|The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
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Fingerstyle/Pop Some Strumming
Chords Used: C - Am - G - F - Em
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!" Source 'Songfacts'
The Boxer" is a folk rock ballad written by Paul Simon in 1968 and first recorded by Simon and Garfunkel.
It was released as the follow up single to their number one hit "Mrs.
Robinson", and 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 plaintive refrain, in
which the singer sings the tune as 'lie-la-lie', and the memorable
finger-picking guitar played by guitarist Fred Carter, Jr.. Rolling Stone ranked the song #105 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Source 'Wikipedia.
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