Today was just one of those days where everything I did reminded me of a friend and every song I heard somehow related to him. I hate days like today, because I catch myself wondering what might have been. Yes I do think about him, every now and then.
This song (taken from here) is about...
A young man who is overwhelmed by his relationship with a woman, and he is conflicted with the feelings he has for this woman. In his mind, there is no doubt about her love for him, but he’s not sure he can return this love. There is great passion in the relationship (perhaps where it all started), but he is starting to see some things in her that he really doesn’t like. Then again, who is he to judge (again the conflict).
Nor does he know what the implication would be of him professing his love for her – loss of identity, loss of youthful recklessness? Is it worth it? Then the passion comes back, and he is once again torn.
Through it all he doesn’t want to be deceitful, neither to her nor to himself. This forces him to start confronting the truths about this relationship, something he’d rather hide from. He’ll take the good but could do without the bad. All the while knowing there is no limit to what she is willing to do to preserve the relationship, he sometimes feels he can yield to her greater understanding of what’s going on. (Is she perhaps older than him? Was he once just a friend when she was in another relationship?)
So there he is, all messed up. Life used to be so simple. In fact his relationship with her can be quite simple at times (maybe it was at first), but now he’s wondering if he isn’t in over his head. It’s not just a game anymore. He’d like to show her who’s boss but he doesn’t quite have it in him. His pride pays a heavy price for the passion he feels.
So this is a tale of conflict within a young man’s head, a complex story which the author conveyed with an economy of words.
Dan Hill's Public Relations adds the following, in the author's own words: "The inspiration behind my original version of “Sometimes When We Touch” was as cliché as it was real. I wrote it for an “older woman” (she was twenty-two) I was sleeping with. I wanted more than a sexual relationship. She didn’t. My desperate, indeed Hail Mary hope was that “Sometimes...” might cause her to take me more seriously. My plan backfired, badly."
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