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Encyclopedia > Paradise by the Dashboard Light
"Paradise By the Dashboard Light"
Single by Meat Loaf
from the album Bat out of Hell
Released 1977
Recorded 1977
Genre Classic Rock, Wagnerian Rock
Length 8:28
Label Epic Records
Writer(s) Jim Steinman
Producer(s) Todd Rundgren
Meat Loaf singles chronology
Two Out of Three Ain't Bad Bat Out of Hell

"Paradise By the Dashboard Light" is the second hit single by the American musician Meat Loaf, after "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad". It is a track off his 1977 album Bat Out of Hell, which was entirely written and composed by Jim Steinman. The song is unabashedly operatic, weaving several melodies throughout the duet, and treats its subject with lighthearted humor. Image File history File linksMetadata Meat_Loaf_-_Paradise_By_The_Dashboard_Light_(re-release). ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... This article or section may contain excessive or improper use of copyrighted images and/or audio files. ... This article describes the album by Meat Loaf. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Classic rock was originally conceived as a radio station programming format which evolved from the album oriented rock (AOR) format in the early-1980s. ... Wagnerian Rock is a musical genre that was created by Jim Steinman due to his love for the music of Richard Wagner and Phil Spector. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Jim Steinman (born November 1, 1947 in New York, New York) is notable for being a record producer, composer, and lyricist. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA), is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. ... This article or section may contain excessive or improper use of copyrighted images and/or audio files. ... Two Out of Three Aint Bad is the first hit single by the American musician Meat Loaf in his solo carrier , followed by Paradise By the Dashboard Light. It is a track off his 1977 album Bat Out of Hell, written by Jim Steinman. ... Bat out of Hell is a rock anthem written by Jim Steinman and performed by Meat Loaf as the opening track to the 1977 album of the same name. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... This article or section may contain excessive or improper use of copyrighted images and/or audio files. ... Two Out of Three Aint Bad is the first hit single by the American musician Meat Loaf in his solo carrier , followed by Paradise By the Dashboard Light. It is a track off his 1977 album Bat Out of Hell, written by Jim Steinman. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... This article describes the album by Meat Loaf. ... Jim Steinman (born November 1, 1947 in New York, New York) is notable for being a record producer, composer, and lyricist. ...

Contents

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/ Yeah I wanna make your motor run". Ellen Foley (born 1951, St. ... This article or section may contain excessive or improper use of copyrighted images and/or audio files. ...

Meat Loaf and Karla in the video of "Paradise"

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 euphemism) Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Philip Francis Rizzuto (born Fiero Francis Rizzuto, September 25, 1917 – August 14, 2007) was a Major League Baseball player and radio/television sports announcer, known both for his skills as a player and his popular but idiosyncratic style as a broadcaster. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. ... Look up metaphor in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... One subject often used as a metaphor for physical intimacy, especially to describe the level of intimacy achieved in intimate encounters or relationships, is the game of baseball. ...


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!" Ellen Foley (born 1951, St. ...


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. Ironically, things are no longer perfect, 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/ 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!

Meat Loaf and Patti Russo doing Paradise Live at Melbourne with their Orchestra

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Video

Although Ellen Foley is recorded on the album, another woman, Karla DeVito, was used for the video and for performances.[1] This would also happen for Meat Loaf's 1993 hit "I'd Do Anything for Love (but I Won't Do That)", where Dana Patrick mimed to Lorraine Crosby's vocals.[2] Ellen Foley (born 1951, St. ... Karla DeVito was born in 1953 in Mokena, Illinois, a small farming town southwest of Chicago, At Loyola University, she majored in theater. ... Audio sample: Chorus ( file info) — The final chorus, from a live performance in February 2004 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. ... Lorraine Crosby (born November 1958), better known as Mrs. ...


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. The single had flopped intitially, but its fortunes changed after the video clip was shown during half time of a televised soccer game. 'Paradise' became a hit again in 1988 and is still a huge party favourite in The Netherlands. In various all time charts, such as the Radio 2 Top 2000 or Radio Veronica's All Time Top 1000, it constantly charts inside the top ten.


All this despite a review published in 1978 in the pop weekly 'Hitkrant' stating that it was "a good song, but without much potential. It's simply too long for DJ's...". The reviewer was proven wrong.


References

  1. ^ Karla DeVito's biography. Karl Devito. Retrieved on 2006-09-24.
  2. ^ I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That). songfacts.com. Retrieved on 2006-08-29.

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Further reading

  • James F. Harris (1993). Philosophy at 33 1/3 Rpm: Themes of Classic Rock Music. Open Court Publishing, 116–118. ISBN 0812692411. 

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