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Track: The Boxer Artist: Paul Simon Tabbed by: Rikki Starrett I've had a good look this time, and nobody has got this one "spot on". I pick the chords for my version, but they can be strummed just as easily. Depending on your preference/ability. TUNE ALL STRINGS DOWN A HALF-STEP/SEMITONE (OPTIONAL) Chords used: C.... 332010 G/B.. X2000X Am... X02210 G.... 320003 G7... 320001 F.... 133211 Em... 022000 Intro: C (picked or strummed - listen to the song and it's simple enough) Verse 1: C I am just a poor boy G/B Am Though my story's seldom told, G I have squandered my resistance G7 C For a pocket full of mumbles such are promises. G/B Am All lies and jest, G F Still a man hears what he wants to hear C G C And disregards the rest. Verse 2: C When I left my home and my family G/B Am I was no more than a boy G In the company of strangers, G7 C In the quiet of a railway station running scared. G/B Am G F Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters C Where the ragged people go G F C Looking for the places only the would know. Chorus 1: Am Em Lie la lie, lie la lie lie, lie la lie, Am Lie la lie, G7 C Lie la lie la lie la lie la la la la lie. Verse 3: C Asking only workmans wages G/B Am I come looking for a job G But I get no offers, G7 C Just a come-on from the whores on Seventh Avenue. G/B Am G F I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome C G C I took some comfort there, la la la la la. Musical bridge: C, C G/B Am, G, G7, C C G/B Am, G F, F C, G F, C Chorus 2: (Same as chorus one) Verse 4: C Then I'm laying out my winter clothes G/B Am And wishing I was gone, G Going home G7 C Where the New York City winters aren't bleeding me, Em Am G C Bleeding me ____ Going home. Verse 5: C In the clearing stands the boxer G/B Am And a fighter by his trade G And he carries the reminders G7 Of Every glove that layed him down C Or cut him till he cried out G/B Am In his anger and his shame, G F "I am leaving, I am leaving!" C G, F, C But the fighter still remains. Chorus 3: (Same) Repeat X8 Outro: C, C G/B Am, G, G7, C C G/B Am, G F, F C, G F, C