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



Lyrics submitted by kevin

"El Condor Pasa" as written by Jorge Milchberg, Daniel Alomia Robles, Paul Simon

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  • +5
    General Comment:I'd rather be free
    I'd rather be in control
    I'd rather be natural
    I'd rather be real

    Chorus:
    I'm beautiful and I want to escape the oppression of time, but its reality is profoundly sad
    inkoon May 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My Opinion:Personally, i believe it is about oppression. The narrator is saying that he would much rather better himself. "I'd rather be a sparrow than a snail, yes i would, if i could" he wants to better himself but he can't. Each line brings its own special meaning, and everyone has their own decision. The third line "I'd rather be a hammer than a nail, yes i would, if i only could" To me here it is representing the work force and the fact that the managers are always going to be in a place of higher authority. They are pointing out the disadvantages to Globalization and the growing industry within the world.
    LeeStrongon January 25, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:He is trying to be the bigger of the two things. Either bigger, more free, more powerful. Great song.
    Tyler250on May 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I think that this song is an attempt to portray the human desire for a stronger love. He wants to be more liberated, and seeks to be the strongest he can possibly be.
    djdubzon June 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i understaind that he'd rather be a forrest than a street (it sounds kinda ethnic, like mexican maybe, and eho wouldnt pick the forrest =o) ?) , but rather being a hammer than a nail? what an option???
    5raon August 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i think it's because a hammer can be moved around and stuff but a nail just gets pounded into something and left there...
    i wondered about that lyric too and thats what i came up with
    munchneron November 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:also, on the simon and garfunkel greatest hits cd (which is live), instead of
    "A man grows older every day
    It gives the world
    Its saddest sound,
    Its saddest sound. "

    the lyrics are
    "a man gets tied up to the ground
    he gives the world
    Its saddest sound,
    Its saddest sound."
    munchneron November 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this song is very special to me - it was read at my grandads funeral - he hated popular culture and pop music, so as a peice of poetry for him to like it it must be fuckin good
    lexyon January 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I want to always be learning and growing. I want to hold onto the idea of myth, change, and creativity...that is what this song is to me.
    startingtorambleon January 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:the line i'd rather be a hammer than a nail is a metiphor for human beings the hammer represents the authotity such as the goverment the president etc... the nails represent us the people and the authority decides what we do what laws we have to obey etc... just as the hammer decides where the nails go and drives them at its will and the nails have no say or choice in this
    Inpeaceon June 22, 2005   Link

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