The Boxer Lyrics - Simon and Garfunkel

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I am just a poor boy though my story's seldom told
I have squandered my resistance for a pocketful of mumbles, such are promises.
All lies and jest, still a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest, hmmmm

When I left my home and my family, I's no more than a boy
In the company of strangers
In the quiet of the railway station, runnin' scared, laying low,
Seeking out the poorer quarters, where the ragged people go,
Looking for the places only they would know.

Li la li...

Asking only workman's wages, I come lookin' for a job,
But I get no offers,
Just a come-on from the whores on 7th Avenue.
I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome
I took some comfort there.

La la la...

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Now the years are rolling by me,
They're rockin' evenly,
i am older than i once was
and younger than i'll be that's not unusual.
no it isnt strange after changes upon changes we are more or less the same
after changes we are more or less the same

Li la li...

And I'm laying out my winter clothes and wishing I was gone,
goin' home
Where the New York City winters aren't bleedin' me, leadin' me,
goin' home.

In the clearing stands a boxer, and a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders of every glove that laid him down or cut him
'Til he cried out in his anger and his shame
I am leaving, I am leaving, but the fighter still remains.

Li la li...

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Emotion, pure emotion! | Reviewer: Solange Porto | 12/6/13

I'm an English teacher in Brazil and I always give this song to my students as an exercise. I take some words out and they have to complete while they listen to this wonderful piece of art! I just love this song, Simon and Garfunkel brought inspiration and love to the lives of people in our generation! Thanks!

Mark of genius | Reviewer: RAB | 8/3/13

I grew up to this music, am a songwriter, writer and poet. All writers will tell you that there are songs/books/plays out there they wished they wrote. This is unequivocally one of them. The mark of genius. Paul Simon is one of the great poets of that generation, along with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchel... There are only a few who could match the lyrics to the music the way these writers did. Lennon/McCartney/Harrison, of course. Today they are only imitated and no one comes close to the level of originality they did, because the biz is now all biz, no more nurturing of talent. What a great loss. Thank you Paul...

Simply Unique and the Best Song for me ever. | Reviewer: Rex | 4/22/13

I love singing with this song. Singable and always relevant to one's people life.I even sing with this song while playing with my guitar. Simply love it with admiration! Simon & Garfunkel are indeed best singers and performers. I want to imitate the way they sing and the way they beautifully expressed the message of this song. Great thanks! for simply being amazing and good inspirations to other people.

Reflections - sAwe-inspiring | Reviewer: Seth Adu-Asare | 7/27/11

I played the song 56X only Today, and I tell you I am still not tired of listening to it. I try to place my being and mind in-lieu-of Simon’s …. And there …. I wander in my mind; what does it take to write lyrically a song that seems to be larger-than-life, having the potential to bridge generations and jubilees.....

yep | Reviewer: The Boxer | 9/12/10

I first heard this song when I was about to join the military for Vietnam.

now, years later, having trundled thru the b.s. and the LIES of the totally fake world in the U.S., having come back from Europe in the late 1960's, it holds even more relevance than ever.

New York was such a tough row to hoe, that though I never took comfort from the whores on 7th. Avenue, I took money from the Whores on 57th. St., who expected me to sell my soul to them, and I never did.

Simon and Garfunkel probably look back at this song, and it is the quintessence of deep in the guts of the fraud that is American life.

false promise. All LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIEs...every last bit of it.

not that Europe is much better now. This song always harkens me back to the cold, cold New York winters and man, the depth of that is so much deeper than the temperature on the thermometer, for sure. What a hellish nightmare is New York, and now, most of this toilet and torture gulag called America.

not a coincidence written in late 1960s | Reviewer: Me and Julio | 6/12/10

It's not surprising this song was written just at the time Man reached the moon in the late 1960s. It is at the summit of greatness in songwriting, as the moon was the summit of our striving to reach higher and do our best. It brings the grittiness and the sick loneliness and the biting cold winter winds of NYC into your face even if you were never there. I'd love to make a video of it, with an angry young man punching a wall, or a punching bag or something, just as the lyric says "lie-li-lie - boom, lie-li-lie - boom"...

Wow | Reviewer: NIkki | 5/22/10

I agree with whoever said something about Lee Dewyze, his version nearly made me cry. It's a powerful song and I'm surprised an upcoming pop star (he's gonna win) could carry the torch on this incredible piece of work.
As a music major and music-aholic I highly recommend this song to anyone who wants to know what real music is.

The Boxer, Revisited | Reviewer: Iain Mackie | 5/5/10

Being a long-time fan of simon and Garfunkle, I thought nobody could outperform them on this song. However I would recommend fans listen to the version Lee DeWyze performed on American Idol (yes, hard to believe). It is an amazing update of the song, one that pushes its boundaries and enhances its reputation as one of the top songs of the century.

perfect | Reviewer: duru | 1/14/10

this song is in the top 20 songs ever written. it is a song which existed for 40 years and it will continue to exist for another 400000 years. hopefully there will still be music than. it would be such a shame if music dies after the world dies. because the music should exist forever.

my no.1 | Reviewer: nishant pradhan | 5/29/09

probably one of simon and garfunkel's best songs. the lyrics have a timeless appeal and people will be able to relate to the song even when other songs are forgotten. easily one of the best song written.

Simon and Garfunkel are the best | Reviewer: Nikki | 3/21/09

Amazing song writters, they are the best. Im in my early 30s and I prefer music from this era as opposed to current music because its real. They wrote most of it and sang it themselves. Someone else didnt write it, or sing it for them. Listening to it takes me back to my childhood and I picture my parents in their younger days, and myself, so little and carefree!

Excellence | Reviewer: Jakki | 11/30/08

I have to completely agree with the other reviews. This song can relate to everyone in their own way. I am only 17, this song was written 40 years ago, and I can relate to it in ways. If you havn't been through the things in this song yourself, you know someone who has, and it makes you appreciate what you have got and makes the small problems in your life feel simpler. I love Simon & Garfunkel and long live their repituar.

excellent, excellent song. | Reviewer: Carina | 2/22/08

In general, Simon and Garfunkel are brilliant songwriters. Their songs are still completely relevant in many people's lives as much so then as they are today. Excellent songs that capture loneliness, longing, dreams, etc. anything that pertains to the American dream. They are one of the greatest bands I know, honestly. I love them.

This is something many can relate to.. | Reviewer: Karma Nielsen | 7/5/07

I think the reason that this song is still being heard, and is still popular; is that people can relate to it! It deals with feelings we all carry inside, and therefor it will touch us all.

One of the most brilliant songs, ever | Reviewer: james alden | 3/11/06

Even though this song was written and recorded 36+ years ago, it is still one of the greatest songs in pop music ever written, but of course, this song doesn't need a review, I mean, who could find fault with it, other than a musical buffon? Yet even to this day, it still endures which is the mark of a great song and so many of Paul Simon's songs still endure because of their greatness, like 'Kathy's Song' which is still one of my favorites still to this day and that song was written more than 40 years ago. 40 YEARS!!!. There are so few artists who can write so many songs of such substance that might endure for 5 years, much less 20, 30, and certainly 40. I am also quite fond of 'The Only Living Boy In New York'.

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