Paradise By The Dashboard Light – Meat Loaf

July 31, 2021

Today’s song of the day is “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” by Meatloaf. 

Fun Facts

  • “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” is over 8 minutes long. 
  • It’s one of the longest songs ever recorded on a single side of a 45 RPM record.
  • The “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” music video was played at many theaters before a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Reached #39 on Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.
  • Was the #1 song in the Netherlands in 1978 and a top hit again in ‘79.
  • In Belgium it was the #2 song for 5 weeks, but couldn’t outrank “Y.M.C.A.”

Lyrics 

(Musixmatch)

I remember every little thing

As if it happened only yesterday

Parking by the lake

And there was not another car in sight

And I never had a girl

Looking any better than you did

And all the kids at school

They were wishing they were me that night

And now our bodies are oh so close and tight

It never felt so good, it never felt so right

And we’re glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife

Glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife

C’mon! Hold on tight!

C’mon! Hold on tight!

Thought it’s cold and lonely in the deep dark night

I can see paradise by the dashboard light

Ain’t no doubt about it

We were doubly blessed

‘Cause we were barely seventeen

And we were barely dressed

Ain’t no doubt about it

Baby got to go and shout it

Ain’t no doubt about it

We were doubly blessed

‘Cause we were barely seventeen

And we were barely dressed

Baby doncha hear my heart

You got it drowning out the radio

I’ve been waiting so long

For you to come along and have some fun

And I gotta let you know

No you’re never gonna regret it

So open up your eyes I got a big surprise

It’ll feel all right

Well I wanna make your motor run

And now our bodies are oh so close and tight

It never felt so good, it never felt so right

And we’re glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife

Glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife

C’mon! Hold on tight!

C’mon! Hold on tight!

Though it’s cold and lonely in the deep dark night

I can see paradise by the dashboard light

Paradise by the dashboard light

You got to do what you can

And let Mother Nature do the rest

Ain’t no doubt about it

We were doubly blessed

‘Cause we were barely seventeen

And we were barely

We’re gonna go all the way tonight

We’re gonna go all the way

And tonight’s the night…

We’re gonna go all the way tonight

We’re gonna go all the way

And tonight’s the night…

OK, here we go, we got a real pressure cooker going here,

Two down, nobody on, no score, bottom of the ninth,

There’s the windup, and there it is, a line shot up the middle,

Look at him go. This boy can really fly! He’s rounding first and really

Turning it on now, he’s not letting up at all, he’s gonna try for

Second; the ball is bobbled out in center, and here comes the

Throw, and what a throw! He’s gonna slide in head first, here he

Comes, he’s out! No, wait, safe-safe at second base, this kid

Really makes things happen out there. Batter steps up to the

Plate, here’s the pitch-he’s going, and what a jump he’s got,

He’s trying for third, here’s the throw, it’s in the dirt-safe at

Third! Holy cow, stolen base! He’s taking a pretty big lead out

There, almost daring him to try and pick him off. The pitcher

Glances over, winds up, and it’s bunted, bunted down the third

Base line, the suicide squeeze is on! Here he comes, squeeze

Play, it’s gonna be close, holy cow, I think he’s gonna make it!

Stop right there!

I gotta know right now!

Before we go any further!

Do you love me?

Will you love me forever?

Do you need me?

Will you never leave me?

Will you make me so happy for the rest of my life?

Will you take me away and will you make me your wife?

Do you love me!?

Will you love me forever!?

Do you need me!?

Will you never leave me!?

Will you make me happy for the rest of my life!?

Will you take me away and will you make me your wife!?

I gotta know right now

Before we go any further

Do you love me!?

Will you love me forever!?

Let me sleep on it

Baby, baby let me sleep on it

Let me sleep on it

And I’ll give you an answer in the morning

Let me sleep on it

Baby, baby let me sleep on it

Let me sleep on it

And I’ll give you an answer in the morning

Let me sleep on it

Baby, baby let me sleep on it

Let me sleep on it

And I’ll give you an answer in the morning

I gotta know right now

Do you love me?

Will you love me forever?

Do you need me?

Will you never leave me?

Will you make me so happy for the rest of my life?

Will you take me away and will you make me your wife?

I gotta know right now!

Before we go any further

Do you love me?

And will you love me forever?

Let me sleep on it

Baby, baby let me sleep on it

Let me sleep on it

And I’ll give you an answer in the morning

Let me sleep on it

Will you love me forever?

Let me sleep on it

Will you love me forever!

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

I swore that I would love you to the end of time!

So now I’m praying for the end of time

To hurry up and arrive

‘Cause if I gotta spend another minute with you

I don’t think that I can really survive

I’ll never break my promise or forget my vow

But God only knows what I can do right now

I’m praying for the end of time

It’s all that I can do

Praying for the end of time,

So I can end my time with you!

It was long ago and it was far away

And it was so much better that it is today

It never felt so good

It never felt so right

And we were glowing like

A metal on the edge of a knife

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