One of Rod Stewart's biggest hits of the '80s, "Love Touch" finds him in Romeo mode, pleading with his lover to let him heal their hurting relationship with his "love touch." He's both apologetic ("I didn't mean to be bad") and swaggering ("But darlin' I'm still the best that you ever had").
Stewart delivered it with a wink, which scrubbed some sincerity from the song's intention. Holly Knight, who wrote the lyric, told Songfacts
: "I never meant 'I want to give you my love touch' literally. Imagine if you're on the phone and your sweetheart is far away somewhere. You haven't seen them for weeks, and before you hang up, you send them a little love... a heart... a love touch. It wasn't meant to be literally like, 'I'm the greatest lover in the world and I am the best that you ever had,' but he took it literally that way."
"That's one of my favorite songs," she adds. "I think there are some beautiful lines in there. There's one that has this double entendre: 'I want to feel the breathless end you come to every night.'"