I know just how to whisper
And I know just how to cry
I know just where to find the answers
And I know just how to lie
I know just how to fake it
And I know just how to scheme
I know just when to face the truth
And then I know just when to dream
And I know just where to touch you
And I know just what to prove
I know when to pull you closer
And I know when to let you loose
And I know the night is fading
And I know the time's gonna fly
And I'm never gonna tell you everything I've gotta tell you
But I know I've gotta give it a try
And I know the roads to riches
And I know the ways to fame
I know all the rules and then I know how to break 'em
And I always know the name of the game
But I don't know how to leave you
And I'll never let you fall
And I don't know how you do it

Making love out of nothing at all
Out of nothing at all, out of nothing at all
Out of nothing at all, out of nothing at all
Out of nothing at all
Making love out of nothing at all

Everytime I see you all the rays of the sun are
Streaming through the waves in your hair
And every star in the sky is taking aim at
Your eyes like a spotlight
The beating of my heart is a drum, and it's lost
And it's looking for a rhythm like you
You can take the darkness at the pit of the night
And turn into a beacon burning endlessly bright
I've gotta follow it 'cause everything I know
Well, it's nothing 'til I give it to you
I can make the runner stumble
I can make the final block
I can make every tackle at the sound of the whistle
I can make all the stadiums rock
I can make tonight forever
Or I can make it disappear by the dawn
I can make you every promise that has ever been made
And I can make all your demons be gone
But I'm never gonna make it without you
Do you really want to see me crawl
And I'm never gonna make it like you do

Making love out of nothing at all
Out of nothing at all, out of nothing at all
Out of nothing at all, out of nothing at all
Out of nothing at all, out of nothing at all
Out of nothing at all, out of nothing at all
Out of nothing at all, out of nothing at all
Out of nothing at all, out of nothing at all
Out of nothing at all, out of nothing at all
Out of nothing at all
Out of nothing at all, out of nothing at all
Out of nothing at all, out of nothing at all

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"Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" as written by James Richard Steinman


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  • +10
    General CommentAt first I thought this song was about a woman who had played a guy who had been a player but he started to fall in love with her but I've changed my mind. I find this song very romanic, possibly one of the most romantic love songs, this man is pouring his heart out to this woman for the first time and the song is exactly what he says to her. I think this is a song about a man who's capable of anything, he's very James Bond like but that also means that he has a lot of characteristics which he isn't so proud of, he lies, he manipulates, he has a way with women and men alike, and he can be cold hearted in the process but this time he has met one woman who has really effected him. This woman loves him and he realizes that he needs her and he needs her love. Despite everything he's capable of he needs her, she's his one weakness and he doesn't understand how she can love a person like him as much as she does, he is in awe of it, she's stolen his heart. She's a totally different creature than he is making love out of nothing at all, she follows her heart while he follows his head. This is the night he's decided to reveal his feelings to her...
    And I know the night is fading,
    And I know that times gonna fly;
    And Im never gonna tell you everything
    Ive got to tell you,
    But I know Ive got to give it a try
    loveacarroton March 29, 2012   Link
  • +5
    General CommentFor me, this lyric is about a man who is powerful, usually knows a lot, can do a lot, not only professionally, but also regarding his own life, feelings and relationships (he controls everything), but he is somehow intrigued by this woman who seems to make love (create and instigate love) out of nothing (spontaneously), not with premeditated actions like he is used to do. She simply loves. And this fascinates him, makes him feel vulnerable, powerless and, consequently, he loves her deeply.
    demaria21on April 09, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI've always been perplexed by the title of this song, but now the way I hear it is sort of along the lines of that the person he's singing to is unable or unwilling to commit further, so what they have is "nothing at all" compared to what it could be. He doesn't understand why they're willing to compromise themselves or their happiness like that, whereas he's willing to put it on the line. And he can do all kinds fancy maneuvers in the relationship with aplomb, but in the end, he can't force them to take the risk if they don't want to or don't believe they deserve it. I don't know...I could be way off. I used to think he was saying he could go through the motions of a relationship like a pro, but in the end, he couldn't force himself to fall in love, but now I don't think so. Anyway, whatever it means, the lyrics are really cool and Jim Steinman sure can write and produce the hell out of a love ballad. Also, sort of a different sound for Air Supply, but it works. The song was originally written for Meat Loaf, who would have been powerhouse, but theres something really haunting about the Air Supply vocals that just makes the song.
    csuzanneon August 20, 2008   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaningdifferent take on this. he is not telling her he is using her.

