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Meat Loaf I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) | What would he NOT do for love?

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I’d do anything for love‘ is a Rock classic, an epic love tune sung by a musical beast named Meat Loaf. It has long been speculated why its title says “But I won’t do that“. Today you will find out the great story behind this 12-minute legendary song 🤟🏼

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The fact that a 12-minute song becomes short is a huge merit. We owe this success to Meat Loaf (singer) and Jim Steinman (composer and producer), without forgetting the wonderful female voice of the song… a mystery that we will unveil in a moment.

Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman had worked together in 1977 on the album ‘Bat Out Of Hell’, which included great tracks like: Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, Paradise by the Dashboard Light and You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night).

Then Steinman went through a bad personal period and stopped working with Meat Loaf. Loaf released several unsuccessful albums, until 1993 when they reunited again to create the second part of that mythical 70’s album, ‘Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell‘.

Back to the mystery of the female voice that sings in the final part. On the album it is credited to “Mrs. Loud“, in the video actress Dana Patrick plays the role of the singer, and in the promotion of the album Meat Loaf sang with singer Patti Russo, but none of them is the real singer. The original voice is by an English singer who worked with Jim Steinman named Lorraine Crosby.

Lorraine was commissioned to record ‘I’d Anything for Love‘ to serve as a guide for Meat Loaf. She did it as any other studio job. Lorraine sounded so good that Jim decided to leave that recording on the final song. Despite this Lorraine took neither royalties, nor recognition 😒

The song talks about a man in love who would do anything for a woman. Well, anything but “that”. Of course! the next question is, what is “that” that he wouldn’t do for love?… The answer below 😃

Meat Loaf explains how the songwriter, Jim Steinman, warned him that people wouldn’t understand what he wouldn’t do for love

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When we were recording the song, Jim brings up the thing, He says, ‘People aren’t gonna know what ‘that’ is.’ I said, ‘Of course they are. How can they not know?’ He goes, ‘They’re not gonna’.

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When Meat sings:

I will do anything for love, but I won’t do that

the that” refers to what he has said in the previous line. For example:

But I’ll never forget the way you feel right now, Oh no – no way. I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that

In this verse “that” means “forget the way you feel right now“.

This is the list of all the things Meat Loaf would not do for love 😍:

• Forgive myself if we don’t go all the way tonight.
• Do it better than I do it with you.
• Turn back.
• Stop dreaming of you every night of my life.
• See that it’s time to move on.
• Be screwing around.

You can’t miss ⭐️ The best parts of I’d Anything for Love

1.- The melody begins, the drums, the keyboard, the electric guitar and the emotion, all without singing a single note.

2.- A roller coaster ride, the tempo speeds up, Meat Loaf brings it down and then explodes into the chorus.

3.- My favorite part, the little pause he makes before saying, “You better believe it…I’d do anything for love…it’s a fact”.

This is what it says | I’d Anything For Love Lyrics

english lyrics

MEAT LOAF | I'D ANYTHING FOR LOVE | LYRICS

And I would do anything for love
I’d run right into hell and back
I would do anything for love
I’ll never lie to you and that’s a fact
But I’ll never forget the way you feel right now
Oh no, no way
And I would do anything for love
Oh, I would do anything for love
I would do anything for love
But I won’t do that
No, I won’t do that

And some days it don’t come easy
And some days it don’t come hard
Some days it don’t come at all
And these are the days that never end
And some nights you’re breathing fire
And some nights you’re carved in ice
Some nights you’re like nothing I’ve ever
Seen before, or will again

And maybe I’m crazy
Oh, it’s crazy and it’s true
I know you can save me
No one else can save me now but you
As long as the planets are turning
As long as the stars are burning
As long as your dreams are coming true
You better believe it

That I would do anything for love
And I’ll be there till the final act
And I would do anything for love
And I’ll take the vow and seal a pact
But I’ll never forgive myself if we don’t go all the way
Tonight
And I would do anything for love
Oh, I would do anything for love
Oh, I would do anything for love
But I won’t do that
No, I won’t do that

I would do anything for love
Anything you’ve been dreaming of
But I just won’t do that
I would do anything for love
Anything you’ve been dreaming of
But I just won’t do that
I would do anything for love
Anything you’ve been dreaming of
But I just won’t do that

And some days I pray for silence
And some days I pray for soul
Some days I just pray to the God
Of Sex and Drums and Rock ‘N’ Roll
And some nights I lose the feeling
And some nights I lose control
Some nights I just lose it all
When I watch you dance and the thunder rolls

And maybe I’m lonely
That’s all I’m qualified to be
There’s just one and only
One and only promise I can keep
As long as the wheels are turning
As long as the fires are burning
As long as your prayers are coming true
You better believe it

