Cover Tune Grab Bag – “Eye Of The Tiger”

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Words cannot express how thankful we are for your overwhelming response to Sam’s JDRF funny car design. Not only did you show up but you blew it out of the water. Sam raised the most money coming in at $6801. Even better, the whole contest raised over $84,000! UNREAL! Now remember Ford picks the winner out of the top five, so we have to wait and see. It was awesome to watch! Sam was barely in the top five and then, just like Rocky, he made a comeback!

So, as a reward for yall’s awesomeness, here is a new Cover Tune Grab Bag that seems quite fitting. Once again thank you so much and God bless!


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  • Clare

    oh my! hilarious. especially the ‘tiger’ doing a handstand. these cover tunes make my night!! thanks!

  • Lisa V

    You guys are great.
    Congrats Sam!! I hope you win the whole contest.

  • LorelaiCC aka C.C. Almon

    Is it bad that everyone in our house comes running so we can all sing the “It’s the Cover Tune Grab Bag” theme song as soon as it starts playing on the computer. We randomly start singing it at other times as well. It’s our new favorite song!! LOL!

  • Kelley

    Nathan….was that you? Were you the tiger?…Looked so realistic, but I didn’t see you with the guys so I suspect that possibly YOU were the tiger…Am I right?

  • Kelley

    Seriously, you guys make me laugh….I love you all…with as much as your music has ministered to me for the past 8 years, I was so happy to help in the JDRF race…Sam must be on top of the world right now…great job!

    Thanks for the CTGB reward!

  • Daniel Crowe

    hoping that ford picks sam!
    and congrats on the new baby girl 😀

    thats my favorite CTGB so far…well…right behind “Staying Alive” 😛

  • Christy

    WTG SAM!!!!! I am so excited. I hope Ford picks you.

    As for the cover tune grab bag. OMgoodness!!! I have set here and laughed, cried and now have stomach cramps. That is by far the very best ever. I never dreamed that Eye of the TIGGER would be so awesome. Love the neck action, love the mess up on the guitar, love the look on Mikes face when he looks at Nate. Nate, you were amazing, I have no words, I’m laughing to hard.
    YOU GUYS ROCK!!! Thanks for that really. I have had a rough day and that was the best medicine. HUGS to you all and more hugs to all your wives for living with you.

  • Christy

    OOPS, forgot to say CONGRATS on the new baby. One friend just had their 9th and I have another friend due in Dec with #7. What a blessing!

  • Tammy~S.L.O.B.

    Another great one!! “Tigger” you were simply wonderful!
    Congrats Sam!!

  • Lisa

    The most wonderful thing about Tigger (er…Nate) is he’s the only one! Well done gentlemen. You are the best entertainment out there. Congrats to Sam and JDRF!

  • suzanne

    1. I woke people up laughing so hard.
    2. Then I had to blog about y’all.
    3. Explain the tire…..or do you dare?

    Y’all are too flippin’ funny.

  • Sandi

    lol, at first I was disappointed not to see Nate…but then I start seeing leaves or something peak out behind the door and I just about lost it at that point…then the most amazing part…..out comes Nate, er Tigger. That was totally awesome! I think you guys should start your shows off with this song and have Nate come out in a Tigger costume. Wow, that would be amazing…just make sure you make a stop in N. CA when you do so! 🙂

  • Sandi

    err, not leave….tiger tail and Nates hand, I mean paw

  • Heidi

    Stinkin’ hilarious! First of all – “Yea for Sam!” Very exciting. Second – This song was my request. I am laughing so hard! I kept wondering what was that in the background, and then when Nate came out, I lost it! Thanks guys!

    Sam, I hope your car gets picked!!

  • andira

    Hee hee hee…..tigger! “The wonderful thing about tiggers is tiggers are wonderful things. Their tops are made out of rubber, their bottoms are made out of springs. Their flouncy, bouncy, trouncy, wouncy fun fun fun fun FUN! The wonderful thing about tiggers is Nate’s the silliest one!”

