Touch Me (The Doors song)

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"Touch Me"
The Doors-touch me wild child.jpg
Single by The Doors
from the album The Soft Parade
B-side "Wild Child"
Released December 1968
Format 7" single
Recorded October 1968
Genre Progressive pop, symphonic rock, music hall
Length 3:11
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Robby Krieger
Producer(s) Paul A. Rothchild
The Doors singles chronology
"Hello, I Love You"
"Touch Me"
"Wishful Sinful"
The Soft Parade track listing
"Tell All the People"
"Touch Me"
"Shaman's Blues"
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"Touch Me" is a song by The Doors from their album The Soft Parade. Written by Robby Krieger, it is notable for its extensive usage of brass and string instruments as well as a Christmas Music like sound to accent Jim Morrison's vocals, including a solo by featured saxophonist Curtis Amy. Ray Manzarek played harpsichord and organ on the song; he also interpolated the guitar riff from the 1967 Four Seasons song "C'mon Marianne" in his part. The song is also noted for the last sung line, "stronger than dirt", which was taken from a 1962 Ajax commercial. The Ajax company sued the Doors for plagiarizing the ad's trademark tune. The Doors paid the financial damages in a settlement to the Ajax company.

It was released as a single in December 1968 and reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 in the Cashbox Top 100 in early 1969 (the band's third American number-one single). The single also did well elsewhere, peaking at #1 in the RPM Canadian Singles Chart and at #10 in the Kent Music Report in Australia. However, despite the band's commercial success the previous year, "Touch Me" did not chart in the UK Singles Chart.

A remixed version with added bass and compression appeared on a 1974 compilation called Heavy Metal released via Warner Bros. Special Products.

Working titles[edit]

According to Bruce Botnick's liner notes the song was initially referred to by its various working titles; "I'm Gonna Love You," from a line in the chorus, or "Hit Me," a reference to blackjack. The opening line was originally "C'mon, hit me ... I'm not afraid," the line thus reflecting the first person vantage point of a blackjack player.[1] Morrison reportedly[citation needed] changed the lyric out of concern that rowdy crowds at their live shows would mistakenly believe that "hit me" was a challenge to physically assault him.


Ian Astbury covered the song for the Doors tribute album, Stoned Immaculate: The Music of the Doors.

In popular culture[edit]

In Oliver Stone's 1991 biopic The Doors, Morrison is portrayed as having modified the lyrics at a concert while drunk to make the song about oral sex.

The song's main keyboard riff was also featured in the 2003 film School of Rock when Jack Black's character, Dewey Finn, teaches a young student to play it. The original song is included in the film's soundtrack.

Rock Band Music Gaming Platform[edit]

The song was made available to download on October 26, 2010 for use in the Rock Band 3 music gaming platform in both Basic rhythm, and PRO mode which takes advantage of the use of a real guitar, along with standard MIDI-compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards in addition to vocals.[2][3]

Ajax allusion[edit]

At the end of the song, Morrison can be heard saying, "Stronger than dirt", which was the slogan of the Ajax household cleaning company, because the last four notes of "Touch Me" were the same as those in an Ajax commercial and as a mocking criticism of Krieger, John Densmore, and Ray Manzarek wanting to accept an offer from Buick to use "Light My Fire" in a commercial[citation needed]. The deal was aborted when Morrison opposed it. This vocal was omitted on the single version, which was a different mix.


Additional personnel[edit]

  • Paul Harris - orchestral arrangements
  • Curtis Amy - saxophones (solo)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1969) Position
Australian Kent Music Report 10
Canadian RPM Top Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Cashbox Top 100 1


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[5] Gold 1,000,000^


  1. ^ The Doors CDs Remastered
  2. ^ staff, IGN (2010-10-22). "The Doors Most Loved Songs Kick Off Rock Band 3 DLC". IGN. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  3. ^ Snider, Mike (2010-06-10). "Rock Band 3: What's New, What's Notable". USA Today. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  4. ^ The program originally began in 1958, with a Gold Award for singles and albums that reach $1,000,000 in sales. The criterion was changed in 1975 to the number of copies sold, with albums selling 500,000 copies awarded the Gold Award.
  5. ^ "American single certifications – Touch Me". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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