Saturday, June 18, 2011

Paradise by the dashboard light

True story. Make that true pathetic story.

So the spouse and I are driving back from an absolutely lovely dinner, where I have imbibed an entire glass of excellent rose (which is about half a glass too much for yours truly), and we are listening to the Mets game, as we are both Metsochists. And it's the bottom of the fourth inning, the Mets are up and Jason Bay singles and the announcer, Howie Rose, is screaming something like "And Angel Pagan, who had just stolen second base, is rounding third, he's heading for home, and..." and I scream out

Stop right there!
I gotta know right now!
Before we go any further,
Do you love me?
Will you love me forever?
Do you need me?
Will you never leave me?
Will you make me so happy for the rest of my life?
Will you take me away and will you make me your wife?
I gotta know right now,
Before we go any further
Do you love me?!
Will you love me forever?!

Which, for those of you who weren't around (or conscious) in 1977, was the bit sung by the girl in Meatloaf's classic "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" after the famous baseball bridge -- narrated by former Yankee shortstop, announcer, and pitchman for The Money Store, Phil Rizzuto -- which everyone in my cabin that summer of camp had memorized by the time we went home (much to the delight of our unsuspecting parents).

Btw, I had no idea -- until the spouse informed me in the car tonight -- that Phil Rizzuto narrated that classic bit. Apparently Meatloaf was a big-time Yankees fan and asked Rizzuto if he would do the honors. (I also wasn't aware that I still recalled the lyrics. Amazing what the mind retains.)

Even better, the Mets are currently up 6-0. Now if they could only get above .500, that would be paradise.


Anonymous said...

And the chick in the video married Robbie Benson-who I was in mad mad love and was suppose to wait until I was a tad older!

Laura said...

I was an Original Metsochist -- I lived outside NYC when the team originally started, and was there when they finally won their first Series. One of my classmates used to go into NY and sneak into Shea Stadium (those days are long gone!), and then he'd come back and spend about half of every class he was in describing the game blow-by-blow from an in-person POV. Such fun! Thanks for a great memory -- I hadn't thought about that in years!

J. said...

@Anonymous, what a cool bit of trivia!

@Laura, thank you for that lovely Mets memory. We're actually going to try to go to the game this Wednesday, though will probably be paying for our seats (albeit not so much).

Btw, I realize the story would have been way funnier if the spouse had replied "Let me sleep on it" instead of giving me an indulgent smile and then shushing me so he could listen to the play-by-play. ;-)

Dave S. said...

I performed this song in college, with a solo on the Rizzuto bit, as a member of a "bad a capella" quartet called Four on the Floor. We simultaneously stunk up and brought down the house.

Dave S. said...

Late update: Mrs. Robbie Benson, aka Karla DeVito, is lip-synching the part originally sung by Ellen Foley, perhaps better known as the original public defender in Night Court as well as the addressee (as Mick Jones' girlfriend at the time) of the Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"

DeVito, meanwhile, did a tremendous song that was used as the basis for a series of Bud commercials.

(exit with alarums)