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Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer

Album: Sixpence None The RicherReleased: 1997Charted:
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  • Written by the group's guitarist Matt Slocum, this dreamy truffle of a Pop song had humble beginnings. Released on their third album, which came out November 22, 1997, it was issued as a single on August 11, 1998.

    This being the late '90s, TV producers were on the lookout for fresh songs to provide dramatic underscore for big scenes, like maybe a pivotal kiss in a popular teen drama. "Kiss Me" got some attention when it was used on the second season of the WB TV show Dawson's Creek, first on November 11, 1998 and then on another episode that aired April 28, 1999. In between, it was used in the movie She's All That, which premiered January 29, 1999. With just about every teenage girl in America hearing the song on the TV show, the movie, or the many radio stations that put the song in rotation, it cracked the Top-40 on February 27, 1999 and made it all the way to #2.
  • The late '90s were the big years for TV show soundtracks, and shows like Ally McBeal, Party of Five, Mad About You and Friends would often integrate music into episodes to enhance not only the scenes but also the soundtrack albums, which sold very well. "Kiss Me" was the first track on Songs From Dawson's Creek, which made it to #7 on the album charts. Even before the show hit air, it had a powerful musical impact: promos for the first season of the show in 1997 featured Paula Cole's song "I Don't Want to Wait," and gave the song a big sales boost. Dawson's Creek was also notable for putting some songs on the soundtrack album that hadn't yet appeared on the show.
  • Sixpence None the Richer is a Contemporary Christian trio from Austin, Texas. Their name comes from a passage in C.S. Lewis' book Mere Christianity.
  • This was the most-played radio song in 1999 in 11 different countries, including Canada, UK, Australia, Japan and Israel.
  • Vocalist Leigh Nash recalled to Baeble Music the song's origins: "It's pretty crazy," she said, "Matt wrote that song overseas. At the time he was reading some Dylan Thomas poetry, and I think he just started writing that song, and the words were a little different, the song was a little bit darker, but it was basically the same song, and we performed it the very night he wrote it."
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Comments: 20

Whitney's right. This song is about two chicks, getting it on (not that there's anything wrong with that!). What kind of dude wears a "flowered hat"? A she-dude, that's who!Thomas - Mannum, Australia
I was born in '97 and there's no way I could have remembered this song from '99 but I randomly did just now, I'm actually pretty sure it just came to me and I remember riding in the car hearing it haha.Carli - Phoenix, Az
I'm sorry but I believe it IS about two women. Listen to the lyrics.. what kind of dude wheres a "flowered hat"??Whitney - Albuquerque, Nm
This song is NOT about lesbianism,this has absolutly nothing about gender. A christian rock band would NOT construct a song about gayness!:)Madison - Fairfax, Va
absolutely love this song. Very catchy and its about love and what more do you need? Catchy group name too doncha think? I DO think though that folks can take the examination of a songs meaning a bit too far....Doug - Kansas City, Mo
Where do so many people get the idea that this song is a hymn to Lesbianism, not, of course, that there would be anything wrong with if indeed it were. It's just that there are NO gender references in the lyrics at all. It's a cute, easy-on-the-ears ballad,nothing more. The need that so many people, gay and straight, seem to have to put labels on everything often irks me.Paul - Washington Dc, Dc
I read that the songwriter and band member wrote it about himself and his wife.Kathy - New Orleans, La
I like this song (which is surpisingly good for a Christian rock song), but the idea the father's map symbolizing the Bible doesn't seem to fit. After all, they're going out into the woods to make out. I don't see how the Bible would tell someone to do that...Carrie - Roanoke, Va
this can't be about lesbianism
'cause in the bible one of the laws of god was to not to have sexual feeling or w.e for the same sex as your self
and if their christians....
it can't be
Toni - Blubber, United Kingdom
I think the song really is dealing with lesbianism but nothing is wrong with that! i think it's hot!Kitty - Montreal, Qc
I understand that the band used to do more explicitly religious material. I thought that "trail marked on your father's map" and "lift your open hand" might have religious significance. Other references seem to be purely romantic: (moonlight, fireflies, dancing, kissing). I am not aware, however, of any "meaning" of "bearded barley," "flowered hat" "broken treehouse." Would someone who is "into" Christian Rock give me an opinion about any significance?
Thanks.
Ron - Tyler, Tx
I dislike using the word "sweet," because it implies a banal, saccharine feeling, but it is the word describes this song for me, because it brings up images of innocent love.John - Overland Park, Ks
After this song hit the upper-reaches of the cahrts the whole world over,Sixpence None The Richer also scored another hit with a cover of "There She Goes" by '80s band The La's (whose lead singer Jon Power later went on to form Britpop band Cast)Dave - Cardiff, Wales
so what's wrong in experimenting with lesbianism?Pete - Nowra, Australia
i love this video.Shannon - Garland, Tx
Was the band started after two members met at a church meeting?Colin - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Sixpence is awesome(how can you not like christian rock)..and the fact that "We'll take the trail marked on your father's map" from this song is refering to Christ is awesome!Christy - Gadsden, Al
I heard this was about two girls experimenting with lesbianism...guess I was totally wrong. I liked the song either way...Shawn - Boise, Id
This song appears in the movie "She's all that"Angelo - New York, Ny
They have many songs that are much better than this one, especially on the self-titled album this song is on. I absolutely despise christian rock, but for some reason i really like sixpence. they have good guitar work and musically complex songs.Dennis - Toledo, Oh