"Original Sin" as written by and Jim Steinman....
I've been looking for an original sin.
One with a twist and a bit of a spin.
I've done all of the old ones.
Till they've all been done in.

Now I'm just looking
Then I'm gone with the wind
Endlessly searching for an original sin.
You can dance forever.

You got a fire in your feet.
But will it ever be enough?
You know it'll never be enough.
You can fly and never land.

And never need to sleep.
But will it ever be enough?
You know it'll never be enough.
Not enough to make the nightmares go away.

Not enough to make the tears run dry.
Not enough to live a little better everyday.
Everything that they taught us.
Was nothing but lies.

Everything thing they brought us.
Was nothing but bribes.
But it'll all be over now
All I wanted was a piece of the night.

I never got an equal share.
When the stars are out of sight.
And the moon is down
The natives are so restless tonight.

I've been looking for an original sin.
One with a twist and a bit of a spin.
I've done all of the old ones.
Till they've all been done in.

Now I'm just looking
Then I'm gone with the wind
Endlessly searching for an original sin.
You can lose yourself in pleasure.
Till your body's going numb.

But will it ever be enough?
You know it'll never be enough.
You can always take whatever.
You conceivably could want.

But will it ever be enough?
You know it'll never be enough.
Not enough to make the nightmares go away.
Not enough to make the tears run dry.

Not enough to live a little better everyday.
Everything that they taught us.
Was nothing but lies.
Everything thing they brought us.

Was nothing but bribes.
But the lies are over now
All I wanted was a piece of the night.
It neve rhad to get so dark.

When the stars are out of sight
And the moon is down
The natives are so restless tonight.
I've been looking for an original sin.

One with a twist and a bit of a spin.
I've done all of the old ones.
Till they've all been done in.
Now I'm just looking
For an original sin.

I've been looking for the ultimate crime.
Infinite victims, infinitesimal time
And I'm so guilty for no reson or rhyme.
So now I'm just looking.

And killing some time
Endlessly searching for the ultimate crime.
I've been looking for an original sin.
One with a twist and a bit of a spin.

I've done all of the old ones.
Till they've all been done in.
Now I'm just looking
Then I'm gone with the wind
Endlessly searching for an original sin.

I'm applying for a license to thrill.
Going out on the edge
Moving in for the kill.
They'll be hell to pay someday.
So put it all on the bill.
Cause we'll always be paying!

And paying until
We're beyond expiration.
With a license to thrill.


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"Original Sin" as written by Jim Steinman

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is in no way looking for an absolute ultimate evil.

    This song is another of meatloafs songs that seem to be bitter against the world. This is about people who feel a great injustice, who have painstaking memories and have (not by any fault of their own) lived a horrible life.

    It suggests that they have commited sins to make up for the inadequacies they have suffered
    "It's not enough to make the nightmares go away
    It's not enough to make the tears run dry"

    Meaning no matter how much they expel their anger on others, no matter how much sins / crimes they commit. The pain will be forever present, and youll only be looking for a bigger sin to commit, until you realise youve commited every sin possible and the pain is still there.

    This is an excellent but bitter song, that basically says

    Lifes a bitch, learn to deal with.
    Forbezon April 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt so isn't about finding an ultimate evil. It's done in a satirical way to demonstrate that no matter how much fun it may seem to sin, nothing will ever fill the gap that being truly good does. It talks about how sin creates false promises of happiness, but in the end everyone must pay for them.
    mookowz7on September 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIf you want to hear a really good version of this song, find the Jim Steinman's Pandora's Box album.

    I get a definite vibe of world-weariness from it. Someone looking for something new ("original") to do in the world, because he (or she) feels he's already done it all–including some things he really wants to forget about. "Sin" partly for the pun with "original", and partly because of the old cliché that if anything's fun or enjoyable, it must also be sinful. (You know, like how anything really delicious is "sinfully good", even though it's not a sin to eat something tasty unless you take it to the extreme of gluttony.)

    But at the same time he knows that no matter what he finds, in the end it will "never be enough" because sooner or later the bar closes, the fun stops, the high wears off, and you're left alone with yourself and your memories of the things you've done. But he keeps looking anyway because he doesn't have anything else to do.

    (Someone really clever could make a great music video using clips from the new seasons of Doctor Who supporting this interpretation, as that seems to be the kind of character the Doctor has become since he destroyed Gallifrey in the Time War.)
    RobotechMasteron June 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song! i heard it remixed on the Tanz der Vampire OST, and it's one of the main themes. T.d.V. is an amazing german musical with music by jim steinman, and this song is put to good use on in the show.
    erikskitty91on April 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is about searching for something really dirty but fun. But like all vices, it just doesnt hide the pain that we feel inside. it's quite a desperate song.
    Sounds much better when a female sings it like on Pandoras Box!!
    Tc
    TangoCharlieon July 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove the ML version. One of the few, or perhaps only, Steinman songs that are better without his direct involvment.
    tobbAon September 26, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentHow can no one comment on this?? It's so good!
    (V)%()£Yon January 01, 2006   Link
  • -2
    General CommentThis is my favorite song of all time (boy does that say something about me!). I first heard it as the remix used in the Shadow soundtrack (with lyrics altered) and then found the original and loved it even more.

    And yes, it's about what it's about, looking for an absolute ultimate evil.
    cubbion March 16, 2007   Link

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