The lyrics of Meat Loaf's song "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" talk about being a teenager, making decisions, then growing older and having to live with the mistakes that you made when you were young. The chorus: "Cause we were barely seventeen and we were barely dressed." This talks about having sex and two teenagers thinking they're in love with each other.
The song includes the traditional metaphoric phrases of comparing sex and baseball. I think this is pretty comical how Meat Loaf does it. "...Third base line, the suicide squeeze is on..." But before the kid "makes it home", "Stop right there, I gotta know right now, before we go any further...Do you love me? Will you love me forever?" Being a teenager you know what his response would be. Testosterone clouding his mind: "I couldn't take it any longer, lord I was crazed and when the feeling came on me like a tidal wave..." Of course he'll tell her he loves her. Now at the end of the song is the part that gets ya. "So now I'm praying for the end of time to hurry up and arrive...I don't think I can really survive, I'll never break my promise or forget my vow, but God only knows what I can do now, I'm praying for the end of time..."
This song is really good because it tells a story, includes some comedy yet, at the same time, it teaches people, mostly teenagers, about decisions you make now can effect you later in life and you should think about your future first.
The song "Paradise by The Dashboard Light" involves many issues that are related to health. The main theme is sexuality. The song tells a story of two seventeen-year-olds who decide to go parking in an isolated area at night.
The song uses terms like "And now our bodies are so close and tight, it never felt so good, it never felt so right, and we were glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife" to describe how passionate they were and caught up in the moment. The use of baseball terms is used to tell of the building up to having sex. Just as they are about to go all of the way the girl stops him and asks if he will always love her and stay with her always. She asks him because she doesn't want to have sex with someone who will just leave her after the night is over with. He has to stop and think about it for a while because he is not sure if he is ready for commitment. Finally he says that he is even though he just wanted to have sex with her. At the end of the song he is praying to God for the end of time so that he can get away from her because he can't stand her.
The consequences of what they rushed into could be deadly, like getting AIDS, or ruin their lives, like her becoming pregnant. They both should have used contraceptives to prevent getting STD's and her getting pregnant. Also they both seemed to feel peer-pressure to have intercourse. They seemed to have based their relationship with each other on having sex one night, instead of taking the time to think it out. So now they are stuck with each other and paying the price.
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