Dec 28

I’ll Kill You if You Don’t Come Back – Jim Steinman / Meat Loaf

The Jim Steinman songs that Meat Loaf sings are always so deep and if you don’t take the time to listen closely to them you will miss a lot.  This song is no different. When I listen to it I can hear the frustration of a young man in love. A young man who has once again been hurt by a girl that he trusted and too easily fell in love with.

It was not a very popular song but since I am always listening to complete Meat Loaf albums I hear it often. I think many men have felt the way the man in the song feels. This song was released on the Dead Ringer album which itself was not one of Meat Loaf’s best-selling albums but still had some great songs if you are a Meat Loaf fan. The album did hit #1 in the United Kingdom though. This is also an important album for Meat Loaf fans because it almost did not happen due to Meat Loaf drug usage and loss of voice. Jim Steinman wrote the entire album specifically for Meat Loaf.

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 deliver 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

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

And 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 these 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 everything that they do
But damn me and curse me for still needing you

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

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