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Dan Hill Sometimes When We Touch

Updated on October 23, 2017

Goose Bumps

You know how you have a song that every time you hear it, it gives you goose bumps? The song that does it for me is “Sometimes When We Touch” by Dan Hill.

I was listening to a radio show yesterday, with Dan Hill as the guest, and he was talking about how "Sometimes When We Touch" came to be. Dan really liked this girl who was dating a football player. He wanted to make a big impression on her and wrote her this song. She told him after he sang it to her that she was leaving town with the football player, and he was way too intense for his age. So he went on his way, hurt I am sure by her reply. He put the song he had written on the back burner so to say.

One day he was with working on some music with Barry Mann and thought I’ll see if Barry can come up with anything for that song I wrote. He never told Barry it was a song, just said to him that he had this poem he had written and could he come up with music for it. Within fifteen minutes Barry said yes and here is what I came up with.

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Song Lyrics For "Sometimes When We Touch"

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

Dan Hill is a Canadian pop singer/songwriter from Toronto, Ontario, who was born in 1954. He was always interested in songwriting, and studied guitar when he was in his teens. At 17 he left high school to work for RCA as a songwriter. In 1975 he released his first album, Dan Hill, with the hit single, “You Make Me Want To Be”. “Sometimes When We Touch” came out in 1977 hitting #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Many people that include Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Dolly Parton, Barry Manilow and others have covered this song. In 1982 Dan recorded, “It’s a Long Road”, for the movie “First Blood”. He has written many other songs, but my favorite of his is, “Sometimes When We Touch”

Tonight March 27th, at the Juno Awards, from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Dan Hill five-time Juno Award winner, will be one of the many presenters airing on CTV at 8 p.m.

“In Your Eyes” a song that was a hit for George Benson was co-written by Dan Hill and Michael Masser. Dan has written so many songs for various artists such as Celine Dion, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Tammy Wynette, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, the list just goes on and on, that have become huge hits.

Dan in 2009 wrote a book called, "I am My Father's Son", a memoir of love and forgiveness. His father Daniel Hill was a civil activist. In the book he tells how he feels why he became the man that he did.

If you would like to see a glimpse of what this book reads like follow this link.

© 2011 Susan Zutautas

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    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Eddy, So glad you enjoyed this hub. Thanks, and you have a great day too.

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      I love the song'I Am My Father's Son' and I so enjoyed this great hub.

      Thank you so much for sharing;take care and have a great day.

      Eddy.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Univited Writer, Glad you liked the hub. There are so many songs that do affect us in certain ways.

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      Susan Keeping 

      6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Great hub, i loved that song. It got a lot of airplay.

      It gives me goosebumps too. It's amazing that some songs touch us all the same way.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sunshine and Rosemay, Thank for stopping by to read this and listen to this beautiful song.

      Ardie, I had always liked the song. Then when I heard the interview on the radio and the story behind it, I had to know more about Dan Hill.

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      Sondra 

      6 years ago from Neverland

      I had to comment before I go back and listen to the songs :) I read the lyrics on the side and they alone gave me goosebumps. Such intensity and desire... I can only imagine how I will react to the poem with music. Excellent read JAS. I'm off to listen now!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Beautiful song Susan. Pleased I caught this on hub hoppers

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent song and voice!!:)

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Tammy, He is a very talented and beautiful person. Thanks for stopping by to read and for your comments.

    • tammyswallow profile image

      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      I am still in shock. I grew up listening to the music of Dan Hill.. I never once saw a photo of him. Beautiful song!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      PADDY, Thanks glad you liked it. Hope it gave you goosebumps too :)

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      PADDYBOY60 

      6 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      The story about the song was cool. And also the videos. Thank you for sharing.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      toknow thanks so much glad you like this song too.

      Sue I just assumed when you said he was from the french part you were referring to Quebec...oops.:) Don Peters does not ring any bells but I am getting old and forget-full.

