Thursday, May 6, 2010

James J. Braddock ----- The Cinderella Man

                                              "In all the history of Boxing game 
                                               You find no human interest story to
                                               compare with the life narrative of
                                               James J. Braddock.........."

I have never seen more inspiring movie like this. This story was set in the background of great depression of 1930. He was a light weight boxer who after an injury was forced to retire. He lost his reputation and wealth and had to shift to a much smaller place. He had no money left to feed his family or pay the electricity bills and even their home didn't have any heating arrangements. He had to work as a regular laborer which was on a daily basis i.e. some day you are given a chance to work and others you don't.

His wife wished for many years for him to quit boxing but on the other hand James while even working as a laborer kept dreaming of boxing. Several years after his last fight, Braddock's old manager approached him to be a last-minute substitute to fight against the second-ranked world contender. This chance was a dream come true for James. He couldn't wait to get back into the ring astonished everyone by winning the fight. Braddock was back and continued his winning streak against younger, stronger, and heavier boxers. In a sports article, Braddock was named the "Cinderella Man" for his miraculous comeback. Next comes a chance Braddock couldn't even dream! Fight with the heavyweight champion, Max Baer (Craig Bierko), for the title. Max Baer had killed two men in the ring, and everybody believed Braddock would be number three. As the underdog, Braddock became the champion of the downtrodden masses.

The words of this song are so inspiring:-

I can’t stand to fly
I’m not that naive
I’m just out to find
The better part of me
I’m more than a bird...I’m more than a plane
More than some pretty face beside a train
It’s not easy to be me

I Wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
About a home I’ll never see

It may sound absurd...but don’t be naive
Even Heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed...but won’t you concede
Even Heroes have the right to dream
It’s not easy to be me

Up, up and away...away from me
It’s all right...You can all sleep sound tonight
I’m not crazy...or anything…

I can’t stand to fly
I’m not that naive
Men weren’t meant to ride
With clouds between their knees

I’m only a man in a silly red sheet
Digging for kryptonite on this one way street
Only a man in a funny red sheet
Looking for special things inside of me

It’s not easy to be me.


  1. Ah! i love the lyrics.tx for sharing. and gonna watch the movie too. In the recent past i liked The Blind Side. If u haven't, u might wanna watch that!

  2. Thanks maria. Sure will watch the Blind Side. I haven't watched it yet.