Meat Loaf — Dead Ringer

1 Peel Out 6:30
2 I’m Gonna Love Her for Both of Us 7:09
3 More Than You Deserve 7:02
4 I’ll Kill You If You Don’t Come Back 6:24
5 Read ‘Em and Weep 5:25
6 Nocturnal Pleasure 0:38
7 Dead Ringer for Love 4:21
8 Everything Is Permitted 4:41

Produced by Meat Loaf & Stephan Galfas
Songs by Jim Steinman

Basic tracks except “Read ‘Em and Weep” and “Dead Ringer for Love”
Produced by Jimmy Iovine and Jim Steinman
Recorded by Shelly Yakus
Mixed by Bob Clearmountain with Stephan Galfas at The Power Station, New York, New York
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk, New York, New York
Management: David A. Sonenberg & Al Dellentash for Amundo Enterprices, Inc.
Featured Lead Vocal on “Dead Ringer for Love”: Cher
Background Vocals: Rory Dodd, Ted Neeley, Allan Nicholls & Eric Troyer, and Rhonda Coullet on “Dead Ringer for Love”
Co-arranged by Roy Bittan
Strings arranged by Alden Shuman & Roy Straigis
Horns arranged by Tom Malone
Recorded at:
The Power Station, New York, New York
House of Music, West Orange, New Jersey
The Record Plant, New York, New York
Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, California
Howard M. Schwartz Recording, Inc. New York, N.Y.
Additional Recording by Charlie Conrad, Tom Edmonds, Tony Bongiovi & Jon Mathias
Assistant Engineers: Peter J. Roulianavage III, Kenney Robb, Joe DeAngelis, Bobby Scott Cohen, Julian Robertson, Ray Willhard, Jeff Hendrickson, Larry fast, John Angello, Brad Gilderman, Neil Davidson & Garry Rindfuss

To the memory of Kenney Robb, a friend and a real front-line warrior

Read the 1981 press release.

Label Cat.No. F. Y. C. Notes
1 Epic / Cleveland Int. EPC 83645 LP 1981 NL
2 Epic / Cleveland Int. EPC 11 83645 LP 1981 UK picture disc
3 Epic / Cleveland Int. CDEPC 83645 CD 1985 NL

Peel Out

Every day of my life they say the same old thing
Hey boy!—(oh boy)—you better wait for your turn
And every day of my life I get the same old line
Hey boy!—(oh boy)—when are you going to learn?

I wanna go on the red—I wanna go on the green
I wanna go on all the colors that I see in between
I wanna run all the tolls—I wanna run all the signs
I wanna run all the way across a double white line

But every day of my life I see the same old road
Hey girl!—(oh girl)—we gotta pull up our routes
And every day of my life I see the same old dreams
Hey girl!—(oh girl)—I need a dream I can use

I wanna go on the red—I wanna go on the green
I wanna go on all the colors that I see in between
I wanna run all the tolls—I wanna run all the signs

My body is the car and my soul is the ignition
Your love will be the key and we’ll jockey for position till we —

Peel out! Peel out! Peel out!
We’re sick and tired of waiting in line
Peel out! Peel out! Peel out!
Nobody’s taking our time
Peel out! Peel out! Peel out!

Tire tracks and broken hearts
That’s all we’re leaving behind
There oughta be a law and there better be a crime
There oughta be a law and there better be a crime

And every night of my life there is the same holding me back
Hey girl!—(What is it boy?)—I know it’s time to cut loose
And every night of my life I dream of someone like you
Hey girl!—(What is it boy?)—you got a dream I can use

Tire tracks and broken hearts
That’s all we’re leaving behind

My body is the car and my soul is the ignition
Your love will be the key and we’ll jockey for position till we —

Peel out! Peel out! Peel out!
We’re sick and tired of waiting in line
Peel out! Peel out! Peel out!
Nobody’s taking our time
Peel out! Peel out! Peel out! …

Peel out! Peel out! Peel out!
We’re sick and tired of waiting in line
Peel out! Peel out! Peel out!
Nobody’s taking our time
Peel out! Peel out! Peel out!

