Simon & Garfunkel - The Boxer Lyrics

Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water cover art
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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, lie la la la lie lie
Lie la lie, lie la la la la lie la 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, le le le le le le le

Lie la lie, lie la la la lie lie
Lie la lie, lie la la la la lie la 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,
Leading 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 laid 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, mmm mmm

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Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • 2 El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
  • 3 Cecilia
  • 4 Keep the Customer Satisfied
  • 5 So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright
  • 6 The Boxer
  • 7 Baby Driver
  • 8 The Only Living Boy in New York
  • 9 Why Don’t You Write Me
  • 10 Bye Bye Love
  • 11 Song for the Asking


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Paul Simon
    album: Track 6 in album Bridge Over Troubled Water
    release date: 1970-1-26
    popularity : 79 users have visited this page.
    length: 5:11
    producer: Roy Halee, Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon
    drums: Hal Blaine
    performer: Art Garfunkel, Simon & Garfunkel and Paul Simon
    engineer: Roy Halee
    bass: Joe Osborn
    guitar: Paul Simon and Fred Carter, Jr.
    keyboard: Larry Knechtel
    strings: Ernie Freeman and Jimmie Haskell
    recorded by: Ted Brosnan
    composer: Paul Simon
    lyricist: Paul Simon
    Album Information
    label: Columbia
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin