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Radio VI, side A, track 5: “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)” by John Parr

Oh, John Parr, this was one of those songs that I was really excited to capture on my tape.  It was, in the parlance of the late-night talk show circuit, a “get”.  I’d certainly heard it before, and it was such a powerful, uplifting song.  It made me think of roaring down highways on a motorcycle and standing on the highest mountain peaks out in the wilderness and embracing my manhood as the eagles soared above me.  It just hit you in the gut with it’s awesomeness and made you want to let loose with a mighty yawp.

I never saw the movie when I was a kid, John Parr, but I could only imagine that it was this amazing story about these amazing young people who were living the dream and came out on top despite all adversity.  I pictured it as a “Rocky” for twenty-something professionals.  I saw the movie a few years ago, John Parr.  I don’t want to say you misled me, but this is not the movie that I was expecting based on this amazing song.  I’m just going to say it, John Parr, I hated the movie and pretty much all the characters except for Mare Winningham.  Although it did produce very genuine laughter from me when Rob Lowe proclaims “This is our time to live on the edge!”  And it also produced one of the most awkward music videos I’ve ever seen.

I get it, John Parr.  You didn’t have any control over the movie or its content.  Hell, maybe you thought you were making this for a new “Rocky” movie, which it would have worked just as great as “Eye Of The Tiger”.  That’s right, I said it.  Regardless of the movie or the video, John Parr, you made a helluva song, and even though I was pretty annoyed after I saw the movie, as soon as I listened to your song again, all was forgiven.

“St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)”

Growin’ up
You don’t see the writin’ on the wall
Passin’ by
Movin’ straight ahead you knew it all
But maybe sometime if you feel the pain
You’ll find you’re all alone
Everything has changed

Play the game
You know you can’t quit until it’s won

Soldier on
Only you can do what must be done

You know in some way
You’re a lot like me
You’re just a prisoner
And you’re tryin’ to break free

I can see a new horizon
Underneath the blazin’ sky
I’ll be where the eagle’s flyin’
Higher and higher

Gonna be your man in motion
All I need’s this pair of wheels
Take me where my future’s lyin’
St. Elmo’s Fire

Ooooooo!

Burnin’ up
Don’t know just how far that I can go
(Just how far I go)
Soon be home
Only just a few miles down the road

I can make it
I know I can
You broke the boy in me
But you won’t break the man

I can see a new horizon
Underneath the blazin’ sky
I’ll be where the eagle’s flyin’
Higher and higher

Gonna be your man in motion
All I need’s this pair of wheels
Take me where my future’s lyin’
St. Elmo’s fire

I can climb the highest mountain
Cross the wildest sea
I can feel St. Elmo’s fire
Burnin’ in me
Burnin’ in me

Just once in his life
A man has his time
And my time is now
And I’m comin’ alive

I can hear the music playin’
I can see the banners fly
Feel like your man again
And hope ridin’ high

Gonna be your man in motion
All I need’s this pair of wheels
Take me where my future’s lyin’
St. Elmo’s fire

I can see a new horizon
Underneath the blazin’ sky
I’ll be where the eagle’s flyin’
Higher and higher

Gonna be your man in motion
All I need’s this pair of wheels
Take me where my future’s lyin’
St. Elmo’s fire

I can climb the highest mountain
Cross the wildest sea
I can feel St. Elmo’s fire burnin’ in me

Burnin’
Burnin’ in me
I can feel it burnin’

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