A Kiss on the Cheek

by John Mayfield

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This song appeared as a guest track on the late, great Jackie Leven's final album in 2011 and his album artwork is included here. Jackie loved the track and he was kind enough to sprinkle his magic on the chorus vocals. The spoken word vocalist on the song is Gola Wolf Richards. The song was inspired by a great friend of mine who told me the story how his father had only got to hold his new-born granddaughter just the once. He passed away the very next day. Poignant indeed.

For anyone not familiar with the magnificent body of work which Jackie Leven left behind, I strongly recommend that you check out his substantial back catalogue as well as his wonderful post punk band Doll By Doll. It is music which changed my life and my outlook on song writing.


A Kiss on the Cheek
A baby's born
Out of love and lies
So blind that it can see

And through the haze
To its mothers eyes
Tears baptize
What struggled free

The world still spins
Only twice as fast
Do I deserve what I barely see?

Here stands a fool
A kind of waste of time
Who begs to hold
What's you and me

Before we all get carried away
Before a stranger sees…
A Kiss on the Cheek
A Kiss on the Cheek
A Kiss on the Cheek
For the old man

Now I'm no saint
Guess I'll never be
And when I'm king
It's in a dream

But what we have
Now that two are three
Nothing else comes in-between

Chorus x2 and fade.


John Mayfield

Arrangement 2011.


released September 19, 2011
Music and lyrics by John Mayfield.
Vocals by Gola Wolf Richards and Jackie Leven (chorus)
Additional keyboards by Mike Cosgrave



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John Mayfield is an experienced composer, musician and producer. He was the founder member of the Sheffield synth pop band 'The Naughtiest Girl Was A Monitor.' His work includes The Eurythmics demo studio The Church, Crouch End, London and The Gallery, Chertsey, Surrey, a studio formerly owned by Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music. ... more

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