The Boxer
Simon & Garfunkel
Simon Garfunkel 1969 Boxer 45

In the clearing stands a boxer
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
In his anger and his shame
I am leaving, I am leaving
But the fighter still remains

Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1969
  • B-side: "Baby Driver"
  • peaked at No. 6 on the UK Singles chart in 1969
  • from Simon & Garfunkel's fifth and final studio album, Bridge over Troubled Water (1970)
  • ranks #106 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • session musician Fred Carter, Jr. played four different guitar parts on "The Boxer" including the finger-picking intro and conclusion
  • the song features an instrumental melody played in unison on piccolo trumpet and pedal steel guitar
  • written by Paul Simon
  • produced by Roy Halee, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel
  • recorded November 16, 1968
  • Columbia Records label
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