"The Boxer" as written by and Paul Simon....
I am 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 disregards 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
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 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 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 every glove that laid him down
And cut him till he cried out
In his anger and his shame
"I am leaving, I am leaving"
But the fighter still remains

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"The Boxer" as written by Paul Simon

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  • +1
    General CommentI disagree i cant listen to the Simon and Garf one. Self portrait version is good.
    Detectiveon March 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is misfiled. It's one of Simon + Garfunkel's most famous songs.
    MCDon January 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt isn't misfiled. Dylan covered this song on his album "Self Portrait" It isn't very good but is there nonetheless
    Deadparrot1088on January 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA lot people feel Dylan's version is almost a parody.
    lou_reedon September 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's a parody, though not very funny one. The vocals are a duet between Dylan's old folk-era voice and Nashville Skyline's country crooner Dylan. It sounds absolutely horrifying.
    Naashon July 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt is absolutely horrifying. It is one of the only Dylan songs I know of that makes me think, "WTF?" Having some random nonsense is fun every once in awhile.
    clovuson October 08, 2008   Link

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