1913 Peru - El Condor Pasa (The Condor Passes)

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"El Cóndor Pasa" (Spanish for "The Condor Passes") is an orchestral musical piece from the zarzuela El Cóndor Pasa by the Peruvian composer Daniel Alomía Robles, written in 1913 and based on traditional Andean music, specifically folk music from Peru.

Simon & Garfunkel: El Condor Pasa (1970), in English:

English lyrics:

I'd rather be a sparrow than a snail
Yes I would, if I could, I surely would, hm-m
I'd rather be a hammer than a nail
Yes I would, if I could, I surely would, hm-m
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

Marie Laforêt - Sur le chemin des Andes (El condor pasa), in French:

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