Survivor (band)

American rock band

Survivor is an American rock band, formed in Chicago in 1978 around Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan. The band achieved its greatest success in the 1980s, producing many charting singles, especially in the United States.

Survivor at the Sweden Rock Festival in 2013.

Song lyrics


All tracks written by Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan, except as noted.

  • Rising 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.

    It's the eye of the tiger,
    It's the thrill of the fight.
    Rising 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.

  • There's a story in my eyes.
    Turn the pages of desire.
    Now it's time to trade those dreams
    For the rush of passion's fire.

    I can feel you tremble when we touch.
    And I feel the hand of fate.
    Reaching out to both of us.

  • Now I'm higher than a kite,
    I know I'm getting hooked on your love.
    Talkin' to myself, runnin' in the heat,
    Beggin' for your touch
    In the middle of the street.

    And I, I can't stop thinkin' about you, girl.
    I must be livin' in a fantasy world.
    I'm so high on you.

  • How can I convince you what you see is real?
    Who am I to blame you for doubting what you feel?
    I was always reachin', you were just a girl I knew.
    I took for granted the friend I have in you.

    I was living for a dream, loving for a moment.
    Taking on the world, that was just my style.
    Now I look into your eyes, I can see forever.
    The search is over, you were with me all the while.

  • Now at last I hold you, now all is said and done.
    The search has come full circle, our destinies are one.
    So if you ever loved me, show me that you give a damn.
    You'll know for certain, the man I really am.

    I was living for a dream, loving for a moment.
    Taking on the world, that was just my style.
    Then I touched your hand, I could hear you whisper.
    The search is over, love was right before my eyes.

    • "The Search Is Over"

Rocky IV soundtrack (1985)

  • In the warriors code there's no surrender.
    Though his body says stop his spirit cries - never!
    Deep in our soul a quiet ember knows it's you against you.
    It's the paradox that drives us on.
    It's a battle of wills.
    In the heat of attack it's the passion that kills.
    The victory is yours alone.

    In the burning heart just about to burst,
    There's a quest for answers an unquenchable thirst.
    In the darkest night rising like a spire,
    In the burning heart the unmistakable fire.

  • How do I know if I give you too much?
    Will I scare you away?
    How do I know when to leave you alone?
    When to beg you to stay?
    I wanna know
    Just how much love does it take?
    To get to you,
    I stand here ready to break.
    Tell me, tell me,
    How much love does it take?
  • I need to prove to myself
    This is more than a crush.
    Can you convince me
    It's not just a physical rush?

    Is this love that I'm feelin'?
    Is this the love that's been keepin' me up all night?
    Is this love that I'm feelin'?
    Is this love?

  • All the people cheer 'til the end is near
    And the hero takes a fall.
    Then they'll drag you through the mud,
    You're only flesh and blood.
    I have walked the path from dark to light,
    And they've yet to come to terms.
    Alone I take my stand,
    I'm only a man against the world.
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