Song of the Day 11/2

Posted: November 2, 2011 in J.C. Personal
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Today’s song is a classic folk rock ballad released in 1968. Written by one of the “100 people who shaped the world” according to Time magazine. Paul Fredric Simon wrote “The Boxer” as the follow up to their his “Mrs. Robinson”. The song is listed at number 105 on Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest songs of all time. The song appears on Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge over Troubled Water album, which reached number one of the charts, selling over 25 million copies worldwide. The album won the Grammy for Album of the Year as well as Best Engineered Recording. The album’s title track picked up two additional Grammys.

Known for the fingerpicking by Simon and for the refrain “lie-la-lie”, which was originally intended to only be a placeholder, “The Boxer” took over 100 hours to record.

The song is a first person story about the singer’s struggles with loneliness and poverty. The final verse changes to third person about the boxer who perseveres through his hardships. In his anger he cries out “I am leaving, I am leaving, but the fighter still remains”.

The song is one about standing strong in the face of adversity. Paul Simon has said that the lyrics were autobiographical and that he wrote it during a time when he was facing unfair criticism.

Bridge over Troubled Waters would be Simon and Garfunkel’s last album together as the duo split in 1970. They have reunited several times since the split, most famously for the concert in Central Park in 1981 which drew over a half-million people.

The next time you face unfair criticism (common for a comic and internet writer), think of “The Boxer”, and all of the blows he’s taken, yet “the fighter still remains” and stand strong.

See ya on the “b” side

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