Suddenly I See

Album: Eye To The Telescope (2005)
Charted: 12 21

Songfacts®:

  • This song is inspired by the singer Patti Smith, who also inspired the Eye To The Telescope album cover. Tunstall told The Mail On Sunday's You magazine: "The inspiration for the song was Robert Mapplethorpe's photograph of Patti Smith on the cover of her album Horses. I was staring at it one day thinking it was incredible. It's everything I love about music - mysterious, inviting, frightening."
  • This song was played during the opening credits of the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada. It was also used as the farewell music for female contestants eliminated from the reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance. Other TV uses include Gray's Anatomy and the debut of Ugly Betty.
  • This song won Tunstall the 2006 Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.
  • This is one of the slowest ever chart climbers. It was on the American Hot 100 chart for 23 weeks before it entered the top 40. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above
  • Norwegian Spam wanted to use this song in one of their commercials. Tunstall - a vegetarian - was amused by the situation, but did not grant them permission to use the song. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Carrie - Burlington, CT
  • Hilary Clinton used this as her presidential campaign music in 2008. Tunstall recalled to Q magazine March 2011: "She had a competition among her supporters to see what music they wanted, and they chose that. But it's dodgy being involved with these things, particularly at the beginning of someone's potential presidential career, because they can go and royally f--k it up, and you become the soundtrack. I'd prefer to be the song that's played when they leave office and they've been brilliant."

Comments: 3

  • Claire from Miller's, MdEveryone says that i am a beautiful girl:)
  • Kate from Burnaby, CanadaI kinda sing this about myself... :P
  • Nora from N/a, FlTHIS SONG REMINDS ME TO KEEP REACHING FOR MY GOALS-AND TO BE A BETTER PERSON !!

    ..."I feel like walking the world
    Like walking the world
    You can hear she's a beautiful girl
    She's a beautiful girl
    She fills up every corner like she's born in black and white
    Makes you feel warmer when you're trying to remember
    What you heard
    She likes to leave you hanging on a word...."

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