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"Holding Out for a Hero" is a song that was originally performed by Bonnie Tyler for the to the 1984 musical film Footloose. While the original song was not villainous, it was later featured in Dreamworks' 2004 animated film Shrek 2. It features the Fairy Godmother performing the song at the royal ball during her plan to get Princess Fiona fall in love with Prince Charming.

The Shrek 2 version was performed by Fairy Godmother's voice actress Jennifer Saunders accompanied by a chorus. Another version performed by Frou Frou appears during the final credits of the song.

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
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 night

Where have all the good men gone
And where are all the gods?
Where's the street-wise 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

Up where the mountains meet the heavens above
Out where the lightning splits the sea
I could swear that there's 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 the fire in my blood

(Like a fire in my blood)
(Like a fire in my blood)
(Like a fire in my blood)
(Like a fire in my blood)

(Hero)

I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the morning light
and he's gotta be sure
And it's gotta be soon
And he's gotta be larger than life

(Hero)

Oh 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

Other Appearances

  • The original version was featured in the following albums:
    • Footloose: Original Soundtrack of the Paramount Motion Picture.
    • Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire.
    • The Very Best Of Bonnie Tyler.
  • Both Shrek 2 versions were featured in the movie's soundtrack.
  • The song has appeared also in the following films:
    • Short Circuit 2.
    • Who's Harry Crumb?
    • Bandits.
    • Nacho Libre.
  • The song appeared in the trailer for the film Pokémon Detective Pikachu.
  • The song has appeared in the following television shows:
    • Cover Up.
    • Glee.
  • The song appeared in the season two trailer for the television series Vikings.
  • The song was featured in the video game Saints Row the Third.
  • The song has been featured in the stage musical adaptation of Footloose.
  • The Bonnie Tyler song was used in an Arby's commercial to promote 2 for $6 gyros.

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