El Condor Pasa Lyrics - Simon and Garfunkel

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(Paul Simon/Jorge Milchberg)

I'd rather be a sparrow than a snail.
Yes I would.
If I could,
I surely would.Oh oh

I'd rather be a hammer than a nail.
Yes I would.
If I only could,
I surely would. Oh oh

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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. Oh oh.

I'd rather feel the earth beneath my feet,
Yes I would.
If I only could,
I surely would. Oh oh


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main idea | Reviewer: zahra | 4/19/13

I THINK EACH STANZA HAS AN OWN MEANING BUT AFTER ALL IT IS TALK ABOUT FREEDOM.FIRST STANZA IS ABOUT FREEDOM.SECAND IS ABOUT POWER.THIRD STANZA IS ABOUT death with dignity like a swan and at the end it is about knowledge like trees, after all if we have knowledge we can be free,powerful.

This song is about Hitler | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/18/12

This song is about Adolf Hitler.

It speaks of a lust for power for Germany, and ultimately, power for himself.

He would rather fly like the mighty Aryan Sparrow than crawl like the lowly Jewish snail.

He'd rather be a Teutonic hammer (no doubt a reference to Thor) than a Hebrew nail to smashed upon its head.

He'd rather be an Aryan forest, with trees reaching for Valhalla, than a grimy Jewish street, run over by tanks and pissed upon by dogs.

He'd rather sail away to conquer lands across the sea, instead of just Europe and Africa, and is sad that he has not yet done so.

"I'd rather feel the Earth beneath my feet" obviously means he wants to completely rule the world.

We give the earth the saddest sound | Reviewer: Witch | 4/1/11

We don"t live the natural life God created us for,we rather destroy than create,we are unnatural on the earth.But in the heart of the hearts we long for the time we were a natural part of Nature. Our soul weeps and gives the world its saddest sound.

El Condor Pasa | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/27/10

I see it as a mere denunciation of communism. It is, I think, another protest song. There's always someone stronger (sparrow, hammer) than you (snail, nail) who tells you what to think and do and deprives you of freedom (I'd rather feel the earth beneath my feet, I'd rather sail away = I'd like to think on my own, etc)but you can't and cry (a man gets tied up to the ground he gives the world its saddest sound). This song is beautiful, in favour of freedom and was,if I'm not mistaken, forbidden in the USSR...

ninuca | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/8/09

It sounds like returning to the past, when on earth was no civilization. Herewith it's impossible to get back, the world is moving forward. Too much nostalgic. Missing nature and missing human-being as a part of nature.

ITS SADDEST SOUND - El Condor Pasa | Reviewer: indieboy | 11/14/08

Within all our hearts is a secret but real passion to find God. He has placed this need within all mankind.
Here we see the Inca view whereby they are responding to the call of God the creator. They know that when they are pursuing the things of earth that this is not good for them. That is what is meant by giving the world its saddest sound.
How many lives have met a cruel fate because of man's greed? And it affects all of us not only the rich. When we place ourselves before God and our fellow men we give the world its saddest sound.

Jesus said this:  "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him."
And he also said this: "`YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.´  "This is the great and foremost commandment. "The second is like it, `YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.´"

Our mission in life is to love God and through loving God we are to love our fellow man.
We all know this but are too selfish to do it. That, I believe, is the meaning of this beautiful song.

message of the song | Reviewer: almostbelieving | 12/3/07

the main idea of this song is the regret and disappointment that people can..t actually do what they want to do in life. therefore the lines "I'd rather be a sparrow than a snail.
Yes I would.
If I could,
I surely would." illustrate this desire. the same idea is expressed here "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" only with a different metaphor. the whole song is a metaphor, it..s not THAT hard to understand it.
people should quit their boring jobs and go to their dream.

What I think it says? Not much, but here are its parts | Reviewer: moonie | 7/23/07

It's rather vague in the style popular in those days ["so people can bring their own interpretations to it"]. The last 2 verses reflect the strong interest at that time in the "ecology": the natural environment around us, which children in Western societies were rediscovering and trying to preserve. For the first time in the history of Western civilization, the world was recognized to be a finite world, with limited numbers of trees, only so much water, and basically as something we should start thinking about caring for, because it was vulnerable if we were not aware of how we harmed it, and thereby, harmed ourselves and our children.

That said, the last 2 verses are throwaway, simplistic rhymes reflecting his listeners' concerns for nature in opposition to mechanized, industrial societies with paved streets where your feet don't even touch the earth.

I think the first verse is the weakest -- who wouldn't rather be a bird than a snail? -- but the middle verse suggests something very different, and a little out of place, here: a hammer is a violent thing. It drives nails into the ground.

My favorite lines are in the bridge: A man gets tied up to the ground/ He gives the world / its saddest sound. These seem to me most related to what I'm told is the theme of the Peruvian original.

What does it say? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/9/05

My wife asks, for many years, what this song tries to say. The message?
Anyone who has a calculated guess or answer?

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