"Only Love Pads the Film" is a song sung by Joel Robinson, Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot and Gypsy during Experiment #202.


[On the Satellite of Love]
Joel Robinson: Oh, brother!
Tom Servo: Boy! What a depressing film!
Crow T. Robot: Yeah! Talk about nihilism. That's the second film in a row that had the hero die in the end.
Tom Servo: Boy, we're never gonna snap outta this existential dilemma.
Joel Robinson: [beginning to play keyboard] Oh, I was afraid this would happen, so I brought this thing along.
Tom Servo: Joel, why was the movie so BAD?!
Crow T. Robot: Yeah! It was cool in the beginning with the sidehacking, then it went right down the drain and they had to pad out the rest of the film with all that killing.
Joel Robinson: Oh, no, Crow. It wasn't killing that padded out the film.
Crow T. Robot: Huh?
Joel Robinson: Only love pads the film.


When stories were young
And dreams were not done
And sorrow was so far away

A storybook scene
With songs to be sung
And was just for today.

Tom Servo: Oh, Joel!

But nothing lasts forever
Only love pads the film
Of all the dreams you treasure
Only pads the film

Tom Servo: Joel, may I?
Joel Robinson: Please.

The love that you made
Were two hearts in one
Our flowers still blow in the wind (Crow.)

You give all you take
A day in the sun
But even the sun must descend

Joel Robinson: Everybody, now. Come on (CROW: La-la!)

But nothing lasts forever (GYPSY: Forever)
Only love (GYPSY: Only love)
Pads the film (GYPSY: Pads the film)
Of all the dreams you treasure (GYPSY: Treasure)
Only love (GYPSY: Only love)
Love pads the film (GYPSY: (crying) Pads the film)

Tom Servo: Oh, Gyps

The scientists are calling
And now we'd better get going



  • "Only Love Pads the Film" reuses the music from the song "Only Love" from The Side Hackers.

Series "MST3K Love Theme" • "Mighty Science Theater"
Season K "O Tannenbot" • "Theme to Fugitive Alien" • "Has-Been Actors" • Joel's military cadence
Season 1 "Beverly Hillbillies Parody" • "Clay & Lar's Flesh Barn" • "Commando Cody Song" • "I'm a Hu-Man"
Season 2 "Sidehackin'" • "Only Love Pads the Film" • "My Creepy Girl" • "Wild Rebels Cereal" • "If Chauffeurs Ruled the World" • "Joey the Lemur" • "The Jet Jaguar Song" • "Godzilla Genealogy Bop"
Season 3 "Tibby, Oh Tibby" • "Idiot Control" • "Music from Some Guys in Space" • "A Clown in the Sky" • "Hike Your Pants Up" • "Celebrity Siblings" • "The Gamera Song" • "Annoying Cornjob Song" • "Slow the Plot Down" • "The Plate Spinning Song" • "The Waffle Song" • "Fugitive Alien Medley" • "Sandy Frank Song" • "(Let's Have) A Patrick Swayze Christmas" • "Master Ninja Theme Song"
Season 4 "City Rap" • "Oh, Kim Cattrall" • "A Danger to Myself and Others" • "Killer Shrew" • "Tribute to Pants" • "Satellite of Love Marching Song" • "Ode on Estelle" • "Gypsy Moons" • "Hired!" • "The Many Tunes of Gamera" • "Gypsy Rose Me" • "Happy Thoughts"
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