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Simon & Garfunkel — El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
Album: Bridge Over Troubled Water
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Released: 1969
Length: 3:04
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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
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Ol' Paul was trying to 'turn people on' to something a little different waaaay back in 1969, long before he and some other old pop stars 'discovered' music from Africa and South America and elsewhere and put out whole albums of the stuff. What's so bad about that?
a 9 here from me....LOVE this song.  Its a shame those two's egos wouldn't let them stay together longer......
 enkay wrote:

Speaking of dentist's drills, would you please stop whining about this song every time it plays? Thanks.

 
I can tag team with them to spread the disappointment. Simon's written so many wonderful songs, this cover isn't fun to hear.
 jchrise wrote:
OK, I've heard this twice in less than 18 hours. It's such an annoying hippie throwback, especially when the wobbly pan flute follows the vocals.

 
Oh dear ... best get your coat then.
My LEAST favorite Si & Gar song, and it still deserves an 8
 enkay wrote:

Speaking of dentist's drills, would you please stop whining about this song every time it plays? Thanks.

 
Curly and Shorty ruined what used to be a very good Andean folk tune. Ok, it still is a very good Andean folk song.
 jchrise wrote:
I'd rather be dentist's drill than listen to this song

 
Speaking of dentist's drills, would you please stop whining about this song every time it plays? Thanks.
I don't think I've heard this song in over 30 years.
Whatever happened to those Andean guys playing this stuff on the subway? I miss them. Not this. 
A long way from their best, but still more than good enough to highlight the travesty of the Disturbed cover played a moment ago. pxd
OK, I've heard this twice in less than 18 hours. It's such an annoying hippie throwback, especially when the wobbly pan flute follows the vocals.
{#Meditate}
I'd rather be dentist's drill than listen to this song
Another perfect segue (Santaolalla into El Condor Pasa). Thanks Bill!
I still can't believe he got Edie Brickell in the sack.   And that has been ages now.  Bastard.
 nohaybanda wrote:

probably because she hilked the Andes and that's where the song is crom
 
It sure wasn't the Andes — it was the Cal. desert to the Washington border of Canada.  And it's officially called the Pacific Crest Trail (not Coast).  Sorry 'bout that, hikers.

This exchange below is found on Gustavo Santaolalla — Deportation/Iguazu but it really belongs here. Love TerryS's story. 

chinaski wrote:
El Condor Pasa...Simon and Garfunkel...no?
 

TerryS wrote:

That song was made famous prior to WW1 when a Peruvian composer orchestrated an ancient folk song and our guide spat when hearing another tourist say it was a copy of S & G's El Condor Pasa.
He said (and I quote as best my memory will allow) "my grandfather's grandfather was young when he learned this song at the feria".
Then he surprised the hell out us and pulled out a wooden flute, playing the original while we struggled up over Dead Woman Pass. (13,800 feet) I live at sea level btw.

  
 treatment_bound wrote



probably because she hilked the Andes and that's where the song is crom



For some reason, this song was used as pretty much the recurring theme song for that recent Reese Witherspoon movie "Wild", where she walks the Pacific Coast Trail as a young woman in the mid-90's trying to find herself and the meaning of life. 

 

Having not read the book, If anyone knows if it was referenced there and/or why it was used in the movie, please do post here.



 


I had a lovely Peruvian girl couch surfing with  here on the Caribbean island of Roatan and this  came on Radio Paradise I and she started crying she said her great grandfather wrote it and never got credited. It was genuine emotion  it was and is a very personal family song  to her 
Having heard this song for most of my life I was amazed many years ago travelling through Ecuador to find out that it was an Andean melody appropriated by Paul Simon. Always loved it and now especially so as it takes me back to a country that occupies a special place in my heart.

For some reason, this song was used as pretty much the recurring theme song for that recent Reese Witherspoon movie "Wild", where she walks the Pacific Coast Trail as a young woman in the mid-90's trying to find herself and the meaning of life. 

 

Having not read the book, If anyone knows if it was referenced there and/or why it was used in the movie, please do post here.


 skooba wrote:


I didn't even realize there was a segue until I heard Paul Simon's voice.  Spectacular!  {#Dance}

 
One your best segue moments, Billiam!  Seamless!
"I'd rather be a bucket than a pail..."
 Dinges,_the_Dude wrote:
8 for the sake of the memories of my happy childhood... {#Yes}

 
...... same here :)
8 for the sake of the memories of my happy childhood... {#Yes}
 alwaysoffline wrote:
Whoa Bill!  Are you trying to punish us or what, man?!!  After last night's awesome set, this is like cold water in the face...{#Headache}

 
Welcome to the WIDE variety of RP - for better (or worse) depending on your range of musical taste! {#Cowboy}
Whoa Bill!  Are you trying to punish us or what, man?!!  After last night's awesome set, this is like cold water in the face...{#Headache}
"...And here's a story about being free..."

DJ Shadow
One of my least favorite S&G songs. World music forerunner or not.

