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Anything for Love -- Writer's Poke #135

For Writers:

Meatloaf's "I Would Do Anything for Love," quite possibly the most important love anthem of my (or any) generation, has a purposely misleading title.

First, Meatloaf chronicles all of the things he would do for love, including: 1) running into hell and back, and 2) never lying to you (and that's a fact).

Meatloaf is nothing if not a romantic.

But anyone that's listened to the song knows there is specifically one "thing" that he would never do for love: the enigmatic "that." And what exactly "that" designates isn't specified until the end of the song.

And what exactly is it that he would never do? Simple: Meatloaf would never go "screwing around" for love.

What would you not do for love?

"Happiness is the china shop; love is the bull." -- H.L. Mencken


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