Save Your Kisses for Me

Album: Love and Kisses (1976)
Charted: 1 27
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  • In this song, we hear from a man who hates leaving for work because he has to leave his girl behind. At the end of the song, we find out that it's his three-year-old daughter. Brotherhood of Man's founder/manager Tony Hiller wrote the song with group members Martin Lee and Lee Sheriden. Hiller told us: "The three year old in 'Save Your Kisses for Me' was every three year old in the world who had a dad running off to work, and who kissed them goodbye."
  • This won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1976, with Brotherhood of Man representing the United Kingdom. The victory helped the song become a worldwide hit, and it even cracked the American charts, becoming the group's first Top 40 since "United We Stand" in 1970.

    Said Hiller: "Regarding Eurovision, this was the second Brotherhood of Man and totally different to the original. I had put this new band together the previous year, and recorded a song 'Kiss me Kiss Your Baby.' It had been a big hit in Europe and I feel sure it helped us win the final so convincingly. It was in fact the biggest winner ever - we sold 5 million singles and it was #1 in 27 different countries." (Read our full interview with Tony Hiller.)
  • Hillier has admitted that his payoff was a homage to the Ames Brothers' 1954 song, "The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane." It's last line reveals the "naughty lady" to be an infant of nine days old.
  • In the UK, this was the top-selling single of 1976.
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Comments: 2

  • Adrian Chan from MalaysiaAnother song which brought back memories from my childhood...remember the lyrics so long honey so long...which made me sad especially the time when relatives came to stay in my house and they had to go back.
  • Craig from UkIt's a terrible song, although alright just to listen to and easy on the ear, still it's a terrible song, and not one I'd put on my iTunes library.
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