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lirik lagu the boxer – across the border


i am just a poor boy, though my story’s seldom told
i have squandered my resistance for a pocketful of mumbles
such are promises:
all lies and jest still a man hears what he wants to hear
and disregards the rest.

when i left my home and family i was no more than a boy
in the company of strangers, in the quiet of a railway station running scared.
laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters, where the ragged
people go, looking for the places only they would know.

lie-la-lie …

asking only workman’s wages i came looking for a job,
but i get no offers, just a comeon from the wh-r-s of seventh avenue
i do declare there were times when i was so lonsome
i took some comfort there…

lie-la-lie …

then i’m laying out my winter clothes
and wishing i was gone, going home
where the new york city winters aren’t bleeding me,
leading me, going home

in the clearing stands the 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.