"Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" was written by lead singer Steve Perry. It's a gut-wrenching tale of love-gone-wrong, with the desperate opening lines, "You make me weep, I wanna die," and an extended fade of "na na"s, as there are no more words to describe the pain. Perry didn't make this stuff up: according to the liner notes for Journey's Time3 compilation, this was a true story. He watched through the window as his girlfriend at the time got out of a Corvette and gave the driver a long, loving kiss goodbye. He calls this song "love justice."
This is the highest-charting single from Journey's fifth studio album, and the group's first-ever single to break into the top-20, although they had already established themselves as a headlining live act.
Interesting to note that Journey showed a steady progress in the album charts towards their #1 charting album, unlike bands who meander around before peaking their fame. In chronological order, the studio albums go: Journey, #138, Look into the Future, #100, Next, #85, Infinity, #21, Evolution, #20, Departure, #8, and Escape, #1. That means that from 1975 to 1981, they steadily gained ground releasing one album per year, apparently always better than the one before. Plus, the #1 broke the pattern.
Progressive metal band Dream Theater sampled this song in "The Big Medley" on their 1995 album A Change of Seasons. Sharing this distinction are Pink Floyd's "In the Flesh?," Kansas' "Carry On Wayward Son," Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," Dixie Dregs' "Cruise Control," and Genesis' "Turn It on Again" - yes, that's all one song!
"Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" appears in the pilot episode of the FOX TV series Glee, first broadcast after American Idol on May 19, 2009.