Last week, I featured Simon and Garfunkel and realized how much I love their music. I’ll continue with them for the month of August.
I’ve always enjoyed the melody of this song and listening closely to the lyrics made me appreciate it even more.
“The Boxer” is written from two points of view. It starts with a first person lament on the struggles of loneliness and poverty in New York City before it switches to third person for the final verse. In that verse, it speaks about a boxer who perseveres.
On June 3, 2016 in California, news of the passing of Muhammad Ali broke during Simon’s concert. Simon paused singing partway through “The Boxer” to make the sad announcement to the audience. He then finished the song with these poignant lyrics.
… In the clearing stands a boxer,
And a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders
Of ev’ry glove that laid him down
And cut him till he cried out
In his anger and his shame,
“I am leaving, I am leaving.”
But the fighter still remains
It’s a melancholy song, but I find it ends on an uplifting note.
Wishing you a bright week ahead,