Friday May 15, 2020
7th Avenue Comfort
This morning I heard Simon & Garfunkel's “The Boxer” and recalled an epiphany I had a few years back. This part:
Asking only workman's wages, I come lookin' for a job
But I get no offers
Just a come-on from the whores on 7th Avenue
I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome
I took some comfort there
It's the “comfort there” line. Or simply the “there” there. As a kid/teen/young adult, I thought the singer was taking comfort from the come-ons themselves. As in: “Well, I may be lonely, but at least they seem to want me.” I thought it was an amusing line. As an adult, I see a more obvious meaning.
Seriously, sometimes I look back at myself and wonder how I got through life.