Music Friday: ‘There Were Moments of Gold’ in Céline Dion’s Shining Rendition of ‘It’s All Coming Back to Me Now’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you fabulous songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today we feature Céline Dion’s shining rendition of “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” a power ballad written by master lyricist Jim Steinman.

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In this song inspired by the classic novel Wuthering Heights, Dion reminisces about a long lost love: “There were moments of gold / And there were flashes of light.”

The ballad was a blockbuster hit for Dion in 1996, as it ascended to #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was featured on Dion’s Grammy-award-winning Album of the Year Falling into You, which went on to sell 32 million copies.

Interestingly, Meat Loaf, who collaborated with Steinman on the classic Bat Out of Hell albums, originally thought “It’s All Coming Back…” was intended for him. Meat Loaf claimed that Steinman had given him the song in 1986 to use on Bat Out of Hell II, but the singer and composer chose to hold it for Bat Out of Hell III.

“That was my song,” Meat Loaf told Billboard magazine in 2006. “I wanted to record it, and Jim said, ‘Let’s wait,’ and so I took him at his word. The next thing you know, Celine Dion is recording it.”

Meat Loaf sued and the courts sided with Steinman.

In 2006, Meat Loaf finally got his chance to record “It’s All Coming Back…” — a duet with Norwegian singer Marion Raven, which appeared on his Bat Out of Hell III album.

We invite you to check out the video of Dion’s live performance of “It’s All Coming Back…” The lyrics are below so you can sing along. Enjoy!

“It’s All Coming Back to Me Now”
Written by Jim Steinman. Performed by Celine Dion

There were nights when the wind was so cold
That my body froze in bed
If I just listened to it
Right outside the window

There were days when the sun was so cruel
That all the tears turned to dust
And I just knew my eyes were
Drying up forever

I finished crying in the instant that you left
And I can’t remember where or when or how
And I banished every memory you and I had ever made

But when you touch me like this
And you hold me like that
I just have to admit
That it’s all coming back to me
When I touch you like this
And I hold you like that
It’s so hard to believe but
It’s all coming back to me
(It’s all coming back, it’s all coming back to me now)

There were moments of gold
And there were flashes of light
There were things we’d never do again
But then they’d always seemed right
There were nights of endless pleasure
It was more than any laws allow
Baby, Baby, Baby

When you touch me like this
And when you hold me like that
It was lost long ago
But it’s all coming back to me

If you want me like this
And if you need me like that
It was still long ago
But it’s all coming back to me
The flesh and the fantasies
All coming back to me
I can barely recall
But it’s all coming back to me now

If you forgive me all this
If I forgive you all that
We forgive and forget
And it’s all coming back to me
When I see you like this
And you see me like that
We see just what we want to see

All coming back to me
The flesh and the fantasies
All coming back to me
I can barely recall but it’s all coming back to me now

(It’s all coming back to me now)
And when I touch you like this
(It’s all coming back to me now)
And when you kiss me like that
(It’s all coming back to me now)
And if you do it like this
(It’s all coming back to me now)
And if we…

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