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"I am just a poor boy 
Though my story's seldom told
I have squandered my resistance 
Fora pocket full of mumbles, such are promises 
All lies and jests
Still a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest -
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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 -
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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, le le le le le
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In a clearing stands a boxer
And a fighter by his trade 
And he carries the reminders
Of ev'ry glove that laid 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
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Lie la lie, lie la la la lie lie
Lie la lie, lie la la la la lie la la lie
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- SIMON & GARFUNKEL, 'The Boxer' -
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The main character of Paul Simon's 'The Boxer' bears a striking resemblance to the early life of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Born in Brooklyn to a Haitian father and a Puerto Rican mother, Basquiat left home at 15, dropping out of school and living by his wits on the streets of New York until he was discovered fully formed as a primitive expressionist at the age of twenty-one. As a lone black artist in a totally white art world, Basquiat identified with the struggling black boxer and painted him in a series of 'surrogate self-portraits', as a crucified victim and a heroic victor in the ring. Here he depicts middle weight champion "Sugar Ray Robinson", 1982, a powerhouse of muscle in his splendid orange boxer shorts, almost shackled by the bulk of his superhuman strength and the breaking balls of his gloves.
Jean-Michel Basquiat's 'Sugar Ray', 1982 will be on view this week in Hong Kong as part of Christie's curated selling exhibition, 'The Loaded Brush". -
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#famousnegroathletes #jeanmichelbasquiat #powerandtheglory #theloadedbrush #christies @_inouekoji #theboxer #wordsandimages
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  • brettgorvy-
    "I am just a poor boy
    Though my story's seldom told
    I have squandered my resistance
    Fora 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 -
    -
    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, le le le le le
    -
    In a clearing stands a boxer
    And a fighter by his trade
    And he carries the reminders
    Of ev'ry glove that laid 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
    -
    Lie la lie, lie la la la lie lie
    Lie la lie, lie la la la la lie la la lie
    -
    - SIMON & GARFUNKEL, 'The Boxer' -
    -
    The main character of Paul Simon's 'The Boxer' bears a striking resemblance to the early life of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Born in Brooklyn to a Haitian father and a Puerto Rican mother, Basquiat left home at 15, dropping out of school and living by his wits on the streets of New York until he was discovered fully formed as a primitive expressionist at the age of twenty-one. As a lone black artist in a totally white art world, Basquiat identified with the struggling black boxer and painted him in a series of 'surrogate self-portraits', as a crucified victim and a heroic victor in the ring. Here he depicts middle weight champion "Sugar Ray Robinson", 1982, a powerhouse of muscle in his splendid orange boxer shorts, almost shackled by the bulk of his superhuman strength and the breaking balls of his gloves.
    Jean-Michel Basquiat's 'Sugar Ray', 1982 will be on view this week in Hong Kong as part of Christie's curated selling exhibition, 'The Loaded Brush". -
    -
    #famousnegroathletes #jeanmichelbasquiat #powerandtheglory #theloadedbrush #christies @_inouekoji #theboxer #wordsandimages

  • fitrynabiilah@finadlia saya doain anda jadi sekaya apa sampe bisa beli lukisan ini dah, asalkan duitnya halal yak hohoho
  • vintageminkyUnmissable post like always xm
  • finadlia@fitrynabiilah maksud aku sih lebih ke captionnya fit...
  • fitrynabiilah@finadlia holyshit iyasih baru baca captionnya.... keren sih o_o
  • stepuglieseThis is awesome!
  • tchickphotoAwesome!
  • undergroundcollector
  • louso00❤️❤️❤️
  • stellalenna💙😕🤕😥👿💙
  • dasganzfeld@so_desu ze boxer
  • celmore23Good stuff!!
  • so_desu@dasganzfeld nicr
  • reindorfstudioWonderful to see
  • nshelawatLike Frankenstein
  • artcollective17Ha love this
  • satoridragonhttps://www.instagram.com/p/BM3L7dsFnum/ look the poor victimizing stalker the h, and mistress those boxers are not orange! Justice! down with him and collaborators
  • raedesigns704❤❤❤
  • sspellberg@greatwhitecoote
  • mugdhanandRead in the newspaper "Times of India" Great Art
  • viaparomitaWow amazing art...just read about it in the TOI Kol
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