Fun with phrases: "It felt good, it felt right!"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 15 15:58:19 UTC 2013

The refrain of the popular 1977 song "Paradise By The Dashboard Light"
sung by Meat Loaf included the following:

It never felt so good, it never felt so right
And we're glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife

On Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 9:48 AM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:
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> I noticed this in a Dilbert TV cartoon, about as follows: "I loved
> destroying lives and dreams! It felt good, it felt right!"  (The run-on
> comma is to indicate that there was no pause or thought between clauses.)
> I knew I'd heard the phrase a number of times before, but where?
> Beats me, but here's the earliest  I've been able to trace it:
> 1976 _The Business of Publishing: A PW Anthology_ (London: Bowker, 1976)
> 169 [GB]: Mrs. Karpf had great faith in the book. "It had the pulse," she
> says now. "It felt good, it felt right."
> GB indicates real popularity beginning in the '80s.
> The evil animated character was notable for sounding exactly like Jack
> Nicholson. A film quote?
> JL
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> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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