Wrestling with Life and Bruce Springsteen

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bruce springsteen lyrics from the wrestler wednesday wisdom way of the renaissance man starring jim woodsHave you ever seen a one-armed man punching at nothing but the breeze?
If you’ve ever seen a one-armed man then you’ve seen me
Then you’ve seen me, I come and stand at every door
Then you’ve seen me, I always leave with less than I had before
Then you’ve seen me, bet I can make you smile when the blood, it hits the floor
Tell me, friend, can you ask for anything more?

—Bruce Springsteen, “The Wrestler”


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Perhaps the best film of 2008 is director Darren Aronofsky’s masterpiece, “The Wrestler.” The film, which stars the great Mickey Rourke, depicts the struggle of a physically and emotionally battered professional wrestler vainly attempting to cling to the glory days of his past. The title song from the film is also a masterpiece, and yet another brilliant feather in the cap of one of the greatest songwriters of our generation, Bruce Springsteen. If you want to feel the emotional power of a man literally wrestling with life, then you need to see Aronofsky’s film and listen to Bruce’s song. Both will remind you that life is a beautifully intense struggle worth every drop of blood that hits the floor.
Jim Woods September 11th 2019


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