Heaven Can Wait by Meat Loaf: The story behind the song
By Dave Ling
Februry 20, 2022
The Album That Was Penned But Never Should Have Been
It’s the summer of 1977, and singer Meat Loaf and songwriter Jim Steinman are preparing to unveil an astonishing album that by rights shouldn’t have existed. At this point, Meat and Jim, plus record label boss Steve Popovic and producer Todd Rundgren, are among a tiny handful of people in the world crazy enough to believe in the potential of the singer and songwriter’s masterpiece, Bat Out Of Hell.
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Most Delicate Song ‘Heaven Can Wait’ Demo’d By Bette Midler
Mister D: I swear every time Meatloaf talks about this song whether in interviews or concerts, check out VH1’s Storytellers Acoustic set, he always brings up Bette Midler. I think most of it has to do that he was a Bettehead himself. I’ve seen photos of him at premieres of her concerts, maybe “I’ll Eat You Last, and he was always beaming, but never looked well.
Anyway, he’d talk about her demoing the song ‘Heaven Can Wait’ but it had this bizarre countryish tinge to it. Needless to say, he said he could tell she hated the song, just from her low-key delivery. Meatloaf thought it was funny, and he said in typical fashion she barged out of the recording booth and went up to the writer/composer, Jim Steinem, and blurted out, “What the fuck is this about?”
Turns out I wrote about Bette and Meatloaf several times. One of them was this – This demo was produced by Michael Kamen. Rumor has it she thought the lyrics were too surreal and silly. Can’t prove it. Just saying. It was meant to go on her second album when it was all polished up.
Meat Loaf & The Other Artists Who Covered ‘Heaven Can Wait’
There Are 5 Songs In This Accordian Feature – Click Little Down Arrow To Get To The Next Song
Heaven Can Wait (Jim Steinman) Heaven can wait And a band of angels wrapped up in my heart Will take me through the lonely night Through the cold of the day And I know, I know Heaven can wait And all the gods come down here just to sing for me And the melody’s gonna make be fly Without pain, without fear Give me all of your dreams And let me go along on your way Give me all of your prayers to sing And I’ll turn the night into the skylight of day I got a taste of paradise I’m never gonna let it slip away I got a taste of paradise It’s all I really need to make me stay Just like a child again Heaven can wait And all I got is time until the end of time I won’t look back I won’t look back Let the altars shine And I know that I’ve been released But I don’t know to where And nobody’s gonna tell me now And I don’t really care No no no I got a taste of paradise That’s all I really need to make me stay I got a taste of paradise If I had it any sooner you know You know I never would have run away from my home Heaven can wait And all I got is time until the end of time Well I won’t look back I won’t look back Let the altars shine Heaven can wait Heaven can wait I won’t look back I won’t look back Let the altars shine Let the altars shine