Paradise by the Dashboard Light (8:28)

Cover of Bat Out of Hell

From Bat Out of Hell and 125 other releases

“Paradise by the Dashboard Light” is a song written by Jim Steinman and first recorded by Meat Loaf for his 1977 album Bat Out of Hell. It is a duet between Meat Loaf and singer Ellen Foley that chronicles a young couple as they debate whether or not to “go all the way tonight”.

The song is also notable for an extended sequence in which then-Yankees play-by-play announcer Phil Rizzuto ostensibly narrates a baseball game. This play-by-play serves as a metaphor for the young lovers going “around the bases”.

The track was recorded in 1976 under the guidance of producer Todd Rundgren.


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Well, I remember every little thing as if it happened only yesterday
Parking by the lake and there was not another car in sight
And I never had a girl looking any better than you did
And all the kids at school, they were wishing they were me that night

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  • rockandrolljoe

    Robert Paulson

    6 Apr 12:52pm Reply
  • Hasen_Papa

    Meat Loaf (with Ellen Foley), one of the best live acts erver !

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
  • FrameBuster

    If you want the full version go and buy the album, for God's sake! If you can pay 3 bucks for a pointless subscription you can as well pay 10 bucks for an album that you can hold in your hands... Morons...

    5 Apr 2014 Reply
  • frearson10

    We might all agree.....please, get rid of any edited versions of this song! In specific, the cutoff of the baseball play-by-play part!

    16 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Oregon_Myst

    "Where's the baseball game play-by-play?" I finally got that version! ♫ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♫

    28 Jan 2014 Reply
  • TuxKamen31

    @Andjam79 Yeah, I've noticed different versions of different songs come up under the same name, myself. I think I've heard at least three versions of "Carrot Juice is Murder" on here

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • grandfunk49


    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • ASummerKiss

    Fav song! ♫

    9 Sep 2013 Reply
  • DCSaltarelli

    I love songs that tell a story and have a punch line ending and I Love this song!

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Andjam79

    @frearson10 - bummer, isn't it? The edit is mentioned in the Wikipedia article on this song. Sometimes I hear the edited version, sometimes I hear the real thing.

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
  • frearson10

    Awesome album!!!!!!!!!!!!

    12 Jun 2013 Reply
  • frearson10

    Where's the baseball game play-by-play?

    9 Jun 2013 Reply
  • frearson10

    What version is this???????????????

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
  • frearson10

    What guy can't relate to this song in their teens? Wonder how many really can relate to the end of the song

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
  • greenvillepa


    11 May 2013 Reply
  • andulas48

    The legend meat loaf ...

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • wojtekpf

    cool story

    18 Mar 2013 Reply
  • tresfoufou

    I love this song. No matter how sad I am, or how many times I've heard this song, it'll always crack me up.

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Steambull

    My reaction: JonTron!

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • elFlirt

    ! let´s rock ;-)

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
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