The single "
Touching Home" would become Lewis's twelfth Top 10 country hit since 1968 and the title track for his third Mercury album of 1971. Lewis gives a riveting performance on the song, his vocal conveying the emotional torment found in the lyrics as he moans "No longer do I wonder why men have lost their minds, or wind up in a jungle of flashing neon signs." A second single, "When He Walks On You (The Way You Have Walked on Me)," barely missed the Top Ten, peaking at number 11. The album also includes
Kris Kristofferson's "
Help Me Make It Through the Night", a song Lewis greatly respected; in 2014 he told biographer, Rick Bragg, that the song was a "masterpiece...You don't mess with Kristofferson." Lewis was also in the habit of occasionally recording songs written by his younger sister
Linda Gail Lewis, such as "Foolish Kind of Man," which she penned with her husband and Lewis guitarist
AllMusic calls Touching Home "a hard country album, lacking overall sweetened gloss. It's a good, strong shot of barroom country, filled with broken-hearted ballads and enlivened by a rollicking 'Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone,' and given some pathos by 'Mother, The Queen of My Heart,' a bit of kitsch that doesn't seem so corny when surrounded by so much tough country." The album reached number 11 on the Billboard country albums chart.
"When He Walks On You (Like You Have Walked On Me)"