El Cóndor Pasa (If I Could) by Simon and Garfunkel

Simon and Garfunkel

Simon and Garfunkel were an American folk-rock duo consisting of Paul Simon, singer-songwriter, and Art Garfunkel as a singer. One of best-selling groups of the 1960s their biggest hits include The Sound of Silence, Bridge over Troubled Water, and Mrs. Robinson.

El Condor Pasa
Album: Bridge Over Troubled Water
Date: 1970
Genre: Folk

From the album ‘Bridge over Troubled Water.’ ‘El Cóndor Pasa (If I Could)’ is the best known Peruvian song in the English-speaking world. It was originally an orchestral musical piece composed by the Peruvian composer Daniel Alomia Robles in 1913, based on Andean music.

Lyrics by Paul Simon, Jorge Milchberg, and Daniel Alomia Robles

I'd rather be a sparrow than a snail
Yes I would, if I could, I surely would
I'd rather be a hammer than a nail
Yes I would, if I only could, I surely would
Away, I'd rather sail away
Like a swan that's here and gone
A man gets tied up to the ground
He gives the world its saddest sound
Its saddest sound
I'd rather be a forest than a street
Yes I would, if I could, I surely would
I'd rather feel the earth beneath my feet
Yes I would, if I only could, I surely would

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