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      Susan Mills 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      The song was a big hit in the english speaking part of New Brunswick. (His family is from Baker Brook and Green River, NB)

      It was a ridiculous song, he couldn't believe it became a hit! Here's the chorus.

      "Women and Whiskey are my weakness, Can't have one without the other,

      Women and Whiskey are my weakness, I found that easy to discover"

      (I think the music must have had a lot to do with it being so popular, the lyrics are totally lame... unlike "Sometimes When we Touch", which, you are so right... is totally awesome.)

      My husband said you probably would have heard a bunch of songs by a friend of his, Don Peters.

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      toknowinfo 

      7 years ago

      This was a very nice hub about Dan Hill. I like his song a lot too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the information you put together. Nice videos too.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Loveslove so glad you have happy memories of this song and thank you.

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      Loveslove 

      7 years ago from England

      I cry whenever I hear this song ...it stirs up so many happy memories of special times for me...voted up

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ivorwen It is a great song.

      Sally She probably is.

      Sue Where is your husband from? Quebec? Women and Whiskey not sure if I have heard it or not. His anyway. Give me some lyrics...

      Thanks

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      Susan Mills 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      I had no idea that song came from a Canadian songwriter! That song gives me goosebumps too!!

      My husband wrote and recorded a song that was pretty hot in Canada for a while back in the 80's... Women and Whiskey. (The french part of Canada)...

      it didn't give me goosebumps.

      Awesome hub! I loved learning about this! :)

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Dynamic! I had forgotten this great song. Bet that silly girl could kick herself for following the football player intead -- of the talented songwriter.

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      Ivorwen 

      7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      This song has always been one of my favorites. It is so beautiful!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      gr82bme thanks for reading.

      Kofeeklatch He does have some amazing songs. Thanks.

      Dale Thanks so much!

      Merlin The song sure does say a lot.

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      Merlin Fraser 

      7 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      It is a great song and one of my favourites. I once sent it to a true friend of mine as I thought it summed up my feelings far better than I ever could.

      Thanks for reminding me !

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      hillrider 

      7 years ago from Mid-west United States

      Susan, I know the song by heart. This is where I can say I wish "I wrote like you"... Always a pleasure to come and read.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      He is truly a gifted man. I have always loved the song "Sometimes when we touch". That girl had no idea what she was throwing away. Rated up and beautiful.

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      gr82bme 

      7 years ago from USA

      Great story. I did not know the history or story behind the song.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Genna So glad you like this song and your very welcome!

      RH Thanks so much.

      Radioguy glad you like it.

      epigramman wow it is a small world. My husband used to live in the Beaches as a small boy. Thanks so much would be nice if Dan could see this :) I was listening to CBC when I heard him doing this interview on the radio where he was talking about how the song came about and I thought it was an interesting story. Thanks so much!

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      epigramman 

      7 years ago

      ....small world this is - my buddy at work - his name is J.J. personally knows and talks to Dan Hill where he lives in the Beaches neighborhood in Toronto - boy, I bet Dan Hill would love this hub - as much as I like all of YOUR HUBS!!!!!

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      Radioguy 

      7 years ago from Maine

      The old disc jockey in me loved this hub!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Great classic song - excellent - professional hub! I love how you included the song lyrics too!

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      Genna East 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Oh Susan...this is "my song" in soooo many ways. Your hub, to me, is magic. Thank you so much!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Eric glad you enjoyed this.

      JAYE Nice to know I am not the only one thanks :)

      Steve Thanks for reading and for your comments.

      Pamela Glad that you too like this song :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a great song and I enjoyed the hub with new information to me. Thanks for the info.

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      Steve Joern 

      7 years ago

      The first time I hear this song I thought it was brilliant --- and still do after all these years. Thanks for the "backstory". Steve

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      Jaye Denman 

      7 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I have always loved this song, and--yes--it gives me goosebumps, too! JAYE

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      Eric Prado 

      7 years ago from Webster, Texas

      I love his music! I vote this hub up. =)

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