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Bonnie Tyler: Total Eclipse of the Heart Meaning

Total Eclipse of the Heart Lyrics

Turnaround, every now and then I get a
little bit lonely and you're never coming around
Turnaround, Every now and then I get a
little bit tired of listening to the sound of my tears
Turnaround, Every now and then I get a
little bit nervous...

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    anonymous
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    Apr 14th, 4:02pm report


    It's about true unconditional love. Sometimes people can't be together for whatever the reason might be. It doesn't matter what the reasons are. The true love is always there, there is no real separation. That is why the love is like a shadow on me all of the time. There is always a pull, they can call each other telepathically. It's the twin flame. The other half. And one day, whether in this dimension or the next, forever will begin.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 21st, 2013 10:20am report


    It's interesting to see the different interpretations.
    I believe it's about true love, magical, the perfect match made from heaven. Yet there are insecurities, distance, carnal thinking, which is stopping the man from taking the next step. He does love her, but he lets the distance, money matters, doubt, stop him from going further. It's tearing her apart, because he can't make the next step.
    They will always love each other.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 22nd, 2013 9:16am report


    In my opinion, at the beginning of their relationship, the love was mutual but after a while, the guy slowly began drifting away, distancing himself from the woman, but she was still in love with him so even though he seemed like he didn't want her, he kept on keeping her hopes up with the way he looked at her. Therefore, she still had hope. She felt the desperate need to feel loved by him and so she felt lonely and in the dark. That is my interpretation of the song.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 11th, 2012 4:57pm report


    actually this song Comes from a book called "Wuthering Heights". For those familiar with the book, its about Heathcliff and Catherine's love. "Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time" is about how even after Catherine is dead, Heathcliff still always feels her and is "Haunted" by her spirit. "We're living in a powder keg and giving off sparks"-that's like how even though they are both very open with their love, due to external situations, it isn't allowed to grow



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    astorian
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    Mar 28th, 2012 3:54am report


    This won't explain what Bonnie Tyler's version of the song means, but a little history may give you a few things to think about.

    The song was written by Jim Steinman, who's best known as Meat Loaf's longtime partner. In the late Sixties, Steinman composed a rock opera based on Roman Polanski's horror-comedy "The Fearless Vampire Killers." The song "Total Eclipse of the Heart" was a song from that musical. It was sung by the virginal heroine, who is trying hard to resist the seductive lead vampire of the show.

    ORIGINALLY, the essence of the song was, "I'm terrified of this vampire who's trying to seduce me and drink my blood... but at the same time, I'm sort of excited by the idea. I'm both horrified AND tempted by the idea of rejecting my religious values and giving in to this charming but evil man."

    Steinman wasn't able to get financing to put his vampire musical on Broadway, but he recycled the song (he does that a lot!), changed the lyrics a little, and turned it into a pop hit.

    P.S. About 10 years ago, Steinman got "Dance of the Vampires" to Broadway, with Michael Crawford (aka the Phantom of the Opera) as the star. It was a total flop.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 28th, 2012 3:04am report


    Its more likely wanting something that impossible in relationship aka unrequited love. But they both love each other unconditionally. So, they let it go with the flow.

    E.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 6th, 2012 3:54pm report


    My take is that it's about an extra-marital affair. He never comes around....because he's married, she gets nervous, then he gives her "the look" and she's okay again for a while. But...she has many lonely nights where all she can do is cry. I could go on and on, but it all points to "affair" for me.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 27th, 2011 9:45am report


    I hope this helps to show a different side to what the lyrics could mean. I once watched a silent play to this song. It was about a girl falling for a guy that turned her to drinking and drugs. Her parents and friends try to help her, but she runs away because nobody supports her love for him. She becomes addicted. She'd worn out her excuses, resulting in everyone keeping a distance from her. Eventually the boyfriend too. This caused her to overdose and die. I think this song is about a toxic and addictive type of love that someone feels they need and can't live without.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 1st, 2011 8:22pm report


    I think most of you have it right, although my thoughts on the songs meaning might have a darker taboo.

