The Boxer

17 Nov

On November 16, 1968 Simon & Garfunkel recorded “The Boxer.”

The Boxer a folk- rock genre composed and written by Paul Simon . It was released right after their number one hit “Mrs. Robinson“. “The Boxer” reached #7 in the US charts. It later appeared on their last studio album, Bridge Over Troubled Water, along with its B-side “Baby Driver”. It is particularly known for its pensive  refrain, ‘lie-la-lie’, accompanied by a heavily-reverbed drum (work of Hal Blaine), and the memorable guitar finger-picking by Simon and guitarist Fred Carter, Jr.Rolling Stone ranked the song #105 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

“The Boxer” was originally written with a verse that is not present in the Bridge Over Troubled Water version:

Now the years are rolling by me
They are rockin’ evenly
I am older than I once was
And younger than I’ll be and 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

Versions that include the missing verse.

 

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