    Goooooooooo Tiger Tigger!!!!!

  • islandchick

    Wow. I just logged on to see how Sam’s car placed and was rewarded with this gem. If supporting great causes earn us S.L.O.Bs this kind of reward, bring on the charities! I’m pretty sure I’m not the only mom on here that will never be able to look at Tigger again without bursting into fits of laughter. Does anyone elses family have a Pavlovian response to the CTGB jingle? The second it starts playing, all eyes are on the monitor, I mean even the PS2 gets paused…weird. Congrats Sam, hope we get to see your design on a car, and a cure someday soon. God bless.

  • Brenda

    Do we get a covertune grab bag bit at the concert on the 30th???

  • Toby

    Bart, I will donate every week if my reward is CTGB’s. I’ve never heard Eye of the TigGer. Must be on the Winnie the Pooh soundtrack or something.
    Great stuff!!
    Good luck Sam!! We’re praying for you!

  • Trish

    Guys, that was phenomenal! WAY TO GO, SAM!! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! Congratulations on the new baby! I can’t wait to see a pic of her and find out her name!


    p.s. still would like to see Robby and Jim though 🙁

  • Z

    Wow! That was hilarious!

    I’m so glad taht Sam won!

    Thanks for the new video!!! I loved “Tigger”!!!

  • Cassandra, a S.L.O.B.

    ROFL… I knew it was going to be hilarious being it was you all, but it is funny to see what Nate does next. I loved Tigger, I mean Tiger! =D I just do not see how you all can keep from splitting a gut with Nate around.

    Congrats to Sam, here’s praying he gets chosen, and may God continue to bless JDRF with all they raised. Send them the cure that takes them all out of a job!!!

  • Cassandra, a S.L.O.B.

    Oh yes, I get the same response to CTGB if I wait until they are awake to watch. I am up too early for my family this morning. =P

  • Z

    Yeah, I forgot to mention. I was a bit bummed that Nate was not in this video. But his triumphal entry as Tigger was such a surprise!

  • Charley

    That was the funniest ever. You guys are awesome! Oh, I really like the changes in the blog. Its really looking awesome!

  • Robbie Paisley

    Yay! Way to go Sam! I hope they pick your car and I hope more than anything they find a cure soon.

    Loved the song! As soon as I saw the tiger tail I guessed that Nathan would be dressed as a tiger but I almost fell out to see it was Tigger instead. The wonderful thing about Nathan Tigger is MercyMe has the only one.

    Nathan, Rocky is nothing compared to your Tigger.

    Love you guys! 🙂

  • Rebecca T :P

    lol!!! the only one who could have done tigger better would be Charlie- well without the tire…
    …What was with the tire anyway?

  • Rebecca T :P

    lol!!! the only one who could have done tigger better would be Charlie- well without the tire…
    …What was with the tire anyway?

  • Rebecca T :P

    lol!!! the only one who could have done tigger better would be Charlie- well without the tire…
    …What was with the tire anyway?

  • Rebecca T :P

    lol!!! the only one who could have done tigger better would be Charlie- well without the tire…
    …What was with the tire anyway?

  • Rebecca T :P

    lol!!! the only one who could have done tigger better would be Charlie- well without the tire…
    …What was with the tire anyway?

  • Rebecca T :P

    lol!!! the only one who could have done tigger better would be Charlie- well without the tire…
    …What was with the tire anyway?

  • JHG

    Remember. Be a tigger not an eyor! Great tune guys. Hilarious.

  • MomS

    Every family should have a cat!

  • angie

    BEST ONE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the laugh!!

  • Kelley

    I don’t remember which SLOBBER brought it up but it’s definately HAMMER TIME!….Can’t Touch This would be so awesome!!

