Lyrics of The Boxer

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The Boxer by Simon & Garfunkel is part of the album "Bridge over Troubled Water" and comes under the genre Rock,General. It was released on 21 Aug 2001 under the label of Columbia/Legacy. Copyright holded by (P) Compilation 2001 Sony Music Entertainment Inc..

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Lyrics of The Boxer

I am just a poor boy
Though my story's seldom told
I have squandered my resistance
For a pocket full of mumbles such are promises
All lies and jests
Still a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest
When I left my home and my family
I was no more than a boy
In the company of strangers
In the quiet of the railway station running scared
Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters
Where the ragged people go
Looking for the places only they would know
Lie la lie...

Asking only workman's wages
I come looking for a job
But I get no offers,
Just a come-on from the whores on Seventh Avenue
I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome
I took some comfort there
Lie la lie...

Then I'm laying out my winter clothes
And wishing I was gone
Going home
Where the New York City winters aren't bleeding me
Bleeding me, going home
In the clearing stands a boxer
And a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders
Of ev'ry glove that layed him down
Or cut him till he cried out
In his anger and his shame
"I am leaving, I am leaving"
But the fighter still remains
Lie la lie...


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'The Boxer' is a folk rock ballad written by Paul Simon in 1968 and first recorded by Simon & Garfunkel. It was released as the follow up single to their number one hit 'Mrs. Robinson', and reached #7 in the US charts. It later appeared on their last studio album, 'Bridge over Troubled Water', along with its B-side 'Baby Driver'. It is particularly known for its plaintive refrain, in which the singer sings the tune as 'lie-la-lie', and the memorable finger-picking guitar played by guitarist Fred Carter, Jr.. 'Rolling Stone' ranked the song #105 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.



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