sent her heart back to the desicion, and let her heart do as it pleased, and it didn't return to her, meaning she tried to feel with her heart instead of her mind, and her heart just stayed at that same place, and dwelled on that mistake while her mind went on. Her mind keeps on telling her she made the right choice, but her heart is gone and she's empty.
    coastal_birdon March 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:i'd lve to see the vid for this...
    i agree wit someone i read on page 1;
    its between right and wrong blacjk horse and the cherry tree. and she chooses the one thats is 'right' although its not exactly what she wanted. and she knows she took the 'right' decision but she cant help remembering the black horse, and now realises, maybe the cherry tree wasnt the best one, maybe she was just so afraid of the black horse she choose the cherry tree out of comfort and its stability; and now she regrets it, she regrets being afraid and going with the 'right'; choie in ther mind rather thn the one her heart wanted.

    plus, black horse; wild free untamed.
    cherry tree; stable un moving sfae etc.
    maybe she picked the safe option, just becasue it was safe, and now she regrets being so scared, cos the black horse option was the oe she really wanted.


    thoughts? xxxx
    Startme_upon September 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:my friend is convinced this song is about bestiality...
    when the big black horse that looked this way,
    said hey lady, will you marry me?
    no, no, you're not the one for me, etc
    badlydrawnroyon July 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:About Beastianity??? Does you're friend have no imagination?
    I think it's about being pressured into losing your virginity by someone you dont want to be with
    "when the big black horse that looked this way,
    said hey lady, will you marry me?
    (woo-hoo,woo-hoo)

    but i said no, no, no,no-no-no
    i said no, no, you're not the one for me"
    And also because Big Black Horse presents something slightly scary and i dunno whether its coincidence about the CHERRY tree and the fact that cherry tree rhymes with virginity...maybe im reading into it too much!
    mighty_mooseon August 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i agree mighty moose. in a lot of spanish literature the horse represents supressed sexual desire, so you may be right. not that this song is spanish. but maybe it should be?!
    jen-juiceon September 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:You guys might be exactly right, as the Verse is very Spanish - Em / B7 - latino caracho!

    For me, this song is sexy, because she's half Chinese, half Scottish - sexy! "Woo Hoo!"
    bkat004on September 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I think you guys are reading too much into this. Not all songs have some deep and secret meaning. I think the horse represeants a man who simply wants to marry her. They have possibly been in a relationship which he wants to bring to the next level. But then I'm not sure what the cherry tree is but I am positive that it has nothing to do with virginity. I don't think she picked a cherry tree just because it rhymed.
    kkrockson February 06, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:i think your all right (except for badlydrawnroy that is :P)

    to me its about getting too deep into a relationship and she cant commit to a marriage because she.. "can't quite get there cause they've all forsaken" her, being other men.. so she leaves the guy (or is trying to) because hes not the one for her.. but she leaves a part of herself with him because she was actually happy at one point with him and she'll never get that back

    and maybe i just think of it like that because it speaks to me and thats where im at right now.. but thats what it means to me.
    DarkAntiCristaon February 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I once watched an interview (On the Channel 4 TV show ''Popworld'') where KT Tunstall said this song was about coming to a point in your life where you make a major decision. You can either choose the good side (The cherry tree) or the bad side (the black horse).
    Basically its a song about choosing between right and wrong.
    Emma76on February 12, 2006   Link

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