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Real American (Theme Song) is one of the theme songs/entrance songs used by Hulk Hogan.

The song is one of the 10 tracks included on the WWF's wrestling album, The Wrestling Album, released in 1985 by Epic Records. The song's music and lyrics were composed by Rick Derringer, a rock artist best known for his work with the McCoys (singing lead on their 1965 No. 1 hit "Hang On, Sloopy"), his 1974 solo release "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Coo," and his work with rock bands the Edgar Winter Group and Steely Dan.

History

"Real American" was originally the entrance theme for the U.S. Express, a tag team comprised of Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo, and was first used during the October 1, 1985, television tapings of WWF Championship Wrestling (and aired during the October 12 program). On the album's liner notes, Vince McMahon stated "Real American" was dedicated to Windham and Rotundo.

But shortly after the album's release, both Rotundo and Windham left the WWF for the National Wrestling Alliance. Hogan -- who was using a different song from The Wrestling Album, "Hulk's Theme," as his entrance music -- was given "Real American," and began using it sometime in December 1985 as his entrance theme. The song was immediately a huge success, both from a fan and critical standpoint ... most notably as it illustrated Hogan's character as a man who fought for what was right, stood up against the bad guys and always came up victorious. Hogan would use the song for the remainder of his original WWF run and -- except for the brief period of his New World Order gimmick in 2001-2002 -- all subsequent returns. "Real American" is most closely associated with Hogan to this day.

Other uses

Other wrestlers have used "Real American" as their theme, most notably:

  • "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, who used it during his 1986 feud with Hogan. The use of the music was to upstage Hogan and play up Orndorff's bitter view of Hogan as a neglectful, uncaring, arrogant man who uses his friends. Orndorff repeatedly insisted that he, not Hogan, was the "real American" and that the music was meant for him. Hogan continued to use "Real American" during this time.
  • Pat Patterson and Jerry Brisco, during their tag team run in 1999-2000 as part of The Corporation and Corporate Ministry.
  • Curtis Axel, during his tag team association with Macho Mandow in 2015.

Theme Lyrics

I am a real American.
Fight for the rights of every man.
I am a real American.
fight for what's right, fight for your life!

When it comes crashing down, and it hurts inside.
You gotta take a stand, it don't help to hide.
Well, you hurt my friends, and you hurt my pride,
I gotta be a man; I can't let it slide.

I am a real American.
Fight for the rights of every man.
I am a real American.
fight for what's right, fight for your life!

I feel strong about right and wrong,
And I don't take trouble for very long,
I got something deep inside of me.
Courage is the thing that keeps us free.

I am a real American.
Fight for the rights of every man.
I am a real American.
fight for what's right, fight for your life!

I am a real American.
Fight for the rights of every man.
I am a real American.
fight for what's right, fight for your life!

Well you hurt my friends, and you hurt my pride,
I gotta be a man; I can't let it slide,

I am a real American.
Fight for the rights of every man,
I am a real American.
Fight for what's right, fight for your life!

I am a real American.
Fight for the rights of every man,
I am a real American.
Fight for what's right, fight for your life!

Curtis Axel entrance themes
All About the PowerAnd The Horse He Rode In OnDeath BlowMeat On the Perfect TableReal AmericanRebornS.O.S.We Are One
Hulk Hogan entrance themes

American MadeEye of the TigerImmortalsKevin Nash/Wolfpac ThemeReal AmericanRockhouseStars and Stripes ForeverVoodoo Child (Slight Return)

The Wrestling Album
Land of a Thousand DancesGrab Them CakesReal AmericanEat Your Heart Out, Rick SpringfieldCaptain Lou's History of Music/Captain LouHulk Hogan's ThemeFor EverybodyTutti FruttiDon't Go Messin' with a Country BoyCara Mia

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