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 Posted:   Mar 25, 2020 - 7:51 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

It's a great song (the Air Supply version), but what does it mean? I always used to take for granted that the singer was scolding the woman for having sex without love. But he praises her highly in the lyrics.

But now I wonder if he's praising her for loving him despite his not deserving it. But he praises himself too, so it seems like he does deserve it.

What's your interpretation? Is "making love out of nothing at all" a scold or a thanks?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2020 - 8:52 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

I'll have to listen to it again and really study the lyrics to comment on that, but I always enjoyed the Instrumental use of the song in the movie A SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS. Jim Steinman I guess scored that movie and used the Making Love Song and also "Turn Around Bright Eyes" as another instrumental part of the score. Love those versions heard in the film.

A SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS Main Title Music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5DqV7NaBbg

The use of "Turn around Brighteyes / Total Eclipse of the Heart in the film:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ll35VKBlgk link doesn't work for me.

at youtube search: A Small Circle of Friends (1980) OST Music by Jim Steinman (Total Eclipse of the Heart music theme)

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2020 - 9:17 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Here's a nice "Harp and Piano" cover on the song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGtGA79RHlk

 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2020 - 6:10 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

It's a cryptic crossword clue where the answer is "TENNIS".

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2020 - 12:28 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Steinman is a great songwriter* and his favorite tools of the trade are irony and double meanings.
It's exactly that which makes analysis of his lyrics such a rabbit-hole.
There are at least a half-dozen ways to interpret that song, and they would all be correct.

(* I fully acknowledge that he's written his share of stinkers, too.)

 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2020 - 7:42 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

Steinman is a great songwriter* and his favorite tools of the trade are irony and double meanings.
It's exactly that which makes analysis of his lyrics such a rabbit-hole.
There are at least a half-dozen ways to interpret that song, and they would all be correct.



Well that makes sense. The song has no fixed, intended meaning.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2020 - 8:09 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Well that makes sense. The song has no fixed, intended meaning.


It's funny, ever since you started this thread I listened to the song a half dozen times, reading along each time.
I just can't pin it down to any one single meaning.
At least I know it's not just me!

It's also funny how when you just read the words to any Jim Steinman song without the actual song playing, they read like regular, hypersexed juvenalia.
But then you put the song on and, POW, it all comes together.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Don't ask me!!
I'm still trying to work out what the fuck a Karma Chameleon is!!

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 8:50 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

Don't ask me!!
I'm still trying to work out what the fuck a Karma Chameleon is!!


big grin big grin big grin

Thanks Kev! You just made my day! (Consider us even now, since I made you laugh on the "FSM Attacked?" thread).

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