♫ Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad ♫ (R.I.P. Meat Loaf)

I haven’t been doing music posts these past several months, as I am still lacking strength and energy, and my efforts to write two posts a day are about as much as I can muster.  However, when I learned of the death of Marvin Lee Aday, better known as the artist Meat Loaf, I knew I had to somehow honour him.  This is a redux from about a year ago, but for a better tribute to Meat Loaf, please visit our friend Keith’s post. R.I.P. Mr. Aday … your legacy, your music, will long be remembered.


Jim Steinman wrote this song after his friend, the actress Mimi Kennedy, suggested that he write a ballad along the lines of the Elvis Presley song “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You.” She was implying that he should write something straightforward and simple, but Steinman doesn’t work that way. He used the phrase, but added a degree of Shakespearean drama that was typical of his work.  Steinman recalls …

“I remember Mimi Kennedy [a cast member of Jim’s then-current musical Rhinegold] telling me, she said, you know, when I was probably complaining why no one liked my stuff and couldn’t get a deal, she says, “Well Steiny, your stuff is so complicated. Can’t you write something simple?” And while she was saying that the oldies station was on the radio and it was playing that old Elvis song, ‘I Want You, I Need,’ whatever it was. ‘I Want You, I Need You, I Love You’, you know. I just started singing my own song but it was ‘I Want You, I Need You, I Love You.’ She said, “Why don’t you write something simple like that, ‘I want you, I need you, I love you’?” I said, “Well I’ll try.” I don’t try to make them complicated. I remember going home and I tried so hard but the best I could do was: I want you, I need you but there ain’t no way I’m ever gonna love you, don’t be sad, ’cause two out of three ain’t bad. So it was still a twist but it was my closest to a simple song, and one Elvis could have done.”

The song hit #11 in the U.S., #5 in Canada, and #32 in the UK.

Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad
Song by Meat Loaf

Baby we can talk all night
But that ain’t gettin us nowhere
I told you everything I possibly can
There’s nothing left inside of here
And maybe you can cry all night
But that’ll never change the way I feel
The snow is really piling up outside
I wish you wouldn’t make me leave here
I poured it on and I poured it out
I tried to show you just how much I care
I’m tired of words and I’m too hoarse to shout
But you’ve been cold to me so long
I’m crying icicles instead of tears

And all I can do is keep on telling you
I want you, I need you
But-there ain’t no way I’m ever gonna love you
Now don’t be sad
‘Cause two out of three ain’t bad
Now don’t be sad
‘Cause two out of three ain’t bad

You’ll never find your gold on a sandy beach
You’ll never drill for oil on a city street
I know you’re looking for a ruby in a mountain of rocks
But there ain’t no Coup de Ville hiding at the bottom
Of a Cracker Jack box

I can’t lie, I can’t tell you that I’m something I’m not
No matter how I try
I’ll never be able to give you something
Something that I just haven’t got
There’s only one girl I’ll ever love
And that was so many years ago
And though I know I’ll never get her out of my heart
She never loved me back
Oh I know

I remember how she left me on a stormy night
She kissed me and got out of our bed
And though I pleaded and I begged her not to walk out that door
She packed her bags and turned right away

And she kept on telling me
She kept on telling me
She kept on telling me
I want you, I need you

But there ain’t no way I’m ever gonna love you
Now don’t be sad
‘Cause two out of three ain’t bad
I want you, I need you
But there ain’t no way I’m ever gonna love you
Now don’t be sad
‘Cause two out of three ain’t bad
Baby we can talk all night
But that ain’t getting us nowhere

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Jim Steinman
Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad lyrics © Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs, Carlin America Inc

25 thoughts on “♫ Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad ♫ (R.I.P. Meat Loaf)

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  2. I loved this album since it came out when I was in high school and it was everywhere on the radio in the NY tristate area, and this always struck me as a sad disappointing song, because it reflected reality too much. Poor Jim Steinman also passed in the last year or few. I did get to be friends with that ultimate curmugeon, Todd Rundgren, who shared plenty of stories of Jim and of Meat and of singing and playing on this album. It was a big part of many of our lives–thanks for posting it. Now if only he had done a duet with Thich Nhat Hanh that’d be something to hear–

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    • Hey Donnalee … good to see you! It’s been a while. I didn’t realize that Jim Steinman had also died in the past year or so. The music, though, will outlive the artists.

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  3. By the time Meat Loaf hit the scene, I was no longer listening to the radio. I had given up on ever hearing good rock again. Then one day at a girlfriend’s house she played some Meat Loaf in the background, but I stopped paying attention to her, and listened to the music instead. (Circa 1988)

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  4. I loved Meat Loaf and could pretty much sing along with all his songs. I also went to see the Musical, “Bat Out of Hell” which was written by Jim Steinam but had all those songs Meat Loaf sang and made hits.

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