  • Sheryl

    You guys are so great to watch whether it is in a public venue or in your own private little world (which I am sure you need to have an escape). MM is one of the best talents out there and I thank God for you all so much. I have been a big fan since early on and I can only imagine (that’s my little play on words)what God has in store for you guys in the future. Keep on doing your work for the Kingdom -Sheryl p.s. Bart, I need to mention that the first reason I started listening to you guys was that you look like my son and I saw a picture of you – I thought maybe he had a second job that I didn’t know about

  • buzz

    Awesome stuff!!! we love the grab bags! good luck Sam, and way to go so far. thanx for coming out here to the left coast (medford, or) and doing the show!!!! come back as often as you can, we LOVED IT!!!!!!

  • Jen B

    I was wondering where Nate was, and then BOOM!! I busted out laughing. You guys are awesome. That just made my day. I love these CTGB!!!
    Good luck, Sam!!

  • Jen B

    BTW I second “Can’t touch this”. That would be wild!!

  • Katiebug

    Hahaha! What a way to start my day. I absolutely LOVED this cover tune!! Thanks for mentioning the grab bags at your concert in Medford–otherwise I would’ve never known! As soon as Nate came out, my sides were hurting. Never have I laughed so much in 3 minutes!! Especially the ‘Eye of the… Tire?!’ that was so funny. Great job! Can’t wait for the next one… and I third Can’t Touch This! Oh, and Congrats to Sam! My family and I have continued to keep him in our prayers. Have a wondeful day! God bless!

  • Papa Ron

    My eyes are leaking again. You guys rock!!
    Sam, I am proud of your artistic accomplishment. Keep up the great work.

  • Kelley

    Aaron….it was Aaron who suggested a HAMMER TIME…Genius, shear genius!

    Oh and congratulations Bart and Shannon!….a little girl to lower the test…testos…Testosterone (spell check) ratio in your household.

  • Kim The SLOB

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! When I got up this morning (at 4:30!!) what a surprise to see a new CTGB!! Ya’ll made my day start off great!
    A big CONGRATS to Sam!!! You go boy!!!!

  • Heidi Reed

    ROFL! I loved the wagging tail behind the door. Then out popped the hysterical. That was great!

    I also want to know what’s with the tire?

    And congrats Sam!!!!!!

    And I guess you just had another baby, Bart? A girl? I see it in some comments so… congrats!!

  • Katherine

    1st…congrats on the winning design and money donated! That is awesome and I truly hope they will find a cure!!

    2nd…Oh. My. Word. I was laughing so hard I was crying. You guys make me laugh like little else can. Thank you 🙂 I, too was disappointed when I did not see Nathan at the beginning, but then I saw the tail…and figured that was him, never expecting to get Tigger!!! I could barely see through the waterworks-hillarious.

    Love you guys-thanks for sharing 🙂

  • tam


    but you guys aint right.

  • Tammi

    OMG!!!!! This is absolutely hilarious.

  • Gina

    Another funny one!

    See ya at the Rangers game tonight!

  • angie

    Where exactly does one get a grown-up Tigger costume?

  • Lynn

    Hey…cute double entendre with the “D” Tiger hat!! Go Tigers! Many thanks for the wonderful concert last night in The Woodlands – great worship & fun!

  • Z

    You guys are truly entertainers! I want to be like you someday.

  • Cheryle

    I received tickets for my birthday which was yesterday (8-1). We had great seats and you all are awesome entertainers. I took my teenage son with me and we loved it. Love the Grab Bag.

  • Jeff 53

    whats with the tigger suit and dance?!?!?!



  • Rebecca T :-)

    angi- you can get it at a lot of places… i had a friend who dressed up as tigger for school spirit day during homecoming week because she didn’t have anything else that was orange. (orange is our school color)

  • Kourtni

    hahaha i loved it! especially with the tiger with the wheel. Oh yeah, nice touch! i have an idea for another cover tune… just saying. you dont have to do it, just throwing it out there, but what about Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer? Or Play that funky music? Just some thoughts! You guys are amazing!

