Song Lyric Sunday 29th August

Jim Adams is our host for The Song Lyric Sunday music challenge and our theme this week is songs that mention the words Fraud, Hypocrite, Phony, Pretender, or Snob and this was suggested by Angie Trafford.
IMO, the best, The Great Pretender by The Platters and Freddie Mercury, has already been taken so I was somewhat flummoxed as to what to go for as I have to confess, my music knowledge is not really that vast nowadays.

I don’t like to pass so I’m thinking outside the box and turning it around somewhat to a classic from 1978 where honesty prevails rather than pretending to be something they’re not. None of Jim’s words appear is either the title or the lyrics, so this is definitely out on a dodgy limb and I can understand if my choice is not acceptable. It’s a good song though.

From WIKI

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” is a power ballad performed by the American musician Meat Loaf. It is a track off his 1977 album Bat Out of Hell, written by Jim Steinman. It reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned a million-selling Gold single from the RIAA, eventually being certified platinum. It remains his second highest-charting hit in the US, behind “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)”, and stands as one of his career signature tunes, still enjoying recurrent airplay.

Two mixes were created for the song. In the album mix, timed around 5:27, one can hear prominent Moog-synthesizer embellishments by session keyboardist Roger Powell. The single mix, timed around 3:50, downmixes the synthesizer considerably, in place of a much warmer and predominant string arrangement by Ken Ascher. This mix also edits out and removes the first lyrical bridge of the song which includes the line, “There ain’t no Coupe de Ville hiding at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box”, and does some overlapping, splicing and editing to seamlessly merge back into the second part of the lyrical bridge, starting with, “I can’t lie, I can’t tell you that I’m something I’m not”. An additional edit in the last verse removes the lines, “And though I know I’ll never get her out of my heart, she never loved me back, Ooh I know, well I remember how she left me on a stormy night, oh she kissed me and got out of our bed”. Lastly, a song fade-out beginning in the middle of the ending chorus’ second refrain is also featured, hence removing the full-circle lyrics of “Baby we can talk all night, but that ain’t getting us nowhere”, that both started and ended the song, in its full album-mix version.

Lyrics courtesy AZLyrics.com

“Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad”

Baby we can talk all night
But that ain’t getting 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 that 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 Coupe 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 that I will 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, ooh I know
Well I remember how she left me on a stormy night
Oh 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
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

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to Song Lyric Sunday 29th August

  1. I loved your choice Di, thanks for selecting this song today. If you go out on a date with a guy who is tall, handsome, but incredibly boring, you have to look at the bright side and say, “two out of three ain’t bad,”

  2. Maggie says:

    I found this week to be challenging, too, Di. This is a great song and I can understand why you chose it.

  3. What a great selection! You already know I love me some Meatloaf too! ❤

  4. ghostmmnc says:

    I’m not really familiar with any of his songs, but this one sounds real nice. 😉

  5. This is such a great song from a great album. I’m glad I got to listen to it here today.

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