The Boxer

Paul Simon


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I am just a poor boy, though my

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 story's seldom told, I have

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squandered my resistance for a

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pocket full of mumbles such are promises

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All lies and jests, still a

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 man hears what he wants to hear
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And disregards the rest.  Lie la

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lie lie lie la lie

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When I

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left my home and my family I was

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no more than a boy, in the

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company of strangers, in the

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quiet of the railway station running scared

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Laying low, seeking

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out the poorer quarters where the

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ragged people go looking

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for the places only they would know

 

CHORUS: (Strum)

Lie la

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lie, Lie la

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lie lie lie la lie, Lie la

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lie. Lie la

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lie lie lie la lie, La la lie la

 (resume picking)

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lie

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Asking only workman's wages I come

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looking for a job, But I get no

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 offers, Just a

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come-on from the whores on Seventh

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Avenue. 

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I do declare, there were

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times when I was so lonesome

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I took some comfort there.  Lie la

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lie la lie lie lie
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Instrumental Verse

 

Chorus

 

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Then I'm laying out my winter clothes

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And wishing I was gone, going

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home, where the New York City winters aren't

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bleeding me

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Bleeding me

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going home

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In the clearing stands a boxer

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And a fighter by his trade

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And he carries the reminders

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Of ev'ry glove that layed him down

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Or cut him till he cried out

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In his anger and his shame

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"I am leaving, I am leaving"

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But the fighter still remains.
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Lie la

 

Ending Chorus x4 (strumming):

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lie, Lie la

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lie lie lie la lie, Lie la

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lie. Lie la

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lie lie lie la lie, La la lie la

 

lie
 

Instrumental Verse



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This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.

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