Man With The Child In His Eyes

b/w Moving

Man With The Child In His Eyes (UK) front


Man With The Child In His Eyes (UK) rear


Country: UK
Label/Number: EMI 2806
Release date: May 28, 1978
Chronology: Kate's 2nd UK single; it's from The Kick Inside.
Highest chart position: 6
Front cover photo (young Kate) by John Carder Bush
Rear cover photo (old Kate) by Gered Mankowitz
The Man With The Child In His Eyes Lyrics
What it's about: A young girl fantasizes about an aging Peter Pan-like character who still retains his childlike innocence. It's one of Kate's earliest works; she began writing it at the age of 14.
Running time: 2:42 (single mix)
Moving Lyrics
What it's about: Kate's tribute to her mime instructor, Lindsay Kemp.
Running time: 3:07
The Man With The Child In His Eyes entered the UK chart in the second week of its release at #60.  It peaked at #6 four weeks later, on July 8, 1978.  It held that position for one week and spent a total of eleven weeks on the chart.
First pressings have "G&L" printed on the lower right corner of the rear sleeve, angled thumb notches and "The child hides in the light" etched into the dead wax on side A. All box set reissues have a small rectangular mark on the bridge of Kate's nose on the rear sleeve (which looks like sticker residue on the copy that was shot). For additional information on first pressings vs. reissues, look here. Scan courtesy of Pertti.
The A-side has a slightly different mix than the LP: it opens with Kate saying "He's here" 6 times.

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