The Boxer Lyrics

I am just a poor boy
though my story's seldom told

I have squandered my existence 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
mh -- mh.

When I left my home and my family
I was no more than a boy
in the company of strangers
in the quiet of a railway station
wet and scared.
Laying low
seeking out the poorer quarters where the ragged
people go
looking for the places only they would know.


Asking only workman's wages I come looking for a job

but I get no offers

just a comeon from the whores on Seventh Avenue.
I do declare
there were times when I was so lonesome
I took some comfort there
oh la la
la la
la la.

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
mh -- mh.

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 till he cried out in his anger an his shame:
I am leaving, I am leaving!
but the fighter still remains
mh -- mh.

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Songwriter(s): Paul Simon, Edmund John Simons, Thomas Owen Rowlands, Timothy Allan Burgess
Copyright: Warner/Chappell Music Ltd., MCA Music Ltd., Paul Simon Music
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Really?? 10/26/10,18:00

Good song, great lyrics. No one is the...only person...anymore sorry just the way it is and the original is always better.
cows4suppa 10/09/09,17:48

i love this song! i have it on my ipod right now. i'm probably the only 13 year old who listens to oldies anymore. all this modern stuff is crap. most of it. anyhoo, good song. :D
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