2003 – The mighty Meat Loaf announces his…

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2003 – The mighty Meat Loaf announces his retirement from music following one last world tour.

Lyrics:

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 were glowing like the metal on the edge of a
Knife
Glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife
Cmon! hold on tight!
Cmon! hold on tight!
Though its cold and lonely in the deep dark night
I can see paradise by the dashboard light

Girl:

Aint no doubt about it
We were doubly blessed
Cause we were barely seventeen
And we were barely dressed

Aint no doubt about it
Baby got to go and shout it
Aint no doubt about it
We were doubly blessed

Boy:

Cause we were barely seventeen
And we were barely dressed

Baby doncha hear my heart
You got it drowning out the radio
Ive been waitin so long
For you to come along and have some fun

And I gotta let ya know
No youre never gonna regret it
So open up your eyes I got a big surprise
Itll 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 were glowing like the metal on the edge of a
Knife
Glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife
Cmon! hold on tight!
Cmon! hold on tight!

Though its cold and lonely in the deep dark night
I can see paradise by the dashboard light
Oh its cold and lonely in the deep dark night
Paradise by the dashboard light

You got to do what you can
And let mother nature do the rest
Aint no doubt about it
We were doubly blessed
Cause we were barely seventeen
And we were barely —

Were gonna go all the way tonight
Were gonna go all the way tonights the night

Were gonna go all the way tonight
Were gonna go all the way tonights the night

Were gonna go all the way tonight
Were gonna go all the way tonights the night

Were gonna go all the way tonight
Were gonna go all the way tonights the night

Radio broadcast:

Ok here we go, we got a real pressure cooker going
Here, two down, nobody on, no score, bottom of the ninth, theres the wind-up,
And there it is, a line shot up the middle, look at him go. this boy can really
Fly! hes rounding first and really turning it on now, hes not letting up at
All, hes gonna try for second; the ball is bobbled out in center, and here
Comes the throw, and what a throw! hes gonna slide in head first, here he
Comes, hes out! no, wait, safe – safe at second base, this kid really makes
Things happen out there. batter steps up to the plate heres the pitch – hes
Going, and what a jump hes got, hes trying for third, heres the throw, its
In the dirt – safe at third! holy cow, stolen base! hes taking a pretty big
Lead out there, almost daring him to try and pick him off. the pitcher glances
Over, winds up, and it bunted, bunted down the third base line, the suicide
Squeeze is on! here he comes, squeeze play, its gonna be close, heres the
Throw, heres th
E play at the plate, holy cow, I think hes gonna make it!

Ii. let me sleep on it
Girl:

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 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 !!!?
Will you love me forever !!!?

Boy:

Let me sleep on it
Baby, baby let me sleep on it
Let me sleep on it
Ill give you an answer in the morning

Let me sleep on it
Baby, baby let me sleep on it
Let me sleep on it
Ill give you an answer in the morning

Let me sleep on it
Baby, baby let me sleep on it
Let me sleep on it
Ill give you an answer in the morning

Girl:

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?
Will you love me forever?

Whats it gonna be boy?
Come on
I can wait all night
Whats it gonna be boy yes or no?
Whats it gonna be boy yes or no?

Boy:

Let me sleep on it
Baby, baby let me sleep on it
Let me sleep on it
And Ill give you an answer in the morning
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Girl:

I gotta know right now!!!
Do you love me?

Boy:

Let me sleep on it!!

Girl:

Will you love me forever?

Boy:

Baby baby let me sleep on it

Girl:

Do you need me?
Will you never leave me?

Boy:

Let me sleep on it

Girl:

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

Boy:

Let me sleep on it Ill give you an answer in the morning!! morning!!!!
Ill tell you in the morning!!!!!

Girl:

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

Girl:
I gotta know right now
Before we go any further
Do you love me?
Will you love me forever?

Boy:

Let me sleep on it

Girl:

Will you love me forever?

Boy:

Let me sleep on it

Girl:

Will you love me forever?

