The third single from Paul Simon's 1972 self-titled LP didn't get nearly the radio play of "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" or "Mother and Child Reunion" and didn't get into the Top 50, but its aged remarkably well. "Duncan" is a spiritual sequel to Simon and Garfunkel's "The Boxer." Both songs are about a poor boy that goes on a journey far from home, encounters exotic women and finds a sort of home after a lonely struggle. We know a little more about Duncan than the unnamed "poor boy" of "The Boxer." He's the son of a Canadian fisherman that heads to New England and loses his virginity to a street preacher. It's one of the few non-hits from his back catalog he regularly plays in concert these days.