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You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)

Meat Loaf

Album Bat Out of Hell

You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)” is the first ever single released by the iconic late American musician and singer Meat Loaf from his debut (and most popular) album “Bat Out of Hell“.

As with most Meat Loaf tracks, the song is a rock ballad written by Jim Steinman and produced by Todd Rundgren. The song begins with a spoken word introduction featuring 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 he 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.

The song is a love ballad about lust and desire, intertwined with themes of horror, moonlight and sexual desire – common themes in Meat Loaf’s songs. According to Jim Steinman’s autobiography, Meat Loaf had asked him to write a song that was not long in length, and a “pop song”.

The music video for the song was uploaded to the official Meat Loaf channel in March 2013, and shows Meat Loaf performing the song on a set as if it were a live performance. As of late February 2022, the video had received a total of 26.5 million views and 114 thousand likes.

You Took The Words Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)” is certified Silver in the UK and Platinum in Australia.

Read the lyrics to “You Took The Words Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)” here.

*All information accurate at the time of publishing.

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Release Date

October 1977 (US) & 24th March 1978 (UK)

Songwriter/s

Jim Steinman

Producers/s

Todd Rundgren

Label/s

Epic

Chart Rankings

- #3 in Australia - #4 in Belgium - #31 in Canada - #3 & #4 on various charts in the Netherlands - #2 in New Zealand - #33 on the UK Singles (OCC) - #39 on the US Billboard Hot 100 - #42 on the US Cash Box Top 100 - #49 on the US Record World Singles Chart - #22 in West Germany *All chart rankings accurate at the time of publishing.

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