Iii. praying for the end of time

Boy:

I couldnt 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 mothers
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 Im praying for the end of time
To hurry up and arrive
Cause if I gotta spend another minute with you
I dont think that I can really survive
Ill never break my promise or forget my vow
But God only knows what I can do right now
Im praying for the end of time
Its all that I can do
Praying for the end of time, so I can end my time
With you!!!

Boy:

It was long ago and it was far away
And it was so much better than it is today

Girl:

It never felt so good
It never felt so right
And we were glowing like
A metal on the edge of a knife

Three parts

“Paradise”

This three-part epic opens with part one “Paradise,” Ellen Foley and Meat Loaf reminiscing their days as a young high school couple on a date, going for a drive to the lake. Everything is well, and they are getting along just fine. “And now our bodies are oh so close and tight/It never felt so good it never felt so right…” However, as the song progresses it’s clear that the boy has a bit more on his mind than just holding his girlfriend. “Baby don’t you hear my heart/You’ve 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’ve got a big surprise, it’ll feel all right/ I wanna make your motor run.”

He continues to push the matter, and makes some progress, mirrored by New York Yankees announcer Phil Rizzuto broadcasting a portion of a baseball game that serves as a metaphor at his attempts (see: Baseball metaphors for sex).

Things are looking up, and it appears the boy is going to ‘score’: “Here he comes, squeeze play/ It’s gonna be close/ Here’s the throw, here’s the play at the plate/ Holy cow, I think he’s gonna make it” when suddenly Ellen Foley bursts to life telling him to “Stop right there!”

“Let Me Sleep on It”

The girl begins refusing to go any further unless the boy promises that he will marry her, love her forever, and stay faithful to her. Part two “Let Me Sleep On It” begins, as the boy can’t make up his mind, begging her to continue on for the time being and he’ll tell her in the morning. This answer doesn’t satisfy the girl and a song/argument takes place.

Finally, everything gives way for the boy and he begins “I couldn’t take it any longer/ Lord, I was crazed / When the feeling came upon me like a tidal wave / Started swearing to my God/ And on my mother’s grave/ That I would love you till the end of time / I swore I would love you till the end of time.”

“Praying for the End of Time”

As part three “Praying for the End of Time” begins, things snap back to the present instead of reminiscing the long-ago date. Things are not perfect like they were before, but the boy and the girl are sticking to their vows, despite wanting everything to be over and done with. So now I’m praying for the end of time / To hurry up and arrive / ’cause if I got to 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!
Patti Russo and Meat Loaf singing “Paradise” Live at Melbourne with their Orchestra.

It was long ago and it was far away and it was so much better than it is today…repeat…repeat as the song fades out.

As song fades you hear a male voice (Meat Loaf) singing “It was long ago and it was far away and it was so much better than it is today.” While Foley sings, “It never felt so good it never felt so right and we were glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife.” The male voice is in the left channel and female in the right channel.

Music video

Although Ellen Foley is recorded on the album, another woman, Karla DeVito, was used for the video and for performances.

Success

The single had limited success in the US, peaking at number 39 in the Billboard Hot 100. In the UK, it didn’t chart at all. However, in The Netherlands, the single became Meat Loaf’s biggest all time hit, reaching number one at the end of 1978. “Paradise” became a hit again in 1988 and is still a huge party favorite in The Netherlands. In various all time charts, such as the Radio 2 Top 2000 or Radio Veronica’s All Time Top 1000, it consistently charts inside the top ten. The song was also used numerous times at high school dances.

Miscellaneous

* This has been one of the most requested karaoke songs for a male/female duo.
* This is one of the longest songs to ever be put uncut on one side of a 45 RPM record. The only minor difference is the song fades out almost immediately after the final line is sung.
* In a nod to the Yankees/Red Sox baseball rivalry, some radio stations in Boston created a version where Phil Rizzuto’s part was substituted with Red Sox announcer Dick Stockton describing the baseball play.
* This song is currently used by AT&T in commercials for the Go-Phone, in which a father and mother (Meat Loaf and singer Tiffany) argue over buying the son a phone. The commercial uses altered lyrics.
* Rob Evan and Patti Russo have performed this song at live shows, and as part of a show called The Rock Tenor
* The song has been translated into Dutch by singer and master translator Jan Rot.

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