Song Lyric Sunday — Zodiac Animals

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Jim Adams gave us a list of zodiac animals. I’m not a follower of astrology, but I do know that one of the signs of the zodiac is Leo and that the symbol for Leo is a lion. So naturally I picked the song by the Tokens titled “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” But then I reread the list of zodiac animals Jim provided and guess what — there isn’t a lion on the list.

So back to the drawing board, eh? Well, fortunately, the tiger is a zodiac animal, so my next choice, Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” works. Yay!

“Eye of the Tiger” was released as a single in 1982 from Survivor’s third album of the same name. It was also the theme song for the film Rocky III. The song was written by Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan and keyboardist Jim Peterik, and was recorded at the request of Rocky III star, writer, and director Sylvester Stallone. Stallone originally wanted to use the Queen song, “Another One Bites the Dust, but was unable to get the band’s permission.

“Eye of the Tiger” was a mega-hit. It held number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for six consecutive weeks and spent fifteen consecutive weeks in the top ten. Survivor won a 1982 Grammy Award for “Best Rock Performance by Duo or Group With Vocal” at the 25th Annual Grammy Awards.

Here are the lyrics to “Eye of the Tiger.”

Rising up, back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive

So many times it happens too fast
You trade your passion for glory
Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive

It’s the eye of the tiger
It’s the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger

Face to face, out in the heat
Hanging tough, staying hungry
They stack the odds still we take to the street
For the kill with the skill to survive

It’s the eye of the tiger
It’s the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger

Rising up, straight to the top
Had the guts, got the glory
Went the distance, now I’m not gonna stop
Just a man and his will to survive

It’s the eye of the tiger
It’s the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger

The eye of the tiger
The eye of the tiger
The eye of the tiger
The eye of the tiger

And just for guns and giggles, here are the two other songs I mentioned in this post:

14 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Zodiac Animals

  1. the only deadhead in the hameau July 7, 2019 / 3:04 am

    The late, great British DJ John Peel was not a fan. He once described Survivor as ‘probably the best band of that name in the entire world’. Now that’s what’s known as damning with faint praise.

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  2. newepicauthor July 7, 2019 / 6:28 am

    Thanks for sharing this video Fandango as I have never watcher Survivor Eye of the Tiger before. I love videos that show the band playing and this one was pretty cool. Your Tolkens and Queen videos were also fun to watch. I never get tired of watching Freddie, but I do wish he would wear more clothes.

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