The Boxer

Simon and Garfunkel

Key: B (B harp in 1st position)

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I am just a poor boy though my story's seldom told

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I have squandered my resistance 

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For a pocketful of mumbles, such are promises 

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All lies and jest 

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Still the man hears what he wants to hear 

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And disregards the rest

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(Humming)


When I left my home and my family…


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Lie la lie 

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Lie la lie la lie la lie 

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Lie la lie 

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Lie la LA la lie la lie      la la la la lie 


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Asking only workman's wages 

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I come looking for a job

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But I get no offers 

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Just a come-on from the whores on Seventh Avenue 

I do declare…


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Then I'm laying out my winter clothes & wishing I was gone

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Going home 

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Where the New York City winters are-n't bleeding me

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Leading me-ee,  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 laid 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


Lie la lie…


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