Peel out! Peel out! Peel out!
We’re sick and tired of waiting in line
Peel out! Peel out! Peel out!
Nobody’s taking our time
Peel out! Peel out! Peel out!

Peel out! Peel out! Peel out!
We’re sick and tired of waiting in line
Peel out! Peel out! Peel out!
Nobody’s taking our time
Peel out! Peel out! Peel out! …

© 1981 Edward B. Marks Music Corporation, Neverland Music Publishing Company and Peg Music Company (BMI)

I’m Gonna Love Her for Both of Us

I can’t stand to see it no more
The way you’re living with a goddess but you treat her like a slave
And you can’t hold her back anymore
She’s like a dreamer in a dungeon or an angel in a cave

And I’ll be closer to you now than any other boy
And you know that what I’m saying is true:
You’re gonna break her up and tear her down and fade her away
And there’s no telling what I’m gonna do

I’ll make you pay for everything that you do
I’ll make you pay for everything that you do

But if you give me your girl and then you give me your trust
And if you give me to the end of the night —

I’m gonna love her for both of us
I’m gonna give her everything you always wanted to give
I’m gonna love her for both of us
I’m gonna take her every moment that she wanted to live

I’ll let her shine like a jewel in the crown of the holy sun
You turned her into a ghost but she’ll be burning when the night is done
I’ll let her shine like a jewel in the crown of the holy sun
You turned her into a ghost but she’ll be burning when the night is done

You gotta give me your girl and your trust
I’m gonna love her for both of us

You can’t hide away anymore
You had a chance but you blew it and you’ll never get it back
And your holiness was never so pure
She need a fire in the heart and not a stabbing in the back

And I’ll be closer to you now than any other boy
So you know that what I’m saying is true
You’re gonna break her up and tear her down and fade her away
And there’s no telling what I’m gonna do

I’ll make you pay for everything that you do
I’ll make you pay for everything that you do

But if you give me your girl and then you give me your trust
And if you give me to the end of the night —

I’m gonna love her for both of us
I’m gonna give her everything you always wanted to give
I’m gonna love her for both of us
I’m gonna take her every moment that she wanted to live

I’ll let her shine like a jewel in the crown of the holy sun
You turned her into a ghost but she’ll be burning when the night is done
I’ll let her shine like a jewel in the crown of the holy sun
You turned her into a ghost but she’ll be burning when the night is done

You gotta give me your girl and your trust
I’m gonna love her for both of us

When the screws are tightnin’ and the tears are falling
I can hear her crying out to be saved
And like a bolt of lightning I go answer the call
But then she’s singing like a siren to me over the waves

I never wanted to take away your lover
Until I heard her crying out to be saved
I always thought of you as one of my brothers
But she’s singing like a siren to me over the waves
Singing like a siren to me over the waves

There ain’t no holding me down....

I’ll let her shine like a jewel in the crown of the holy sun
You turned her into a ghost but she’ll be burning when the night is done
I’ll let her shine like a jewel in the crown of the holy sun
You turned her into a ghost but she’ll be burning when the night is done

You gotta give me your girl and your trust
I’m gonna love her for both of us

I’m gonna love her for both of us
I’m gonna love her for both of us
I’m gonna love her for both of us
(I’m gonna give her everything you always wanted to give)
I’m gonna love her for both of us
(I’m gonna take her every moment that she wanted to live)
I’m gonna love her for both of us
(I’m gonna give her everything you always wanted to give)
I’m gonna love her for both of us
(I’m gonna give her everything you always wanted to give)
I’m gonna love her for both of us
(I’m gonna take her every moment that she wanted to live)
I’m gonna love her for both of us
(I’m gonna give her everything you always wanted to give)
I’m gonna love her for both of us
(I’m gonna take her every moment that she wanted to live)
I’m gonna love her for both of us
(I’m gonna give her everything you always wanted to give)
I’m gonna love her for both of us
(I’m gonna take her every moment that she wanted to live)
I’m gonna love her for both of us
(I’m gonna take her every moment that she wanted to live)
I’m gonna love her for both of us
(I’m gonna give her everything you always wanted to give)
I’m gonna love her for both of us
(I’m gonna take her every moment that she wanted to live)
I’m gonna love her for both of us
(I’m gonna give her everything you always wanted to give)
I’m gonna love her for both of us
(I’m gonna take her every moment that she wanted to live)
I’m gonna love her for both of us
(I’m gonna give her everything you always wanted to give)
I’m gonna love her for both of us....
[fade out]

