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The Boxer

Lyrics

I am just a poor boy.
Though my story's seldom told,
I have squandered my resistance
For a pocket full of mumbles, Such are promises
full lyrics
I am just a poor boy.
Though my story's seldom told,
I have squandered my resistance
For a pocket full of mumbles, Such are promises
full lyrics

Features of This Track

acoustic rock instrumentation
folk influences
heavy use of vocal harmonies
acoustic sonority
repetitive melodic phrasing
interweaving vocal harmony
intricate melodic phrasing
use of a string ensemble
a clear focus on recording studio production
paired vocal harmony
major key tonality
a lyric-centric aesthetic
melodic songwriting
acoustic guitar riffs
a good dose of acoustic guitar pickin'
a breathy male lead vocalist
slide guitars
acoustic rhythm guitars
narrative lyrics

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Comments

Nver was much of an S & G fan til one day I truly listened to this song-- love it
fastcar3829
It appears you still listen to it Yoda!! I get your meaning though. Then and now it's timeless!
I used to listen to this song when I was little
Tom and Jerry is the greatest duo. Go Paul and Artie!!!! Work out your differences! We love u
Great song for always.
This song is great! Im only 11 and its still moving! (I thing the Mumford and sons version is better tho)����
I have loved this song since I was like 11! I think I still have the LP in my collection! It gives me goosebumps and sometimes think it is about my life in general!
A fave
When that bass synth comes in... It becomes a pure other worldly experience.
Let me say, on a positive note , the song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is locked in my mind NOT just for tickling my emotions (or my "ear buds") as many rock chaff-like songs did, but because the older UCC pastor @my college town childhood church used it to tell of Jesus mission here on earth. (During heyday of that song, before the young pastor took over & began ripping us, and Anerica, week after week!)
I liked S & G - A LOT - in teen years, but even before becoming saved at 20, I always wondered if someone as clever and articulate as Simon really EVER sought out the "poorer quarters only ragged know...." & wondered if the "li la li" wasn't a "Freudian refrain" - ie, the song a lie promoting something he'd not experienced. So today, googled his bio & saw indeed, college prof Dad, solid upbringing, school musicals w/ Garfunkel, etc. - too bad he, with "Mrs Robinson", etc, became so morose, hatin
Love this song
Beautifully made
Toots Thielman on harmonica? Anyone know?
never knew it was a snare drum in an elevator. I always had visions of gunshots or somebody banging a tin trash can.
A ressonating ballard. It's like you held up a mirror. Many memories were stored in your songs... ... ... I will go on forever... Peace
A classic.
Love this song it makes me wan't to Dance!!!! 1) kiss your left hand 2)say your crush name 3)say it on a school day 4)close your hand 5)say your name 6)open your hand look at it 7) post this on 15 songs and your crush will ask you out and say he loves you
I love this. <3
Saw a rerun og Saturday Night Live yesterday when Paul opened up just a few days after 9/11. It was very humbling .
Love this song, especially the dramatic string part at the end.
It's all or nothing and possibly all for nothing in no particular order. Swing, Hits, or miss's. A great wanderer's theme song here.
gosmo
Perfection. Central Park reunion concert is an even better version.
I read this song as poem in High School, one of the only good grades I got. I am not sure why, but really liked the emotions it expressed.
davidm4134
Yes nice song
I love this song. I also love Mumford and Sons version of this song.
The snare drum was recorded in an elevator shaft to get that sound. Heard it in a paul simon interview
daddybronze
The music of my childhood & teens. It was the best. I love the music of the 60's & 70's...Aweso m e . . .
Perfect harmony and congruence from the greats!!
They sing so beautifully together :)
Love acoustic guitar ... Love creative lyrics. We need more of that. Where is the next S & G?
leabellingha u s e n
They were the soundtrack to my teen and early adulthood. Makes my heart swell.
love this! the mumford and sons version is also fantastic
One of their best.
great tune
@nycolemam22 Yeah that's the best part. Also love the drum beats.
nycoleman22
I do declare
Thats a lot of lies LOL
Right now this song reminds me of the folks in Washington . If you aquires my drift.
this song truly reminds me of my life. for what it's worth, I've traveled all over, writing poetry and wanting to know where home is, in a sense.

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