Music

Song of the Week #8 – St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)

If I had to pick an era of music that I am most interested in, it would definitely be the 1980’s. Mostly because the music is nostalgic, having listened to plenty of music in the car as a child, or in stores while shopping with my parents.

This particular song was written by David Foster & John Parr for the “Man in Motion Tour” in 1985.

The tour involved Rick Hansen, a paraplegic who decided to wheel across the world in his wheelchair, raising awareness for accessibility, spinal cord research and to raise funds.

The “Man in Motion World Tour” started in Vancouver in 1985 and spanned 40,000kms, through 34 countries before it ended.

Although I was only 7 years old at the time, I was well aware of the tour. In fact, shortly after the tour began, my elementary school put a painting of Rick Hansen up at the end of the hallway, in the primary wing of the school.

I knew the song from a young age, but around the time I turned 13, it appeared on a mixed tape that I had purchased of popular 1980’s songs and my love for the song was rekindled.

After the song appeared for the Man in Motion Tour, it was used as a theme song for the film, “St. Elmo’s Fire” starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy.

Every time I hear it, whether I’m in the car or in a store, I stop to listen. If you don’t know it, here are the lyrics and the video below. The 1980’s hair in the video is something to behold.

Growin’ up, you don’t see the writing 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 flying higher and higher
Gonna be your man in motion, all I need is a pair of wheels
Take me where my future’s lyin’, St. Elmo’s Fire

Burning 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 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, I’m coming alive
I can hear the music playin’, I can see the banners fly
Feel like you’re back again, and hope ridin’ high
Gonna be your man in motion, all I need is a 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’
Ooh, burnin’ inside of me
Ooh, burnin’ inside of me
Ooh, burnin’ inside of me

 

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