The Paul McCartney Project

The Kiss Of Venus

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney III Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2020

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


Recording "McCartney III"

April - June 2020 ?

Related interviews



Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) chat

Dec 23, 2020 • From Reddit


"McCartney III" Twitter Listening Party

Dec 21, 2020 • From Tim's Twitter Listening Party


Paul McCartney on CBS Sunday Morning

Dec 20, 2020 • From CBS

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Song facts

The Kiss Of Venus” is a track from 2020 album “McCartney III“.

‘The Kiss Of Venus’ was inspired by a book about the movements of the planets. The book discussed the ‘pentagram of Venus’ and used the poetic term the kiss of Venus. Along with Paul’s singing and guitar, the only other instrument to appear on the track is a harpsichord. Whilst often associated with Baroque music, Paul is a big fan of the harpsichord and has used it throughout his career, and on recent songs like ‘New’ and ‘Fuh You’. Paul also plays harpsichord on ‘Find My Way’ and ‘Pretty Boys’ on ‘McCartney III’.

From Spotify Storyline. Storyline is a feature of Spotify that gives behind-the-scenes information from artists about their songs, presented with a carousel of cards featuring a combination of text and images.

On one of the songs off the new album, called ‘Kiss of Venus,’ I wrote it one summer’s day, and I got the beginning of it – The Kiss Of Venus, da, da, da, da – and I thought, ‘Oh, that’s OK, I’ll record it, I’ll finish it someday.’ But then I said to myself, ‘No, what have you got? You haven’t got anything on [right now]. Sit here and finish that bloody song!

Paul McCartney – from CBS Sunday Morning interview, December 20, 2020

I fight with myself sometimes. I did it recently. I had an afternoon, it was a lovely summer’s day last year, and the window was open and I was in the bedroom in London and I sat down and thought, ‘Oh yeah, I’ll have a noodle.’ So I was noodling on the guitar and I thought, ‘Oh, that’s quite good.’ And I thought, I’ll either just bang it down on my iPhone or I’ll finish it. And I wrestled with myself, and said, ‘Finish it – what else are you gonna do? stick it down then go and watch telly or something? Finish it. Take an hour or’. So I did and I was very proud of myself. I had a cool little book Jools Holland’s wife had given me, kind of an astrology book, all about the planets and the movements and the fantastic synchronicity of it all. A fascinating book, actually, when the planets go through all the little things, if you look at a graph, as it were, of them all, it like makes a lotus. It’s trippy. There was some great little phrases – “the kiss of Venus” was one of them. So I was loving that book and I was making up a song about that, but that was an instance of forcing myself to write. And I felt good after it. I thought, ‘Yeah that’s a pretty good little song.’ I haven’t had time to record it, but I will.

Paul McCartney, from the Flaming Pie – Archive Collection book, 2020

During his interview with the podcast Sodajerket in September 2018, Paul McCartney played a few seconds of “Kisses Of Venus” recorded on his phone.

A demo version of “The Kiss Of Venus” was released as a bonus track on some versions of “McCartney III“.

From Universal Music – Calling all musicians – McCartney III is almost here! Teasers are popping up in cities across the globe, sharing excerpts of the sheet music from each song.We would love to see your takes on each song. Join in the fun by recording your own version! – In Tokyo
Screenshot of Spotify Storyline

Last updated on December 30, 2020

Lyrics

VERSE 1
The kiss of Venus
Has got me on the go
She scored a bullseye
In the early morning glow
Early morning glow

VERSE 2
Packed with illusions
Our world is turned around
This golden circle has a
Most harmonic sound
Harmonic sound

BRIDGE
And in the sunshine
When we stand alone
We came together with
Our secrets blown
Our secrets blown

Now moving slowly
We circle through the square
Two passing planets in the
Sweet, sweet summer air
Sweet summer air

[Repeat bridge]

MIDDLE
Reflected mountains in a lake
Is this too much to take?
Asleep or wide awake?
And if the world begins to shake
Will something have to break?
We have to stay awake

[Repeat verse 2]
[Repeat bridge]
[Repeat verse 1]

The kiss of Venus
Has got me on the go

Variations


A Album version

B Phone demo

Officially appears on


McCartney III

Official album • Released in 2020

3:06 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Harpsichord, Producer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Deluxe Digital Album)

Official album • Released in 2020

2:10 • DemoB • Phone demo

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Engineer, Producer, Vocals
Steve Orchard :
Engineer

McCartney III (Deluxe Edition Blue Cover CD)

Official album • Released in 2020

3:06 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Harpsichord, Producer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Deluxe Edition Red Cover CD)

Official album • Released in 2020

3:06 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Harpsichord, Producer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Deluxe Edition White Cover CD)

Official album • Released in 2020

3:06 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Harpsichord, Producer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Deluxe Edition Yellow Cover CD)

Official album • Released in 2020

3:06 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Harpsichord, Producer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Deluxe Edition White Cover CD)

Official album • Released in 2020

2:10 • DemoB • Phone demo

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Engineer, Producer, Vocals
Steve Orchard :
Engineer

McCartney III (Deluxe Digital Album)

Official album • Released in 2020

3:06 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Harpsichord, Producer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


McCartney III (Japanese edition - Limited release)

Official album • Released in 2020

2:10 • DemoB • Phone demo

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Engineer, Producer, Vocals
Steve Orchard :
Engineer

McCartney III (Japanese edition - Limited release)

Official album • Released in 2020

3:06 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Harpsichord, Producer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Films


The Kiss of Venus (Lyric video)

2020 • For Paul McCartney

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Chris Brabender 1 years ago

We Listened To Your New Album III And We Really Loved the Track “The Kiss of Venus” Because It Was So Heart Felt And True for the Times a Song That Touches the Soul Lifts It Up and Shine a Light of Truth Honesty And Hope When The World Is Caught In Such a Darkening Day . We Listened To It Again And Again And In The End We Really Felt a Whole Lot Better About The Day ! Through the Years Paul You Given the World Such Amazing Songs That Touch Our Hearts And Souls, That Shine a Light And Make Us Smile To Feel Inner Peace Joy And Happiness Deep Down Inside ! We Want to Thank You Paul for All the Decades You’ve Shared You Heart In Song With The World To Truely Make This World a Much Better Place One Listener At a Time . So In This Time When The World Seems So Sad , Afraid and Uncertain With All the Grief And Devastation Caused By The Global Pandemic Your Has Made Us Feel A-little Bit Better About The Day ! We Listened To Your New Album III And It Really Brightened Up Our Day ! Your Song “The Kiss of Venus” And an Earlier Recording of “I’m Taking You Home Tonight” Really Goes Back To Your Roots And Sounds That Were Produced During The Golden Age of The Beatles ! They are Really Wonderful Songs I Listened To Them Again And Again And It Got My Wife Smiling And Dancing Around In the Kitchen While She Was Cooking Lunch !

We Would Like To Wish Your a Merry Christmas and All the Best To You And Your Family In 2021 !

You Really Brightened Up Our Day !

We Also Had a Chance to Hear Ringo’s New Release of “Here’s To The Nights”
Which You Recorded Together !
Wonderful Song With Lyrics That Shine a Light So Bright On a Ever So Darkening World ! Perhaps Both of YoU Might Consider Getting Back In the Studio At Your Home In Scotland and Record a New Album Together That Full If So Much Love That It Will Shine a Blinding Light That Brightens Up The Day !

After All “All We Need Is Love”

Thank You So Much
You Brightened Up Our Day !

Great Album !

Peace and Love

Chris & Yan In Yinchuan Ningxia China