Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Dan Hill, “Sometimes When We Touch”

So, it’s a touchy-feely Sunday, because the prompt is "touch/feel." Here’s a song from a touchy-feely period in music, the late ’70’s.

"Sometimes When We Touch" was written by Barry Mann (who has written extensively with Cynthia Weil) and Dan Hill, a Canadian singer and songwriter who had great success on the Adult Contemporary charts in the US and Canada in the late ’70’s and ’80’s. "Sometimes When We Touch," released in late 1977, reached #1 on both the Canadian Pop and Adult Contemporary charts, #3 on the Hot 100, #10 on the US Adult Contemporary chart, and #13 in the UK.

The lyrics, from AZLyrics:

You ask me if I love you
And I choke on my reply
I’d rather hurt you honestly
Than mislead you with a lie
And who am I to judge you
On what you say or do?
I’m only just beginning to see the real you

And sometimes when we touch
The honesty’s too much
And I have to close my eyes and hide
I wanna hold you til I die
Til we both break down and cry
I wanna hold you till the fear in me subsides

Romance and all its strategy
Leaves me battling with my pride
But through the insecurity
Some tenderness survives
I’m just another writer
Still trapped within my truth
A hesitant prize fighter
Still trapped within my youth

And sometimes when we touch
The honesty’s too much
And I have to close my eyes and hide
I wanna hold you til I die
Til we both break down and cry
I wanna hold you till the fear in me subsides

At times I’d like to break you
And drive you to your knees
At times I’d like to break through
And hold you endlessly

At times I understand you
And I know how hard you’ve tried
I’ve watched while love commands you
And I’ve watched love pass you by
At times I think we’re drifters
Still searching for a friend
A brother or a sister
But then the passion flares again

And sometimes when we touch
The honesty’s too much
And I have to close my eyes and hide
I wanna hold you til I die
Til we both break down and cry
I wanna hold you till the fear in me subsides

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for March 29, 2020.

27 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Dan Hill, “Sometimes When We Touch”

  1. Yes, about 1977 I was married with two of our three lads, my husband worked away frequently. One the odd occasions that he was around at a weekend and we could get a babysitter and we could go out we used to love this song to dance to.πŸ’œ

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        1. There were a lot of male singers during that period that sort of disappeared after a hit or two: Hill, Benny Mardones, Paul Davis, Rupert Holmes, Robbie Dupree, Bertie Higgins, John Parr, John Paul Young…

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    1. What I call vintage “lite rawk!” A lot of “beautiful music” stations switched formats to adult contemporary during the late ’70’s and early ’80’s, like WCLR in the Chicago area…

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        1. I like the juxtapositioning of the artists with the news, weather and traffic, and how you have Sinatra and Chicago at the end. And this was a commercial that got used in several markets, just a different station at the end. Same exact commercial…

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          1. I could watch old commercials every day. They were quite entertaining….I’ve said this before but more entertaining than some of the shows today.

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            1. There are plenty of videos on YouTube where someone has collected a night’s worth of commercials, station breaks, news breaks, bumpers…. basically everything but the actual shows. It’s amazing how relaxing it is to watch them.

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