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    The Boxer

    Paul Simon


    This is a simplified version of the song that I created for a 6-year-old student. It's played on just the 6th string. Instead of chord names, only the 6th string fret number is provided.

    Playing a bass line on the 6th string is the easiest way to play a song on guitar--perfect for total beginners or kids who want to sing and play at the same time.


     

    5 (2)

    I am just a poor boy, though my

      5                   2  
    story's seldom told, I have

        0 (2)

    squandered my resistance for a

     10 (2)                                          5 (2)

    pocket full of mumbles such are promises

    5                  2  
      All lies and jests, still a

        0                           10
     man hears what he wants to hear
            10                 5

    And disregards the rest.  Lie la

     0 (2)

    lie lie lie la lie

     

    / 10 - - - / 5 - - - / - - - - / - - - - / - - - - /

     

                5 (2)

    When I left my home and my family I was

      5                     2
    no more than a boy, in the

      0 (2)
    company of strangers, in the

    10 (2)                                          5 (2)
    quiet of the railway station running scared

    5               2
         Laying low, seeking

    0                      10

    out the poorer quarters where the

      10                 5
    ragged people go looking

      0                 10                       5 (2)
    for the places only they would know

     

    CHORUS:

             2 (2)

    Lie la lie, Lie la

             0 (2)

    lie lie lie la lie, Lie la

    2 (2)
    lie. Lie la

     10             0

    lie lie lie la lie, La la lie la

    5 (4)

    lie


               5
    (2)
    Asking only workman's wages I come

      5                 2
    looking for a job, But I get no

       0 (2)
    offers, Just a

    10 (2)                                               5 (2)
    come-on from the bores on Seventh Avenue. 

    5             2
       I do declare, there were

     0                             10

    times when I was so lonesome

      10                          5
    I took some comfort there.  Lie la

    0 (2)

    lie lie lie la lie

     

    / 10 - - - / 5 - - - / - - - - / - - - - / - - - - /

     

    Instrumental Verse

     

    Chorus

     

                   5 (2)

    Then I'm laying out my winter clothes

             5                  2
    And wishing I was gone, going

       0 (2)
    home, where the

    10 (2)                                      5 (2)

    New York City winters aren't bleeding me

    9 (2)                2 (2)
        Bleeding me

               0      10 (2)

    going home

     

    / 5 - - - / - - - - / - - - - / - - - - /

     

                5 (2)
    In the clearing stands a boxer

              5                    2
    And a fighter by his trade

                 0 (2)
    And he carries the reminders

         10 (2)                                             5 (2)
    Of every glove that layed him down or cut him till he cried out

              5                    2
    In his anger and his shame

               0                 10
    "I am leaving, I am leaving"

    10                 5
    But the fighter still remains.

     

    / 0 - - - / 10 - - - / 5 - - - / - - - - /

     

    Lie la

     

    Ending Chorus x4

    2 (2)

    lie, Lie la

             0 (2)

    lie lie lie la lie, Lie la

    2 (2)
    lie. Lie la

     10             0

    lie lie lie la lie, La la lie la

     

    lie

     

    Instrumental Verse, End on 5


    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.