THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
200-Simon & Garfunkle-The Boxer.
1968-Number 6 single.
Best Bit-At 2.53.On June 3rd,2016 at his concert in Berkeley,California,Paul Simon stopped singing partway through ‘The Boxer’ to announce in one sentence the breaking news.’I’m sorry to tell you this in this way,but Muhammed Ali passed away.’ He then finished the song with the last verse.
‘The Boxer’ was written by Paul Simon(see also best songs 529) and was released on Simon & Garfunkle’s fifth and final studio Album.’Bridge Over Troubled Water.’
The lyrics are mainly autobiographical and were written during a time when the duo felt their work was being unfairly criticised.The lyrics discuss poverty and loneliness in New York City,while the final verse is an observation of a boxer who despite the effects 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.’
Paul Simon has said,’I think I was reading the Bible around that time.That’s where I think phrases such as ‘workman’s wages’ and ‘seeking out the poorer quarters’ came from.That was biblical,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.’
‘In the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his trade.’
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