Holding Out For A Hero

Album: Footloose Soundtrack (1984)
Charted: 2 34
  • 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
    And 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 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
    And he's gotta be larger than life
    I need a hero
    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

    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
    And he's gotta be larger than life
    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
    And he's gotta be larger than life
    I need a hero
    I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the nightWriter/s: DEAN PITCHFORD, JIM STEINMAN
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 12

  • Mandy from HerefordshireSomeone is looking for something to hold out for a chancer whos always going be what they make themselves quite accessible to be doing good things with their time making the best of just a person who makes a person feel safe though a storm
  • Shawn from Green Bay, WiThis song is certainly among the most ever used for movies. It is played in Footloose, Shrek 2, Short Circuit 2, and Who's Harry Crumb? Among others.
  • Dawn from Palmerston North, New ZealandYou were right Terry, Washington DC. It was the theme for the series Cover Up. I just recalled watching it.
  • Dawn from Palmerston North, New ZealandThis song was also on a David Copperfield (the magician) special when he was flying across the Grand Canyon.
  • Matthew from Milford, MaOn YouTube, this song is featured in a HUGE number of Kingdom Hearts AMVs.
  • Matthew from Milford, MaI like the Bonnie Tyler version. I like Jennifer Saunders's version slightly better, though. Frou Frou's version is also kind of good, but the verses are sort of flat.
  • Terry from Washington, DcGosh, I love this song. I think I love it because it was the theme song to "Cover Up", a TV series from 1984. The show originally starred Jennifer O'Neill, Richard Anderson and the impossibly handsome Jon-Erik Hexum.

    Great to know that the writer of the song also wrote all those other anthem-like tracks. Nice portfolio of "get psyched" tunes.

    -Terry in Washington, DC
  • Thomas from Walla Walla, WaIt was also used for a promo by a film company to push older movies like top gun. I have it on tape somewhere but I don't know which tape.
  • Rob from Wilkes-barre, PaYes, there are two versions in Shrek 2, the one in the credits (which is on the soundtrack) is performed by Frou Frou. The one in the movie, which takes place when Shrek (in man form) rides Donkey (in Stallion form) to break up the ceremony, and is shown being performed by the Fairy Godmother; Jennifer Saunders, the voice of this character is actually singing it, so her version is the version actually used in the movie.
  • Paul from Galway, IrelandI love this song. I love Bonnie. Much Better than "total eclipse of the heart". This is catchy. UNREAL
  • Jason from Seaside, Ca2 versions were in Shrek 2, one in the movie, and a different one for the credits.
  • Aj from Cleveland, Gai love this song, being the Bonnie Tyler fan that I am.
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