"The Wrestler" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
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Have you ever seen a one trick pony in the field so happy and free?
If you've ever seen a one trick pony then you've seen me
Have you ever seen a one-legged dog making his way down the street?
If you've ever seen a one-legged dog 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?
Tell me can you ask for anything more?

Have you ever seen a scarecrow filled with nothing but dust and wheat?
If you've ever seen that scarecrow then you've seen me
Have 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?
Tell me can you ask for anything more?

These things that have comforted me, I drive away
This place that is my home I cannot stay
My only faith's in the broken bones and bruises I display

Have you ever seen a one-legged man trying to dance his way free?
If you've ever seen a one-legged man then you've seen me


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"The Wrestler" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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  • +3
    My InterpretationFantastic song. I agree it's one of the best songs the Boss has written in years. I never tire of listening to it.

    Actually now want to see the movie after listening to this song.

    It just sounds like a song about a beaten down man. It has some sad lyrics

    "These things that have comforted me, I drive away
    This place that is my home I cannot pay
    My only faith's in the broken bones and bruises I display"
    tpwalleron March 12, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My Opinion
    One of the best songs the Boss has put out in the past decade.

    Played over the end credits of the move The Wrestler with Mickey Rourke.

    Simply stunning.
    steelpulseon November 30, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI can't wait to see him play it at the Oscars, cause you know it's going to be nominated.
    tjwellson December 31, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAmazing new track. It has a very nostalgic quality to it.
    Pelagialexon December 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI disagree with the one-armed man punching at nothing being the same as the one legged dog. The one-legged dog gives out the image of being abandoned and dirty and begging for scrapes of food, whereas the one armed-man leaved the image of a fighter. the fact that he's fighting as the breeze makes it an empty fight.

    *"I come and stand at every door": gives out the image of universality and begging. He's the same as everyone, and everyone sees him. But the idea of "leaving with less than he came before" still means what he's losing a little everyday. Dignity maybe?

    This is definitely sad. Will be back for more later. Still remember that the one-trick pony in the field was "so happy and free".
    irouleauon September 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis play that is my home i cannot STAY
    tjwellson December 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentToo bad this song was snubbed by the Academy awards this morning
    Benioffon January 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*"Have you ever seen a one trick pony in the field so happy and free?"
    One trick pony means he's only good at one thing. There's only one thing he can do.
    "Have you ever seen a one-legged dog making its way down the street?"
    He is making his way through life just as troubled as a dog with one leg crawling down a street
    *"Have you ever seen a scarecrow filled with nothing but dust and wheat?"
    Not sure. He has nothing left to live for? Outside the fact that he puts on a show like a scarecrow he is empty inside?
    *"Have you ever seen a one-armed man punching at nothing but the breeze?"
    Same analogy as the one legged dog. Punching at nothing but the breeze means he doesn't know what to do.
    *"I come and stand at every door"
    He doesn't have a home. He isn't accepted, things don't work out for him.



    FullDevilSocceron January 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI've never been that big on bruce as a lyricist, but this song is great. He captures the essence of the character in movie. FullDevilSoccer is right on with the lyrics. Bruce was straight to the point and deep at the same time. I think the quote from the movie is "I'm an old broken down piece of meat, and I deserve to be all alone".
    justasimpleguyon February 09, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti believe its tell me FRIEND, not fan
    bto4on March 25, 2009   Link

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