John Parr Updates St. Elmo’s Fire Theme Song for Tim Tebow

The original song was released two years before Tebow was born.

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Tim Tebow probably doesn’t even remember the 1980s. But the man behind one of the decade’s most memorable songs has updated its lyrics in light of the Denver quarterback’s miraculous performances, which might just take the Bronocs all the way to the Super Bowl.

The singer John Parr, earned a Grammy nomination in 1985 for the “Man in Motion” track, best known for for being the theme to Brat Pack movie St. Elmo’s Fire. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 two years before Tebow was born. Parr has now released a tweaked version, which contains lyrics such as, “You know I’m out there/Down on one knee/A prisoner/And I’m tryin’ to break free.” Fists are almost certainly about to be pumped once again.

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The original idea for the re-recording came from ESPN, who know a sporting trend better than most, back in October. Parr told FOX31 Denver on Monday that “I was inspired by Tim Tebow, so I wanted to modify the lyrics … in his honor of the way that he lives his life as being a great example.” Which could be construed as another way of Parr asking Tebow for a pair of tickets on the 50-yard line for Saturday night’s game at the New England Patriots.

It’s not the first time that Parr has gone back to his biggest hit; a eminently forgettable dance version came out in 2006. The original inspiration for the song was the Canadian Paralympic hero Rick “Man in Motion” Hansen.

But all’s that surely left is for the movie to get re-released with Tebow’s comeback heroics digitally reinserted, thanks to one of those montage sequences that we love. Box office returns will clearly be off the charts, and it’s not too late for Parr to get invited to play at the Super Bowl halftime show (or at least share the stage with Madonna). And if the Broncos have made it to the greatest show on turf, look for Tebow to shred on electric guitar before leading his team to an inevitable victory.

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