Musical Mondays: THE BOXER by Simon and Garfunkel

the concert in central park cdRecently I was digging through my parents’ stash of old CDs, and I came across one the The Concert In Central Park [Live] by Simon and Garfunkel. It was my mom’s CD, and it first came out in 1982. One song on this CD caught my eye- it’s called The Boxer, and I recognized it immediately. Mumford & Sons recently made a cover of this song on their latest album, Babel, which was released on September 25, 2012. I didn’t know that it was a cover of another song until I heard the original version on my mom’s CD. And even though I really like music by Mumford & Sons, in my opinion the original version of The Boxer by Simon and Garfunkel is better. They are both excellent singers, and they are really good at harmonizing with each other. And they are amazing live! I couldn’t believe that they were singing live when I first listened to the CD.

My favorite lines from this song are as follows:

“All lies and jests

Still a man hears what he wants to hear

And disregards the rest.”

Normally I don’t enjoy older music this much, but Simon and Garfunkel are great musicians. Listen to both versions of this song (the original and the cover by Mumford & Sons) and let me know which one you like the most.




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