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Original Sin: Theme from The Shadow

History:
Original Sin was, in fact, originally written by Jim Steinman for a musical group known as "Pandora's Box", and was featured on their 1989 album (also named Original Sin). Steinman also wrote and produced the album.
It later resurfaced on 1994 soundtrack for "The Shadow", and was performed by Taylor Dane. This time, the lyrics were changed to reflect the movie (see lyrics below). Steinman also produced, arranged the song.
In 1995, it was included (in its original form) on the Meat Loaf album, "Welcome to the Neighborhood".

—Thank you to William Hunt for supplying this information, which is from www.neverlandhotel.dk, a web site devoted to Jim Steinman and his works. Oddly though, "The Shadow" soundtrack is never mentioned on this site.

Lyrics:
- Note #1: all lyrics in green indicate the main changes. There are also some minor differences in the Shadow theme lyrics (based on listening to the song several times and comparing it to the original version).
- Note #2: According to the closed-captioning for the movie, one line of the lyric reads as "All I wanted was a piece of the pie" instead of "All I wanted was a piece of the night". Makes you wonder if something got lost in the translation. (Thanks to William Hunt for noticing!)

Original Sin
(original version)

I've been looking for an original sin
One with a twist and a bit of a spin
And since I've done all the old ones
Till they've all been done in
Now I'm just looking
Then I'm gone with the wind
Endlessly searching for an original sin

You can dance forever
You got a fire in your feet
But will it ever be enough?
You know that it'll never be enough
You can fly and never land
And never need to sleep
But will it ever be enough?
You know that it'll never be enough

It's not enough to make the nightmares go away
It's not enough to make the tears run dry
It's not enough to live a little better everyday
Everything that they taught us
Was nothing but lies
Everything that they bought us
Was nothing but bribes
But it'll all be over now

All I wanted was a piece of the night
I never got an equal share
When the stars are out of sight
And the moon is down
The natives are so restless tonight

All I needed was a spot in the light
It never had to get so dark
When the stars are out of sight
And the moon is down
The natives are so restless tonight

I've been looking for the ultimate crime
Infinite victims, infinitessimal time
And I'm so very guilty for no reason or rhyme
So now I'm just looking
And killing some time
Endlessly searching for the ultimate crime

You can lose yourself in pleasure
Till your body's going numb
But will it ever be enough?
You know that it'll never be enough
You can always take whatever
You conceivably could want
But will it ever be enough?
You know that it'll never be enough

It's not enough to make the nightmares go away
It's not enough to make the tears run dry
It's not enough to live a little better every day
Everything that they taught us
Was nothing but lies
Everything that they bought us
Was nothing but bribes
But the lies are over now

All I wanted was a piece of the night
I never got an equal share
When the stars are out of sight
And the moon is down
The natives are so restless tonight

All I needed was a spot in the light
It never had to get so dark
When the stars are out of sight
And the moon is down
The natives are so restless tonight

I've been looking for an original sin
One with a twist and a bit of a spin
And since I've done all the old ones
Till they've all been done in
Now I'm just looking
Then I'm gone with the wind
Endlessly searching for an original sin

I'm applying for a license to thrill
Going out on the edge
Moving in for the kill
There'll be hell to pay someday
So put it all on the bill
Cause we'll always be paying
And paying untill
We're beyond expiration
With a license to thrill

Original Sin
(theme from The Shadow)

I've been looking for an original sin
One with a twist and a bit of a spin
And since I've done all of the old ones
Till they've all been done in
Now I'm just looking
Then I'm gone with the wind
Endlessly searching for an original sin

You can dance forever
You got a fire in your feet
But will it ever be enough?
You know that it'll never be enough
You can fly and never land
And never need to sleep
But will it ever be enough?
You know that it'll never be enough

It's not enough to make the nightmares go away
It's not enough to make the tears run dry
And who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men today
It's a city of shadow
It's a city of lies
It's a city of secrets
It's a city of crime

It'll all be over now

All I wanted was a piece of the night
I never got an equal share
When the stars are out of sight
And the moon is down
The natives are so restless tonight

All I needed was a spot in the light
It never had to get so dark
When the stars are out of sight
And the moon is down
The natives are so restless tonight

I've been looking for the ultimate crime
Infinite victims, infinitessimal time
And I'm so very guilty for no reason or rhyme
So now I'm just looking
And I'm killing some time
Endlessly searching for the ultimate crime

You can lose yourself in pleasure
Till your body's going numb
But will it ever be enough?
You know that it'll never be enough
You can always take whatever
You conceivably could want
But will it ever be enough?
You know that it'll never be enough

It's not enough to make the nightmares go away
It's not enough to make the tears run dry
And who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men today
It's a city of shadow
It's a city of lies
It's a city of cruelty
It's a city of crime

It'll all be over now

All I wanted was a piece of the night
I never got an equal share
When the stars are out of sight
And the moon is down
The natives are so restless tonight

All I needed was a spot in the light
It never had to get so dark
When the stars are out of sight
And the moon is down
The natives are so restless tonight

I've been looking for an original sin
One with a twist and a bit of a spin
And since I've done all of the old ones
Till they've all been done in
Now I'm just looking
Then I'm gone with the wind
Endlessly searching for an original sin

I'm applying for a license to thrill
Going out on the edge
Moving in for the kill
And there'll be hell to pay someday
Put it all on the bill
Cause we'll always be paying
And paying untill
Way beyond expiration
With a license to thrill

All lyrics ©copyrighted by Jim Steinman

 

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