The Boxer Lyrics

Simon & Garfunkel


album: Track 3 in album Bridge Over Troubled Water
release date: 1970-1-26
popularity : 168 users have visited this page.
length: 5:11
engineer: Roy Halee
strings: Ernie Freeman, Jimmie Haskell
guitar: Paul Simon, Fred Carter, Jr.
drums: Hal Blaine
bass: Joe Osborn
keyboard: Larry Knechtel
producer: Art Garfunkel, Roy Halee, Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon
recording: Ted Brosnan
composer: Paul Simon
lyricist: Paul Simon

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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 ...

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 ...

Track Listing

  • 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