May 8

Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For A Hero”: The Torch Song

Bonnie Tyler

High notes, husky voice, and roughness, these are the perfect definition of the one and only Bonnie Tyler. She got a pure talent, and she can move people. It’s merely shown on the song she recorded before like “It’s A Heartache” and “Total Eclipse Of The Heart.” And another song, proving her great music is “Holding Out For A Hero.” It became the “torch song”  that started in 1984 and up to these days. On the other hand, Tyler’s songs were being played over and over on the radios and televisions. Also, the songs were used as soundtracks and themes. This displays, Bonnie Tyler and her choice of music can leave a mark on individuals from youngsters to elderlies.

Torch Song…

A “Torch Song” is about being sentimental and emotional. It is simply a sentimental song. It typically describes one in which the singer or songwriter weeps an unrequited or lost love. It’s either one party is insensible to the existence of the other, one party has moved on, or where another romantic affair has affected the relationship. Torch song derives from the saying, “to carry a torch for someone,” or “to keep afire the light of unrequited love.”

The Song…

Jim Steinman and Dean Pitchford pooled resources to writing “Holding Out For A Hero.” Steinman, on the other hand, is the songwriter of other Tyler’s songs such as “Total Eclipse Of The Heart.”

Furthermore, “Holding Out For A Hero,” was used as a soundtrack of the movie “Footloose.” The song was successful. It topped the charts inside and outside of the U.S.

Steinman was recruited to write the song specifically for the movie “Footloose.” Because of Steinman, Tyler got to record the song. He referred Tyler to be the one to record the single.

The Lyrics…

Where have all the good men gone

And where are all the gods?

Where’s the streetwise Hercules to fight the rising odds?

Isn’t there a white knight upon a fiery steed?

Late at night, I toss, and I turn

And I dream of what I need

I need a hero

I’m holding out for a hero ’til the end of the night

He’s gotta be strong

And he’s gotta be fast

And he’s gotta be fresh from the fight

I need a hero

I’m holding out for a hero ’til the morning light

He’s gotta be sure

And it’s gotta be soon

He’s gotta be larger than life!

Larger than life

Somewhere after midnight

In my wildest fantasy

Somewhere just beyond my reach

There’s someone reaching back for me

Racing on the thunder and rising with the heat

It’s gonna take a superman to sweep me off my feet

I’m holding out for a hero ’til the end of the night

Up where the mountains meet the heavens above

Out where the lightning splits the sea

I could swear there is someone, somewhere

Watching me

Through the wind, and the chill, and the rain

And the storm, and the flood

I can feel his approach like a fire in my blood

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