The last six verses feature a female singer who was credited only as "Mrs. Loud" in the album notes. She was later identified [ when? However, she does not appear in the video, in which her vocals are lip-synched by Dana Patrick. Meat Loaf promoted the single with American singer Patti Russo.
The power ballad  was a commercial success, reaching number one in 28 countries. The timings in this article refer to the original album version. There are many shorter single and radio edits. The song opens with a guitar played to sound like a revving motorcycle. Roy Bittan 's piano begins to play along with the guitars and drums. The vocals begin at the point. The opening vocals are accompanied by piano and backing vocals.
The song then becomes much louder as the band, predominantly piano, plays the main melody for twenty seconds. An instrumental section follows the first verse and chorus, lasting over 45 seconds, with piano playing the title melody, accompanied by guitar and wordless background vocals by Todd Rundgren , Rory Dodd and Kasim Sulton.
The lead vocals recommence with another verse. The phrase "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" was changed to "Some days I just pray to the god of sex and drums and rock and roll" on the recording, although Meat Loaf occasionally sings the original phrase in concert. At the point, the song transforms into a duet coda.
The structure of the verses remains, but the woman now asks what the man would do. He answers in the affirmative for the first four sections. Woman: Will you make me some magic with your own two hands? Can you build an emerald city with these grains of sand? Can you give me something I can take home? Man: I can do that! The song's tone changes for the final two sections, in which the woman, Lorraine Crosby on the original recorded version, predicts that the man would eventually do things to upset her and their relationship.
Meat Loaf says that the question, "What is 'that'? Each verse mentions two things that the man would do for love, followed by one thing that he will not do. The title phrase repetition reasserts that he "won't do that. At the song's conclusion, the woman predicts two things that he will do: "You'll see that it's time to move on", and "You'll be screwing around.
In his VH1 Storytellers special, Meat Loaf even explained it on stage using a blackboard and a pointing stick. This sense would have been more clear if the lyric had been "and I won't do that" instead of "but I won't do that. It sort of is a little puzzle and I guess it goes by - but they're all great things. I'm very proud of that song because it's very much like out of the world of Excalibur. To me, it's like Sir Lancelot or something - very noble and chivalrous.
That's my favorite song on the record - it's very ambitious. Meat Loaf believed that the lyrics were unambiguous, but Steinman predicted that they would cause confusion. Even after they made the cuts, Steinman sent his own version to the stations. The single version was edited down to five minutes and 13 seconds, with the motorcycle introduction omitted.
In the video and single versions, the refrain is abridged as well; Lorraine Crosby sings six verses in the complete song. In the video version, the second and third verses are omitted. In the single version, the second, third, and fifth verses are omitted. Lorraine Crosby , a singer from England , was the guest singer, though AllMusic incorrectly attributes the female vocals to Ellen Foley.
Crosby recalls, "In I went and sang it twice and I never thought anything more of it until six months later when I got a phone call saying, 'Would you mind if we used your vocals? Cher , Melissa Etheridge and Bonnie Tyler had been considered for the role. Michael Bay directed the music video. Pearl says that this video "is one of my personal all-time favorite projects I think the cinematography is pure, and it tells a story about the song. Bob Keane did Meat Loaf's make-up, which took up to two hours to apply.
The make-up was designed to be simple and scary, yet "with the ability to make him sympathetic. According to one executive, it "probably had the budget of Four Weddings and a Funeral. The story begins with the opening credits saying: "I have travelled across the universe through the years to find her. Sometimes going all the way is just a start. As the chase continues into night, the Beast passes through into a graveyard and into what appears to be a very ornate mausoleum hiding from his pursuers.
He mournfully examines his deformed hands and features; as the officers enter and examine the mausoleum he crashes through the wall with his motorbike and he accidentally knocks down a police officer whose shotgun goes off and causes one of the chandeliers on the ceiling to fall and kill the officer.
The woman appears to be in sunny daylight, while the rest of the woods and castle clearly show that it is night-time. The woman looks into a mirror and glimpses the Beast watching her. She turns and he flees leaving only an amulet hanging on a branch. The woman picks it up and pursues him. As she approaches the castle, the Beast is watching her movements through the reflection of his drink.
As she comes into the castle, the Beast hurriedly removes himself. The woman sits in his chair and rests by the fire. The Beast watches her from his hall of mirrors and contemplates approaching her but is ashamed of his appearance. She later is seen having a bath interspersed with the police officers finding the dead officer's body and preparing to raid the castle. She is later seen trying to sleep while being seduced by three vampy women while the Beast sits in a chair a reference to Dracula and the Brides.
The Beast leaves the room and, seeing his reflection, begins to smash up the mirrors. The woman, hearing the noise, comes out and follows him into a presumable living room. The Beast observes her from above and levitates the chair she is sitting on. The Beast, then hearing the officers are near moves away, pulls the chair back down breaking a lamp. The two run away and the woman removes the Beast's hood so she can look at him clearly. She accepts him and caresses his face while they embrace.
As they pull away, the Beast is returned to his human form, and the two disappear just before the police catch them. The woman and the transformed Beast finally ride off into the sunrise on his motorbike. The song is featured in the animated comedy Sausage Party and on its soundtrack. In the film the song is performed by an anthropomorphic meatloaf caricature of the singer.
It was used in a commercial for Carvana and in the trailer for the comedy movie Blockers The single cover is a cropped version of the painting Leavetaking by fantasy illustrator Michael Whelan , who also painted the Bat Out of Hell II cover. The song reached number one in the charts in 28 countries. In the United Kingdom, this was the biggest hit of , selling , copies and staying at number one for seven weeks. In Germany, the song is the seventh best-selling pop hymn ever. Critical reaction was mixed. AllMusic said that "Meat Loaf sells the borderline-campy lyrics with a full-throated vocal whose stirring sense of conviction brings out the heart hidden behind the clever phrases.
British adventurer Bear Grylls cites this song as his inspiration to apply for selection into the SAS : "Enthusiasm and determination count for so much more than skills, brains or qualifications From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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