  • Angie

    Love the eye of the tiger, or is that now “tigger”? Saw you guys in The Woodlands last night. It was an awesome worship service. Bring the rain brought me to tears. My husband is a former military man who is now serving time in prison. That is an awesome video that really hit home for me. Thank you for being messengers of God. I won’t back down is my favorite song from my “BC” days. All I can say is THANKS!!!

  • Albert

    This was too FUNNY… Love dit!!!

  • Smilemaker

    I remember going to a Survivor show many, many, many moons ago and don’t remember them doing “Eye of the Tiger” anything like this. Your version is so much more entertaining!!! I was laughing so hard I woke my sleeping husband in the next room. Where on earth did you come up with an adult “Tigger” costume on such short notice? I can’t wait for my kids to see this CTGB tomorrow since they were both big “Pooh” fans when they were younger. Maybe they’ll know the significance of Tigger holding up the tire. Tigger (a/k/a Nate) looked like the very muscular “Michelin Man” from the TV commercials for Michelin tires.

    My kids would love for you do “Footloose” so we could see more of that fancy footwork that you all entertain us with so well.

  • Kendell

    I thought it couldn’t get any better than Hold Me Now, but it just did. That was awesome!!

    Congrats, Sam! I hope your car wins.

  • Albert

    Okay; you are REAl good … I just saw all of the clips… they all made me laugh and I needed it. I really enjoyed your concert last night in Houston!!! God Bless you all

    One request for a song – Unchain Melody

    Thanks 🙂

  • Jimmy

    EYE OF THE TIRE…grrrreat!

  • candice

    Congratulations Sam! I am so proud of you!

    Now where is Jim and Robby? They are missing out.

    Guys awesome acoustics and great dance moves Nate! 🙂

  • Gette

    Eye of the tire?

  • Linda

    How fun! My 9 year old daughter is still talking about the “awsome concert” you guys did @ The Woodlands. Your band is one of my family’s favorites, and what a blessing your music is.

    My husband recommends “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top. I challenge you to perform “Check Yes or No” by George Strait!

  • Libby

    Thank you all for a FANTASTIC show in Arlington. You guy were absolutely wonderful and the show definitely touched me. I’m so glad you told us about this Cover Tune Grab Bag… these are great! How about that 80s or 90s song “walk the dinosaur”??

    God bless you guys, and keep the music coming. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us.

    Libby Hawkins

  • Beverly From the US

    I love these. My Hubby sends them to me when he gets to work. Then I post them on the mommy’s board! We all love them!
    Love the Tigger Tiger!

    Have you done SHOUT? Or Manic Monday?

    Love them…keep them coming!

  • Kelley

    Hmmm….Walk the dinosaur and Manic Monday….how about a combination of the two….WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN…that would be interesting!!

  • Libby

    Ha! That’s even better! Walk Like An Egyptian! Great idea, Kelley!

  • Kelley

    Libby….I figure the baggie pants would work for both Walk Like an Egyptian and Can’t touch this…two fer one deal :-)~

  • Libby

    LOL I’d just love to see the guys don those pants and PERFORM Walk Like and Egyptian…. 🙂

  • Family Jules

    Once again…that was another beautiful rendition. The tire really brought the mood home.

    Sam, you’re the man. I look forward to seeing your artwork (much hope) on the final car. Juvie ‘betics rock.

  • joniandrick

    We were hoping to see you at Winter Jam in Wichita, but instead had to wait for Heartfest at World’s of Fun. Truly enjoyed the evening of worship with you guys and have mightily enjoyed the website, which you did plug at Heartfest. My kids have requested some Bon Jovi for a CTGB – Conner thinks Dead or Alive. 🙂 Or he said a Veggietales song like Cheeseburger (his favorite) – or maybe some Who Let The Dogs Out… ha. Keep ’em coming – they’re a treat. Thanks.

