Dylan, Bob - The Boxer Lyrics

I'm just a poor boy
Though my story's seldom told
I have squadered my resistance
For a pocketful of numbles
Such are promises, all lies and jest
Still a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest.

When I left my home and 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
Looking for the places only they would know.

Asking only workman's wages
I come looking for a job
But I get no offers
Just a come-on from the whores on Seventh Avenue
I do declare
There were times when I was so lonesome
I took some comfort there.

Then I'm laying out my winter clothes
And wishing I was gone, going home
Where the New York City winters aren't bleeding me
Leading me
Going home.

In the clearing stands a boxer
And a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders
Of every glove that laid him down
And cut him till he cried out
In his anger and his shame
"I am leaving, I am leaving"
But the fighter still ramains.

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  1. michael mcloughlin

    This song intrigues me, it's more or less the story of my life.

  2. nissi K

    Bob Dylan adds so much to this with his soul, his singing, and his harp!

  3. macca Holmes

    Unspeakable...i just noticed Dylan is playing a Gibson J45...I may smash mine to distance myself from this shit

  4. Garry Andrews

    It's impossible to describe this without speaking Anglo-Saxon.

    macca Holmes

    Fuck me...you know who this is...
    The bride she died at the alter"


    Anglo-Saxon is the earliest historical form of the English language, spoken in England and southern and eastern Scotland in the early Middle Ages so you should 've said English

  5. Sommer Wood

    Two voices that do not mix!! Paul Simon needs a smooth voice to go with him!!!

  6. Karmen Jazbec

    c est moi

  7. John Tustin

    There is a special place in my heart for Dylan's Self-Portrait version of this song. In my opinion he wasn't making fun of how much effort Simon and Garfunkel put into recording the song but putting his own take on it. Telling us the song stands on its own without all the production. Like this version, it stands beside the "official" version.
    It's a wonderful and poignant song. Bob Dylan tells us so - and no one would know better than he.

  8. Dave Bewick

    Class is permanent!!

  9. Aine Ni bhrolchain

    Lovely combination of very different voices. Thx Pete. Aine X 💕💕💕💕💕

  10. freevue

    Superb version. Thanks Peter. First heard on iconic Bridge Over Troubled Water in early 1972

  11. targarosko

    SO MOVING .................. thanks Peter ♥♥♥

  12. waelse1

    That was a great tour, both were terrific.