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Boxer Paul Simon

July 1, 2014


Paul Simon

C Am
I am just a poor boy though my story’s seldom told
I have squandered my resistance
G7 G6 C
For a pocket full of mumbles, such are promises
Am G F
All lies and jest, still a man hears what he wants to hear
C G G7 G6 C
And disregards the rest
C Am
When I left my home and my family, I was no more than a boy
In the company of strangers
G7 G6 C
In the quiet of a railway station, running scared
Am G F
Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters
Where the ragged people go
G G7 F C
Looking for the places only they would know

Am Em Am
Lie la lie, Lie la lie la lie la lie, Lie la lie,
Lie la lie la la la la, lie la la la la lie.

C Am
Asking only workman’s wages I come looking for a job
But I get no offers
G7 G6 C
Just a come-on from the whores on Seventh Avenue
Am G F
I do de clare, there were times when I was so lonesome
I took some comfort there
Lie lie lie lie la
C Am
Then I’m laying out my winter clothes and wishing I was gone
G G7 G6 C Em
Going home where the New York City winters aren’t bleeding me
Am G G7 C
Leading me, to going home
C Am
In the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his trade
G G7
And he carries a reminder of ev’ry glove that laid him down
C Am
Or cut him till he cried out in his anger and his shame
I am leaving, I am leaving
C G G7 C
But the fighter still re mains  mmm mm mmmm

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