HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE LYRICS OF JIM STEINMAN

Take me away from this sledgehammer night
Take me away on a mattress of velvet in a clear water candlelight
And the sun's gonna shine where the sun never shone
I'm coming out of the dark, I can't make it alone
I can't make it alone...

- Happy Ending

Then I'm dying at the bottom of a pit in the blazing sun
Torn and twisted at the foot of a burning bike
And I think somebody somewhere must be tolling a bell
And the last thing I see is my heart
Still beating
Breaking out of my body
And flying away
Like a bat out of hell

- Bat Out Of Hell

You were licking your lips and your lipstick shining
I was dying just to ask for a taste
We were lying together in a silver lining
By the light of the moon
You know there's not another moment
Not another moment
Not another moment to waste

- You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)

Heaven can wait
And all I got is time until the end of time
I won't look back
I won't look back
Let the altars shine

- Heaven Can Wait

Oh, Baby, I'm a hunter in the dark of the forest
I've been stalking you and tracking you down
Cruising up and down the main drag all night long
We could be standing at the top of the world
Instead of sinking further down in the mud
You and me 'round about midnight
You and me' round about midnight
Someone's got to draw first
Draw first
Someone's got to draw first blood
Someone's got to draw first blood
Oooh I got to draw first blood
Oooh I got to draw first blood

- All Revved Up With No Place To Go

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

- Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad

And now our bodies are oh so close and tight
It never felt so good, it never felt so right
And we're glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife
Glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife
C'mon! Hold on tight!
C'mon! Hold on tight!

- Paradise By The Dashboard Light

And now the chilly California wind
Is blowing down our bodies again
And we're sinking deeper and deeper in the chilly California sand
Oh I know you belong inside my aching heart
And can't you see my faded Levis bursting apart

- For Crying Out Loud

And I know that I'm going to be like this forever
I'm never gonna be what I should
And you think that I'll be bad for just a little while
But I know that I'll be bad for good
I know that I'll be bad for good
I know that I'll be bad for good

- Bad For Good

It doesn't matter where they're going
Or wherever they've been
'Cause they've got one thing in common it's true
They'll never let a night like tonight go to waste
And let me tell you something
Neither will you
Neither will you

- Lost Boys And Golden Girls

They're burning up in their eyes and burning out in the street
Tires are burning rubber and screaming like a banshee in heat
The girls are looking really pretty and they're looking for the moment of truth
You're breaking out of your chains and you're breaking in a new pair of boots

- Stark Raving Love

So wander down the ancient hallway
Taking the stairs only one at a time
Follow the sound of my heartbeat now
I'm in the room at the top, you're at the end of the line
Open the door and lay down on the bed
The sun is just a ball of desire

- Out Of The Frying Pan (And Into The Fire)

And my body is burning like a naked wire
I want to turn on the juice
I want to fall in the fire
I'm going to drown in the ocean and the bottomless sea
I want to give you what I'm hoping you'll be giving to me
And when the waves are pounding on the sand tonight
I want to take your hand
And make it good and make it right
And now the sky is trembling
And the moon is pale
We're on the edge of forever
And we're never gonna fail

- Surf's Up

And I don't ever want to be rescued
And I don't ever want to be saved
I got a feeling that I'm gonna be alive forever
Dancing on the edge of a grave
Dancing on the edge of a grave

- Dance In My Pants

I know that you love me
There's no need to talk
I see the look in your eyes and I got the proof
And there are no lies on your body
So take off your dress
I just want to get at the truth

- Left In The Dark

There's always something magic
There's always something new
And when you really really need it the most
That's when rock and roll dreams come through
The beat is yours forever
The beat is always true
And when you really really need it the most
That's when rock and roll dreams come through...for you...

- Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through

I wanna go on the red - I wanna go on the green
I wanna go on all the colors that I see in between
I wanna run all the tolls - I wanna run all the signs
I wanna run all the way across a double white line

- Peel Out

When the screws are tightnin' and the tears are falling
I can hear you crying out to be saved
And like a bolt of lightning I go answer the call
But then she's singing like a siren to me over the waves

I never wanted to take away your lover
Until I heard her crying out to be saved
I always thought of you as one of my brothers
But she's singing like a siren to me over the waves
Singing like a siren to me over the waves
There ain't no holding me down

- I'm Gonna Love Her For Both Of Us

Now I think I'm going to have to leave you
Because I'm feeling much too weak to share
And the pie, oh it's cut in too many pieces
The flavor that I crave is no longer there

- More Than You Deserve

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

- I'll Kill You If You Don't Come Back

I've been whispering softly
Trying to build a cry up to a scream
We let the past slip away
And put the future on hold
Now the present is nothing but a hollowed out dream

- Read 'Em And Weep

But since I'm feeling kinda lonely and my defenses are low
Why don't we give it a shot and get it ready to go
I'm looking for anonymous and fleeting satisfaction
And I want to tell my daddy I'll be missing in action

- Dead Ringer For Love

If everything is permitted
If nothing ever is taboo
Then there is always something shattered
When there is something breaking thru

- Everything Is Permitted

I can make the runner stumble
I can make the final block
And I can make every tackle at the sound of the whistle
I can make all the stadiums rock

I can make tonight forever
Or I can make disappear by the dawn
And I can make you every promise that has ever been made
And I can make all your demons be gone

- Making Love Out Of Nothing At All

Let me show you how to drive me crazy
Let me show you how to make me feel so good
Let me show you how to take me to the edge of the stars and then back again
You've gotta show me how to drive you crazy
You've gotta show me all the things you want to happen to you
We've gotta tell each other everything we always wanted someone to do

- Faster Than The Speed Of Night

Once upon a time I was falling in love
But now I'm only falling apart
There's nothing I can do
A total eclipse of the heart
Once upon a time there was light in my life
But now there's only love in the dark
Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart

- Total Eclipse Of The Heart

Stalking in the shadows by the light of the moon
It's like a prison and the night is a cell
Going anywhere has got to be heaven tonight
'Cause staying here has got to be hell

- Nowhere Fast

But I don't see any angels in the city
I don't hear any holy choir sing
And if I can't get an angel I can still get a boy
And a boy'll be the next best thing
The next best thing to an angel
A boy'll be the next best thing

- Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young

And if an angel broke his wings
Would he come to you for parts
I need a couple of wings boy, boy
I need a reason to soar

And if the devil lost his fire
Could he count on you for sparks?
There's something we ought to try now
We ought to try it some more

- Ravishing

Why don't you believe it when you finally found the truth
You've been drinking poison water from the fountain of youth
Why don't you stop tearing up everyone you need the most
You're so busy trying to get even
You never even try to get close

- Loving You's A Dirty Job (But Somebody's Gotta Do It)

It's been a long hot Summer and it's just the beginning
So keep our motor running and your tires spinning
So many places that I've wanted to be in
Take me where you're going - away beyond above -
We'll see a little action, relieve a little tension
Stuff I'd like to try that I shouldn't even mention
I've gone so far already - I'm way beyond redemption
There's nothing to it really - I think they call it love

- Rebel Without A Clue

There's a couple making out in a car
They're steaming up the windows and they've gone so far
And they wonder when to stop and they wonder if they're doing it right
And the dashboard lights are golden

They're staring into each other's eyes
They're getting to the truth because their bodies don't lie
They hear the voices of their mothers coming back in the night
It's an endless plan unfolding

- A Kiss Is A Terrible Thing To Waste (Everly Brothers)

All I wanted was a piece of the night
I never got an equal share
When the stars are out of sight
And the moon is down -
The natives are so restless tonight

All I needed was a spot in the light
It never had to get so dark
When the stars are out of sight
And the moon is down -
The natives are so restless tonight

- Original Sin (The Natives Are Restless Tonight)

