OBJECTS IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR
Meat Loaf: Lead Vocals
Eddie Martinez: Guitars
Steve Buslowe: Bass
Bill Payne: Piano
Jeff Bova: Synthesizers, Programming
Rick Marota: Drums
Backing Vocals: Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton, Max Haskett, Lorraine Crosby, Stuart Emerson
Additional Vocals: Ellen Foley, Rory Dodd
  OBJECTS IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR MAY APPEAR CLOSER THAN THEY ARE

The skies were pure and the fields were green
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
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 said 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 I 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, they are....

And when the sun descended and the nights 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 were 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 through the nightmares should be over
Some of the terrors are still intact
I hear that ugly coarse and violent voice
And then he grabs me from behind and then he pulls me back!

But I 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....

There was a beauty living on the edge of town
And she always put the top up and the hammer down
And she taught me every thing I'll ever know
About the mystery and the muscle of love

The stars 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 used my body just like a wound
I'll probably never know where she disappeared
But I can she her rising up out of the back seat now
Just like an angel rising up from a tomb!

But I 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
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

She used her body just like a bandage
She used my body just like a wound
I'll probably never know where she disappeared
But I can she her rising up out of the back seat now.