That I would do anything for love
And you know it’s true and that’s a fact
I would do anything for love
And there’ll never be no turning back
But I’ll never do it better than I do it with you
So long, so long
And I would do anything for love
Oh, I would do anything for love
I would do anything for love
But I won’t do that
No, no, no, I won’t do that

I would do anything for love
Anything you’ve been dreaming of
But I just won’t do that
I would do anything for love
Anything you’ve been dreaming of
But I just won’t do that
I would do anything for love
Anything you’ve been dreaming of
But I just won’t do that
I would do anything for love
Anything you’ve been dreaming of
But I just won’t do that
I would do anything for love
Anything you’ve been dreaming of
But I just won’t do that
I would do anything for love
Anything you’ve been dreaming of
But I just won’t do that
I would do anything for love
Anything you’ve been dreaming of
But I just won’t do

But I’ll never stop dreaming of you every night of my life
No way
And I would do anything for love
Oh, I would do anything for love
Oh, I would do anything for love
But I won’t do that
No, I won’t do that

Will you raise me up?
Will you help me down?
Will you help get me right out of this Godforsaken town?
Will you make it all a little less cold?
I can do that
Oh, I can do that
Will you hold me sacred
Will you hold me tight
Will you colorize my life
I’m so sick of black and white
Can you make it all a little less old?
I can do that
Oh no now, I can do that
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?
Now, I can do that
Ooh now, I can do that
Will you cater to every fantasy I got?
Will you hose me down with holy water if I get too hot?
Will you take me places I’ve never known?
Now, I can do that
Oh now, I can do that
After a while you’ll forget everything
As a brief interlude and a midsummer night’s fling
Then you’ll see that it’s time to move on
I won’t do that
I won’t do that
I know the territory, I’ve been around
It’ll all turn to dust and we’ll all fall down
Sooner or later, you’ll be screwing around
I won’t do that
No, I won’t do that

Anything for love
Oh, I would do anything for love
I would do anything for love
But I won’t do that
No, I won’t do that

spanish lyrics

MEAT LOAF | I'D ANYTHING FOR LOVE | LYRICS IN SPANISH

Y haría cualquier cosa por amor
Iría directo al infierno y volvería
Haría cualquier cosa por amor
Nunca te mentiré y eso es un hecho
Pero nunca olvidaré cómo te sientes ahora mismo
Oh no, de ninguna manera
Y haría cualquier cosa por amor
Oh, haría cualquier cosa por amor
Haría cualquier cosa por amor
Pero no haré eso
No, no lo haré

Y algunos días no es fácil
Y algunos días no es difícil
Algunos días no es en absoluto
Y estos son los días que nunca terminan
Y algunas noches respiras fuego
Y algunas noches estás tallada en hielo
Algunas noches eres como nada que haya visto antes
ni volveré a ver

Y tal vez estoy loco
Oh, es una locura y es verdad
Sé que puedes salvarme
Nadie más que tú puede salvarme ahora
Mientras los planetas giren
Mientras las estrellas estén ardiendo
Mientras tus sueños se hagan realidad
Es mejor que lo creas

Que haría cualquier cosa por amor
Y estaré allí hasta el acto final
Y haría cualquier cosa por amor
Y haré el voto y sellaré un pacto
Pero nunca me perdonaré si no llegamos hasta el final
Esta noche
Y haría cualquier cosa por amor
Oh, haría cualquier cosa por amor
Oh, haría cualquier cosa por amor
Pero no lo haré
No, no haré eso

Haría cualquier cosa por amor
Cualquier cosa que hayas estado soñando
Pero no haré eso
Haría cualquier cosa por amor
Cualquier cosa que hayas estado soñando
Pero no lo haré
Haría cualquier cosa por amor
Cualquier cosa que hayas estado soñando
Pero no lo haré

Y algunos días rezo por el silencio
Y algunos días rezo por el alma
Algunos días sólo rezo al Dios
Del Sexo y Tambores y Rock ‘N’ Roll
Y algunas noches pierdo el sentimiento
Y algunas noches pierdo el control
Algunas noches lo pierdo todo
Cuando te veo bailar y el trueno rueda

Y tal vez me siento solo
Eso es todo lo que puedo ser
Sólo hay una y única
Una y única promesa que puedo mantener
Mientras las ruedas giren
Mientras el fuego arda
Mientras tus plegarias se hagan realidad
Será mejor que lo creas

Que haría cualquier cosa por amor
Y sabes que es verdad y eso es un hecho
Haría cualquier cosa por amor
Y nunca habrá vuelta atrás
Pero nunca lo haré mejor que contigo
Tanto tiempo, tanto tiempo
Y haría cualquier cosa por amor
Oh, haría cualquier cosa por amor
Haría cualquier cosa por amor
Pero no lo haré
No, no, no, no haré eso

