Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Lost Gem: "Life Is A Lemon..." - Meat Loaf

"What about your work?
It's defective!
It's a crock and then you die."

-->Meat Loaf<--

"Bat Out Of Hell II" (1993) at face value...looked like a desperate attempt by Meat Loaf to try and recapture lightning in a bottle.

Even naming the album after his triumphant debut (1977) begged for critical slings and arrows to be thrown.

But Meat Loaf pulled it off. More or less. The CD is filled with the usual...grandiose...epic...over-the-top songs that only...The Meat...could swing.

"Life Is A Lemon..." is eight minutes of bombastic...up and down the court..slam-dunkage. Lots of stuff going on and better with each listen.

Meat Loaf is Meat Loaf. Fuggedaboutit! Let the boy play!

Have you heard this one?

I want my money back.

It's all or nothin'
And nothin's all I ever get,
Every time I turn it on, I burn it up and burn it out.

There's always something,
There's always something going wrong.
That's the only guarantee, that's what this is all about.

It's a never ending attack.
Everything's a lie and that's a fact.
Life is a lemon and I want my money back!

And all the morons,
and all the stooges with their coins,
Their the ones who make the rules, it's not a game it's just a rout

There's desperation,
There's desperation in the air.
It leaves a stain on all your clothes and no detergent gets it out.

And we're always slippin' through the cracks.
Then the movie's over, fade to black.
Life is a lemon and I want my money back

What about love?
It's defective!
It's always breakin' in half.

What about sex?
It's defective!
It's never built to really last.

What about your family?
It's defective!
All the batteries are shot.

What about your friends?
Their defective!
All the parts are out of stock.

What about hope?
It's defective!
It's corroded and decayed.

What about faith?
It's defective!
It's tattered and it's frayed.

What about your god?
They're defective!
They forgot the warranty.

What about your town?
It's defective!
It's a dead end street to me.

What about your school?
It's defective!
It's a pack of useless lies.

What about your work?
It's defective!
It's a crock and then you die.

What about your childhood?
It's defective.
It's dead and buried in the past.

What about your future?
It's defective.
And you can shove it up your ass!

I want my money back (Life is a lemon).

Good stuff!


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