Paradise By the Dashboard Light

by Meat Loaf

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Lyrics for Paradise By the Dashboard Light by Meat Loaf:

Part 1: Paradise (0:00 - 3:30)
Verse 1: Meat Loaf
Well, 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

Pre-Chorus: Meat Loaf
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!
Well c'mon! Hold on tight!

Chorus: Meat Loaf & Ellen Foley
Though it's cold and lonely in the deep dark night
I can see paradise by the dashboard light

Post-Chorus: Ellen Foley
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

Verse 2: Meat Loaf
Baby don'tcha 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 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

Pre-Chorus: Meat Loaf
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!
Well c'mon! Hold on tight!

Chorus: Meat Loaf & Ellen Foley
Though it's cold and lonely in the deep dark night
I can see paradise by the dashboard light
Though it's cold and lonely in the deep dark night
Paradise by the dashboard light

Post-Chorus 2: Meat Loaf & Ellen Foley
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-

Bridge: Meat Loaf & Ellen Foley
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
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

Part 2: Radio Broadcast (3:30 - 4:26)
Instrumental Breakdown

Spoken Interlude: Phil Rizzuto
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, here's the throw, here's the play at the plate
Holy cow, I think he's gonna make it!

Part 3: Let Me Sleep on It (4:27 - 6:56)
Verse 3: Ellen Foley
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!?

Verse 4: Meat Loaf
Let me sleep on it
Baby, baby let me sleep on it
Let me sleep on it
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
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
I'll give you an answer in the morning

Verse 5: Ellen Foley
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?

Breakdown: Ellen Foley
What's it gonna be boy?
Come on, I can wait all night
What's it gonna be boy? Yes or no?
What's it gonna be boy? Yes or no?

Verse 6: Meat Loaf & (Ellen Foley)
Let me sleep on it
Baby, baby let me sleep on it
Well, let me sleep on it
I'll give you an answer in the morning
(I gotta know right now!)
Let me sleep on it
(Do you love me?
Will you love me forever?)
Baby, baby let me sleep on it
(Do you need me?
Will you never leave me?)
Well, let me sleep on it
(Will you make me so happy for the rest of my life?)
I'll give you an answer in the morning, morning, I'll tell you in the morning
(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!?)

Call & Response: Meat Loaf & (Ellen Foley)
Let me sleep on it
(Will you love me forever?)
Let me sleep on it
(Will you love me forever?)

Part 4: Praying for the End of Time (6:57 - 8:28)
Verse 7: Meat Loaf
I couldn't take it any longer
Lord I was crazed
And 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 to the end of time
I swore that I would love you to the end of time!

Verse 8: Meat Loaf
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!

Outro: Meat Loaf & (Ellen Foley)
Well, it was long ago and it was far away
And it was so much better that it is today
Well, it was long ago and it was far away
(It never felt so good)
And it was so much better that it is today
(It never felt so right)
It was long ago and it was far away
(And we were glowing like)
And it was so much better that it is today
(A metal on the edge of a knife)
It was long ago and it was far away
(It never felt so good)
And it was so much better that it is today
(It never felt so right)
It was long ago and it was far away
(And we were glowing like)
And it was so much better that it is today
(A metal on the edge of a knife)
It was long ago and it was far away
(It never felt so good)
And it was so much better that it is today
(It never felt so right)
It was long ago and it was far away
(It never felt so right)
And it was so much better that it is today

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Song Facts

In this epic 8.5 minute Meat Loaf song (written by Jim Steinman, as so many of his songs are), Meat Loaf plays the character of a 17 year old boy in a parked car with a 17 year old girl, played by Ellen Foley, about to have sex for the first time.

The song was the centerpiece for the artist’s early days performing the Bat Out Of Hell live prior to the album being released a major record label.

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