Reach Out And Touch
Diana Ross Lyrics


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Reach out and touch
Somebody's hand
Make this world a better place
If you can
Reach out and touch
Somebody's hand
Make this world a better place
If you can

(Just try)
Take a little time out your busy day
To give encouragement
To someone who's lost the way
(Just try)
Or would I be talking to a stone
If I asked you
To share a problem that's not your own
(Oh no)
We can change things if we start giving
Why don't you

Reach out and touch
Somebody's hand
Make this world a better place
If you can
Reach out and touch
Somebody's hand
Make this world a better place
If you can

(Just try)
If you see an old friend on the street
And he's down
Remember his shoes could fit your feet
(Just try)
Try a little kindness and you'll see
It's something that comes
Very naturally
(Oh yeah)
We can change things if we start giving

Why don't you
(Why don't you)
Reach out and touch
Somebody's hand

Reach out and touch (reach out)
Somebody's hand
Make this world a better place
If you can
Reach out and touch
Somebody's hand (touch somebody's hand)
Make this world a better place
If you can (why don't you)

Reach out and touch
Somebody's hand (somebody's hand)




Make this world a better place
If you can

Overall Meaning

In Diana Ross's song "Reach Out and Touch," the singer encourages listeners to connect with others in a positive and compassionate way in order to make the world a better place. The opening lines of the song urge listeners to reach out and touch somebody's hand, emphasizing the importance of physical connection in forming relationships and fostering community. Ross goes on to suggest that small acts of kindness and empathy, such as taking time out of a busy day to listen to someone in need or offering a bit of encouragement to a friend who is struggling, can have a profound and lasting impact on the world around us.


The lyrics of "Reach Out and Touch" are particularly resonant in today's world, where social distance and isolation have become increasingly prevalent. The song reminds us of the power that human connection and empathy can have in both brightening our own lives and those of others. By urging us to look outward and to focus our attention on the well-being of others, Ross offers a hopeful and inspiring message that emphasizes the importance of generosity, compassion, and human connection.


Overall, "Reach Out and Touch" is a powerful reminder of our capacity to create positive change in the world simply by reaching out to others and offering a hand of help or support. The song's uplifting message and catchy melody have kept it popular and relevant more than fifty years after its initial release, and its words continue to inspire acts of kindness and compassion around the world today.


Line by Line Meaning

Reach out and touch
Make an effort to make human connections


Somebody's hand
An individual person in need of support


Make this world a better place
Improve the state of the world we live in


If you can
If you have the ability to do so


(Just try)
Make an attempt, even if it's small


Take a little time out your busy day
Find time in your busy schedule


To give encouragement
Providing support and motivation to someone


To someone who's lost the way
For someone who is in need


(Just try)
Make an attempt, even if it's small


Or would I be talking to a stone
Questioning whether someone is receptive to helping others


If I asked you
A hypothetical request


To share a problem that's not your own
Asking for someone's help with a problem that is not their own


(Oh no)
Expressing hesitation, disbelief or exasperation


We can change things if we start giving
Making a difference by starting to give to others


If you see an old friend on the street
A situation in which a person might encounter someone they know


And he's down
If they are going through a difficult time


Remember his shoes could fit your feet
Empathizing with someone by recognizing that their struggle could happen to anyone


(Just try)
Make an attempt, even if it's small


Try a little kindness and you'll see
Showing kindness can have a positive impact


It's something that comes.
Kindness is inherent in people, and can be shown easily


(Oh yeah)
Expressing agreement or enthusiasm


Why don't you
Encouraging the listener to take action


Reach out and touch
Make an effort to connect with someone


Somebody's hand
Another person who needs support


Make this world a better place
Improving the state of the world in which we live


If you can
If you are able to do so


(reach out)
Making an effort to establish a connection


(why don't you)
Encouraging the listener to take action


(somebody's hand)
Another person who needs support




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson

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