Everybody in my churches loves this song...
 

 newbaby wrote:
i'd rather be a anything that an accounting manager
 

How about a statistician?  They're also good with numbers, but don't quite have the personality for accounting.
 bev wrote:
Oh, NICE segue from Gustavo Santaolalla...very very nice...
 
agreed.
It's twilight on Christmas Eve, big snowflakes are falling gently outside my window, the house is unusually quiet, and this is on.

Allow me to pause for a moment to take it in. 
 oscar_driver wrote:
I'm Bolivian and this a original Bolivian song, it gives me such mix feelings of happines and sadness ... i love this song, now i'll cry in my desk .. bye LOL
Oscar
 
Yeah! Rah! Rah! Bravo! to S&G for exploring the music of other cultures!   {#Pray}  {#Bananasplit}
 rockpommel16 wrote:

....agreed....simply perfect....
 

I didn't even realize there was a segue until I heard Paul Simon's voice.  Spectacular!  {#Dance}
 lindergr55 wrote:
I've just GOT to compliment Gustavo Santaolalla's piece segued into El Condor Pasa.  Bravo!
 
....agreed....simply perfect....
I've just GOT to compliment Gustavo Santaolalla's piece segued into El Condor Pasa.  Bravo!
An angel walks among us, and his name is Art Garfunkel. BTW, six years is too long for this one to stay out of the RP rotation. Just sayin...
Oh, NICE segue from Gustavo Santaolalla...very very nice...
oscar_driver wrote:
I'm Bolivian and this a original Bolivian song, it gives me such mix feelings of happines and sadness ... i love this song, now i'll cry in my desk .. bye LOL Oscar
I feel your emotion! Now I am going to cry at my desk. :cry:
Just what I need this afternoon. This song just takes me to a much better place the I physically find myself at now. :angel: :angel: :angel:
First song I ever learned on the gee-tar! :guitarist:
I'm Bolivian and this a original Bolivian song, it gives me such mix feelings of happines and sadness ... i love this song, now i'll cry in my desk .. bye LOL Oscar
Somehow, I knew this one was coming right after Yoshida Brothers... Great.
There are some beautiful tracks on the soundtrack of Motorcycle Diaries (Gustavo Santaolalla) that would segue in very nicely here. 'Ushuaia' for one...
Dave_Mack wrote:
Like a lion tamer, maybe?
LOL I think that joke was lost on most people...
No matter what, listening to Simon & Garfunkel always does it for me.
moomatz wrote:
I second that.
Almost a year later ... still working for me, too
:jump: :moon: :jump:
It seems every major city ive been to you find little men dressed in ponchos wearing their mothers shoes playing this song.
Sweeeeet segue!
Dave_Mack wrote:
Like a lion tamer, maybe?
... or the lion's lunch, perhaps?
Well, it's been mentioned before, but this is the best transition I've heard on RP so far. Fantastic Bill!
This song reminds me a graffitti I saw in La Paz, Bolivia. 'El Condor pasa, la dictadura queda' which is roughly 'Condor passes, dictatorship remains'
newbaby wrote:
i'd rather be a anything that an accounting manager
Like a lion tamer, maybe?
"I'd rather be a hammer than a nail" I guess that sums up George Bush's attitude... I never would have thought he would have anything in common with Paul Simon. :wink:
Yes, they're better together...I never really cared that much for this song years ago, but it sure sounds great to me now. I love this and all of their other albums.
ChicagoEmily wrote:
He did it again today- amazing transition. I was listening with one ear as I finished up for the day, and then noticed the transition from the Yoshida Bros. to El Condor Pasa. Wow. THANKS!
What she said. It is always a pleasure to observe an artist at work.
ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
Great set of transitions!!! Walking on Air -> Tabidachi -> El Condor Pasa. Wonderful work, Bill.
Agreed, most excellent transition...... :nodhead:
Their sum was greater than the parts. :bounce: :bounce:
ChicagoEmily wrote:
He did it again today- amazing transition. I was listening with one ear as I finished up for the day, and then noticed the transition from the Yoshida Bros. to El Condor Pasa. Wow. THANKS!
Yeah, man... those three songs together are absolutely fantastic. I think Bill does transitions better than any DJ I've ever heard. So good.
ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
Great set of transitions!!! Walking on Air -> Tabidachi -> El Condor Pasa. Wonderful work, Bill.
He did it again today- amazing transition. I was listening with one ear as I finished up for the day, and then noticed the transition from the Yoshida Bros. to El Condor Pasa. Wow. THANKS!
still a classic tune!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
radiojunkie wrote:
ROAMING FLUTE BANDS ASSAULT DOWNTOWN AREA Dozens Hurt As Renegade Musicians Blow Indiscriminately FILM AT 11
:lol:
zburch wrote:
If you've ever spent anytime in Peru, you've heard this song more than anyone needs to in their life.
Never NEVER NEVER !!!! :beat:
zburch wrote:
If you've ever spent anytime in Peru, you've heard this song more than anyone needs to in their life. You hear it played by roaming flute bands at least three times a day. Makes me laugh and angry at the same time.
ROAMING FLUTE BANDS ASSAULT DOWNTOWN AREA Dozens Hurt As Renegade Musicians Blow Indiscriminately FILM AT 11
ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
Great set of transitions!!! Walking on Air -> Tabidachi -> El Condor Pasa. Wonderful work, Bill.
I second that.
i'd rather be a anything that an accounting manager
I would rather be a forest than a street...Yes I would, If I could................... I would rather feel the earth beneath my feet... an anthem of the earth....timeless.
If you've ever spent anytime in Peru, you've heard this song more than anyone needs to in their life. You hear it played by roaming flute bands at least three times a day. Makes me laugh and angry at the same time.
Great set of transitions!!! Walking on Air -> Tabidachi -> El Condor Pasa. Wonderful work, Bill.
one of my all-time favorites from them. :goodvibes.gif:
Classic
Bonita canción :)
trekhead wrote:
Classics are classic for a reason. A 9.
exactly. :highfive:
trekhead wrote:
Classics are classic for a reason. A 9.
:nodhead:
Where's Zamfir with his pan-flutes... god I hate the sound
Classics are classic for a reason. A 9.
Art_Carnage wrote:
Yeah, that really caught fire, eh? Can't count the number of times my friends have sat around saying, "Gee, I wish there was a Peruvian pipe music band in town right now."
It's true that people generally don't wonder whether there's a Peruvian pipe music band in town, any more than they wonder whether Big Head Todd and the Monsters is playing nearby. Anyway, thanks to "El Condor Pasa" and RP for providing the name of the geographical location, I'll be exploring Peruvian music.
nice transition from the the Japanese stuff before this.
I'd rather hear this than that song that just samples the pipe part, which Bill also plays here. And how many people are disappointed when they order "Carly Simon's Greatest Hits" and don't find this song?
Not one of their best for me, but it does showcase their early willingness to look outside of the classic American influences and to experiment with their music.
Eul0gy wrote:
Does Art Garfunkel remind anyone else of Sally Struthers? :P
He's much thinner.
Does Art Garfunkel remind anyone else of Sally Struthers? :P
Art_Carnage wrote:
Yeah, that really caught fire, eh? Can't count the number of times my friends have sat around saying, "Gee, I wish there was a Peruvian pipe music band in town right now."
you know.. some times.. you see things like this in RP and say... Bill should just close the thread for this song... cause you'd be hard pressed to top Art's comment.. :roflol: :bounce: !!!! I like the song even if the sound didn't catch on... and I hadn't known for sure it was S & G (but at least I suspected it) and have not heard it in probably 25 years.... it takes me back 25 - 30 years, to trips in the VW Van, up to the moutains with the family.. driving over the shenandoah and having my father play this in the eight track... wow.... what a time warp...
Art_Carnage wrote:
Yeah, that really caught fire, eh? Can't count the number of times my friends have sat around saying, "Gee, I wish there was a Peruvian pipe music band in town right now."
:lol: :roflol: :clap:
Originally Posted by ludwig7: Say what you will about it, this song introduced us all to Peruvian pipe music.
Yeah, that really caught fire, eh? Can't count the number of times my friends have sat around saying, "Gee, I wish there was a Peruvian pipe music band in town right now."
Even S&G can\'t enliven this stale chestnut.
Originally Posted by ludwig7: Say what you will about it, this song introduced us all to Peruvian pipe music. Unfortunately, it's still the only tune anyone in our culture knows that's (more or less) from this region. As a result, any group of musicians across Latin America that incorporates these instruments is now essentially required to know this tune because it's always requested. At least Ladysmith Black Mambazo has escaped the Paul Simon curse.
Here's a link to some traditional Peruvian music available from Amazon. I have one of the albums and it's really good. :cool:
Say what you will about it, this song introduced us all to Peruvian pipe music. Unfortunately, it\'s still the only tune anyone in our culture knows that\'s (more or less) from this region. As a result, any group of musicians across Latin America that incorporates these instruments is now essentially required to know this tune because it\'s always requested. At least Ladysmith Black Mambazo has escaped the Paul Simon curse.
Originally Posted by GregX59: So very nice to hear this again.
ditto :clap:
Not my cup of anything. Bleck!
Originally Posted by Shimmer: While I have always loved Simon and Garfunkle (and this song and album), I have to wonder whether this song fits the RP format. It's a bit low energy.
As is much of this afternoon's programming. Someone send Bill a large coffee. And I'll have one, too. Much more of this stuff, and I'll end up face-down on the keyboard.
Not one of S & G\'s better tunes.
Hmmm.... just not my cup of tea this. :roll:
While I have always loved Simon and Garfunkle (and this song and album), I have to wonder whether this song fits the RP format. It\'s a bit low energy.
So very nice to hear this again.
A great selection from my favorite album of all time! (Every selection on that album is a great one.) :clap: :clap: :clap: