The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel - Simon and Garfunkel (Vinyl, LP)
The final verse switches to a third-person sketch of a boxer : "In the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his trade, and he carries the reminders of every glove that laid him down or cut him till he cried out in his anger and his shame, 'I am leaving, I am leaving,' but the fighter still remains. The chorus consists of repetitions of the non-lexical vocable "lie-la-lie". Simon LP) that this was originally intended only as a placeholder, but became part of the finished song.
I didn't have any words! Then people said it was 'lie' but I didn't really mean that. That it was a lie. But, it's not a failure of songwriting, because people like that and they put enough meaning into it, and the rest of the song has enough power and emotion, I guess, to make it go, so it's all right. But for me, every time I sing that part It has sometimes been suggested that the words represent a "sustained attack on Bob Dylan ".
Bob Dylan in turn covered the song on his Self Portrait album, replacing the word "glove" with "blow. I think I was reading the Bible around that time. That's where I think phrases such as "workman's wages" came from, and "seeking out the poorer quarters".
That was biblical. I think the song was about me: everybody's beating me up, and LP) telling you now I'm going to go away if you don't stop. As he recalled:. I invited Linda to the studio that night… we were working on "The Boxer. She came, sat over the engineering console, with her chin on her wrist, staring at me, Paul and Roy for four hours.
She was going to know everything. I was impressed and flattered. I like people who third-degree me, who stare at me, I feel they're interested. And we went out afterwards, and I was very charmed and we dated a lot. It took us about three years though before I had the courage to ask her to marry me. During a New York City concert in OctoberPaul Simon stopped singing midway through "The Boxer" to tell the story of a woman who stopped him on the street to tell him that she edits the song when singing it to her young child.
Simon told the audience that she removed the words "the whores" and altered the song to say, "I get no offers, just a come-on from toy stores on Seventh Avenue. Now the years are rolling by me— They are rockin' evenly. I am older than I once was, And younger than I'll be. That's not unusual; 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.
On March 30,Simon released a YouTube version dedicated to fellow New Yorkers during the coronavirus pandemic including this verse. Joan Baez has also made the song a staple of her live concert performances, from the late s to the present, including once in Italy with LP) Italian songwriter LP) De Gregoriwho was also singing this song during his concerts; Baez performed the song with Paul Simon and Richard Thompson at her 75th Birthday Concert at New York's Beacon Theater in January Mumford and Sons ' album Babel includes a cover of the song, which features Jerry Douglas and Simon himself.
Waylon Jennings also recorded a version of this song on his album Right for the Time. Also incountry music artist Deana Carter released a cover of the song on her sixth studio album, The Chainwhich was recorded as a duet with Harper Simon. The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps performed "The Boxer" as the ballad for their show, "The Knockout", and has been a recurring encore tune for the corps ever since.
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