There's always the danger of losing control
And of breaking my heart and exposing my soul
There's just no protection from that look in your eyes
Or the touch of your hands when I break down and cry
There's always the risk of surrendering more
Than I ever intended to do
And there's no such thing as safe sex
When it comes to loving you

- Safe Sex

Every time I try and dream you
I can't believe how hard it's been to
Conjure up your face and trace your body in the air
All the seconds go on forever
But the thirds and the fourth ones are even better
Every time I do it just a little bit longer
Every time I dream it's just a little bit stronger
Than real life

- Good Girls Go To Heaven (Bad Girls Go Everywhere)

There were moments of gold
And there were flashes of light
There were things I'd never do again
But then they always seemed right
There were nights of sacred pleasure
It was more than any laws allow!

- It's All Coming Back To Me Now

Maybe I'm crazy and I'm losing my senses
Maybe I'm possessed by a spirit or such
Maybe I'm desperate and I've got no defenses
Can you get me a prescription for that one perfect touch?

- It Just Won't Quit

Some days I feel so numb and empty
And those would be the good days for me
Nothing gets to me now
Unless I'm thinking of how
The future ain't what it used to be

- The Future Ain't What It Used To Be

And I need all the love I can get
And I need all the love that I can't get too
And I need all the love I can get
And I need all the love that I can't get to

- More

I know the territory - I've been around
It'll all turn to dust and we'll all fall down
And sooner or later, you'll be screwing around

- I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)

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

- Life Is A Lemon And I Want My Money Back

Once upon a time was a backbeat
Once upon a time all the chords came to life
And the angels had guitars even before they had wings
If you hold onto a chorus you can get through the night

- Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through '93

She used her body just like a bandage
She used my body just like a wound
I'll probably never know where she disappeared
But I can see her rising up out of the backseat now
Just like an angel rising up from a tomb!

- Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are

They say I'm wild and I'm reckless
I should be acting my age
I'm an impressionable child in a tumultuous world
And they say I'm at a difficult stage

But it seems to me to the contrary
Of all the crap they're going to put on the page
That a wasted youth is better by far
Than a wise and productive old age!

- Everything Louder Than Everything Else

The nights have been growing darker
They're darker now than sin
We'll open the vaults of heaven
The treasures are there within!

- Vaults Of Heaven

So...
Try and stem the tide
Then you'll raise a banner
Send a flare up in the sky
Try to burn a torch
And try to build a bonfire
Every signal that you send
Until the very end
I'm there

- Whistle Down The Wind

Cold
And it's getting colder
They're evacuating Satan
Who's waiting
For hell to freeze over

Lord it's cold
Like an endless winter
The stars are all gone
And even the sun is cold
The moon's on the run
And even the sun is cold

- Cold

Say a prayer for every living thing
The unborn and deceased
But I haven't got a prayer - I know - !
That's the nature of the beast...

- Unsettled Scores

If all our dreams were golden
And never black or grey
If all our dreams came true
Then we'd never have to say:
"If only it was so"
These are the loneliest words I know

- If Only

Those good girls never know what they're missing
But us bad girls almost always do
And what we're missing most are the real good times
I want 'em bad
And I want 'em now!
We were born going faster than the limits allow!

- Tire Tracks And Broken Hearts

This was a safe haven
Now it's gone
Danger's on
Its way

Evil can spread out like
A stain and
Darken all
The day

- Safe Haven

Towers of fire
Rise ever higher
Magical flags will be unfurled
The demons are gone!
The young are the strong!
The night that children rule the world

- When Children Rule The World

I can't deny what I believe
I can't be what I'm not
I know this love's forever
That's all that matters now
No matter what!

