Survivor Eye Of The Tiger | The most motivational song of the Rocky saga
The Rocky films are full of great music, songs that accompany Sylvester Stallone as he trains and fights, encouraging him to keep going and not give up. All that energy is condensed in the wonderful Survivor theme song Eye Of The Tiger. The most motivational song ever written, whose story you have to know.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Video | Survivor Eye of the Tiger
- Trembol | Story behind Rocky’s best song
- You can’t miss | Best of Eye of the Tiger
- This is what it says | Rocky Eye of the Tiger Lyrics
- Did you know? | Fun facts about the song and Rocky
- Much more | Parody, covers, Katy Perry…
- Technical Note about Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger
Survivor Eye of the Tiger (from Rocky III)
Trembol | Story behind the best Rock song, Eye of the Tiger
It was 1982 when Survivor, an American rock band, released the single ‘Eye of the Tiger‘ as a commission from Sly (Sylvester Stallone) for the third part of the Rocky saga. The years have gone by, over 40 to be precise, and it is still the most motivational song I have ever heard, as well as being a pop culture icon and the most used song in gyms, as we tell you below. 🐅 How did Eye of the Tiger come about? Stallone wanted a song for Rocky III that would connect with young people. He thought a new, unreleased song would be best. Also contributing to the decision was that he was denied the rights to use the song he had originally chosen, Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust‘. He had heard some songs by the band Survivor and loved them, so he called them up and commissioned them to do a song. The band’s songwriters, guitarist Frankie Sullivan and keyboardist Jim Peterik, asked him to watch the film for inspiration. With some reluctance, in case it leaked, Stallone sent it to them. What almost nobody knows is that ‘The Eye of the Tiger‘ was not the first song that Survivor composed for Rocky III, but the second, because Sylvester didn’t like the first composition, a ballad called ‘Ever Since The World Began‘. Peterik and Sullivan started composing the legendary guitar riff which, if you notice, goes to the rhythm of Rocky’s punches in the film. In 1 day, they had almost finished the song. When Stallone heard it, he liked it a lot, although he suggested that the drums should be louder and that they should add a 4th verse. Survivor did it, they recorded a demo and the work was finished. They had created a smash hit. 🐅 What does Eye of the Tiger mean? The eye of the tiger is a metaphor for the inner struggle of each person. In the film Rocky was getting rich, he lost interest in competing and Apollo Creed, his greatest competitor and friend, told him that he had to regain the ‘Eye of the Tiger’. The song conveys that feeling of never stop fighting!
Survivor explains the reason for the name Eye of the Tiger
Al principio pensamos que llamarlo ‘Eye of the Tiger’ era demasiado obvio. Todo se relacionaba con la supervivencia, por eso la íbamos a llamar ‘Survival’. Al final del día, nos dijimos ¿Estamos locos? Ese título es tan fuerte, y le pusimos ‘Eye of the Tiger’.
At first, we wondered if calling it ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ was too obvious and we were going to call the song ‘Survival’. At the end of the day, we said, ‘Are we nuts?’ That hook is so strong, and went with ‘Eye Of The Tiger.’
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Who is Survivor? | Short Bio
Dave Bickler, Frankie Sullivan, Jim Peterik, Stephan Ellis, Marc Droubay (Google Image)
Survivor Poor Man’s Son
Their story begins in Chicago in the late 1970s. Jim Peterik was the lead singer and guitarist of a band called The Ides of March. The band was invited to play a concert in Minnesota. It was 1974 and Jim couldn’t go for personal reasons. It turned out that the plane they were travelling in crashed, killing most of his band 🛬 From that moment on, Peterik was known as ‘the survivor’, a name he would use for his next band, Survivor. Survivor began their career playing in Chicago bars and pizzerias from 1978 to 1980. With the money they made, they recorded their first studio album, ‘Survivor’. In 1981 they released their 2nd album, ‘Premonition‘, which began to make them a household name in the US. Only 1 year later they would receive a call from Sylvester Stallone, who loved their song ‘Poor Man’s Son‘. It changed their lifes. Dave Bickler was the lead singer of Eye of the Tiger. When the group was formed, he and Jim Peterik shared the vocal part of the songs, but he had problems with his voice and left the band and was replaced by Jimi Jameson. The group would suffer many ups and downs for the rest of their career, but they remain one of the most loved bands by all, thanks to Rocky 🥊
