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Meat Loaf

Paradise by the Dashboard Light (9:32)

"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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