- No Matter What

Healing of the wounds
The vanishing of nightmares
An end to endless tortured night
Untroubled sleep at last

- Try Not To Be Afraid

So come with me now
We can fly away
There's a time to be saved
And you're damned if you stay
Put your foot on the gas
And let's go

Take a chance on a promise
And a roll of the dice
We can set a few fires
We can melt all the ice
We can have more adventures
Than you ever even dreamed that you would know

- A Kiss Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

He's there in the foreboding
You feel in your bones
He's there in the graveyard
Chipping names on the stones

He's there in your memories
Turning good times into bad
He's there in the future
That you wish you never had

- Wrestle With The Devil

There are hungry devils everywhere
It's on my heart they feast
Let me rise above
The carcass of
This pitiable beast
If I had a chance
I'd fly away
I'd see my soul released
I'd fly above
The carcass of
The nature of the beast

- Nature Of The Beast

And for every pit of darkness
There's a light so pure divine
I ask you to protect me
From those gasps and shudders
And those shivers down my spine

- Angels Arise DOTV

And since I
Know all your dreams
I understand what you need
And when I call you
You must go where I lead
Your dreams are so hungry
It's time now to
Feed

- Original Sin DOTV

Garlic, garlic
The secret of staying young
Garlic, garlic
That's why we're so well hung
What is strong is getting stronger
What is long is getting longer
With garlic on your tongue
With garlic on your tongue

- Garlic

You think I haven't got a clue
Your cringing makes me weary
It's time I introduce to you
My fundamental theory:
Logic, logic
The world is based on logic

- Logic

From the day I was born I was dreaming
And I've been doing it ever since
But I've learned as I grow
And there's one thing I know
You've got to kiss a lot of frogs
Before you find a prince!
You've got to kiss a lot of frogs
Before you find a prince!

- There's Never Been A Night Like This

It's a pity that I must conceal you
Though you're lovely as a budding rose
But there's always someone out to steal you
You can't see them but your father knows

- Don't Leave Daddy

A good nightmare
Comes so rarely
While ordinary dreams
Are so easy to find

A good nightmare
Comes so rarely
I'll show you yours
If you'll show me mine

- A Good Nightmare Comes So Rarely

You can be anything that you want to be there
Your god and his angels may care but I won't
You can do anything that you want to do there
The devil may care
The devil may care
The devil may care
But I don't

- The Devil May Care (But I Don't)

This is your chance
This is your time
Break all the chains
And give me your hand
Sometimes it's there right in front of your eyes
Sometimes we need the boogeyman
Sometimes we need the boogeyman
Sometimes we need the boogeyman

- Sometimes We Need The Boogeyman

Isn't it funny?
Maybe it's not
Now he's so frigid
And he used to be so hot

- Death Is Such An Odd Thing

I will never sleep
Now my heart has been awakened
To feel the yearning for
A single perfect touch

I can't afford to wait
All the magic will be taken
I don't wanna lose it
There can never be too much

- Braver Than We Are

Come with me
And you'll know love
I'll heal you
Of your false ambitions
Leave your boring life behind
And believe in the wildest visions
And you will live forever
And you will live forever more!
Forever more!!!

- Come With Me

Turn around, this is the night
Now I need you more than ever
And if you'll only hold me tight
We'll be holding on forever
And we'll only be making it right
'Cause we'll never be wrong together
We can take it to the end of the line
My love is like a shadow on you
All of the time

- Vampires In Love (Total Eclipse Of The Heart)

Books on dreams and mathematics
Provocations and assertions
Revolution and dogmatics
All the sexual perversions
On apathy, athletics
On religions and reversions
This is like a dream come true
A book on everything we think or do

- Books, Books

Let your dreams out of their cages
Every passion and desire
Let your visions be outrageous
Set your fantasies on fire

- Seize The Night

There's a dream known as home
How I long to go back, but I must stay
For Sarah
Through these nightmares I roam
Desperate, shattered, lonely
But I must not give up

- For Sarah

Who would have known it
It takes away your breath
The answer to the question
"Is there sex after death?"

