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Meat Loaf: Two Out of Three Ain't Bad Meaning

Song Released: 1978


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Two Out of Three Ain't Bad Lyrics

Baby we can talk all night
But that ain’t getting us nowhere
I told you everything I possibly can
There’s nothing left inside of here
And maybe you can cry all night
But that’ll never change the way that I feel
The snow is really piling up...

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Oct 9th 2012 report

    Few people understand this, but someone here has already nailed it. There is not a past love and a current girl in this. It's the same girl. She has changed her mind about him, but her inability to love him in the past has ruined it for him, so now even though she has changed her mind, the girl he once loved is gone as far as he is concerned... Even though physically she is the same person. When she "left" before it could be that she changed, and didn't physically leave at all...

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    anonymous
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    Nov 16th 2008 report

    At first, I thought he was talking about a different woman in the last verse (there's only one girl that I will ever love), but I think it's about the same girl. If you notice in the first verse, he says "but you've been cold to me so long, I'm crying icycles instead of tears", and "I poured it on and I poured it out. I tried to show you just how much I care". I just think its a couple that has tried to make it work for a long time and he has finally realized he feels the same way that she used to feel. She was the one that left the first time. She came back to him, and now the tide has turned. The bridge of the song-"you'll never find your gold on a sandy beach..." tells they were never right for each other. He can't be someone he's not, etc.

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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Jun 20th 2005 report

    This song is about loving someone who doesen't love you back. It could be a boy/girl friend, favorite relative or friend. Love in vain. We've all fell victim to it at some point. The singer is trying to apologize for not loving a girl back but assuring that he wants her and cares for her but simply cant find it in his heart (not very big) to love her because his heart has been stolen by the girl who left him on a stormy night.

  4. anonymous
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    Jun 11th, 22:30 report

    she's the constant, and he's over her so... too little too late; they've been together all along him hoping she'd eventually love him the same but over the years, it hasn't happened, snow's piling up and he don't wanna leave cause to him he's been hanging in all this time so hey she can suck it up now and face the music that because of her he feels like he feels and he stuck it out anyway so she should too. Accept it.

  5. anonymous
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    May 5th report

    Always thought that the from the first line "Baby we can talk all night" until "Something that I just haven't got" is the singer explaining to his current girl why they are not right for each other, he has no love for her.
    From the line "Well there's only one girl that I will ever love" until the end of the song is the singer now revealing to his current girl that everything he just said to justify his feelings in his current relationship was said to him "so many years ago" by a woman from a previous relationship. The current girlfriend is now in the same position as the singer was previously and listening to the same words he heard from someone that could not love him even though that's where his heart still is.

  6. anonymous
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    Sep 8th 2020 report

    As a teenager back in the 70's, I interpreted the song as three different relationships.

    1st verse he is telling who his in a relationship with that he could never love her.

    In another verse,a woman told him she could never love him.

    There was a man who had told her those same words;"I want you, I need you, but there ain't no way I'm ever gonna love you".

    History repeats itself over and over again.

  7. anonymous
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    Sep 7th 2020 report

    He says he tries to show how much he cares. Caring is love, right? I love the song but it is unkind to say I am never gonna love You. He wants her. Is this lust? He needs her. I certainly do not want to be needed but not loved in a romantic relationship. He needs to go. The snow is piling up outside so maybe wait until it is safe to leave. If she is the same girl that he loved and she said that unkind Two out of Three ain’t bad and he wants to love her, maybe counseling would help. If he is still in love with another girl who is never gonna love him, let him go.

  8. anonymous
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    Jul 25th 2020 report

    Maybe the line 'the snow is really piling up outside. I wish you wouldn't make me leave here .'metaphorically saying that it's a cold world out there and he's more comfortable with taking his chances then staying in a relationship that hes certain'is not ' a relationship that essentially never was and he's accepted that. No hard feelings but I'm better off taking my chances out there in the cold cruel world then staying here and living in emotional torment. Life's too short sweetie. . . Gotta go, good luck. LYLAS!

