Touch The Earth

Jeri Southern

Jeri Southern

Composer Jeri Southern
Lyricist Gail Allen
Year Written unknown
About Touch The Earth
“Touch the Earth” was written by the jazz singer and pianist Jeri Southern with lyrics by Gail Allen. Although she’s considered to not a have strong voice, as a jazz performer she used it to her advantage and became associated with slow, sultry love-gone-wrong songs that she excelled in. She retired from performing in the early 1960s and concentrated on teaching and composing. At the time of her death in 1991, she was working on arrangements for a new Peggy Lee album. She also wrote a textbook called Interpreting Popular Music at the Keyboard.


Lean down, touch the Earth
Reach up and touch the sky
Reach out, touch the hearts of strangers passing by
You’ll find as long as you live
All you can hold to is what you can give
So lean down and touch a child
Reach out, touch the sea
You’ll find there’s love to share
Wherever you may be
For nothing can match
The beauty of touching the Earth with love

Session / Album Information


“Touch The Earth” was recorded on June 11, 1966 and released that year on the album A Time For Love. It was arranged by Johnny Mandel.

This recording released on:

  • 1966: Columbia 45: 4-43768
  • 1966: CBS LP 12″: SBPG 62800 — A Time For Love [UK]
  • 1966: Columbia LP 12″: CL 2560 — A Time For Love
  • 1966: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9360 — A Time For Love
  • 1990: CBS/Sony CD: CSCS-5243 — A Time For Love [Japan]
  • 2011: Disc #33 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK32) A Time For Love

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