Saturday, March 04, 2006

Paradise By the Dashboard Light

Jim Steinman (BMI) Meat Loaf Epic 1977
GIRL: Ain't no doubt about it We were doubly blessed 'Cause we were barely seventeen And we were barely dressed • • • Stop right there! I gotta know right now! Before we go any further! Do you love me? Will you love me forever? • • • BOY: I couldn't take it any longer Lord I was crazed And when the feeling came upon me Like a tidal wave I started swearing to my god and on my mother's grave That I would love you to the end of time That I would love you to the end of time I swore That I would love you to the end of time!
Was Steinman listening through my radio or something? Is there any Boomer who doesn't connect with this miniature opera?

Again, the clever use of language: "barely" in two different senses is the sort of linguistic hook that reels me in every time. This song is loaded with double entendres. Take the Scooter's baseball play-by-play: In the dirt, indeed!

Trivia: The album, Bat Out Of Hell, was produced by Todd Rundgren — who had a few other parts: Guitar, Percussion, Arranger, Keyboards, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Engineer, Mixing.

Female vocals on Paradise were by Ellen Foley — who co-starred in the American TV (NBC) series Night Court during the 1984-85 season as public defender Billie Young.


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