Can I Touch You…There?
Album: Greatest Hits (1985-1995)
The sales guy really needs the woman to buy the car. He knows what will make her squee and convince her. He points his hand to the stage. A bombastic guitar plays. Six lady figure skaters stretch their legs high in the air. Then, Michael Bolton strides down the steps singing “it’s a winter wonderland and the snow is going to blow, blow, blow.” A woman turns the switch for the confetti, enough to fill a stadium. The woman squeals with delight. OMG! It’s Michael Bolton! With a presentation like that, he’s going to win salesman of the year.
Yeah, I watch the commercial every time it’s on. I can’t help it. It totally appeals to my campy side. And I don’t even like Michael Bolton. It also got me to dig out a song of his that made the Top 40.
Michael Bolton tries to get a girl in bed in the contemptible “Can I Touch You…There?”
A slinky flute open the single, setting a relaxing tone. He looks into her eyes and touches her cheek. She turns her gaze away and then lifts her head up to face him again. He leans in and kisses her. As he slobbers over her mouth and neck, he whispers her name and says not to stop. He breaks away to take off his shirt and tells her he wants to make love to her right now. He’s turned on and wants her body. (“Baby, show me what you feel/Come to me, show me somethin' real/I need to know, I need you completely/Closer baby closer, come on let's begin/Love is takin' over, gotta let it in/Oh I need to feel the heart of you/Need to reach the very deepest part of you.”)
In the chorus, he puts his hand to heart and closes his eyes. He wants to learn what every heart beat means. His hand travels further down her stomach. He asks if he can go further. Too dumbfounded by his audacity, she says nothing. (“Can I touch you there, touch you deep inside/Can I touch your heart, the way you're touchin' mine/Can I touch you there, touch you deep within/Can I touch you there, can I touch you...there.”)
He hasn’t been given an answer yet and decides to continue. He adds they can talk with their eyes. It’s the window to her soul. He wants to know how to jimmy it open and view what her world is like. His body instinctively lunges for her. (“Baby tell me with your eyes, tell me every secret darlin'/Every deep desire, till you and I are makin' love completely/Closer baby closer, can't be close enough/I can't help the way I hold you/I just hunger for your love/Oh and I need to feel the heart of you/Need to reach the very deepest part of you.”)
The chorus is sung again.
In the bridge, he says it will make them closer. (“All I wanna do is touch ya baby/Touch the very soul inside of you/Oh and I need to feel the heart of you/Need to reach the very deepest part of you/Let me be the one to show you just what love can do.”)
The chorus is sung again to end the single.
Bolton’s oafish vocals point his finger to the spot he where he wants to touch her. He mumbles his words, embarrassed of his question. His skirting around the issue cancels out any kind gestures. He ends up being like every other guy. Being shy is an act, not a genuine personality trait.
The manipulative “Can I Touch You…There?” should be slapped hard, leaving a handprint on the cheek and chased out of the room.