"Why Can't I Touch It?" as written by Stephen Diggle, Peter Shelley, Stephen Garvey and John Maher....
Well, it seems so real
I can see it
And it seems so real
I can feel it
And it seems so real
I can taste it
And it seems so real
I can hear it
So why can't I touch it?
So why can't I touch it?

Then it looks so real
I can see it
And it feels so real
I can feel it
And it tastes so real
I can taste it
And it sounds so real
I can hear it
So why can't I touch it?
So why can't I touch it?

Then it looks so real
I can feel it
And it feels so real
I can taste it
And it tastes so real
I can hear it
And it sounds so real
I can see it
So why can't I touch it?
So why can't I touch it?

Now it is so real
I can see it
And it is so real
I can feel it
And it is so real
I can hear it
And it is so real
I can be it
So why can't I touch it?
So why can't I touch it?


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"Why Can't I Touch It?" as written by Peter Shelley John Maher

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  • +1
    General Commentgreat bass line.
    maggotbrainon April 24, 2004   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationseriously, not trying to be a pervert but this song has to be about trying to get laid. it kinda reminds me of add it up by the violent femmes, just wanting someone so bad but you cant get it.
    coletteloserron May 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of my favorite songs of all time!
    theskagodon April 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit seems to me this song is about something that, by all logic, is right there in front of you, but for some reason, doesn't seem to exist.
    misirlouon July 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought this was about an acid trip where things could be seen, tasted, felt, but not touched because they are, after all, hallucinations.
    Stoned Immaculateon February 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song reminds me of my ex-boyfriend's brother and their friends. they were obsessed with the movie "the party animal" and that's where i heard it. funny!!! great tune though!
    carokson February 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is just so great!! i replay it over and over again...well the way i see it, it can also be talking about a love that really isnt there...they think its there. they believe its the real thing. the other person may not be aware of this love, the way i see it...in the end the person realizes that its just their imagination and they wonder why they cant have love
    but i may be wrong
    what do i geton August 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThink I agree with Stoned Immaculate, seems likely to me that its about the journey experienced after dropping some acid. I cant help but have a stoopid grin on my face whenever I hear this song. Love the Buzzcocks!
    Tricky1979on April 12, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI dont think anybody knows what pete cant touch.. lol even the original single for this has "touch what?" scribed into the lead out of the vinyl.. :)
    Tricky1979on April 17, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentAlways thought it was about success... like being so close to realizing your dreams and having the 'ideal' life, but not really being happy.
    TruckAntelopeon February 03, 2008   Link

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