"Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad" as written by and Jim Steinman....
Baby we can talk all night
But that ain't gettin us nowhere
I told you everything I possibly can
There's nothing left inside of here
And maybe you can cry all night
But that'll never change the way I feel
The snow is really piling up outside
I wish you wouldn't make me leave here
I poured it on and I poured it out
I tried to show you just how much I care
I'm tired of words and I'm too hoarse to shout
But you've been cold to me so long
I'm crying icicles instead of tears

And all I can do is keep on telling you
I want you, I need you
But-there ain't no way I'm ever gonna love you
Now don't be sad
'Cause two out of three ain't bad
Now don't be sad
'Cause two out of three ain't bad

You'll never find your gold on a sandy beach
You'll never drill for oil on a city street
I know you're looking for a ruby in a mountain of rocks
But there ain't no Coup de Ville hiding at the bottom
Of a Cracker Jack box

I can't lie, I can't tell you that I'm something I'm not
No matter how I try
I'll never be able to give you something
Something that I just haven't got
There's only one girl I'll ever love
And that was so many years ago
And though I know I'll never get her out of my heart
She never loved me back
Oh I know

I remember how she left me on a stormy night
She kissed me and got out of our bed
And though I pleaded and I begged her not to walk out that door
She packed her bags and turned right away

And she kept on telling me
She kept on telling me
She kept on telling me
I want you, I need you

But there ain't no way I'm ever gonna love you
Now don't be sad
'Cause two out of three ain't bad
I want you, I need you
But there ain't no way I'm ever gonna love you
Now don't be sad
'Cause two out of three ain't bad
Baby we can talk all night
But that ain't getting us nowhere


Lyrics submitted by kat_e_b

"Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" as written by Jim Steinman

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, CARLIN AMERICA INC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad song meanings
Add your thoughts

35 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +4
    General Comment@all
    The clue is the line, "But you've been cold to me so long."

    The girl from his past and the girl he is singing to is the same girl. She broke his heart in the past and said there was no way she was ever going to love him, over and over. And now that she's changed her mind, it's too late. He still has the want and need for her, but he can't feel the love for her anymore. She'd killed his love for her already.

    He speaks of her in the third person because she's no longer the person she was to him.
    gjameson July 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentnemelcy, hes saying to his new girl what his old girl said to him. its just like a cycle that will continue on.
    JonUCFon April 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song..so sad, so much in the words
    poohbear1on June 24, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYa guys know this song was written because of a bet right? He made a comment where he said "Well you can write a song about anything" and someone said "Well not ANYTHING" and he said "Sure you can" so he said "Okay umm...2 out 3 ain't bad. Bet you can't write a song about that!" Which he did. Which makes the lyrics of this song even more brilliant. The man is brilliant haha.

    Asta!!
    K-Wiseon January 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMeat Loaf is a legend.
    quiffpornon February 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is one of his best - It also broke bat out of hell! on saturday night live
    zotonon April 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is great!
    Especially when ya had a wee drink or two
    eh Zoton?
    Bat_out_hellon April 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe's obviously saying that the relationship just doesn't mean the same thing to him as it does to her. Sure he wants and needs her, but it's not love, and it never will be. He even talks of the fact that:
    "There's only one girl that I will ever love
    And that was so many years ago
    And though I know I'll never get her out of my heart
    She never loved me back"
    As it once happened to him. Kind of a regretful and sad song, really. About how sometimes it's just not meant to be.
    liftednevermoreon July 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhere's the intro? I LOVE the intro and it isn't here! I cant remember it exactly cause our cd got misplaced.. but it was something along "On a Hot summer night, would you offer your throat to the wolf of the red roses?" and it goes on and on asking ... and I love it! Does anyone know it to post it?
    Ceridwenon July 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat is from Meatloaf's song You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth.

    The intro to that song is:

    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 to say that to all the boys.
    HateHowIAmNotMeon July 25, 2005   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain