What Meat Loaf wouldn’t do for love

Photo: AP/Charles Dharapak

Meat Loaf the rock star died yesterday at age 74. I didn’t follow his career and I’ve rarely listened to music in the last 20 years. But his 1993 song “I’d Do Anything for Love (but I Won’t Do That)” somehow got my attention. I loved the song but never stopped asking “What wouldn’t he do?” and back then never found an answer. Maybe I just didn’t look hard enough.

Finally, yesterday, I read a great explanation. The answer was right there in the song all along. I’ve just never been one to catch more than a few lyrics when listening to music.

As it turns out, there were a number of things he wouldn’t do, each mentioned just before the chorus kicks in:

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

Thanks to the BBC for elucidating.

10 thoughts on “What Meat Loaf wouldn’t do for love

      1. I saw an interview where he explained every song had a character and was like its own little play. I crossed paths with him twice in my life. once, as a cocktail waitress when he came in to put his hands in our cement blocks outside, the second time, not much later, when he was running down a beach in Florida, not kidding

          1. It just was a weirdest of circumstances- first case i was working at a music cafe/bar and many musicians who were playing in town would stop in to put their hands in cement, a couple of months later I ran into him as he was running down a beach in Florida when I was walking down a beach. He was hard to miss as he was wearing a Speedo)

  1. I’ve been a Meat Loaf fan since around 1979. It about broke my heart when I heard the news. It was at about 1:45 am Friday morning – I was up working very late (I build websites from home). Saw a notification come in from WaPo that he had passed. Started playing his music then, and didn’t stop until yesterday afternoon.

  2. He had a great voice. I got his first album on tape and my sons wore it out and I had to get aonother. Finally replaced it with a CD.

... and that's my two cents