Haría cualquier cosa por amor
Cualquier cosa que hayas estado soñando
Pero no haré eso
Haría cualquier cosa por amor
Cualquier cosa que hayas estado soñando
Pero no lo haré
Haría cualquier cosa por amor
Cualquier cosa que hayas estado soñando
Pero no lo haré
Haría cualquier cosa por amor
Cualquier cosa que hayas estado soñando
Pero no lo haré
Haría cualquier cosa por amor
Cualquier cosa que hayas estado soñando
Pero no lo haré
Haría cualquier cosa por amor
Cualquier cosa que hayas estado soñando
Pero no lo haré
Haría cualquier cosa por amor
Cualquier cosa que hayas estado soñando
Pero simplemente no lo haré

Pero nunca dejaré de soñar contigo cada noche de mi vida
De ninguna manera
Y haría cualquier cosa por amor
Oh, haría cualquier cosa por amor
Oh, haría cualquier cosa por amor
Pero no haré eso
No, no lo haré

¿Me elevarás?
¿Me ayudarás a bajar?
¿Me ayudarás a salir de esta ciudad olvidada de Dios?
¿Harás que todo sea un poco menos frío?
Puedo hacerlo
Oh, puedo hacerlo
Me mantendrás como algo sagrado
Me sujetaras fuerte
Daras color a mi vida
Estoy tan cansado del blanco y negro
¿Puedes hacer que todo sea un poco menos viejo?
Puedo hacerlo
Oh no ahora, puedo hacerlo
¿Me harás algo mágico con tus propias manos?
¿Puedes construir una ciudad esmeralda con estos granos de arena?
¿Puedes darme algo que pueda llevarme a casa?
Ahora, puedo hacerlo
Ooh ahora, puedo hacer eso
¿Cumplirás todas mis fantasías?
¿Me regarás con agua bendita si me acaloro demasiado?
¿Me llevarás a lugares que nunca he conocido?
Ahora, puedo hacerlo
Oh ahora, puedo hacer eso
Después de un tiempo lo olvidarás todo
Como un breve interludio y una aventura de una noche de verano.
Entonces verás que es hora de seguir adelante.
No haré eso
No lo haré.
Conozco el territorio, he estado por ahí
Todo se convertirá en polvo y todos caeremos.
Tarde o temprano, estarás jodiendo por ahí
No lo haré.
No, no lo haré

Cualquier cosa por amor
Oh, haría cualquier cosa por amor
Haría cualquier cosa por amor
Pero no haré eso
No, no haré eso

Songwriter: Jim Steinman | Lyrics I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) © Edward B Marks Music Company, Marks Edward B. Music Corp., Edward B. Marks Music Co.
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Did you know...?

‘I’d Anything for Love’ reached number one in 28 countries, making it the best-selling single of 1993 in the UK. The song, which was Meat Loaf’s only Top 1 hit, also won a Grammy for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.

The lyrics to ‘I’d do anything for love‘ were first used in Bonnie Tyler’s song ‘Getting So Excited‘which was produced by the same producer, Jim Steinman.

In Germany, it is the seventh best-selling song in history.

In 2021 Meat Loaf was preparing a TV show of couples competing to see how far they would go for love, inspired by the song, but it couldn’t be because Meat Loaf passed away in early 2022.

Much more | Meat Loaf explains the song, video trivia…

Meat Loaf explained in an episode of VH1’s ‘Storytellers’ what the song means in a very comical way.

The music video for ‘I’d Everything for Love‘ is a mix of Beauty and the Beast, Phantom of the Opera and Dracula.

Directed by well-known action director Michael Bay, the video cost $750,000 💵.

  • The video was so good that MTV was constantly airing it.
  • Meat Loaf and Michael Bay’s relationship would continue in 2 more videos, corresponding to the songs: ‘Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through’ and ‘Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are’.

The actress in the video, Dana Patrick, is not the original singer, she only mimes when she sings.

  • The same actress would repeat in Meat Loaf’s second biggest hit ‘I’d Lie for You (And That’s the Truth)‘.

Technical Note | Meat Loaf ‘I’d Anything For Love

✔️ The song is full of fantastic details:

  • The track starts with a guitar that sounds like a motorcycle revving up 🏍️
  • The first time Meat Loaf sings it’s almost 2 minutes into the song, creating a huge tension.
  • Those first vocals are accompanied by piano and backing vocals which gives it a much more epic and romantic touch 🌹.
  • After the romantic moment the song breaks in the third minute, as if it’s the beginning for real.
  • Every time Meat Loaf sings it is followed by a long instrumental section making the song, despite being 12 minutes long, fly by because of the well worked dynamics.
  • Around minute 10 the track transforms again becoming a conversation between the man (Meat Loaf) and the woman (Lorraine Crosby) where he confirms to her that he will only love her and never hurt her, something she receives with skepticism, which is also perceived in the tone of the music.

🎼 The song was composed in D Major at 104 bpm.

  • The main chords are: D – G – A – D – A – G – D – G – A – D – A – G – Bm – A – G – A – D – G – A
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