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Boomer Ballads:  I Would Do Anything for Love by Meatloaf

If you’ve forgotten what the word “Performance” means, check out this over the top demonstration by Meatloaf.

[Full screen. Speakers up. BTW… you’ll need stamina — or a double vodka martini — or a bong hit.]

Some days I pray for silence
Some days I pray for soul
Some days I just pray to the god of sex and drums and rock ‘n’ roll

And I would do anything for love
I’d run right into hell and back
I would do anything for love
I’d never lie to you and that’s a fact
But I’ll never forget the way you feel right now
Oh no, no way
And I would do anything for love
Oh I would do anything for love
I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that
No, I won’t do that

Some days it don’t come easy
Some days it don’t come hard
Some days it don’t come at all, and these are the days that never end
Some nights you’re breathing fire
Some nights you’re carved in ice
Some nights you’re like nothing I’ve ever seen before or will again

Maybe I’m crazy, but it’s crazy and it’s true
I know you can save me, no-one else can save me now but you

As long as the planets are turning
As long as the stars are burning
As long dreams are coming true
You’d better believe it, that I would do

Anything for love
Oh I would do anything for love
Oh I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that
No, I won’t do that

I would do anything for love
Anything you’ve been dreaming of, but I just won’t do that
I would do anything for love
Anything you’ve been dreaming of, but I just won’t do

Some days I pray for silence
Some days I pray for soul
Some days I just pray to the god of sex and drums and rock ‘n’ roll
Maybe I’m lonely, that’s all I’m qualified to be
That’s just one and only, the one and only promise I can keep

As long as the wheels are turning
As long as the fires are burning
As long as your prayers are coming true
You’d better believe it, that I would do

Anything for love
And you know it’s true and that’s a fact
I would do anything for love, and there’ll never be no turning back
But I’ll never do it better than I do it with you, so long, so long

I would do anything for love
Oh, I would do anything for love
I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that
No, no, no, I won’t do that

Will you raise me up? will you help me down?
Will you get me right out of this godforsaken town?
Will you make it all a little less cold?

I can do that
I can do that

Will you cater to every fantasy I got?
Will you hose me down with holy water, if I get too hot?
Will you take me places I’ve never known?

I can do that
Oh no, I can do that

I know the territory, I’ve been around
It’ll all turn to dust and we’ll all fall down
Sooner or later you’ll be screwing around

I won’t do that
No, I won’t do that
Anything for love
But I won’t do that

Now, since you’ve come this far, this is an even more rococo version:

And here is  the Original Video Duet (sans Lorraine Crosby):

And finally this, the original (and bizarre) “Beauty and the Beast” themed MTV video.

[DON’T FORGET: Full screen. Speakers up. BTW… you’ll need stamina — or a double vodka martini — or a bong hit.]

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  • Lynne October 11, 2018, 9:22 PM

    My husband and I are long time avid Meatloaf fans; “our” song is “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”. I have all of his music on my Iphone, and I suspect most people from my era do as well. Thanks for this!

  • Dan Patterson October 12, 2018, 5:32 AM

    Over the top is right.
    Unlistenable though, like many inspired and earnest theater productions are unwatchable.

  • Annie Rose October 12, 2018, 6:20 AM

    My husband and I became huge Meat Loaf fans while dating in college and have continued to love him and the music of Jim Steinman throughout our marriage and 40 years together. Beautiful lyrics and powerful performances. Thank you for the montage of videos!

  • Ardis October 12, 2018, 8:06 AM

    “Full screen. Speakers up. BTW… you’ll need stamina — or a double vodka martini — or a bong hit.” Lol, no kidding. The intro alone was exhausting. Nothing like the passionate vocal stylings of a sweaty fat man, not to be unfair because I only watched the first video. I figured once was enough. My husband, overhearing, said, ” What the hell? ” BTW, isn’t that more of a Gen X ballad?

  • Richard October 12, 2018, 9:14 AM

    I’m part of the age cohort and was reasonably plugged in during the time in question, but I had not heard this until now. Don’t feel in any way impoverished for having missed it.

  • James October 12, 2018, 10:02 AM

    I loved “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” while a kid. Then, I hadn’t heard Meat Loaf for decades until he was on a show I happened to be watching and he decided to sing. It’s was the worst singing I thought I’d ever heard. Couldn’t hold a tune – it was really terrible. Just like this piece. I wouldn’t walk across the street to see Meat Loaf.
    They must have sung “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” back in the day a million times to get him to hit the right key enough times to make a song.

  • Roy Lofquist October 12, 2018, 11:53 AM

    Every time I see something by Ross Douthat (NY Times columnist) this song pops into my head.

    My first encounter with Meatloaf was at the “Midnight Movies” somewhere in So Cal. Yes, there was a bong involved.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMRl55U0eDw

  • Mary Ann October 12, 2018, 12:35 PM

    Ya know…sometimes music can just be fun.

  • Terry October 12, 2018, 8:17 PM

    Put the Meat Loaf back in the oven at 500 deg. and leave until done. A week or so would most likely work fine. One exception. Send the well groomed woman in the black dress my way, please.

    For something a music lover would enjoy and without an insane, fat, slobbering, clown as a vocalist go here: https://youtu.be/8Pa9x9fZBtY

    Cheers

  • Terry October 12, 2018, 8:35 PM

    Some more English crowd pleasing musicians from the not so distant past:

    https://youtu.be/_rSrrgwYGjo