We don’t talk much about sports around here, but the crazy subculture that has sprung up around Denver Brocos quarterback Tim Tebow sort of transcends football, doesn’t it?
Whether you’re following the NFL playoffs or not (and if you aren’t, then you missed a truly riveting piece of entertainment on Sunday evening when the Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in a nail-biting overtime game), you are expected to have an opinion about the second-year University of Florida alumnus.
Since “Tebowing” has become an Internet phenomenon, it’s only right that Tim Tebow should receive his own triumphant anthem. John Parr has delivered on that promise with “Tim Tebow’s Fire,” a re-write of “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion),” the theme song from the 1985 Brat-Pack-Comes-of-Age film St. Elmo’s Fire.
The arrangement is largely the same as Parr’s original – which topped the Billboard Hot 100 nearly 27(!) years ago – but switches up some of the lyrics for the sake of the titular hero.
It climaxes in the chorus, “I can see a new horizon/ Blazing on the Mile High/ I’ll be where the eagles flying higher and higher/ Gonna be your man in motion/ All I need’s my Broncos team/ Take me where my future’s lying/ Tim Tebows Fire!”
Crank up your speakers, loosen up enough to overthrow your receivers, and give “Tim Tebow’s Fire” a spin below.
The song has looped back around on itself in a sense, since before it was the soundtrack to Andrew McCarthy getting into philosophical debates with prostitutes, it was written for another athlete: In 1985, Rick Hansen, a Canadian Paralympian, began a 26-month, 34-country wheelchair trek to raise money and awareness for spinal injuries. He called it the "Man In Motion Tour," and Parr (along with producer David Foster) wrote and recorded the tune in his honor.
What do you think of "Tim Tebow's Fire"? Is this a better playoff rally song than Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow" or U2 & Green Day’s “The Saints Are Coming”? If Denver goes to the Super Bowl, should John Parr bump Madonna from the halftime show? And do the Broncos have any chance against the Patriots this weekend?
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