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

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 15 19:20:34 UTC 2013

Barry Popik sent me a note pointing to another song in 1974:

[Begin excerpt]
"Ain't it good, ain't it right, tha you are with me here tonight."
---"Rock Me Gently" (1974) by Andy Kim
[End excerpt]

Here is a youtube link:

On Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at> wrote:
> 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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>> Poster:       Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
>> Subject:      Fun with phrases: "It felt good, it felt right!"
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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
>> --
>> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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