Baseball related songs: “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” by Meatloaf

In this edition of Baseball related songs we pay attention to Paradise By The Dashboard Light, performed by Meatloaf. Coming from his album “Bat out of Hell”, “Paradise By the Dashboard Light” is by far his greatest hit.

In 1977, Meatloaf released his single “Paradise By The Dashboard Light”. It would be a part of his album “Bat out of Hell” that was released in 1978. The song is about a man Afbeeldingsresultaat voor Paradise by the Dashboard lightthat walks memory lane as he recalls a one night stand he had when he was sixteen. The one night stand resulted in him marrying the girl he was making love with at that moment, much to his unliking.

At one part of the song, the male character makes clear he wants to go all the way. This is where the baseball-related part enters the song. In this part, you hear the radio comment by former Yankee great Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto calling a play in which a batter hits the ball away and is running the bases. The speedy player is stretching a single into a double and then stealing third before he takes a big lead and is about to score on a suicide squeeze. At that moment, Ellen Foley shouts “Stop right there” and wants the boy to promise he will marry her and to love her forever. As the boy is eager to go all the way he eventually promises the girl to marry her.

Of course the “base system” is a metaphor for the several stages of making love.

In the final part of the song, the boy states he is regretting his decision and that he is praying for the end of times so his marriage will be over.

The lyrics of “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” are as follows:

[Boy:]
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
Well, c’mon, hold on tight

Though it’s cold and lonely in the deep dark night
I can see paradise by the dashboard light

[Girl:]
Ain’t no doubt about it we were doubly blessed
‘Cause we were barely seventeen and we were barely dressed

[Both:]
Ain’t no doubt about it
Baby, got to go out and shout it
Ain’t no doubt about it
We were doubly blessed

[Boy:]
‘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 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
Well, c’mon, hold on tight

[Both:]
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

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

[4x]
We’re gonna go all the way tonight
We’re gonna go all the way
And tonight’s 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
There’s the wind-up, 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 the 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 them to 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

[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
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
I’ll give you an answer in the morning

[Both:]
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

[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
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?

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?

[Boy:]
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

[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
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

[Both:]
Let me sleep on it
Will you love me forever
Let me sleep on it
Will you love me forever

[Boy:]
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 I’d love you to the end of time

[Both:]
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 (ooh, ooh)
Praying for the end of time
So I can end my time with you

[Boy repeat until the end:]
It was long ago and it was far away
And it was so much better than it is today

[Girl repeat until the end:]
It never felt so good, it never felt so right
And we were glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife

There is quite a difference between the single version and the album version. The single version lasts 5 minutes and 32 seconds while the album version lasts a whopping 8 minutes and 29 seconds.

The baseball call by Scooter Rizzuto was recorded in 1976 at The Hit Factory in New York City by producer Todd Rundgren, Meat Loaf, and Steinman. Rizzuto always claimed he was unaware that his contribution would be equated with sex in the finished song, but Meat Loaf asserts that Rizzuto only feigned ignorance to stifle some criticism from a priest and was fully aware of the context of what he was recording.

As the song reached a number one spot in the Dutch Top 40, it didn’t get higher than the 39th spot in the Billboard Hot 100. The song entered the Dutch Top 40 on November 25, 1978, and reached first place around New Year, staying there for three weeks.
Almost ten years later, the song made a comeback in the Dutch Top 40 but only made it to the ninth spot this time.

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