One Shining Moment

Possibly the cheesiest song ever written is also the perfect backdrop to the conclusive highlights of every March Madness tournament. David Barrett wrote and performed “One Shining Moment” from 1987-1993, then 2000-2002. Teddy Pendergrass’ remake was used by CBS from 1994-1999, and Luther Vandross’ version has been used from 2003-2009 and from 2011-on. There was a Jennifer Hudson interruption in 2010, but that’s been corrected. Back to Luther. Luther Vandross knows how to inspire great highlights, and as long as they don’t show Kevin Ware’s leg, “One Shining Moment” will be worth it. Relive all the greatest moments that have already been forgotten: Florida Gulf Coast, Buzzer beaters, Gonzaga being seeded #1, even Ben Howland and Tubby Smith’s handshake (both fired after their team was ousted). You get the point.

Any song that starts with “The ball is tipped” has to be great. Also, why is David Barrett talking “running for your life” about college basketball? Seems negative. Anyways, here are the lyrics:

The ball is tipped
and there you are
you’re running for your life
you’re a shooting star
And all the years
no one knows
just how hard you worked
but now it shows…
(in) One Shining Moment, it’s all on the line
One Shining Moment, there frozen in time

But time is short
and the road is long
in the blinking of an eye
ah that moment’s gone
And when it’s done
win or lose
you always did your best
cuz inside you knew…
(that) One Shining Moment, you reached deep inside
One Shining Moment, you knew you were alive

Feel the beat of your heart
feel the wind in your face
it’s more than a contest
it’s more than a race…

And when it’s done
win or lose
you always did your best
cuz inside you knew…
(that) One Shining Moment, you reached for the sky
One Shining Moment, you knew
One Shining Moment, you were willing to try
One Shining Moment, you knew
One Shining Moment…

Lyrics from EZ Lyrics

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