October 8, 2006

Meat Loaf – Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are

Posted in Lyrics, Music Video, Song Comment tagged at 1:07 am by LynxLee


This video is so touching.. sad.. The songs tells the life story of the ups & downs of life. To me, “Objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are” means the view to the past is a distorted one & may feel closer but it’s really far away than you think. Another way to see this phrase, to me, would be a more “ghostly” way.. where the spirits of the past are around us without us knowing.

Still, I’d like to take it as a metaphor for how some people look at life.. somehow the busyness of life will catch the unaware unprepared. There’s a blog mentioning about something like this phrase in a christian’s look. Perhaps this could be how the songwriter meant when this song was written.

Yet, to me, this song shows the past as haunting.. or closer to life. Especially since the word used, is rear view mirror.

“But it was long ago, and it was far away”
“if life is just a highway, then the soul is just a car”
“She used her body just like a bandage”
“Objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are”

The sky’s were pure and the fields were green,
and the sun was brighter than it’s ever been
When I grew up with my best friend, Kenny,
we were close as any brothers that you ever knew

It was always summer and the future called
We were ready for adventures and we wanted them all,
and there was so much left to dream,
and so much time to make it real

But I can still recall the sting of all the tears when he was gone
They say he crashed and burned, I know I’ll never learn,
why any boy should die so young

We were racing; we were soldiers of fortune
We got in trouble but we sure got around
There are times I think I see him peeling out of the dark
I think he’s right behind me now, and he’s gaining ground

But it was long ago, and it was far away
Oh God, it seems so very far,
and if life is just a highway, then the soul is just a car

And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are
They are

And when the sun descended and the night arose
I heard my father cursing everyone he knows
He was dangerous and drunk and defeated,
and corroded by failure and envy and hate

There were endless winters and the dreams would freeze
No where to hide and no leaves on the trees,
and my father’s eyes were blank as he hit me again and again and again

I know I still believe he’d never let me leave, I had to run away alone
So many threats and fears, so many wasted years,
before my life became my own

And though the nightmares should be over,
some other terrors are still intact
I’ll hear that ugly, coarse, and violent voice,
and then he grabs me from behind, and then he pulls me back

But it was long ago, and it was far away
Oh God, it seems so very far,
and if life is just a highway, then the soul is just a car

And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are
They are

[Instrumental solo]

There was a beauty living on the edge of town
She always put the top up and the hammer down,
and she taught me everything I’ll ever know,
about the mystery and the muscle of love

The stare would glimmer and the moon would glow
I’m in the back seat with my Julie like a Romeo
And the signs along the highway all said
Caution! Kids at play!

Those were the rights of spring and we did everything;
There was salvation every night
We got our dreams reborn and our upholstery torn,
but everything we tried was right

She used her body just like a bandage
She use my body just like a wound
I’ll probably never know where she disappeared,
but I can see rising up out of the back seat now,
just like an angel rising out of a tomb

But it was long ago, and it was far away
Oh God, it seems so very far,
and if life is just a highway, then the soul is just a car

And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are
And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are

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7 Comments »

  1. Moreena said,

    Wow. This is my favorite Meat loaf song. 🙂 I could listen to it over and over again. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. LynxLee said,

    My pleasure.. I just had to; the moment I watched the video, I just had to post it. 😀

  3. Shelley said,

    This is my all time favourite song! I have been looking to download the video for some time now….any chance you can send it me? I would be eternally grateful!!

  4. Shelley said,

    My email is michelle_westlife@hotmail.com

  5. LynxLee said,

    I doubt I can help you with that. YouTube has removed that video. No way to get it from there now. You’ll have to find some other way then. =p

  6. Matt said,

    The stuff at the top reading into this song is bull.
    Meat Loaf refuses to sing live the verse about his father because that’s what really happened to him. People read far too much into things. Songs are, and should remain a way of letting out what the writer thinks and feels about certain things, and not an in depth analysis of anything.

  7. LynxLee said,

    If it’s bull, I’d suggest you not to take too much time reading it. I agree though. Anyway, to each it’s own. Thanks for your opinion on it.


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