    She is a teacher that falls in love with a student and has an affair .. i think somewhere along the lines something happens to that student and he dies (suicide or accidental) .. you see the church choir and the boy fly up to her towards the ending. Then at the very end, the boy is there running up, then the boy as a man with his eyes glowing (angel). He wants her to move past it and go on with her life. Total eclipse of the heart. Sometimes is hard to love again after a great loss. ... Perhaps I even have it wrong as a teacher/student relationship .. perhaps it was a relationship that started when they were young and in school ?? just my thoughts.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 1st, 2011 8:20am report


    Love in marriage goes through ecclipses where it seems more distant but the commitment to stay and turn around is what causes it to grow to the next level. To me this song expresses the feelings during that journey through the hard times towards a brighter future.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 30th, 2011 7:30pm report


    a lot of people on this forum are trying to match the video with the lyrics, but honestly, i reckon the two have absolutely NOTHING to do with eachother



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    anonymous
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    Jul 11th, 2011 7:43am report


    She loves him, and she needs the love and support from him, but for either of them to truly get what they want out of life they can't be together.

    They stay together out of fear, and because they're comfortable together, rather than undying love. They both want to take the chance, but neither can bring themselves to hurt the other or to take the chance on their own.



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    anonymous
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    May 16th, 2011 5:38pm report


    I agree and when he says to her turn around bright eyes he's saying he still loves her and it's gonna be okay.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 9th, 2011 4:30pm report


    Here is what it means to me.

    I fell in love with the love of my life at a young age. We were wild and crazy about each other. Wild love. Wild life.

    then we were married. Had kids.
    Turnaround, every now and then I get a
    little bit lonely and you're never coming around.

    Turnaround, every now and then I get a
    little bit tired of listening to the sound of my tears. (boredom in marriage)

    turnaround, every now and then I get a
    little bit nervous that the best of all the years have gone by. (boredom, marriage/kids)

    turnaround, every now and then I get a
    little bit terrified and then I see the look in your eyes.
    (he is the love of my life with his love, and his bright eyes)

    turnaround bright eyes, every now and
    then I fall apart
    (fall apart with all the stress.. Fall apart with one look in his eyes/love)

    turnaround, every now and then I know
    you'll never be the boy you always you wanted to be
    (he's never going to be the pro baseball player he wanted to be when we were kids)

    turnaround, every now and then I know
    you'll always be the only boy who wanted me the way that I am
    (it was love at first sight; he loved me as the crazy girl I am)

    turnaround, every now and then I know
    there's no one in the universe as magical and wonderous as you
    (he is the love of my life)

    turnaround, every now and then I know
    there's nothing any better and there's nothing I just wouldn't do
    (i'd never marry anyone but him!!)

    and I need you now tonight
    and I need you more than ever
    and if you'll only hold me tight
    we'll be holding on forever
    (because, at night, when i'm scared, or lonely because maybe something went wrong during the day or i'm stressed with bills or with life, I know I need him ore than ever; and when he is holding me tight, all our problems magically go away!)

    and we'll only be making it right
    cause we'll never be wrong together
    we can take it to the end of the line
    your love is like a shadow on me all of the time I don't know what to do and i'm always in the dark
    we're living in a powder keg and giving off sparks I really need you tonight
    forever's gonna start tonight
    forever's gonna start tonight
    (so no matter what happens, your love is like a shadow on me; and I need you, tonight and always)

    once upon a time I was falling in love
    but now i'm only falling apart
    there's nothing I can do
    a total eclipse of the heart
    once upon a time there was light in my life
    but now there's only love in the dark
    nothing I can say
    a total eclipse of the heart
    (the total eclipse is: once I was young and naive and there was only light and happiness; now there is like a magical eclipse; love in the dark; needed love; always love; it is a total eclipse of my heart; not a bad thing, just a realization of the need fulfilled!)



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    anonymous
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    May 13th, 2010 5:34pm report


    I believe it is about a woman who is amrried, and seperated. She calls out to her husband to do good on his vows "forever starts now."



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