- Death Is Such An Odd Thing (Reprise)

We'll have a glorious time tonight
Handcuffs and wine and
Candlelight
And we'll be dancing
Romancing
My innermost dreams will come true
When I get into you

- When Love Is Inside You

Open the gates
To the abyss of horror!
Let's teach the humans
Who's running the world
Let's torture their souls
With revulsion and terror
Let them feel the power
And the glory
The glory of
Hell fire

- Eternity

There's a prediction that I now will make
And I'm sure I will be right
When the next millennium finally comes
The god most worshipped in this world
Will be the god of appetite

- Confession Of A Vampire

You're such a beauty
Fused with fire and ice
You must offer yourself
As the queen of the night
It's your choice
You're so exquisite
You'll be free of the past
Your future unbounded
Your kingdom so vast
Will you become a goddess
And be worshipped at last

- Never Be Enough

The curse of the dark
The devil's revenge
The pain of the wounds
It tears and rips
Look at my face now and what do you see?
Read my apocalypse!
Read my apocalypse!

- Read My Apocalypse

We've survived the dread
Now I'll keep you in my arms
'Till the morning sunshine
Melts our fears away

Good love can't go bad
There is nothing that can harm us
Having battled through the nightmare
We will win the day

- Braver Than We Are (Reprise)

We are tired of darkness
Now we want to have fun
So, come on you freaks and friends
Our everlasting dance
Has begun

- Dance Of The Vampires

Everything I've ever dreamed of
Has begun to fade to black
I don't know where I ever lost love
Or where to go now to get it back

- If It Ain't Broke (Break It)

And we'll do it our way
Today in the USA
We know what to say
If you stand in our way
Don't stand in our way
That's our way
No time like today!

- In The Land Of The Pig The Butcher Is King

Cry, baby, cry
Cry, cry to heaven
Say a prayer and light a candle
Toll a bell

Cry, baby, cry
Cry, cry to heaven
And if that doesn't do it for you
Go ahead and cry like hell

- Cry To Heaven

Who needs the young?
The perfect star of flesh that never has to cry
Who needs the filthy moaning passed from thigh to thigh?
Who needs the self-appointed prophets waving banners in the bloodshot sky?
Who needs the young when we're spending all the rest of our wonderful lives learning to die?

- Who Needs The Young?

There are secrets I never can tell
There are shadows of darkness in heaven
There are so many suburbs of hell
And their hours are 24/7

- Going All The Way (A Song In 6 Movements)

There are things we learn by knowledge
There are things we learn by heart
There are things we learn at the end of life
There are things we learn at the start
There are things we learn by science
There are things we learn by art
There are things we learn from the fires of love
An erection of the heart

- Speaking In Tongues

Take my master
You can have my slave
When I'm dead or buried alive
You can always take my grave
Take my body
Well, I know you really think it's fine
But you're never gonna get your hands on my love
Because it's mine, mine, all mine

- Souvenirs

There are endless nights
They just go on forever
There are scars on scars
That I know will never heal
There's relentless pain
It tortures me forever
I've got to pretend it ain't real

But at least it only hurts
At least it only hurts
Only when I feel
It hurts only when I feel

- Only When I Feel

How do you bury the skull of your country?
How do you bury a nation of fears?
Where ya gonna hide your love through the long years of dying?
Give me a tombstone and a wreath of all your tears

- Skull Of Your Country

Stoking the fire
We're getting much higher
Much higher than when we began
Riding on the train of love

- Train Of Love

You'll always be here with me
You're a ghost and I've been cursed
But if you were exorcised
It would only make it worse

- What Part Of My Body Hurts The Most

And I apologize for any histrionics
Reality can be a crashing bore
But if you want some heavy drama
I've got a whole damn panorama
And let emotions pour
Let emotions pour!

- We're Still The Children We Once Were

No matter
How tragic the loss
No matter
How heavy the cost
To this very day
I can stand tall and say:
I fought for paradise
But paradise lost
I fought for paradise
And paradise lost
It wasn't your fault or mine
Wasn't this, it wasn't that
But paradise lost
In the final at bat
Paradise lost
In the last at bat

- Paradise Lost

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