It's Impossible - December 1970
 
El Condor Pasa
 
I'd rather be a sparrow than a snail,
Yes, I would, 
If I could, 
I surely would . . . hmm
 
I'd rather be a hammer than a nail, 
Yes, I would,
If I only could, 
I surely would . . . hmm
 
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 it's saddest sound,
It's saddest sound . . . hmm
 
< instrumental break >
 
I'd rather be a forest than a street, 
Yes, I would, 
If I could, 
I surely would . . . hmm
 
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 it's saddest sound,
It's saddest sound . . .
 
< instrumental break >
 
I'd rather feel the earth beneath my feet, 
Yes, I would,
If I only could, 
I surely would . . . 
 
Yes I would . . .
 
Original English Lyrics by Paul Simon
Arrangement of 18th Century Peruvian folk melody by Jorge Milchberg
Notated in 1916 by Daniel Alomias Robles
Paul Simon Music
Original RCA Recordingfrom the 1970 album "It's Impossible"
Arranged Don Costa and Conducted by Nick Perito
Produced by Don Costa Productions, Inc.
Recorded at the International Hotel, Las Vegas
Recording Engineer: Mickey Crofford
Recorded November 24, 1970  

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