"Eye of the Tiger" as written by and James Michael/sullivan Peterik....
Risin' 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 trade your passion for glory
Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive

[Chorus]
It's the eye of the tiger
It's the thrill of the fight
Risin' 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

Face to face, out in the heat
Hangin' tough, stayin' hungry
They stack the odds
Still we take to the street
For the kill with the skill to survive

[Chorus]

Risin' up straight to the top
Had the guts, got the glory
Went the distance
Now I'm not gonna stop
Just a man and his will to survive

[Chorus]

The eye of the tiger
The eye of the tiger
The eye of the tiger
The eye of the tiger


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"Eye of the Tiger" as written by James Michael/sullivan Peterik

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is one of the greatest inspirational songs of all time. I think its basically saying never give up on your dreams, even if you think that it's impossible. Sometimes you may change your mind about what you want to do in life, but that's only because you think what you want is out of reach. But this song is telling you that if you set your mind to something (eye of the tiger) and don't give up, you can make it. Well, that's what it means to me.
    jack_x_dannieon August 25, 2005   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationRisin' 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

    To me this song is about rising from some type of loss, or defeat so to say and fighting back. The first line reads " Risin' up, back on the street" this nearly means that after he is fighting back to know he can do it. Also, that he can't let things hold him back; he needs to let them go and live on with his life. The next line could be interpreted that he took his time to think about the previous situation and made a final decision to let it go and live on with his life. The line " Now I'm back on my feet" nearly means that he let his defeat past him and moved on and is back to normal. Finally the last line is interpreted, by me at least, that he is alone in his life and fighting for survival both mentally and perhaps even physically.
    Arennick09on August 15, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Rocky, when you beat me, you had the eye rock, the eye of the tiger. You have to get that back" - Apollo Creed!
    This song has inspired me. THere are no words to describe the feeling i get when i hear this song.
    ADRIAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    shrekon June 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSo, dyingtolive? God's old too, does that make Him bad?
    groupingon September 26, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI know this song was from the movie Rocky, but thats not what I think of when I hear it. I'm a student at Auburn University and a die-hard Auburn fan. They play this song during games and it gets the crowd so pumped up. WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!
    AUsweetie0580on March 13, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is cool but there are countless other Survivor songs that are better. I Cant Hold Back, Caught in the Game, American Heartbeat, Across the Miles, and plenty of others deserve more recognition.
    goneshootin22on July 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of the greatest 80's songs of all time. Gotta respect Rocky
    Devilmanon May 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgrouping, don't kill me or anything, but how do you know god's old?


    THIS SONG IS SO COOL when you hear it, you just wanna get up and go. Its got a terrific beat.
    emptyshellofmeon March 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a great song from a great movie. But why is this turning in to a religious message board? It's about music.......emptyshellofme - how could God not be old? dumbass
    DrFeelgood03on April 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti adore this song-i cant get enuf of it, everytime i hear it, it makes me wanna compete at summit (usually hockey or water polo them being my 2 competitive sports) it might even convince me that yes i do wanna do the tough guy comp!! but shush dnt tell sophie i sed dat!!! :S its awesome!! :) :p
    fishsticks_rockon May 06, 2003   Link

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