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The Boxer chords

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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.


[Chords used]
C .... 332010
G/B .. X2000X
Am ... X02210
G .... 320003
G7 ... 320001
F .... 133211
Em ... 022000                                        

C (picked or strummed - listen to the song and it's simple enough)

[Verse 1]
I am just a poor boy
                  G/B     Am
Though my story's seldom told,
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]
When I left my home and my family
               G/B    Am
I was no more than a boy
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
Where the ragged people go
         G              F              C
Looking for the places only they would know.

[Chorus 1]
        Am          Em
Lie la lie, lie la lie lie, lie la lie,
Lie la lie,
        G7                            C
Lie la lie la lie la lie la la la la lie.

[Verse 3]
Asking only workmans wages
                G/B   Am
I come looking for a job 
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, oeh la la la, la la la laa.

[Musical bridge]
C  C G/B  Am  G  G7   C
C G/B Am  G F  F C G F C

[Verse 4]
Now the years are rolling by me, 
                 G/B  Am
they are rockin' even me
I am older than I once was, 
    G7                                 C
and younger than I'll be, that's not unusual
            Am             G                            F                C
No it isn't strange, after changes upon changes, we are more or less the same
      G              F                C
After changes we are more or less the same.........

[Chorus 2]
        Am          Em
Lie la lie, lie la lie lie, lie la lie,
Lie la lie,
        G7                            C
Lie la lie la lie la lie la la la la lie.

[Verse 5]
Then I'm laying out my winter clothes 
             G/B   Am
And wishing I was gone,
Going home
           G7                           C
Where the New York City winters aren't bleeding me,
Em           Am         G     C
Bleeding me ____ Going home.

[Verse 6]
In the clearing stands the boxer
              G/B      Am
And a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders
Of Every glove that layed him down
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] Repeat X8

        Am          Em
Lie la lie, lie la lie lie, lie la lie,
Lie la lie,
        G7                            C
Lie la lie la lie la lie la la la la lie.

C  C G/B  Am  G  G7  C
C G/B Am  G  F  F  C  G F  C

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Prolific No.9 103 May 14, 2008 03:17 AM

Again, as with the last song I posted, when hovering the cursor over the chords IN THE SONG, one or two come up wrong.
The C displays 032010 (C/E if I'm not very much mistaken)
But it should be 332010 (As I've written at the start, on the "Chords used" bit).

The the G/B displays 142121 (Like a barred "C") when it actually is played X2000X, again as I wrote it in the "Chords used" bit.

So just follow my "Chords used" and judge me only on my interpretation.

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the fixer 10 Feb 08, 2013 09:27 AM

perfect I think. Orig. is in B, but prob. played with guitar 1/2 step down. Can also play easily in key of A with capo up a bit if you wish. Great job.

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logangrahn 10 Mar 07, 2013 08:41 PM

good tab mate, the chorus g7 & c chord might be f & g. try it out, see what ya think

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