  9. anonymous
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    Jul 25th 2020 report

    Maybe the line the snow is really piling up outside I wish you wouldn't make me leave here is is metaphorically saying that it's a cold world out there and he's more comfortable with taking his chances then staying in a relationship that hes certain'is not ' a relationship never was and he's accepted that. No hard feelings but I'm better off taking my chances out there in the cold cruel world and staying here and living in emotional torment Life's too short got to go

  10. anonymous
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    May 6th 2020 report

    Everyone misses the real point, but it’s Psychiatry 101.
    This is text book “Reaction Formation”
    A Psychiatrist’s wet dream.
    The reaction is being told he will never be loved. The formation is the result that he will never love.

  11. anonymous
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    Apr 17th 2020 report

    I think he means he can only love once but he still needs someone in his life, so having loved and lost he is unwilling to love again

  12. anonymous
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    Jan 2nd 2020 report

    Lol, He lives can’t commit, because he’s a priest?

  13. anonymous
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    Jun 6th 2019 report

    Why doesn't the songwriter says what is meant by the song?

  14. anonymous
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    Nov 20th 2018 report

    Amazing all the intrepretations. To me the first choruses are going back and forth her and him when she left him yrs ago.the pain he felt at her distancing him in thier relation. Then the middle verse was him trying to rationalize with her that his love is real and no one else could ever love her more than he had. He realizes he loves her but she will never ever be able to love him like he loved her. So the last verse is remembering how she left.and the sadness he felt yes later over it.

  15. anonymous
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    Aug 21st 2018 report

    Okay, originally I thought that he was saying that the relationship had run its course, and that they needed to accept the inevitable. However, in listening to the song several times.
    I think it's just a simple love song. She wants more out of the relationship than he is able to give. And he is making an effort to show her that he cares for her. By pouring himself out to her. And telling her about his pain from a past relationship. That he still loves her in his heart. And that he is empty, and has nothing to give her. But he is also trying to say to her that he does want her and need her. But that It can't be forced. And that those two things aren't bad. That perhaps she can come to terms with that to where Maybe she can accept that.

  16. anonymous
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    Aug 21st 2018 report

    I think that he is saying. The relationship has run its course. that they have to accept the inevitable. "Baby we can talk all night, but that ain't getting us nowhere". He loves her... "He wants her and needs her". But he cannot give her his love.
    Because she will not accept it. He tried to love her by giving her all that he had inside of himself, to offer. But she rejected his love. Because she wanted him to be something that he was not. Indicated in some of the lines of the song. She seemingly wanted a life of luxury, that he could not give her. Indicating in the song, that "he cannot lie". "That he cannot tell her he's something that he's not. And that he would never be able to give her something, that he just hasn't got". That line could also be interpreted on an emotional level as well. In one of the lines, he indicates that he's tired of words and to Hoarse to shout. indicating that they consistently talked and argued about the issue. I think the only line that I don't clearly understand is when he says the snow is piling up outside and I wish you wouldn't make me leave here. It's also hard to tell if he is talking about the same girl or a different girl. I think it could be interpreted either way.
    One thing that is for certain, is that he is saying that he can't love her. Because she will not let him love her. And that he cannot do it anymore. Because it hurts too much. And in ending the relationship. In his love for her,he has compassion, and tells her not to be sad. Cause two out of three ain't bad.

  17. anonymous
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    Dec 5th 2017 report

    All I can say is if my boyfriend means it like the way everyone is saying I will walk away how can you say you won’t love someone and think they will stay? A relationship is gonna have emotional and feelings but if it’s not gonna go forward why stay and know you will never have what we all want and need

  18. anonymous
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    Dec 4th 2017 report

    Agreed it amazes me how so many people appear to misunderstand this song. The present and past girl are the same girl, she left him years earlier, breaking his heart very badly. And now she[the same girl] returns to him trying to get back together but the pain she has caused was too great and time has moved on changing him so he cannot love her again. He sings about her in the 3rd person 'there is only one girl I ever loved' because although still the same physical person, she is a different person to him now as she caused him so much pain and rejected his love that she shattered the image of the perfect girl he once loved and he has lost his ability to love her anymore. He still loves the younger version of the girl who was perfect before she abandoned him but he cannot love the girl who broke his heart.

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