When word (and proof) of Aretha Franklin covering Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body" in concert made the rounds earlier this year, the Internet let out a collective giggle, since touching ReRe's body in its current state seems like a daunting task. I feel OK making that joke because Aretha seems to be in on it. In the clip above, she performs the song (forgetting the lyrics, of course, since she always does that with everything anymore) and at the tail end, wonders aloud what it all means: "Can somebody tell Mariah I can't sing that stuff? 'Wrestle me around?' 'Throw me on the floor?' I don't think so. You know, you'd have to go home if you come here with that. You'd have to get on up out of here."
I think that she knew this all along, and really, if there's anything that could make me love Aretha more than a cover of "Touch My Body," it's an examination by Aretha on how absurd it is for Aretha to be singing "Touch My Body." She's doing the work for us! It's live YouTube captured...on YouTube. [via Mariah Daily Journal]