The Boxer

Simon & Garfunkel

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Tuned down half-step

C                                      C/B    Am
I am just a poor boy though my story's seldom told
       G                             G7                            C
I have squandered my resistance on a pocketful of mumbles such are promises
    C/B      Am           G                 F                                C
All lies and jest still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest

G  G7  C

When I left my home and my family I was no more than a boy
in the company of strangers, in the quiet of the railway station running scared
Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters where the ragged people go
        G              F               C
Looking for the places only they would know

       Am           Em   Am   G   G7  C
Lie la lie   etc....

       C                                   C/B   Am
Asking only workmen's wages I come looking for a job 
             G              G7                             C
But I get no offers, just a come on from the whores on 7th Avenue
  C/B  Am                G                F                               C
I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome I took some comfort there

Instrumental
C                                   C/B   Am
G              G7                             C
  C/B  Am                G                F                               C

       Am           Em   Am   G   G7  C
Lie la lie    etc.....

         C                                        C/B   Am
Then I'm laying out my winter clothes and wishing I was gone,
      G              G7                           C
going home where the New York city winters aren't bleeding me,
        Em  Am       G    G7   C
leading me,    going home.
       C                                      C/B    Am
In the clearing stands a boxer, and a fighter by his trade
        G                       G7
And he carries the reminders of every glove that laid him down 
   C                                      C/B     Am
or cut him till he cried out in his anger and his shame,
      G             F                                  C      G  F  C
"I am leaving, I am leaving."  But the fighter still remains.

       Am           Em   Am   G   G7  C
Lie la lie    etc.....