David Glen Eisley – Sweet Victory (Lyrics Review and Song Meaning)
David Glen Eisley had a life in the limelight. His father was a popular actor Anthony Eisley. David played for San Fransisco Giants baseball team, before commiting to music. He married to the actress Olivia Hussey, and have one daughter India Eisley, whom is also an actress now. David Glen Eisley shifted among several rock bands as the lead singer; ‘Sorcery,’ ‘Giuffria’ and ‘Dirty White Boy’ to name a few. David’s biggest hit comes from his time in Giuffria, when their single “Call to the Heart” reached #15 in Billboard Hot 100 n early 1985. However, this article is about possibly David Glen Eisley’s most loved track “Sweet Vcitory” thanks to SpongeBob SquarePants.
“Sweet Victory” is a rock ballad by David Glen Eisley released in 1988. The song speaks about the emotions of winning and how losing is not even an option he considers. In those standards, this song is an epitome of victory songs that has not received the spotlight it deserves. One could even argue that “Sweet Victory” by David Glen Eisley is of the same rank as “We Are The Champions” by Queen or “The Final Countdown” by Europe or “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor.
“Sweet Victory” gained viral popularity after the ‘Band Geeks’ episode of SpongeBob SquarePants that aired in 2001, contained the song. In the episode, SpongeBob and his ragtag team of ‘Bikini Bottom Super Band’ members performed the song at a football concert titled ‘Bubble Bowl.’. The band was orchestrated by Squidward the squid. SpongeBob performed the lead vocals and was dubbed by David Glen’s original vocals from the song.
Listen to “Sweet Victory” by David Glen Eisley
This song is a hardcore dedication to victory. According to David, there is no other option than winning.
In the intro to the song, David sets the tone for the entire song by saying ‘the winner takes all.’ This alludes that the winner will be blessed with the thrill, the adrenaline rush, the money, the glory, the pride, the bragging rights and the ability to walk as champions. In this sense, there is nothing left to the second best. There are no spoils left for the runner up.
In the first verse of “Sweet Victory,” David Glen motivates everyone to never give up on the goal, and the goal is victory. There might be a thousand and one obstacles making you suffocate. But none of that matters when you hold that cup or medal or the certificate. Winning is your way out of the world crumbling around you.
These lines explain the sensation of victory. It’s just ‘sweet’ and more ‘sweet.’ The world is your oyster for that moment. You are the best at whatever it is for that moment. But to achieve this, you should be able to fight till you are the last man standing. It’s a battle royale!
The victory cry gets even more intense in the second verse of “Sweet Victory” by David Glen Eisley.
The singer concludes that second place or the silver award is not really a victory. It is a more sugarcoated way of saying first loser. The target is gold (the first place) and anything else is just a consolation prize with no assurance of legendary status. ‘Gold’ doesn’t come easy. You need to have an ache to win. You need to have a sickness to win. The times will be trying, and probably the worst of your life. But that one moment–when your chest breaks the finish line first, when your hand touches the finishing end of the swimming pool, when you crash on to the muddy earth with the football, when your kick scores the final goal at the buzzer–that moment is what makes up for all the pain endured in the journey so far. David Glen assures us that the pain would be worth it, because the victory is just ‘oh so sweet!’
Accompanied by an tiltilating guitar and drum solos and high-energy vocals, “Sweet Victory” is a song to make your blood pumping. The song is an adrenaline injection.
Watch SpongeBob SquarePants Perform “Sweet Victory”
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Complete Lyrics to “Sweet Victory” by David Glen Eisley