The song originally written to honor Canadian Paralympic hero Rick "Man In Motion" Hansen is now paying tribute to another athlete
who's on a roll who's inspiring people worldwide. John Parr, who earned a Grammy nom in 1985 for "St. Elmo's Fire," released his updated version yesterday featuring lyrics like:
You know I'm out there
Down on one knee
And I'm tryin' to break free
Parr demoed the new lyrics on ESPN a few months ago, but we find the full production a lot more satisfying, if only because he still had the backing tracks in a usable format 27 years later. (Those backing tracks, by the way, were recorded by the band Toto.)
As the Tampa Bay Times' Steve Spears notes, this is hardly the most egregious of 80's song bastardizations, and it doesn't appear Parr is even making any money off the effort—which, given that he is John Parr, is probably laudable.
h/t to Melissa L