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Working on a dream and the lyrics

Have you heard Bruce Springsteen's new song "The Wrestler"?  It was written for the movie starring Mickey Rourke and it's great.  The song doesn't appear until the closing credits and it's very powerful.  However, there's one problem with the lyrics that it seems no one has noticed. The song talks about various people, objects and animals that are considered down and out.  The first lines are: Have you ever since a one trick pony running in a field so happy and free? If you've ever seen a one trick pony then you've seen me. Great line.  It creates an image of an animal that can't do a whole lot but is still satisfied in life. Here's another awesome line: Have you ever seen a scarecrow filled with nothing but dust and weed? If you've ever seen that scarecrow then you've seen me. Again, great writing.  It even gets better: (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) but 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? Totally great.  However, there's one line that is just wrong.  I hate to say it, but it's the second verse.  Here it is: Have you ever seen a one legged dog walking down the street? If you've ever seen a one legged dog then you've seen me. Bruce!  There are no one legged dogs!!!  Maybe a three legged dog,  but no one legged dogs. Anyway, the song is great...except for that one line.

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02/25/2009 2:38AM
Working on a dream and the lyrics
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02/25/2009 10:59AM
yesenia
you are so right it is wrong that your rightness will not be brought to his attention! so that you might right other wrongs, i think you should send this to mr. springsteen, somehow, and volunteer to proof-read his lyrics for the rest of his musical career... ha! if you have seen a one-legged dog walking down the street, you have had one too many drinks...
02/25/2009 7:36PM
Terry
Maybe he should have written "Have you ever seen a one-legged dog hoppng down the street?" Actually my thoughts were that it was a metaphor, but that's way too deep for me. BTW Did you read about the Ticketmaster scam when concert tickets went on sale Feb 2? The state of NJ cracked down on them for scooping up secondary market tickets and directing people to Tickets Now, a subsidiary of Tickemaster. Good for fans in NJ, but I still got shut out for his show at the United Center in Chicago.
02/26/2009 5:53AM
Jen
I'm more concerned about your typo in the first line... where you write since instead of seen.... :)
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