Paradise by the Dashboard Light
Meat Loaf Lyrics


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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
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
Oh c'mon hold on tight
Though 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 don't you 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
Well 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 want to 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
Oh c'mon hold on tight
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
(Deep dark night) 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 dressed

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

Okay, 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
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 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?

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
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?

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?

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? (Let me sleep on it)
Will you love me forever? (Baby, baby let me sleep on it)
Do you need me?
Will you never leave me?
Will you make me so happy (let me sleep on it)
For the rest of my life? (I'll give you an answer in the morning)
Will you take me away (I'll give you an answer in the morning)
I gotta know right now?
Before we go any further
Do you love me?
Will you love me forever?

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 (oh oh oh)
Praying for the end of time, so I can end my life with you

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

It was long ago and it was far away (it never felt so good, it never felt so right)
And it was so much better that it is today (and we were glowing like, a metal on the edge of a knife)

It was long ago and it was far away (it never felt so good, it never felt so right)
And it was so much better that it is today (and we were glowing like, a metal on the edge of a knife)

It was long ago and it was far away (it never felt so good, it never felt so right)
And it was so much better that it is today (and we were glowing like, a metal on the edge of a knife)

It was long ago and it was far away (it never felt so good, it never felt so right)
And it was so much better that it is today (and we were glowing like, a metal on the edge of a knife)

It was long ago and it was far away (it never felt so good, it never felt so right)
And it was so much better that it is today (and we were glowing like, a metal on the edge of a knife)





It was long ago and it was far away (it never felt so good, it never felt so right)
And it was so much better that it is today (and we were glowing like, a metal on the edge of a knife)

Overall Meaning

The song "Paradise By The Dashboard Light" by Meat Loaf tells the tale of two teenagers parked by a lake, exploring their newfound romance. The lyrics vividly describe the passion and joy they feel, as well as their doubts and uncertainties. The singer remembers every little thing about that night, how good it felt to be with the girl he was with, and how envious his classmates were of him. As their bodies get closer, and they start to glow “like the metal on the edge of a knife,” they declare their love for each other, but in the end, the boy asks the girl to let him sleep on it before they take their relationship to the next level.


The song has a unique structure, consisting of three distinct parts. The first part is the narration and description of the scene. The second part is a play-by-play commentary of a baseball game that runs in parallel with the events happening in the car. The final part includes the boy's anguished plea to the girl to give him some time before they make any irreversible decisions.


The song became a massive hit when it was released in 1978 and has since become a classic rock anthem, thanks in no small part to the engaging vocals of Meat Loaf, as well as the song's catchy melodies and heartfelt lyrics.


Line by Line Meaning

Well I remember every little thing As if it happened only yesterday
The singer remembers all the details of a special moment with his lover as if it happened 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
The singer and his lover parked by a secluded lake. They were alone, and he was thrilled to be with someone as beautiful as her. He felt proud and envied by other kids who wished they were in his place.


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
The singer and his lover are physically close, feeling passionate and intense about their relationship. They are experiencing an extreme pleasure comparable to the sensation of glowing metal.


C'mon hold on tight Oh c'mon hold on tight Though it's cold and lonely in the deep dark night I can see paradise by the dashboard light
The artist wants his lover to hold on tight to him, even though they are in a cold, lonely place. With his lover by his side, he can see paradise and feels complete.


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 We were doubly blessed
The artist considers himself and his lover lucky because they are young, beautiful, and in love. He wants to tell everyone how fortunate they are.


Baby don't you 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 Well 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 want to make your motor run
The singer's love for his partner is so strong that he cannot hear anything else but his heartbeat. He has waited for someone like her for a long time, and he has a big surprise for her. He wants to make her happy and fulfill her desires.


You got to do what you can And let mother nature do the rest We're gonna go all the way tonight We're gonna go all the way and tonight's the night
The singer encourages his lover to do what she can and let nature take its course. He intends to make love to her all night long, and this is the perfect night to do it.


Okay, 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 Holy cow, I think he's gonna make it
The artist uses a baseball metaphor for the act of making love, describing their performance in an imaginary game. He imagines himself as a skilled player making one successful move after another. As he describes each play, his excitement grows.


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?
The artist interrupts his own imagination and asks his lover if she truly loves him and wants to spend the rest of her life with him. He wants everything to be clear before they proceed.


Let me sleep on it Baby, baby let me sleep on it And I'll give you an answer in the morning I'll give you an answer in the morning And will you love me forever? What's it gonna be, boy? Come on, I can wait all night Yes or no?
The artist asks his lover to let him sleep on her question so he can give a well-thought-out answer in the morning. He reminds her of her question and encourages her to give an immediate answer.


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
The singer cannot take the suspense anymore and feels desperate to know his lover's answer. He makes a sacred promise to love her forever if she accepts him.


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 (oh oh oh) Praying for the end of time, so I can end my life with you
The artist wants an answer so badly that he wishes for time to end. He knows he can't take any more time with her without an answer, and his emotions are taking over. He promises to love her to the end of his life and beyond, but the suspense is too much for him to bear.


It was long ago and it was far away And it was so much better that it is today It was long ago and it was far away (it never felt so good, it never felt so right) And it was so much better that it is today (and we were glowing like, a metal on the edge of a knife)
The singer reflects back to the past when everything was perfect with his lover and compares it to their current situation, which is not as good. He remembers their intense passion and connection, and longs for those feelings again.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Jim Steinman

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@radioace318la

I don't always listen to Meatloaf. But when I do, so do the neighbors.

@howiec3997

Hell yeah rock on

@scrag2841

Thanks for that comment - made me actually LOL

@douglasmurphy9127

i dont always listen to meatloaf but when i do i listen will bell pepper and onion

@rnorth8812

I have had a tough day.  Now all is good.  Best laugh I've had in days.  Thanks man.

@andrewbrear5329

so do mine

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@richardthomas7435

I`m 77, but when I listen to this i`m 25!!!!!!
Rock ON.

@belindahigginson28

🙌good on ya

@sarahsydlowski6220

nice way to put it. I'm a 49 year old man using his wife's tablet and feel like you described if only for around 9: minutes and wearing a shit eating grin thinking of old times drinking, partying, and trying to get to paradise. lol

@Madmatt18

hell ya good music will have that effect. im only 27 but i love meatloaf

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