Sometimes When We Touch

Album: Longer Fuse (1977)
Charted: 13 3
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  • 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

    For who am I to judge you
    In 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 want to hold you till I die
    Till we both break down and cry
    I want to hold you till the fear in me subsides

    Romance's an honest strategy
    Leaves me grappling with my pride
    But through the years of maturity
    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 want to hold you till I die
    Till we both break down and cry
    I want to 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 try
    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 want to hold you till I die
    Till we both break down and cry
    I want to hold you till the fear in me subsides Writer/s: Barry Mann, Daniel Grafton Hill
    Publisher: OLE MEDIA MANAGEMENT LP, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Comments: 12

  • Vicki from South CarolinaThis is the most beautiful love song ever written!!! I love it.
  • Tom Anderson from Los AngelesI like a good ballad as much as the next guy, but this is truly, truly an awful song. I hated it when I was 16, I hate it now. Just listen to the lyrics. The guy lost his testicles, somewhere along the line, the only polite word I can come up with is wuss! "Sometimes when we touch, the honesty's too much?" What? And singing it like he is about to cry. The worst is when he sometimes wants to "break you, and drive you to your knees...at times I'd like to break through and hold you endlessly" ! What kind of schizoid bipolar nut job was this guy? He loves her so much, then he wants to hurt her..... Any woman with 1/2 a brain would listen to a guy like this and run for her life. Morbid and sick.
  • Jennifer from OhioMy father was the first DJ to play this song on the radio station WFMJ in Youngstown, Ohio. It was a demo sent to him and he decided he liked it, so he aired it. When it went gold, he received a gold record for it that still hangs on the wall in our family room today. :)
  • James Russell from Apex, NcDan thought words would pull on this female's heartstrings. It didn't. Yet another song written By Barry Gibb claims all he could give the object of his affection was "words". For Barry, it worked. He has been married to the same female for 50+ years.
  • Bizmark Jenam Jonathan from Kampala Mukonovery impressive i'm in love with this song. Da Hill!
  • Carolyn from BarbadosMy dad introduced me to this song. I remember sitting next him and listening to this song being belted out over his speakers. I never said a word until it was finished - phenomenal - that was what I said. This song still gives me goosebumps 43 years later, the lyrics touch every inch of my soul. They don't make love songs like this anymore. Definitely my 'go-to' song on my playlist anytime I need to feel the love.
  • Melia from Canada I have this song on my playlist. I was very young when I first heard it on the radio. As a mere child I was moved by it not fully understanding the romantic and emotional depth of it. It seemed that as the decades passed and I would hear it again, I was able to glean meaning from the lyrics. I can truly relate to this beautiful and touching song.
  • Siahara Shyne Carter from United StatesThe best version is still The original singer Dan Hill I liked it when I was younger (maybe because I have best taste in music hehe) Even Now it is played radio
  • Jenny from HoustonI'm a Beijing native. I was still in Beijing the first time when I was listening to this song. It brought tears to my eye. Many years passed and now I'm a middle aged woman living in the US and this song still brings tears to my eye when I listen to it.

    Rarely a song can bring so much passion, depth and intensity to it and so thoroughly depicts how a human being feels when he or she truly, deeply falls in love with another human being. Rarely a song so vividly captures the thrills, pain and struggles that only love can bring on. That's why this song is such a classic, and a long-lasting one. It strikes a chord with different generations, as long as you had ever fallen in love with someone, and then you know what every word in this song means.
  • Jodi from Northampton, PaSometime When We Touch was one of my first 45's. I was 8, I played it over and over, not really knowing the meaning. Now that I read the meaning, it really brings a tear to my eye. When I got married in 2004, my wedding party danced to this song. Still one of my favorites.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 26th 1978, "Sometimes When We Touch" by Dan Hill peaked at #3 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on November 20th, 1977 at position #86 and spent a 22 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 8 of those 22 weeks is was on the Top 10)...
    And on March 18th, 1978 it reached #1 (for 1 week) on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart...
    In 1996 UK singer Newton (born William Myers) covered it; his version peaked at #32 in the U.K. Singles chart...
    Mr. Hill, born Daniel Grafton Hill IV, will celebrate his 60th birthday in four months on June 3rd (2014).
  • Mjn Seifer from Not Listed For Personal Reason, United KingdomI honestly cannot believe how biased against this song this site is! I am a man, and I certantly do not feel the need to vomit when I hear it, this song is simply beautiful, and heart warming. The song is so soulful and romantic, I am in tears whenever I hear it - I have no idea who this girl was that Dan sung the song to, but if she couldn't see that, then Dan shouldn't have wasted his breath on her (even though that would mean we wouldn't have this song).

    And, I'm sure most of us, regardless of the specifics, have felt this way at some point,and if you haven't you soon will. Despite the revelation of this songs origin, I still view this as a beautiful romantic song, which will always move me, and deeply touch me, in my heart and soul. Whatever you think of this song now Dan (I'm guessing you hate it, after what that girl did) I will always love it.
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