  • Erk

    Awesome job guys, the tiger doing the handstand had me crackin up. You guys should think about doing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” sometime soon. Just saw you guys at Heartfest at WOF in KC a couple weeks ago, really appreciated your message and how it wasn’t about a performance, it was truly worship. Thanks for everything!

  • laurelinestel

    LOVE IT! LOVE IT! Puurrrrfect! Haha..Bring it ON!

  • Jason Sprague


    Where did you get that imagine a cure shirt? We love that and would like to get some. The songs are great too. We look forward to each new one you guys do.

  • Nicole

    You guys this one is buy far one of my top two with ice ice baby. I went to HeartFest in Kansas City on July 19, 2008. And you guys were awesome. I’m hoping to see you guys again soon. One more thing it would be sooo cool if you guys would do a sing Nobodys Perfect by Hannah Montana on CTGB. Hope you do it!!!!!

  • Ashley

    You guys ROCK!!!! You should keep making these forever. They are soooo funny. I was laughing so hard 🙂

    Keep making more 🙂

  • tommy

    you guys r amazeingly funny the tiger in the back…histarical,u guys keep rock cause i’m 1 of ure biggest fans god bless tommy.

  • Stacey

    Love it! The tiger suit was awesome, Nate you are such a good sport. Keep up the CTGBs! Tell Sam way to go and i hope he wins.

  • Chris

    That was hilarious. The way Bart was singing was the best.

  • Lisa N

    I love the Cover Tune Grab bag….it is totally hilarious!!! Please don’t stop them……..

  • Ryan

    How about “Don’t <ess Around With Jim” I already have a mental cover tune grab bag in my head 4 it

  • myrna

    i love this so much. but what would be really nice is “Take On Me” by a-ha……..

  • Robin

    I don’t know if you read all your comments, but I was crying I was laughing so hard. Now, I’ll have to watch the others.

  • candice

    I think you could do Steven Curtis Chapman proud by covering his song “Dive”. DO IT! IT WOULD ROCK!

  • SlobberKing

    Dudes, awesome job! Way to go Sam!! When do we get t-shirts…..

  • Brian and Abby

    Hey guys we just saw you at Faith Day in Cincinnati. My little girl Abby loves your music and we saw your Cover Grab Bag videos and they are hilarious. My little girl would like to request your next video to be Best Of Both Worlds by Hannah Montana. My wife thinks Nate will look great in a blonde wig in the background. God Bless and Keep rockin!!

  • Charlie

    I went to Faith Day at the Great American Ball Park and I just simply adorded you guys. I hope you guys keep doing Faith Day in (lovely) Cincy, OH
    And on another note, Faith Day was the first time I had ever heard of your “Cover Tune Grab Bag”…and this is a big opprotunity for me to have fun. Can you please do “Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog? That would be simply amazing. And Bart, you’re blog is not the stupidest blog in the world. It’s pretty much amazing.

  • Angie

    That is the funniest junk ever!!!

  • Heather

    Hey! I heard Bart on K-Love today (radio show). And I was thinking of cover-tune-grab bag songs that you all could do! I was thinking of “Don’t worry be happy,” and “I can see clearly now the rain is gone” I don’t know if those are actually the song titles for those but I am sure you know what I mean. I can just see you guys having lots of fun with those two songs! Have fun!

  • The Honey Family

    It’s about time you guys worked that door into your routine. Only, I always thought your wives should come in and make fun of you behind your backs! 🙂

  • Damon

    Please, please, please perform this (with Tigger) during your November 16th concert in Evansville, Indiana. I am bringing my daughter to the show for her 14th birthday. She is a reluctant fan, but admitted that seeing this cover tune grab bag favorite live would be nothing short of “awesome…”

    Think about it 🙂

    Thanks, Damon

  • Blooboonet

    Hey lol soo funny love the tigger suit and voice

  • Jersey Kat

    This is the BEST CTGB By far!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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