© 1981 Edward B. Marks Music Corporation, Neverland Music Publishing Company and Peg Music Company (BMI)

More Than You Deserve

From the very first moment I saw you
I knew our love would be so strong
And the very first moment I kissed you
I knew our joy would last so long

And then I saw you making love to my best friend
I didn’t know whatever to say
I saw you making love to my best friend
So I looked him right in the eye and I said
Listen boy —

Won’t you take some more, it’s what you came for
And don’t mind me, I won’t throw you no curves
Have yourself a ball with my good woman
Won’t you take some more boy, it’s more than you deserve
Won’t you take some more boy, it’s more than you deserve

When I saw you hanging round the truck stop
Shining like an angel in the night
And when I saw you crying like a baby
I knew you’d had to be my wife

Then I saw you making love to my best friend
I didn’t know whatever to say
I saw you making love to my best friend
So I looked him right in the eye and I said
Listen boy —

Won’t you take some more, it’s what you came for
And don’t mind me, I won’t throw you no curves
Have yourself a ball with my good woman
Won’t you take some more boy, it’s more than you deserve
Won’t you take some more boy, it’s more than you deserve

Now I think I’m going to have to leave you
Because I’m feeling much to weak to share
And the pie, oh it’s cut in too many pieces
The flavor that I crave is no longer here

Then I saw you making love to two of my best friends
I didn’t know whatever to say
I saw you making love to a group of my best friends
So I looked them right in the eyes and I said
Listen here, group —

Won’t you take some more, it’s what you came for
And don’t mind me I won’t throw you no curves
Have yourself a ball with my good woman
Won’t you take some more boy, it’s more than you deserve
Won’t you take some more boy, it’s more than you deserve
Won’t you take some more boy, it’s more than you deserve....

© 1974 Casserole Music Corp. (BMI) Unichappell Music, Inc., Administrator

I’ll Kill You If You Don’t Come Back

From the minute I turned and laid my eyes on you
I had no eyes of my own
I was blind to the world—you were too good to be true
But you were something to see—so very young and alone

And I still don’t believe the way you turned on me
Now where’s the girl that I knew?
I gave you somewhere to live and then somebody to love
You gave me nothing but trouble—man, I’ve been such a fool

You gave me nothing at all—now let me give it to you
You taught me how to be cruel—now let me try it on you

How do you abuse me—let me count the ways
How many hours in how many days
How does it amuse you—let me count the pain
How many rules breaking how many games

How do you abuse me—let me count the ways
How many hours in how many days
How does it amuse you—let me count the pain
How many rules breaking how many games

You got your ass out of gear and your soul out of whack
Go on and take all your stuff—don’t even bother to pack
In every way I want you out of my life —
But I’ll kill you if you don’t come back
I’ll kill you if you don’t come back

In the pit of the night you used to pull me so close
And then you’d hold me so tight
And in the wink of an eye you used to give me it all
And with a kiss in the darkness you’d delivered the light

And in the pit of the night I hear you laughing so loud
I know you’re laughing at me
Oh ain’t it funny and sad, the way I fell for your lies
The way I fell into love and then I begged to be free

You gave me nothing at all—now let me give it to you
You taught me how to be cruel—now let me try it on you

How do you abuse me—let me count the ways
How many hours in how many days
How does it amuse you—let me count the pain
How many rules breaking how many games

You got your ass out of gear and your soul out of whack
Go on and take all your stuff—don’t even bother to pack
In every way I want you out of my life —
But I’ll kill you if you don’t come back
I’ll kill you if you don’t come back...

