My older brother John was an avid Simon and Garfunkel fan. If we didn't have all of their albums, we sure had most of them. I remember listening to them on this old RCA record player as a kid. It had a huge heavy tonearm and a single giant speaker. I think my folks had it since they were married. We are talking late 40's.
I had every word of every one of those albums memorized. I could sing along with any of them still. I think this was their last studio album. It has so many great songs on it that it was a challenge to come up with a favorite. My old friend Kevin taught this to me back in high school. It brings back such good memories of his friendship.
I surely don't know what New York was like in the 60's. And I am not sure why this lonely song mesmerizes me the way it does. I am left with more questions than anything. But it moves me. Enjoy.
This is the last of my month long music retrospective. It has been a blast, combing through my memory, reading over these lyrics, humming along with the tunes, even getting a little misty as they brought back old friends and places like nothing else can for me. Blogs, by their nature, are pretty autobiographical. There really isn't much of a conversation going on here. Not at all like Facebook or other social networking opportunities. Selecting and posting one's favorite songs is even more introspective than writing about politics or working with children or family biz. How can you even comment, right? "Good song" or "Well chosen" or "I like her too" is about all you can say, right? But it was fun to post a song a day (almost) and think enough about it to write a little something. Thanks for hanging in there.
I am just a poor boy
Though my story's seldom told
I have squandered my resistance
For a pocket full of mumbles such are promises
All lies and jests
Still a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest
When I left my home and my family
I was no more than a boy
In the company of strangers
In the quiet of the 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 come looking for a job
But I get no offers,
Just a come-on from the whores on Seventh Avenue
I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome
I took some comfort there
Lie la lie ...
Then I'm laying out my winter clothes
And wishing I was gone
Where the New York City winters aren't bleeding me
Bleeding me, going home
In the clearing stands a boxer
And a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders
Of ev'ry 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