The boxer Simon & Garfunkel
##song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #### [C]I am just a poor boy though my story's seldom [Am]toldI have [G]squandered my resistanceFor a [G7]pocket full of [G6]mumbles, such are [C]promisesAll lies and [Am]jest, still a [G]man hears what he [F]wants to hearAnd disregards the [C]rest[C]When I left my home and my family, I was no more than a [Am]boyIn the [G]company of strangersIn the [G7]quiet of a [G6]railway station, [C]running scaredLaying [Am]low, seeking [G]out the poorer [F]quartersWhere the ragged people [C]goLooking [G]for the places [G7]only [G6]they would [C]know[Am]Lie[G] l[Am]a l[G]ie[F] L[C]ie la lie Lie la lie Lie la lie Lie la lie[C]Asking only workman's wages I come looking for a [Am]jobBut I get no [G]offersJust a [G7]come-on from the [G6]whores on Seventh [C]AvenueI do de[Am]clare, there were [G]times when I was [F]so lonesomeI took some comfort [C]there[G]Lie lie lie lie laThen I'm laying out my winter clothes and wishing I was goneGoing home where the New York City winters aren't bleeding meLeading me, going home.In the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his tradeAnd he carries a reminder ov ev'ry glove that laid him downOr cut him till he cried out in his anger and his shameI am leaving, I am leavingBut the fighter still remainsLie la lie ... etc.From: RJBRANCH@argo.acs.oakland.eduDate: Mon, 11 Sep 1995 04:03 ESTSubject: BOXER.CRDThe Boxerby Paul Simon from the Album "Bridge Over Troubled Waters"[C]I am just a poor boy, though my story's seldom to[Am]ldI have squa[G]ndered my resistanceFor a pocketful of mum[C]bles such are promisesAll lies and [Am]jest still a m[G]an hears what he wa[F]nts to hearAnd disregards the r[C]estWhen I left my home and family I was no more than a b[Am]oyIn the co[G]mpany of strangersIn the q[Dm7]uiet of a r[C]ailway station running scaredLaying [Am]low seeking o[G]ut the poorer qua[F]rters where the ragged people goLooking f[G]or the places o[F]nly t[Em]hey w[Dm]ould k[C]nowLie-la-l[Am]ie[G]Lie-la-lie la lie-la-lieLie la l[Am]ie[G]Lie-la-lie la la la la l[F]ie la la la [G]la l[C]ieAsking only workmans wages I come looking for a j[Am]obBut I get no off[G]ersJust a co[Dm7]me-on from the wh[C]ores on seventh avenueI do dec[Am]lare there were tim[Dm7]es when [G]I was [F]so lonesome I took some comfort th[C]ereOoo-la-l[G]a la la la laLie-la-l[Am]ie[G]Lie-la-lie la lie-la-lieLie la l[Am]ie[G]Lie-la-lie la la la la l[F]ie la la la [G]la l[C]ie[C]Then I'm laying out my winter clothes[G7]And [C]wishing I was g[Am]oneGoing h[G]ome where the [Dm7]New York [G7]City winters aren[G]'t [C]bleeding meLeading meGoing Ho[G]meIn the [C]clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his [Am]tradeAnd he car[G]ries the remindersOf e[G7]v'ry glove that l[C]aid him down or cut him '[Dm7]till he [G7]cried outIn his anger and his sha[Am]me"I am Le[G]aving, I am Lea[F]ving." But the Fighter still r[C]emains[G] [C] [G] [F] [C] Lie-la-l[Am]ie[G]Lie-la-lie la lie-la-lieLie la l[Am]ieL[G]ie-la-lie la la la la lie[F] la la la la l[Am]ieRepeat & Fade
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(Here is the 4th verse that goes before the 2nd chorus. Can be heard on live performances and recordings.Follows normal verse chord progression)
Now the years are rolling by me they are
rocking evenly, I am older than i once
was and younger than I'll be that's not
No it isn't strange. after changes upon
changes we are more or less the same.
After changes we are more or less the
same. ( then to chorus )
sounds better like this
I'm 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 disregard the rest.
La-la la, la-la la-la la-la la.