Somebody bless all the girls in the sand on the beach
They’re dreamin’ of boys and staying just out of reach
Bless all the cheerleaders down on the track
They’re glistening like diamonds with sweat on their backs

Bless all the girls and in gangs on the street
They’re looking for danger and they’re holding their piece
Bless all the girls staying late after school
They’re playing with fire and, oh, they playing it cool

And bless all the shy girls who’re learning to dance
They stare in the mirror and they conjure romance
Bless all the girls who are always alone
They kneel down in prayer and they wait up by the phone

Bless all the homecoming queens of the night
They’re looking for magic in gymnasium lights
And bless all the girls who know what love is about
They try not to cry and then they try to put out

Bless all the homecoming queens of the night
They’re looking for magic in gymnasium lights
And bless all the girls who know what love is about
They try not to cry and then they try to put out

Somebody bless all the girls that I never have met
But damn you and curse you after all that you’ve done
You’re the one girl I’ll never forget
You’re the one girl I’ll never forget

Somebody bless all these girls and all that they do
But damn me and curse me for still needing you —

And I’ll kill you if you don’t come back

I’ll kill you if you don’t come back
I’ll kill you if you don’t come back
I’ll kill you if you don’t come back
I’ll kill you if you don’t come back
I’ll kill you if you don’t come back
I’ll kill you if you don’t come back....

© 1981 Edward B. Marks Music Corporation, Neverland Music Publishing Company and Peg Music Company (BMI)

Read ‘Em and Weep

I’ve been trying for hours just to think of what exactly to say
I thought I’d leave you with a letter or a fiery speech
Like when an actor makes an exit at the end of a play
And I’ve been dying for hours trying to fill up all the holes with some sense
I’d like to know how you faded and you threw it away
I’d like to give you all the reasons and what everything meant

Well, I could tell you good-bye or maybe see you around
With just a touch of sarcastic thanks
We started out with a bang and at the top of the world
Now the guns are exhausted and the bullets are blanks

And everything’s blank

If I could only find the words then I would write it all down
If I could only find a voice I would speak
But it’s there in my eyes, so can’t you see me tonight
C’mon and look at me and read ‘em and weep

If I could only find the words then I would write it all down
If I could only find a voice I would speak
Oh, it’s there in my eyes, so can’t you see me tonight
C’mon and look at me and read ‘em and weep

I’ve been whispering softly trying to build a cry up to a scream
We let the past slip away and put the future on hold
Now the present is nothing but a hollowed out dream
And I’ve been dying for hours, trying to fill up all the holes with some sense
I’d like to know why you faded and you threw it away
I’d like to give you all the reasons and what everything meant

Well, I could tell you good-bye or maybe see you around
With just a touch of sarcastic thanks
But now the rooms are all empty and the candles are dark
Now the guns are exhausted and the bullets are blanks

And everything’s blank

If I could only find the words I would write it all down
If I could only find a voice I would speak
Oh it’s there in my eyes, and it’s all I can say
C’mon and look at me and read ‘em and weep

It there in my eyes and coming straight from my heart
It’s running silent and angry and deep
Oh, it’s there in my eyes and it’s all I can say
C’mon and look at me and read ‘em and weep

Read ‘em and weep —
For all the hours we’ll be spending alone
Read ‘em and weep —
For the dreams we’ll ignore
Running silent and deep —
And all those promises we promised to keep, they won’t be kept anymore

Read ‘em and weep —
For the magic that our bodies had made
Read ‘em and weep —
For the blood that we’ve lost
Running silent and deep —
And all those secrets that we somehow betrayed, for whatever the cost

Read ‘em and weep —
For the memories still alive in the bed
Read ‘em and weep —
For the lies we believed
Running silent and deep —
And all the things that can never be said —

Why don’t you look at me and read ‘em and weep?
C’mon and look at me and read ‘em and weep

And it’s there in my eyes and coming straight from my heart
It’s running silent and angry and deep
It’s there in my eyes, it’s all I can say
C’mon and look at me, and read ‘em, and weep....

