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 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.


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
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 ev’ry 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


Lyrics submitted by mike, edited by TeamAlphaDoG, Mellow_Harsher

The Boxer (Paul Simon cover) song meanings
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    General CommentI think this song is about a young man moving far from home and struggling to make ends meet. In the last stanza the song references a boxer. I think the boxer is an analogy. The young man had many times he wanted to go back home, many times he was hurt, and many times he even said he was leaving, yet he stayed and kept fighting.
    popper93on October 14, 2012   Link
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    My OpinionI really love this song, because it speaks to me about the struggles of leaving home for the first time. At first we are all scared, we are among a lot of people we don't know and it is a struggle just to make ends meet. but Just like the last stanza says, we keep on fighting, even though we bare the marks of the battles we have lost before :) at least thats what I think
    ohpeanuton February 05, 2013   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song. It reminds me of my mum and everything she's been through. I actually bought her this cd and she introduced me to the song. Anyways I love the song.
    ScoutLilyon April 01, 2013   Link

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