Few would call Meat Loaf a man of mystery, that there has been one thing about him that has always been kept secret… until now.
The singer was interviewed by comedienne Ali Wentworth for Yahoo Screen!, and he was asked about the commonly misunderstood lyrics to his 1993 hit “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).”
“Jim Steinman, who I’ve worked with and had great success with, wrote the song,” he said. “And when we recorded it, Jim brings up the thing and says, ‘People aren’t going to know what that is. And I said, of course they are. How can they not know what that is?”
After more than two decades of debate, Meat Loaf gave a surprisingly simple answer to the puzzling question, “What is that?”
“It’s the line before every chorus – I’ll never stop dreaming of you every night of my life,” he explained. “There’s nine of them, I think… I’ll never forget the way you feel right now. I’d do anything for love, but I wouldn’t do that.”
The singer goes on to reference his good friend and collaborator Jimmy’s wordy writing style for listeners forgetting the line before the chorus. Meat Loaf was also surprisingly game when asked about what he’d do for love in real life.
Go vegan? Not a problem. Recording a song with Justin Bieber? “I’m not sure Justin Bieber would want me to record with him because it would come with a really good lecture,” he joked.
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