    it is a plea to win her heart.
    he knows every spot, every breath. her world is his world. and he so wants to be with her.
    but she does not feel the same. she is making love, 'out of nothing at all'.

    bigmatthon October 25, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOk so I used to think this song was about an unrequited love and it kinda is but after watching the video and reading the lyrics again here's what it is. This dude completely loves this girl and can't live without her and wants her to go on the road with him. She doesn't support him, she won't go and tells him that she's not going to be there when he comes back. He's saying she's all these things to him and can't find a way to leave her but won't give up his own dreams. He's just in complete shock that she claims to love him but is willing to throw it away. He's saying I don't get how you can “make love” (not just to have sex) and say she loves him but leave him so easily and treat their relationship like its nothing at all. So in the beginning he's saying he knows all the right things to do to get her sympathy, attention, how to physically love her, he knows how to make it big in life but doesn't know how to get her to stay with him and their last night together is make or break it scenario and his final plea. So she's everything to him and she's just around him when it's convenient for her.
    skydancer32on November 25, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationTo me, this song is the ultimate irony. The speaker is capable of a wide range of talents, some desirable and others more questionable, even manipulative. He is totally engrossed by this woman and feels all his abilities are nothing unless he can share them with her. Yet despite all these "gifts" which apparently have given him the proverbial fame and fortune, he is unable to move an emotionally superficial woman who goes through the motions of love, but never has a real depth or sharing of self that is so associated with sincere love or, to use yet one more cliche', "meaningful relationship." What a waste! A poetic person so capable of self-honesty and completely devoted to an uncaring woman. It's Petrarch and Laura all over again--constantly yearning for the untouchable and unreachable ideal.
    Jonesdon October 17, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAs usual most of the interpretations are dead wrong. So here is the actual meaning.

    The guy isn't really a player, nor is it a plea to win her heart. He knows how to employ tactics to make women love him. he knows the game. He knows what to say and where to touch and when to lie, etc. He can also make the stadiums rock, as he is a superstar and women fall for him because of this. Tis isn't necessarily dishonest on his part, but for him, it is part of the process of getting a woman to love him. And this is not uncommon, women, more so than men, report that the want to hear certain things. But for his woman, she uses no tricks. He just falls in love with her for who she is, naturally, and perhaps for how she physically looks. She makes love out of nothing at at, meaning that she makes him love her without using tactics and strategies. And this is not uncommon ether. Men, more so than women are more likely to say that they believe in love at first sight. Men can "fall in love" just from looking at a woman. Women, on average, report needing more...security, commitment, etc.
    songman3367on December 11, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti'm in lov with this song. it has the sweetest and most beautiful words. my favorite is "and every star in the sky is taking aim
    at your eyes like a spotlight,"
    whatever girl he wrote this song for, she's a very lucky girl. if only everyone could find love like this.
    Doniaon March 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOH MY GOD IF YOU DON'T LIKE A SONG FINE BUT STOP THE BASHING WILL YOU, THAT IS SO IMMATURE! Okay now that I am done having to say that, Air Supply is deffinatly one of my fave soft rock type bands, I got to see them inconcert a few years ago and WOW. They sound great live and on record. I don't think they have a song I dont love.

    Every time I see you all the rays of the sun
    are streaming through the waves in your hair;
    and every star in the sky is taking aim
    at your eyes like a spotlight,
    The beating of my heart is a drum, and it's lost
    and it's looking for a rhythm like you.

    WOW what a line or set of lines, I need that man! I'm with you Donia on that one!
    MayorMenleyon December 04, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song!

    Heard it when i was walking home, tired from the day's works and then BAM! This song...

    Seems like the singer has been treated unfairly by someone and the way she did it as so beautiful. Though it hurts...

    The act of making love out of nothing at all is to the singer is so cool and smooth that she could execute it so well. And it seems like he is giving her credit from breaking his heart and hopes and all.

    Been in that situation before. I applauded silently how this person broke my heart in a classy manner. Making love out of nothing at all... Sigh...
    ms_roguey_noron February 22, 2005   Link

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