You can’t miss ⭐️ The best of Eye of the Tiger
1. The beginning with the legendary bass and drums to the rhythm of Rocky’s fists.
2.The first verse connects with the chorus without letting us breathe
3. The end could be repeated in a loop forever. Sheer energy!
This is what it says | Rocky Eye of the Tiger Lyrics
LYRICS SURVIVOR | EYE OF THE TIGER | ENGLISH
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 change 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 tigerFace to face, out in the heat Hanging tough, staying hungry They stack the odds ’til 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 tigerRising up straight to the top Had the guts, got the glory Went the distance, now I’m not going to 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
LYRICS SURVIVOR | EYE OF THE TIGER | SPANISH
Levantándose, de vuelta en la calle Cumplí mi tiempo, me arriesgué Recorrí el camino, ahora estoy de pie de nuevo Sólo un hombre y su voluntad de sobrevivir Sucede demasiado rápido tantas veces Cambias tu pasión por la gloria No pierdas el control de los sueños del pasado Debes luchar para mantenerlos vivos
Es el ojo del tigre Es la emoción de la lucha Afrontar el reto de nuestro rival Y el último superviviente conocido Acecha a su presa en la noche Y nos observa a todos con el ojo del tigreCara a cara, en el calor Aguantando, manteniendo el hambre Se apilan las probabilidades hasta que salimos a la calle Para matar con la habilidad de sobrevivir
Es el ojo del tigre Es la emoción de la lucha Afrontar el reto de nuestro rival Y el último superviviente conocido Acecha a su presa en la noche Y nos observa a todos con el ojo del tigreSubiendo directamente a la cima Tuve las agallas, conseguí la gloria Llegé hasta el final, ahora no voy a parar Sólo un hombre y su voluntad de sobrevivir
Es el ojo del tigre Es la emoción de la lucha Afrontar el reto de nuestro rival Y el último superviviente conocido Acecha a su presa en la noche Y nos observa a todos con el ojo del tigre El ojo del tigre El ojo del tigre El ojo del tigre El ojo del tigre
Songwriters: Peterik James M / Sullivan Frank Michael | Letra de Eye of the Tiger © Wb Music Corp., Sony/atv Melody, Easy Action Music | Background Image: Eye of the Tiger Cover
Did you know...?
‘Eye of the Tiger’ was the number 1 song in 1982, selling over 9 million copies. It won a Grammy and was voted best song by the People’s Choice Awards.
The version of Eye of the Tiger that appears in Rocky III is a demo of the song. Survivor didn’t have time to record it in the studio because the film was about to be released. The film version contains some tiger growls 🐯, which did not appear on the final recording for the Survivor album.
The lyrics of Eye of the Tiger contain many phrases from the first Rocky film such as, ‘went the distance’.
Much more | Parody, Covers, Katy Perry…
Weird Al Yankovic The Rye or the Kaiser (Rocky XIII)
In 1984, Weird Al Yankovic recorded a parody of ‘Eye of the Tiger’, entitled ‘The Rye or the Kaiser (Rocky XIII)‘. In the track he describes Rocky working in a deli in his old age, still banging the occasional piece of meat 🥩
There are several famous versions of ‘Eye of the Tiger’ sung in many different genres:
- Paul Anka turned it into a swing in 2005.
- The Temptations sang it at the Grammy’s in their own particular Doo-Wop style.
- Katy Perry used the phrase ‘eye of the tiger’ in her song ‘Roar‘, as a reference to Rocky and his strength.
The relationship between Eye of the Tiger and exercise
Eye of the Tiger has become very popular with athletes and almost anyone facing a challenge, simply because it’s extremely motivational 🏋️♀️ The rhythm of the music encourages you to keep going, just what anyone who is exercising needs.
- There is a phenomenon known as the ‘Eye of the Tiger effect‘ whereby the brain is stimulated with electrodes to alleviate illnesses such as epilepsy. This gives the patient a sense of improvement and a feeling of achievement.
- The name was given in allusion to the great Rocky Balboa.
Tabata is a type of training that generally lasts 4 minutes, divided into 8 work periods of 20 seconds with 10 seconds of rest in between. It is considered a high-intensity cardio workout. One of the most popular songs used for this exercise is the famous Rocky Tabata.
Technical Note | Survivor Eye of the Tiger
‘Eye of the Tiger’ is an eighties rock song based on only 5 instruments: vocals, electric guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. The distinctive feature that makes it so special is its riff, one of the most famous in rock history, which is based simply on 2 chords, C and A.Asked about the secret of success, the composer, Jim Peterik, said:
I guess if you want to analyze it, it would be an unbelievable, powerful beat which is so simple and primal. It’s two and four, that’s it. Then you have the term ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ and the tiger imagery. It’s a great image, it’s a ferocious image. Then you have the very simple melody – the chorus is like three or four notes. I guess simplicity with a message people can relate to.