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.

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.

Songwriters: Paul Simon / Jorge Milchberg / Daniel Alomia Robles
El Condor Pasa (If I Could) lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Why this song?

Because we all get ‘tied down’ while the condor, instead, flies up into the freedom of the skies. - Marie

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