â€œWell, we busted out of class,
Had to get away from those fools.â€
The â€œrecently playedâ€ file on my iPOD says a lot about my workout mood. Itâ€™s my workout profile. â€˜No Surrenderâ€™ by Bruce Springsteen is always on that file. â€œWell, we busted out of class. Had to get away from those foolsâ€ is as much a part of my workouts as iron. No greater lyrics have ever been written. Thatâ€™s a bold statement considering the masterpieces that have been written through civilization. But it has deep meaning in my life â€“ at several different stages of my life. Not once, many times. 13 words that Iâ€™ve listened to 13 million times. And theyâ€™ve given me a measure of momentary peace each time. The rest of the song is epic. No words can describe his words.
Springsteen was classy when he said it. He could have said, â€œHave to get away from those Fâ€™n foolsâ€ or â€œHad to get the F away from those foolsâ€ or â€œHad to get the F away from all those MFers.â€ But he didnâ€™t. He chose â€˜fools.â€™ Simple, direct, and to the point. But the truth. Powerful, poignant, and the hardcore truth.
Springsteen could have said, â€œWell we escaped from hellâ€ or â€œWe got the hell out of a living hellâ€ or â€œWe got the F out of an Fâ€™n burning MFâ€™n hell.â€ But he didnâ€™t. â€œWell, we busted out of classâ€ said it all. No need for anything fancy or long-windedness. The point is he said something. He said something that mattered. I related. We were kindred spirits. I didnâ€™t have to think I was Fâ€™d up for thinking the exact same thing. The only difference is that he wrote it, sang it, and made a global impact. I said it but kept it inside. No more. Thatâ€™s changed.
Iâ€™m writing books, assembly-line style. My goal is to make a global impact like Springsteen. I will not give up until it happens. Why? Same reason he did it.
Hereâ€™s one of the timeless live versions of No Surrender. I sincerely hope this helps you #keeplifting. Peace.
Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., NCCP Level 3
owner â€“ X Fitness Inc.
head coach â€“ Niagara X-men football team