This came out when I was in the Navy and was a bit unemotionally unbalanced when it came to relationships. The community around me did not condone my feelings towards members of the same sex, so I was very conflicted. Tracy Chapman’s debut made such a huge splash in ’88 with “Fast Car,” but it was this song that I completely and utterly feel in love with. It was that yearning for something you couldn’t have. Tracy is an expert at that kind of songwriting. “Baby Can I Hold You” was the song that reenforced my desire to have relationship. Yes, this represented the ‘bad’ part of relationships, but I wanted to experience those lows with the highs. Frankly, I just wanted to experience anything with someone I truly cared about. There were times between midnight and 3:00 when I was on the air playing music for the night owls that I’d slip this in and just cry in the studio when no one else was around.
“Baby Can I Hold You”