"The Boxer" as written by and Paul Simon....
Couldn't ask for a better day, two by two
To the ring to the right point of view
Each retreat to the corner that's defined by you
To the ring to the right point of

Lonely Reign
She is the Boxer, she knows
when and where to strike
He is the Boxer, he knows,
no peaceful sleep tonight

Caught the downfall of Pete and May, Ryan too
(He did not approve of Callie's mood)
Doctor Mike was 'fight or flight' at Dundrum School
To the right to the right point of

No return. No passion left to burn.
The Boxers grow weary.
Their eyesight blurry view.


All's quiet on the front. Smokey room.
Boxer standing tall, peering through
Finding no one left to fight
What to do?
To the ring to the right point of view


Lyrics submitted by jw11

"The Boxer" as written by Paul Simon

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    General CommentHe did not approve of Callie's mood

    It's actually spelled Kailey. I would change it, but I can't seem to find out how.
    lifelessordinaryon November 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAccording to the band, this song is about what happens when girls and boys don't get along. I think the boxing metaphor is great for so many people i know...
    vpipkton May 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI was this band at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA. They are pretty good and I bought one of their cds with this song on it. It rules!
    myownprison333on June 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThey were at the Musikfest in Bethlehem? My god, what have I done. I never go to that Musikfest. I live in Northampton, so damned close. I wish I'd known. *sigh*
    shamelesson June 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthehe... I used to live in slatington, but now i live in collegeville near philadelphia. I still go every year. It rules, and so does celtic fest! occasionally they get some big acts; last year they had fuel, this year they have lifehouse, hootie and the blow fish, live, etc.
    myownprison333on June 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentCarbon leaf rocks! I love this song.
    allison2lson June 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentCarbon Leaf rocks. I saw them for the first time at a school dance that I went to. They really got everyone moving, and now everyone from my school who went to the concert is totally obsessed with them. I can't wait to get a chance to see them again.
    stauntongirl29on July 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentCarbon Leaf definitely rocks and they're really nice guys, too. I just wish that people actually listened to some of their other songs and not just The Boxer. Don't get me wrong...it's a great song, but they have so many other great songs.
    sharpasasp00non September 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI've got every album.. as far as I knew, I didn't think this was their "hit" song. This song is great. This album is great. This band is amazing.
    myownprison333on April 20, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti saw these guys at the chili cook-off last year and they were awesome, i really got into them and now i have all their albums, but i can't decide which album i like best, what do u think?
    music=lifeon June 05, 2003   Link

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