The trio performed on the Tonight Show for Tuesday’s episode
Maren Morris stopped by the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday to perform “The Tree” with fellow artists Mickey Guyton and Brittney Spencer. The single is one of two new tracks from her EP The Bridge.
“Do you feel that?/Heart letting go of the weight it’s been holding,” sings Morris for the chorus, bolstered by Guyton and Spencer. “I’ve made miracles in the shadows/But now that I’m out in the sun, I’ll never stop growing, wherever I’m going/Hope I’m not the only one.”
Morris previously said in a statement that the song is “about a toxic ‘family tree’ burning itself to the ground.” She continued, “This song evokes the pain of exhausting all your love and time for this person or ‘entity’ but realizing it’s just a draining, transactional relationship that isn’t nourishing in any healthy way.”
The singer also shared that by the “end of the song, I give myself permission to face the sun, plant new seeds where it’s safer to grow and realize that sometimes there is greener grass elsewhere.”
In the video “The Tree,” features Morris waking up in Small Town (which appears to take aim at Jason Aldean and his controversial single “Try That in a Small Town”), a place that seems to metaphorically reflect her exasperation with the country music industry in Nashville.
When talking about her new EP, Morris noted that the tracks were “incredibly key to my next step because they express a very righteously angry and liberating phase of my life these last couple of years but also how my navigation is finally pointing towards the future.” She added that both songs are “honoring where I’ve been and what I’ve achieved in country music, but also freely moving forward.”