2. 'The Boxer'
There's a lot of myth and rumor surrounding "The Boxer." Many are convinced it's an attack on Bob Dylan, even believing that the "lie lie lie" refrain refers to the "lie" of Dylan changing his name. The theory goes on to state that the "whores on 7th Avenue" are Columbia Records.
There's not a shred of truth to this, and Dylan himself covered the song on his 1970 LP Self Portrait. In fact, it's simply about a young man who struggles after moving to New York, eventually comparing himself to a boxer who gets up and continues to fight despite getting repeatedly knocked down. It's a great lyric, but the most impressive thing about the song is the production. Simon, Garfunkel and producer Roy Halee spent over 100 hours on the track, going from studio to studio and even St. Paul's Chapel in New York City to get the proper echo effect. All the work paid off and it reached Number Seven on the charts.