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The Boxer

By: Paul Simon 1968 [1]
C C C Am
I am just a poor boy though my story's seldom told
G G G7 G6 C C
I have squandered my resistance, for a pocket full of mumbles, such are promises
Am G F
All lies and jest, still a man hears what he wants to hear
F C G G7 G6 C C
And disregards the rest
C C C Am
When I left my home and my family, I was no more than a boy
G G G7 G6 C C
In the company of strangers, in the quiet of a railway station, running scared
Am G F
Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters
F C G G7 G6 C C
Where the ragged people go, looking for the places only they would know
Am Am G G Am Am
Lie-la-lie, Lie-la-lie la lie-la-lie, Lie-la-lie,
Lie-la-lie la la la la, lie la la la la lie
C C C Am
Asking only workman's wages I come looking for a job
G G G7 G6 C C
But I get no offers, just a come-on from the whores on Seventh Avenue
Am G F
I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome
F C G G7 G6 C C
I took some comfort there, lie lie lie lie la
C C C Am
Then I'm laying out my winter clothes and wishing I was gone
G G G7 C6 C C
Going home, where the New York City winters aren't bleeding me
Am G G7 G6 C C
Leading me, to going home
C C C Am
In the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his trade
G G G7 G6 C C
And he carries a reminder of every glove that laid him down or cut him till he cried out
C Am G F
In his anger and his shame, I am leaving, I am leaving
F C G G7 G6 C
But the fighter still remains mmmmm mmmm
C C C Am
And the years are rolling by me, they are rocking evenly
G G G7 G6 C C
I am older than I once was, and younger than I'll be that's not unusual
C Am
No it isn't strange
After changes upon changes we are more or less the same
G G7 G6 C
After changes we are more or less the same

Created 2009 Dec 12 15:28

This is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song. You may only use this for private study, scholarship, or research.

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