Human Touch is the second song to feature here from his double release albums Human Touch / Lucky Town. I always agreed with the Rolling Stones review of the double release that argued ‘the aims of the two albums would have been better realized by a single, more carefully shaped collection’. There at least ten songs from both albums that could have been combined to form one classic Springsteen album to rival perhaps his best ever. Human Touch was the first single released from the album and is comfortably one of those ten best songs from the album. I always enjoyed listening to the verses in this, but I think the song could have been shortened to be more affecting and sound less repetitive in the end stages.
Can I find the words to tell you
How I live between the walls of steel and stone
How I close my eyes to find some kind of rapture
In a world where you can feel so all alone
Inside I’m full of light and laughter
There’s a flame that burns in me
I need a way to set it free
When you find love in your heart
You can believe from the start
Dreams they come true
It all comes to you, oh all at once
If you believe in human touch
The song reached number one in Denmark, Italy, Norway, and Spain and was a top-10 hit in several other countries – 16 in the US. Human Touch is sometimes played by Springsteen and the E Street Band in concert despite their having been dismissed at the time of the original recording. Human Touch the album debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The album was met with a generally mixed critical reception. I consider this song one of Springsteen’s mid-tier song outputs, although many consider it one of his greatest tracks, including Bruce since this was the only song from Human Touch included on Springsteen’s 1995 Greatest Hits album.