The Boxer entered the Kent charts on 19 April 1969 and peaked at no 8. The song was #57 on the Top 100 of 1969.
The song’s lyrics take the form of a first-person lament, as the singer describes his struggles to overcome loneliness and poverty in New York City. The final verse switches to a third-person sketch of a boxer, who, despite the fact that “he carries the reminders of every glove that laid him down or cut him till he cried out”, “I am leaving, I am leaving”—”but”, the lyrics continue, “the fighter still remains.”
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boxer
In his 1984 Playboy interview, Simon revealed that he wrote this song when critics were writing harsh things about his music – he was the boxer. Said Simon: “I think the song was about me: everybody’s beating me up, and I’m telling you now I’m going to go away if you don’t stop. By that time we had encountered our first criticism. For the first few years, it was just pure praise. It took two or three years for people to realize that we weren’t strange creatures that emerged from England but just two guys from Queens who used to sing rock’n’roll. And maybe we weren’t real folkies at all! Maybe we weren’t even hippies!”
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/simon-garfunkel/the-boxer
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