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

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And I would do anything for love
I'd run right into hell and back
I would do anything for love,
I'll never lie to you and that's a fact
But I'll never forget the way you feel right now, oh no, no way
And I would do anything for love
But I won't do that
No, I won't do that

Anything for love
Oh I would do anything for love
I would do anything for love
But I won't do that
No, I won't do that

And some days it don't come easy
And some days it don't come hard
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Some days it don't come at all
And these are the days that never end

And some nights you're breathing fire
And some nights you're carved in ice
Some nights you're like nothing I've ever seen before or will again

Maybe I'm crazy
But it's crazy and it's true
I know you can save me
No one else can save me now but you

As long as the planets are turning
As long as the stars are burning
As long as your dreams are coming true
You'd better believe it

That I would do anything for love
And I'll be there 'til the final act
I would do anything for love
And I'll take a vow and seal a pact
But I'll never forgive myself if we don't go all the way tonight

And I would do anything for love
Oh I would do anything for love
Oh I would do anything for love
But I won't do that
No I won't do that


I would do anything for love, anything you've been dreaming of
But I just won't do that
[x3]

Some days I pray for silence
And some days I pray for soul
Some days I just pray to the God of sex and drums and rock 'n' roll

Some nights I lose the feeling
And some nights I lose control
Some nights I just lose it all
When I watch you dance and the thunder rolls


Maybe I'm lonely
That's all I'm qualified to be
There's just one and only
The one and only promise I can keep

As long as the wheels are turning
As long as the fires are burning
As long as your prayers are coming true
You better believe it

That I would do anything for love
And you know it's true and that's a fact
I would do anything for love
And there'll never be no turning back
But I'll never do it better than I do it with you, so long, so long

And I would do anything for love
Oh I would do anything for love
I would do anything for love
But I won't do that, no no no I won't do that

I would do anything for love,
Anything you've been dreaming of
But I just won't do that
[x7]

But I'll never stop dreaming of you every night of my life, no way

And I would do anything for love
Oh I would do anything for love
I would do anything for love
But I won't do that
No I won't do that

[Girl]
Will you raise me up
Will you help me down?
Will you get me right out of this Godforsaken town?
Will you make it all a little less cold?

[Boy]
I can do that, I can do that

[Girl]
Will you hold me sacred?
Will you hold me tight?
Can you colorize my life?
I'm so sick of black and white!
Can you make it all a little less old?

[Boy]
I can do that, oh oh, now I can do that

[Girl]
Will you make me some magic with your own two hands?
Can you build an emerald city with these grains of sand?
Can you give me something I can take home?

[Boy]
I can do that, oh oh now, I can do that

[Girl]
Will you cater to every fantasy I got?
Will ya hose me down with holy water, if I get too hot?
Will you take me places I've never known?

[Boy]
I can do that, oh oh now, I can do that

[Girl]
After a while you'll forget everything
It was a brief interlude and a midsummer night's fling
And you'll see that it's time to move on

[Boy]
I won't do that, no I won't do that

[Girl]
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

[Boy]
I won't do that, no I won't do that

Anything for love
Oh I would do anything for love
I would do anything for love
But I won't do that
No I won't do that











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There is no dispute | Reviewer: SirDaddySir | 2/1/12

The lyrics, including "that" are plain English. She asks him if he will do several amazing things for her, and he says "I can do that!" Then she says he will eventually get bored and screw around - and he says "I won't do that!" It's not rocket science, I can't see how this befuddled anyone, ever.



What I believe the whole song goes out on | Reviewer: Rebecka | 1/5/12

What i believe that which the song goes out on is sort of a summer fling between a girl and a boy. the girl believes like most summer flings end that the boy will move on and continue with his life while she will be dreaming and wishing for him to call or come back. At the end of the song you hear and read that this is what she says, however he corrects and reassures her that it wouldn't be true (this is when he says 'but I wont do that') He promises that even after this he would be with her and they could be together. :)



What "that" is | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/18/11

I've never really understood the confusion with the lyrics of this song; they are about as straight forward as you can get. Meatloaf has said what the "that" which he is refering to is, in interviews and on an episode of Storytellers where he used a blackboard and pointer to explain. The three different "thats" are he will: "Never forget how you feel right now", "never forgive myself if we don't go all the way tonight", and "I'll never do it better than I do with you". The song is meant to be chivalrous in that he will do the good and noble things for the one he loves, but not the bad. Meatloaf has said that song reminds him of the world of Excaliber.



