You Still Touch Me

Album: Mercury Falling (1996)
Charted: 27 60

Songfacts®:

  • This ballad was the second single released from Sting's fifth solo studio album.
  • Sting called this "a standard song of love and loss - a homage to the type of music I lost my virginity to, that I drove my first car to and that has been burned into my brain."
  • This song borrows a guitar vibe from Sam & Dave's classic "Soul Man," but Sting insists he's "not interested in just copying records that were already brilliant." He wrote in the tour program for Mercury Falling: "What's the point? You can't improve on Sam and Dave or Marvin Gaye. You can't better Otis Redding. But you can twist it a little, combine it with other elements and pervert it a bit to make it your own."
  • Sting performed this, along with "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot," on Saturday Night Live in 1996, hosted by Elle MacPherson.

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