You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth

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"You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth"
You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth by Meat Loaf US vinyl.jpg
Side-A label of U.S. 7-inch vinyl single
Single by Meat Loaf
from the album Bat Out of Hell
B-side "For Crying Out Loud"
Released October 1977
Format 7-inch single
Recorded 1976
Genre Rock
Length 4:15 (w/o spoken intro)
5:04 (w/ spoken intro)
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Jim Steinman
Producer(s) Todd Rundgren
Meat Loaf singles chronology
"You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth"
(1977)
"Two Out of Three Ain't Bad"
(1978)

"You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth"
(1977)
"Two Out of Three Ain't Bad"
(1978)

"You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth" (also known as "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)") is the first solo single by the American singer Meat Loaf, released in 1977. It is a track from his album Bat Out of Hell, written by Jim Steinman.[1]

Background[edit]

The song begins with a spoken word introduction by Jim Steinman and actress Marcia McClain:

Boy: On a hot summer night, would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses?
Girl: Will he offer me his mouth?
Boy: Yes.
Girl: Will he offer me his teeth?
Boy: Yes.
Girl: Will he offer me his jaws?
Boy: Yes.
Girl: Will he offer me his hunger?
Boy: Yes.
Girl: Again, will he offer me his hunger?
Boy: Yes!
Girl: And will starve without me?
Boy: Yes!
Girl: And does he love me?
Boy: Yes.
Girl: Yes.
Boy: On a hot summer night, would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses?
Girl: Yes.
Boy: I bet you say that to all the boys...


Steve Popovich reportedly listened to the intro to the song and it became a key factor of his accepting Bat Out of Hell for Cleveland International Records.

According to his autobiography, Meat Loaf asked Jim to write a song that wasn't 15 or 20 minutes long, and, in Meat Loaf's words, a "pop song." His autobiography also dates the writing of the song to 1975, the song reportedly being a key factor in Meat and Steinman deciding to do an album together.

The song was the first single released from the album, with an edit of "For Crying Out Loud" as the B-side. The record peaked at No. 73 in the Record World singles chart, but only reached No. 97 in Cash Box didn't appear at all in Billboard. Following the success of the next two singles, "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" and "Paradise by the Dashboard Light", the song was re-released in October 1978 with "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" as the B-side. This issue peaked at No. 39 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, over a year after the first release of the song.

Music video[edit]

The video, as with "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad", "Paradise by the Dashboard Light", and the others in the "Bat out of Hell" set, was filmed on a soundstage as if it were a live performance, with Meat Loaf in his signature suspenders, ripped formal shirt, and bearing a red scarf.

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Reg Livermore covered the song as "Hot Summer Night".
  • The song was covered by Sleaze Unit member M$C for MC Chorbles' album The Prawn Net.
  • Wizard rock group Remus and the Lupins covered this song on Wizard Rock EP of the Month Club's April 2007 release. The cover differs slightly from the original in that the opening dialogue featured Remus Lupin asking Tonks out for ice cream.

Chart history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Angelina Jolie - The Lightning Star - Page 200 1471089355 C. Duthel "... songs, "Bat Out Of Hell," "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," "You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth" and "Two out of Three Ain't Bad. ... Meat Loaf's final show in New York was Gower Champion's Rockabye Hamlet, a Hamlet musical."
  2. ^ a b c d e Whitburn, Joel (2015). The Comparison Book. Menonomee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 299. ISBN 978-0-89820-213-7. 
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/song/162fa/Meat-Loaf-You-Took-The-Words-Right-Out-Of-My-Mouth-(Hot-Summer-Night)
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1979-02-10. 
  6. ^ https://charts.nz/showitem.asp?interpret=Meat+Loaf&titel=You+Took+The+Words+Right+Out+Of+My+Mouth+%28Hot+Summer+Night%29&cat=s
  7. ^ https://dutchcharts.nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Meat+Loaf&titel=You+Took+The+Words+Right+Out+Of+My+Mouth+%28Hot+Summer+Night%29&cat=s
  8. ^ https://charts.nz/showitem.asp?interpret=Meat+Loaf&titel=You+Took+The+Words+Right+Out+Of+My+Mouth+%28Hot+Summer+Night%29&cat=s
  9. ^ "Meat Loaf". www.officialcharts.com. Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  10. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  11. ^ "End of Year Charts 1978". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  12. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X. 

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