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Tim Tebow inspires new version of 'St. Elmo's Fire' theme

January 12, 2012 |  6:00 am

Tim Tebow certainly is an inspirational figure. The Denver Broncos quarterback even has inspired one-time pop star John Parr to emerge from wherever he's been the last 25 years or so to record an updated version of his theme song from the movie "St. Elmo's Fire," which was a No. 1 hit back in the '80s.

The new version is called "Tim Tebow's Fire." No joke.

The lyrics are mostly uplifting sports cliches, with a few lines from the original song left in where Parr apparently couldn't think of anything new to say. But give him credit for getting a Tebowing reference in there ("You know I'm out there, Down on one knee").

Here's part of the chorus: "Gonna be a man in motion / All I need is my Bronco team / Take me where my future's lyin' / Tim Tebow's fire."

OK, so the lyrics really don't make much sense, but no doubt they come from the heart. And they're really not much different from the lyrics of some other modern-day classics:

-- Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder wears his heart on his sleeve as a Chicago Cubs fan in "Go All the Way."

-- The Red Hot Chili Peppers sound really cool while drooling all over their favorite Laker in "Magic Johnson" (warning, explicit lyrics);

-- And who could ever forget Prince's bewildering "Purple and Gold," a so-called fight song for the Minnesota Vikings.

So Parr actually is in some pretty lofty company. Some of the greatest musical artists of our time have recorded a cheesy ode to a beloved sports figure or team.

Oh, and so did Creed singer Scott Stapp.

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