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domingo, 25 de mayo de 2008

I'd do anything for love (but I won’t do that)

Hoy también volvemos unos años atrás con esta canción, y con Michael Lee Aday, conocido artísticamente como Meat Loaf (pedazo de carne), apodo que le viene desde su infancia y sus problemas de obesidad.

La carrera de Meat Loaf ha sido a lo largo del tiempo un tanto irregular, con periodos de mucha actividad y periodos de descanso, que ha ido compaginando con su faceta de actor.

Lo que es seguro es lo que ha supuesto Meat Loaf para la música, estando su nombre íntimamente ligado al de la Ópera Rock.

"I'd do anything for love" es la primera canción del disco "Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell" de Meat Loaf.

Se trata sin duda de la canción más exitosa de Meat Loaf. Compuesta y producida por Jim Steinman, es una canción bastante larga, durando 12 minutos, que se quedarían recortados a unos 7 minutos y medio en el vídeo musical, dirigido por Michael Bay.

Se trata de una balada en la que expresa todo lo que sería capaz de hacer por amor. A lo largo de la canción va repitiendo que haría cualquier cosa por amor ("I would do anything for love"), y lo va intercalando con "I won't do that" para referirse a algo que no haría.

Este "that" es un tanto ambiguo, y a lo largo de los años ha sido una pregunta frecuente: ¿Qué es "that"?, ¿Qué es lo que no haría?.

Sin embargo la canción es auto explicativa, ya que antes de cada "I won't do that" hay algún verso contando algo que no haría y que es a lo que se refiere ese "that": "I'll never lie to you and that's a fact", "I'll never forget the way you feel right now", "I'll never stop dreaming of you every night of my life"…

El vídeo musical le da a la canción un aire a La Bella y la Bestia, o al Jorobado de Notre Dame.

Una canción peculiar, capaz de ganar un Grammy y alcanzar las primeras posiciones en las listas de unos cuantos países, y sin embargo también aparecer en listas de peores canciones. Que cada uno juzgue por si mismo.

Pongo la letra de la versión de siete minutos y medio, que es la del vídeo. La versión original del disco sólo añade alguna estrofa más que van en la misma línea que el resto de la canción.


 Tema:  I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)  Artista:  Meat Loaf 
 Álbum:  Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell  Año:  1993 
 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
 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

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

 Some nights you're breathing fire
 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
 Oh, 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 better believe it!

 That I would do anything for love
 And I'll be there till 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!
 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

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

 Somedays I pray for silence
 Somedays I pray for soul
 Somedays I just pray to the God
 Of Sex and Drums and Rock 'N' Roll

 Maybe I'm lonely
 And 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

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

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

 But I'll never stop dreaming of you
 Every night of my life, no way
 And 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 God-forsaken town?
 Will you make it all a little less cold?

 [Boy:]
 I can do that!
 I can do that!

 [Girl:]
 Will you cater to every fantasy I got?
 Will you 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