Ben Folds - Boxing Lyrics




Howard, the strangest things
Have happened lately
When I take a good swing
And all my dreams
They pivot and slip
I drop my fists and they're back
Laughing, Howard

My intention's become not to lose what I've won
Ambition has given way to desperation and I
Lost the fight from my eyes

Boxing's been good to me, Howard
Now I'm old, you're growing old
The whole time we knew
In a couple of years I'd be through
Has boxing been good to you?

Howard, I confess I'm scared and lonely and tired
They seem to think I'm made of clay
Another day, I'm not cut out for this
I just know what to say, I say

Boxing's been good to me, Howard
Now I'm old, you're growing old
The whole time we knew
In a couple of years I'd be through
Has boxing been good to you?

Well sometimes I punch myself hard as I can
Yelling nobody cares hoping someone will tell me how
Wrong I am

Boxing's been good to me, Howard
Now I'm old, you're growing old
The whole time we knew
In a couple of years I'd be through
Has boxing been good
Has boxing been good
Has boxing been good to you?





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  1. ostertag811

    Howard, the strangest things have happened lately
    When I take a good swing at all my dreams, they pivot
    And slip, I drop my fists and they're back laughing
    Howard, my intention's become not to lose
    What I've won, ambition has given way
    To desperation and I lost the fight for my eyes
    Boxing's been good to me, Howard
    Now I'm told, "You're growing old"
    The whole time he knew, a couple of years
    I'd be through, has boxing been good to you?
    Howard, now I confess, I'm scared and lonely and tired
    They seem to think I'm made of clay, another day
    I'm not cut out for this, I just know what to say, I say
    Boxing's been good to me, Howard
    Now I'm told, "You're growing old"
    The whole time he knew, a couple of years
    I'd be through, has boxing been good to you?
    Well, sometimes I punch myself hard as I can
    Yelling, "Nobody cares", hoping some one
    Will tell me how wrong I am, Howard
    Boxing's been good to me, Howard
    Now I'm told, "You're growing old"
    The whole time he knew, a couple of years
    I'd be through, has boxing been good?
    Has boxing been good? Has boxing been good?

  2. David Paul

    Classic.

  3. Lydia Nayo

    Have any of you heard the arrangement by Bette Midler? The music is more spare, and her voice is quite haunting. Don't remember what album it is from, but it is one of my melancholy favorites. Check it out.

  4. Westrocker 67

    For some reason, this song reminds me of Pelham Parkway in the Bronx... for some reason?

  5. Jason Kendall

    Brilliant writing.

  6. MM P

    BEN FOLDS FIVE LYRICS


    "Boxing"

    Howard, the strangest things

    Have happened lately when I
    Take a good swing
    At all my dreams
    They pivot and slip
    I drop my fists and they're back
    Laughing, Howard
    My intention's become not to lose what I've won
    Ambition has given way to desperation and I
    Lost the fight from my eyes

    [Chorus:]
    Boxing's been good to me, Howard
    Now I'm told, you're growing old
    The whole time you knew
    A couple of years I'd be through

    Has boxing been good to you?
    Howard, now I confess
    I'm scared and lonely and tired
    They seem to think I'm made of clay
    Oh, another day
    I'm not cut out for this
    I just know what to say
    I say

    [Chorus:]
    Well sometimes I punch myself, hard as I can
    Yelling "Nobody cares!"
    Hoping someone will tell me how
    Wrong I am

    [Chorus:]
    Has boxing been good
    Has boxing been good to you?

  7. rosalind hine

    Beautiful lyrics wasted on bad arrangement. Howard Cossell and Cassius Clay can time travel with a better score.

    jstenhouse22

    rosalind hine What about this arrangement is bad?

    Gilbert Pilz

    I can't see how you can claim that the person who wrote the song arranged it poorly. Writing and arranging occur in tandem. Ben Folds wrote this song to be arranged the way he arranged it. He arranged it to suit the way he wrote it.

  8. David Nicholson

    RIP Ali. Not only one of the greatest athletes of modern times, but, a man of clear and constant conviction. Courage personified, class and character, wit and wisdom.

  9. Matches

    RIP Muhammad Ali

  10. Kevin Steinbergen

    Fitting tribute, since Muhammad Ali died today.

  11. Trent Forclub

    R.I.P. Muhammad Ali

  12. sunglassesjohn

    Too sweet for words.

