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"Touch Me"
Single by The Doors
from the album The Soft Parade
B-side Wild Child
Released December 1968
Format 7" single
Recorded Autumn 1968
Genre Rock, Symphonic rock
Length 3:11
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Robby Krieger
Producer Paul Rothchild
The Doors singles chronology
"Hello, I Love You"
"Touch Me"
"Wishful Sinful"
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"Touch Me" is a song by The Doors from their album The Soft Parade. Written by Robby Krieger, its riff was influenced by The Four Seasons' "C'mon Marianne". It is notable for its extensive usage of brass and string instruments to accent Jim Morrison's vocals, including the measures of crooning, (including a powerful solo by featured saxophonist Curtis Amy), and was one of the most popular Doors singles.

It was released as a single in December 1968. The song 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.


Working titles

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 black jack playing. The opening line was originally "C'mon, hit me, I'm not afraid", the line thus reflecting the first person vantage point of a black jack player[1]. Morrison reportedly 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.

One of the most famous television appearances of the Doors is of the group performing "Touch Me" on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour along with the single's B-side, "Wild Child". During the performance, Jim Morrison missed his cue for the lines "C'mon, c'mon" and Robby Krieger could be seen with a black eye.


The Guess Who covered the song.

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

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

It was also featured in the 2003 film School of Rock when Jack Black's character, Dewey Finn (while posing as Ned Shneebly), teaches Lawrence how to play the keyboard. It is included in the film's soundtrack.

Ajax reference

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 chords of "Touch Me" were the same as those in an Ajax commercial and as a mocking criticism of Krieger, Densmore, and Manzarek wanting to accept an offer from Buick to use "Light My Fire" in a commercial. The deal was aborted when Morrison opposed. This vocal was omitted on the single version which was a different mix.

The song frequently over the course of over 30 years has gotten a huge airplay status on classic rock radio stations, alongside "Light My Fire", "Love Her Madly", and "Roadhouse Blues".


Chart positions

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Year Chart Position
1969 Australia Kent Music Report 10
Canada RPM Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Pop Singles 3
U.S. Cashbox Top 100 1
Preceded by
"Crimson and Clover" by Tommy James and the Shondells
RPM Canadian Singles Chart number-one single
February 10, 1969
Succeeded by
"The Worst That Could Happen" by Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge


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