Hookers | Reviewer: Frank Le Bamba | 9/25/11

It's about hookers. He wants to hump her but he won't pay (for love). He is telling her he loves so shouldn't have to pay. She considers this then says "no, you're just saying that now but sooner or later you'll be screwing around with more hookers."



Just sex | Reviewer: cheble | 9/20/11

the lyrics of the song is directly pointing to the sexual act. "that" refers to the inability to finish it successfully. He will never leave her unsatisfied ...

Any other interpretation is possible but I do not think it was so close to the spirit of the lyrics...



Duality | Reviewer: mikee | 9/16/11

Think of love as a concept of duality, both Good and Evil, if you listen to the song the song, he mentioned alot of it like easy-hard, fire-ice and other things that contrast and opposite each other; both positive and negative. It's not JUST about the girl being married or that he would not leave her. Meatloaf is recognizing both positive and negative things that come with love and accepting it as a part of loving a person fully, thats why the song is I would do anything for love BUT I won't do that instead of I would do anything for love AND I won't do that.



hmmmm | Reviewer: Maria Katona | 10/8/10

i watched the video, heard the song ,read the lyrics over and over again...so here is my poin of view...in the begining he is reapiting that "he wont do that" beceause (" But I'll never forget the way you feel right now, oh no, no way.") she was scared of his appearance(video).after a while she makes him promise diferent stuff that is the moment when he turns from a monster to a human....in the end he is saying that he "won't do that" meaning he will never cheat("Sooner or later, you'll be screwing around.").so it is a love story between a monster and a woman...after he realise that she could love him dispaite he's looks he turns into a human and pam pam happy end:D(of course this has dprofound meaning)



Still Bewildered a Year and a Half Later!!! | Reviewer: Mary Burnight | 6/20/10

Ello again :D Well, I checked in here tonight to read the responses to my original post. Thank you for taking time to clarify ...um... except for the fact that you all have different "takes" on the song and yet they all can make sense too. (Except how did you deduce the woman in Meatloaf's video is married?) Anyway, there should be a law against rattling my peace of mind to this extent: I NEED to know the lyricist's meaning at point of writing! HELP!
lol



It's in the song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/12/10

It's in the song, He says multiple times what he won't do. He'll never stop dreaming of her every night of his life, He'll never do it better than he does it with her, so long. He'll never forgive himself if they don't go all the way, everytime he says THAT he's refereing the the last thing he said he would not do.



The Bride of Christ | Reviewer: Christian | 12/27/09

This song was about a man loving a women who was married. Her husband left her but in the end she finds her true LOVE. The love of Jesus Christ. They are now married (Jesus and his bride) and now she lives in the kingdom of heaven!



What "that" is | Reviewer: Mikie | 11/6/09

Alright I've listened to this song over and over for as long as I can remember and looked over the lyrics. It's really not until the end where it makes sense to me.She sings: "I know the territory, I've been around,
It'll all turn to dust and will all fall down,
Sooner or later, you'll be screwing around."
And he responds: "I won't do that. I won't do that."
So it's basically that it won't just be some fling, it's true love. "that" would be leaving her and forgetting it all which he says he won't do.



What "that" really is | Reviewer: Tim | 7/24/09

Just a quick fyi if anyone still reads this. If you watch the music video for this song, the girl he is singing about is married to another man and "I wont do that" means he won't take her away from her husband. At the end of the video she ends up convincing him to take her away anyways.

Also,"I wont do that" clearly refers to the fact that he won't share his Dr. Pepper with his woman. Don't you guys watch any TV? :)



Adore | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/17/09

He says exactly what he wont do for love. He says it in response to her words. He wont forget her, he wont let her go, he wont let her down. Though if it is true love she would never rightfully believe such a thing in the first place. Even love songs are flawed.



That | Reviewer: Mary | 1/27/09

I have heard that "that" is referring to forgetting the beauty of true love. It seems to me this sums up the song pretty good...he would do anything for love but won't forget the beauty of it. Makes sense to me!



What is "that" referred to in the lyrics? | Reviewer: Mary Burnight | 1/9/09

I have been wondering for quite a while what the singer means by "I won't do that". There are a few possibilities but the one that now satisifies me most lies in the words of Line 5: But I'll never forget the way you feel right now, oh no, no way.
I believe the lyrics imply that no matter what lies ahead, he will never forget (this woman and) how she feels tonight.




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