The hardest thing to do is to forgive yourself
A song where all the melodic tendencies of the band have been allowed to frolic freely and dominate the music. There’s no hard edges, no rock guitars, no raising anthemic qualities – just soft, lush melodies layered on top of eachother and set to a mid-tempo shuffle. It’s hard to state with words just how gorgeous it sounds: the piano that acts as the headlining star of the song is arguably the most elegant piano part in Manics history and the whole song moves with suave class and effortless beauty.
It’s also short as hell, in a typical modern Manics fashion, but it’s a rare case (for this band’s current trends) of the shortness not feeling completely abrupt. The song runs for little under three minutes but in that time we’re not only treated to the usual verses and choruses but even an instrumental section (a rather refined, subdued guitar solo) and a lyrical middle section. The final half-length chorus does give the feeling that the band panicked as they saw the three-minute barrier approaching but the song is still actually closed rather than awkwardly stopped on its tracks like many recent b-sides. This time the song is short simply because it doesn’t need to go any longer.
You’d love it to go on though. Kiss My Eyes for Eternity is a delightful gem, a lovely warm breeze of fresh air that showcases just how great a melodic ear Bradfield has. It’s a gorgeous song, in fact, and one of the best Postcards-era bonus tracks no doubt.