© 1981 Edward B. Marks Music Corporation, Neverland Music Publishing Company and Peg Music Company (BMI)

Nocturnal Pleasure

The entire city is burning
You can see the flames like the inside of a mad jukebox
Lost boys stalk the streets with those jungle markings on their chests
Barbarians prowl in shadows, their heads rocking the rodents
Motorcycles reproduce in nocturnal alleys, groaning with greasy pleasure
And they’ve blown up the YWCA like a giant balloon
And send it out to sea, full of screaming, lovely, lonely girls…

© Neverland Music Publishing Company (BMI)

Dead Ringer for Love

Boy: Every night I grab some money and I go down to the bar
I got my buddies and a beer, I got a dream—I need a car
You got me begging on my knees, c’mon and throw the dog a bone
A man he doesn’t live by rock ‘n roll and brew alone—baby baby

Rock ‘n roll and brew
Rock ‘n roll and brew
They don’t mean a thing when I compare ‘em next to you

Rock ‘n roll and brew
Rock ‘n roll and brew
I know that you and I, oh, we got better things to do

I don’t know who you are or what you do
Or where you go when you’re not around
I don’t know anything about you baby
But you’re everything I’m dreaming of
I don’t know who you are
But you’re a real dead ringer for love
A real dead ringer for love

Girl: Ever since I can remember you been hangin’ around this joint
You’ve been trying to look away but now you finally got the point
I don’t have to know your name and I won’t tell you what to do
But a girl—she doesn’t live by only rock ‘n roll and brew—baby baby baby baby

Both: Rock ‘n roll and brew
Rock ‘n roll and brew
Boy:They don’t mean a thing when I compare ‘em next to you

Both: Rock ‘n roll and brew
Rock ‘n roll and brew
Boy:I know that you and I, we got better things to do

I don’t know who you are or what you do
Or where you go when you’re not around
Girl:I don’t know anything about you baby
Boy:But you’re everything I’m dreaming of
Girl:I don’t know who you are
Boy: But you’re a real dead ringer for love
A real dead ringer for love....

Boy:Ooh—you got the kind of legs that do more than walk
Girl:I don’t have to listen to your whimpering talk
Boy:Listen—you got the kind of eyes that do more than see
Girl:You got a lot of nerve to come on to me
Boy:Aah—you got the kind of lips that do more than drink
Girl:You got the kind of mind that does less than think

But since I’m feeling kinda lonely and my defences are low
Why don’t we give it a shot and get it ready to go
I’m looking for anonymous and fleeting satisfaction
And I want to tell my daddy I’ll be missing in action

Ever since I can remember I’ve been hanging around this joint
My daddy never noticed it—now he’ll finally get the point
Boy: You got me begging on my knees—c’mon and throw the dog a bone
A man he doesn’t live by rock ‘n roll and brew alone—baby baby baby baby

Both: Rock ‘n roll and brew
Rock ‘n roll and brew
I know that you and I, oh, we got better things to do

Rock ‘n roll and brew
Rock ‘n roll and brew
They don’t mean a thing when I compare ‘em next to you

Girl:I don’t know who you are
Boy:Or what you do
Girl:Or where you go
Boy:When you’re not around
Girl:I don’t know anything about you baby
Boy:But you’re everything I’m dreaming of
Both: I don’t know who you are
But you’re a real dead ringer for love
A real dead ringer for love....

Choir: (dead ringer for love)
(dead ringer for love) (dead ringer) …
(dead ringer for love) (dead ringer) …
(dead ringer for love) (dead ringer) …
(dead ringer for love) (dead ringer) …
[repeat to end]

© 1981 Edward B. Marks Music Corporation, Neverland Music Publishing Company and Peg Music Company (BMI)

Everything Is Permitted

Everything is permitted
Everything is allowed
And all our gods we have outwitted
We are running with the crowd

And all the clocks are showing zero
And all our parents must have fled
And we just never had no heroes
And all our enemies will soon be stone cold dead

Everything is permitted
There is nothing out of bound
There are no limits or no fences
There is always some way round

And all the compass points are zero
And all the navigators fled
And we just never had no heroes
And all our enemies will soon be stone cold dead

If everything is permitted
If nothing ever is taboo
Then there is always something shattered
When there is something breaking thru....

And all the clocks are showing zero
And all our parents must have fled
And we just never had no heroes
And all our enemies will soon be stone cold dead

If everything is permitted
If nothing ever is taboo
Then there is always something shattered
When there is something breaking thru
Then there is always something shattered
When there is something breaking thru

Everything is permitted....

© 1981 Edward B. Marks Music Corporation, Neverland Music Publishing Company and Peg Music Company (BMI)