Travish: my name is Travish. I heard a song on the radio, but I don’t know who it is by or even the title. Can you help me?
University Reference Liberian from Pacific Midwest: do you remember some of the words in the song, the lyrics?
URLFPM: one suggestion would be to type what words you remember into Google
Travish: i could do anything for love but i can’t do that
Travish: i didn’t want to go on Google because I wanted to see if the libary had it
Travish: That’s probably it. Yes!!
Travish: I’m trying to figure out what he can’t do. Wikipedia doesn’t say either.
Travish: i hope it’s not lewd
Travish: I don’t think lewd material is appropriate for the libary. ESPECIALLY for children.
URLFPM: as you can see, the Wikipedia entry has a section on the meaning of “that”
Travish: I don’t know, it’s ambiguous
URLFPM: beyond that, we can’t help you
Travish: I see. You can’t do that
URLFPM: right – my guess is that Meatloaf WANTS it to be ambiguous just to stir interest
Travish: Ooooh. That makes a lot of sense.
Travish: Is this song in the catalog? I need to check it out.
Travish: Also, is it Meatloaf or Meat Loaf?
URLFPM: I’ll see if the library has any Meatloaf albums
URLFPM: not surprisingly, we have no Meatloaf (one word) albums but …
URLFPM: let me check the [censored] public library
URLFPM: nothing in either library
URLFPM: but there are plenty of entries on Youtube
URLFPM: where you can see/hear the song performed
Travish: thanks. two out of three ain’t bad
URLFPM: you’re welcome
The Librarian suggested that I use Google and Wikipedia to answer this question. It is hard to believe that these are the best research sources. Also, they insisted that Meatloaf was the correct spelling, even though the article they sent me spelled it as Meat Loaf. Everyone knows that Meat Loaf is two words.