Reluctant to make such a long-term commitment, the boy repeatedly asks her to continue on for the time being and promises to give his answer in the morning.
However, she is not giving in that easily, so he finally cracks and gives his promise: "I started swearing to my God and on my mother's grave/That I would love you to the end of time".
"Paradise by the Dashboard Light" is a song written by Jim Steinman.
Back in the present, the male character can no longer stand the woman's presence.As the man cannot possibly break his vow and hence is now praying for the end of time to relieve him from his obligation.The song is most notable for its unique structure and length, and has become a staple of classic rock radio."Paradise by the Dashboard Light" is one of the longest songs to be released uncut on one side of a 45 RPM record.The song fades out on the situation, juxtaposing his gloomy "It was long ago, it was far away, it was so much better than it is today!
" in the left channel with her nostalgic "It never felt so good, it never felt so right, we were glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife" in the right channel.In early live performances of the song, this part (and thus the conclusion of the song itself) was followed by a spoken-word epilogue by Meat Loaf and Karla De Vito, where they, still in character as the two protagonists, argued about what to keep after the couple's divorce (having been presumably married for a number of years).The argument was cut short by De Vito shouting "... ", which left Meat Loaf's character speechless as he apparently ignored the existence of a baby; immediately after, he ended the argument by screaming incoherently at her.However, the song is very well known and is a classic rock staple. However, in the Netherlands, the single became Meat Loaf's biggest all-time hit, reaching number one at the end of 1978. In various all time charts, such as the Radio or Radio Veronica's All Time Top 1000, it consistently charts inside the top 30.In Belgium, the single stalled at number 2 where it stayed for 5 weeks The Glee club 'New Directions' covered the song for the third season episode called "Nationals".They are parking by a lake and having fun, experiencing "paradise by the dashboard light", until the male character insists they're "gonna go all the way tonight" (the audio track suddenly cuts out, quickly pans through the left and right channels once before slowly returning to both channels).