YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH)

Album version


Yesterday I went shopping, buddy, down to the mall
Looking for something pretty I could hang on my wall
I knocked over a lamp, before it hit the floor I caught it
A salesman turned around, said, "Boy, you break that thing you bought it"

You can look but you better not touch, boy
You can look but you better not touch
Mess around and you'll end up in dutch, boy
You can look but you better not, no you better not, no you better not touch

Well I came home from work and I switched on Channel 5
There was a pretty little girly looking straight into my eyes
Well I watched as she wiggled back and forth across the screen
She didn't get me excited, she just made me feel mean

You can look but you better not touch, boy
You can look but you better not touch
Mess around and you'll end up in dutch, boy
You can look but you better not, no you better not, no you better not touch
Come on, whoa!

Hey!
Hey-yeah-yeah!

Well I called up Dirty Annie on the telephone
I took her out to the drive-in just to get her alone
I found a lover's rendezvous, the music low, set to park
I heard a tapping on the window and a voice in the dark

You can look but you better not touch, boy
You can look, better not touch
Mess around and you'll end up in dutch, boy
You can look but you better not, no you better not, no you better not touch

You can look but you better not touch, boy
You can look, better not touch
Mess around and you'll end up in dutch, boy
You can look but you better not, no you better not, no you better not
No you better not, no you better not, I said you better not, so you better not
Whoa!
Yeah yeah
Come on, woah!


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Info

YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 1980 album The River. The above lyrics are for Springsteen's album version of YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) as released in 1980.

Another studio version of YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) (official studio version) was released on The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set in 2015.

Composition and Recording

COMING SOON

The River

Bruce Springsteen wrapped up the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour on the first day of 1979. For the next few months, he altered between composing and practicing solo demos at his home in Holmdel, NJ (between January and June 1979), rehearsing with the band at his Telegraph Hill Road property in Holmdel, NJ (between March and May 1979), and recording in studio at The Power Station in New York City, NY (from March to late August 1979).

By the end of August, enough quality material had been recorded at The Power Station, and it was looking like an album might be released in Christmas 1979. A title, "The Ties That Bind", and tracks were selected and wheels put in motion to produce artwork for the cover. Around September, at least ten tracks were mixed to completion. On 04 Oct 1979, the ten selected tracks were dubbed to two half-track reel-to-reel tapes at The Power Station, and labeled "side one" and "side two". The producer was Jon Landau and the engineers were Neil Dorfsman and Bob Clearmountain. These selected tracks were as follows:


Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind (reel #1, front)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind (reel #1, front)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind (reel #2, front)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind (reel #2, front)

Mock covers with "The Ties That Bind" title were roughed out early in the planning. The cover shot was to be a picture of Bruce Springsteen in front of a barn, with the back cover being a shot of his face behind a screen door. In late September 1979, and for reasons never fully explained, The Ties That Bind album was scrapped as Springsteen's writing process continued.

A second phase of recording sessions was scheduled. Again, for the next few months, Springsteen altered between composing and practicing solo demos at his home in Holmdel, NJ (between September 1979 and February 1980), rehearsing with the band at his Telegraph Hill Road property in Holmdel, NJ (between September 1979 and February 1980), and recording in studio at The Power Station in New York City, NY (from October 1979 to June 1980).

The combined sessions from March 1979 to June 1980 produced the double album The River that was eventually released in October 1980. The studio sessions to some extent extended into August 1980 due to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's involvement in the recording of Gary U.S. Bonds' album Dedication, which was released April 1981).

Bruce Springsteen -- The River
Bruce Springsteen -- The River

The album features 20 new Springsteen compositions and clocks at 83:47. It was produced by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, and Steven Van Zandt, engineered by Neil Dorfsman, and mixed by Bob Clearmountain, Chuck Plotkin, and Toby Scott. Track list:

According to recording engineer Neil Dorfsman, about 50 songs were recorded to a completed state during The River sessions. 20 were released on The River and 14 were released as B-sides and on official compilations. 14 songs are circulating via the unofficial route, but the majority of them are poor recordings of band rehearsals at the Telegraph Hill Road property, though it is likely that most of them exist as completed takes from The Power Station.

Other Official Releases

COMING SOON

Other versions of YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind: The River Collection
The official studio version of YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) was released on The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind: The River Collection
The live 05 Nov 1980 version of YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) was released on The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980
The live 31 Dec 1980 version of YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) was released on the Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980 official live download in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- LA Sports Arena, California 1988
The live 23 Apr 1988 version of YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) was released on the LA Sports Arena, California 1988 official live download in 2015.

Live History

COMING SOON

Covers

COMING SOON

Hungry Hearts -- Live In My Hometown
Hungry Hearts -- Live In My Hometown

CD-R - no label (no catalog number) - Italy, 2015

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album, recorded live on 09 Jan 2015 at Inferno Di Dante in Tortona, Italy.

Available Versions

List of available versions of YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) on this website:

YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) [Album version]
YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) [Official studio version]
YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) [alternative version 2]
YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) [alternative version 3]
YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) [alternative version 4]
YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) [Live 25 Jun 2006 version]

Page last updated: 26 Dec 2015