  13. Sir Arthur Frentzel

    This song should be called horse pulling carriage down brick road.

    Sir Arthur Frentzel

    That's what it sounds like to me.

    Sir Arthur Frentzel

    Doesn't it sound old.

  14. Zedwoman

    It also reminds me of a wonderful novel entitled Laughlin of the Bad Heart, which is about a former boxer. I recommend it most highly.

  15. Zedwoman

    This song is about more than boxing. It's about life. 

    hovercat26

    to me, this song also works very well as describing a failing relationship that the singer doesn't want to end. I know it's actually Ali and Howard discussing boxing, but to me, you can draw a lot of links to relationships.

    Ecks

    @ThisIsAReallyLongName BecauseImBetterThanYou Why are we fighting? This is BEN FOLDS FIVE. Possibly the greatest band ever. Maybe tied with Barenaked Ladies.

    John Lawler

    +ThisIsAReallyLongName BecauseImBetterThanYou Howard = Howard Cosell. The song is about Muhammad Ali's struggles as a boxer, celebrity, muslim, and late career erosion from subclinical Parkinson's and age...this is juxtaposed to the mortality, and the physical and mental limitations we all must face in life. "They seem to think I'm made of Clay," a sly reference to Ali's initial personna as Cassius Clay.

    Jacob Cook

    Nah it's about drugs

    Ben Perschall

    Ben only wrote 50% of this song. The other half is what you think it means. He understands this when he writes songs. So whatever you think it means is technically right. That's the beauty of music.

  16. Brian Tomczyk

    This song is so relate-able. This song applies to anyone questioning their future and health. Should you continue your career due to expectations people have of you even though it's hurting you? Howard knew that Muhammad Ali wouldn't last forever like all athletes. Was Boxing good to Muhammad? It is a double-edged sword... The fame vs. the pain. The same can be said for careers. The money and feeling of success... is it worth it?

  17. T Thomas

    That's what I was looking for. I had heard that before, but when you understand the story, the story is so much more profound. When you see Muhammad Ali now, you know that he paid for his success, ten fold. Boxing was good for him, but has it been good for you?

  18. alternageek

    One of my favourite tracks from the first record

  19. Megan Nelson

    I'm astonished that this doesn't have more views. Nicki Minaj gets millions of views and she sucks ass, but someone as talented as Ben Folds often doesn't break 100,000. D:

  20. undertakerpitt

    Why is there no description, it's not that hard to explain...
    It's supposed to be Muhammad Ali talking to Howard Cosell about his thoughts of retiring

  21. Bobby Saban

    And they're BACK!! Rolling Stone wrote a great cover story on the bands' return. Check it out and get psyched!

  22. Josh Doctor

    This reminds me of the movie Cinderella Man.

  23. Flalaski

    This gives me pure feeling of the 90's.

  24. nowandforever117

    I always thought this song was about strange dreams in general. Sort of a "guess what happened in my dream" scenario. Still love it though, even if i'm wrong.

  25. Scotty Jethro

    "No description available".


    Yep.

  26. Robert Man

    i've just discovered ben. where the hell a have i been!

  27. Ben Babylon

    @rackhen Yeah, that definitely explains his perfect rhythm.....I'm gonna go see him live on July 21! I'm so excited.

  28. Ben Babylon

    @ThinkYoureDreaming I've heard about every one of his songs hahaha! Yeah I know how great he can be

  29. Ben Babylon

    Ben Folds is not an amazing pianist only because he can play an amazing rock song....but because he can play so many styles of music....with ease

  30. Tae-ho Kim

    so good it hurts

  31. Greg Adams

    I love the Bette Midler version as well.

  32. Ryne Parker

    Ben played a show at the Bardot in Hollywood in September. He took requests for about an hour. We were all singing along, but when he played "Boxing" you could hear a pin drop. We all just stood there in reverence. It was magical :3

  33. spencaro

    @Imperialguardftw what you weren't?

  34. Josh

    @ Spenco wtf you we're alive in the 1920's?

  35. universalcitylights

    Total, utter, sheer genius. No other words to describe it.

  36. FLPman

    RIP Howard

  37. fillXinXblankXstares

    Wow.... This song is pretty much perfect.

  38. Siobhan

    So sad, but still beautiful

  39. spencaro

    I love this song. It reminds me of like 1920's or something. Just great