Mourning world may never know what Meat Loaf wouldn't do for love

WITH the passing of US singer Meat Loaf, a mourning public may never discover the meaning behind his cryptic lyrics.

Since its release in 1993, Meat Loaf’s 12-minute-long rock ballad ‘I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)’ has confused listeners due to its ambiguous romantic caveat.

Fan Tom Logan said: “Now that he’s gone it’ll be one of life’s great unsolved mysteries, like what really happened to the Mary Celeste or the enduring popularity of John Bishop.

“I’ve listened to it intently dozens of times like I’m trying to solve the Da Vinci Code, but once the vocals kick in around the two minute mark I crank up the volume and forget about any investigative integrity.

“Is it ‘talk to your father-in-law about lawn mowers and immigration’? I just grit my teeth and remember I need a relationship for sex.”

Meat Loaf devotee Mary Fisher said: “Even though I’ve printed out the lyrics and pored over them I’m none the wiser. I used to think ‘that’ referred to moving on or settling down, but it gets even more vague and confusing towards the end.

“If he’s anything like my husband, it’s that he won’t take the bins out. Or try pegging.”

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A biscuit falls on the floor. What rule do you apply before picking it up?

A) The 10 second rule.

B) The ‘throw it straight in the food recycling’ rule. 

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You’ve put your teabag in the mug. How long do you let it stew?

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You’re in a posh restaurant – which is any restaurant to a Northerner – and you’ve ordered steak. Do you ask for ketchup?

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You’ve ordered a pint somewhere in the South. The head is rubbish. What do you do?

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B) I prefer white wine, actually,

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You’re wondering what to have for tea. This means what, exactly?

A) Well, that could mean teatime, so perhaps a scone or a light snack to see you through till dinner.

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