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The Boxer

Paul Simon

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)

3 Mar 1970

  Self Portrait recording session 4, Columbia Studios, NYC - 3.mar.1970  

I'm 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 disregard the rest.

When i left my home and 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
Lookin for the places
Only they would know.

Askin only workman's wages
I come lookin 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.

Then i'm laying out my winter clothes
And wishing i was gone
Going on
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 every glove that laid him down
And cut him till he cried out
In his anger and his shame
"I'm leaving, i am leaving"
But the fighter still remains. 

Recording dates & record list

3 Mar 1970 1 SELF PORTRAIT