Little Sparrow (feat. Gypsy Twang)

04:07
Sarah Barker
2014
Dolly Parton

Story

In 1999, Dolly Parton released ‘The Grass is Blue’ and rekindled my interest in her music.  I’d always loved her very early material and some of her collaborative work, but her pop songs were outside the parameters of my musical taste. 

In 2001 she released ‘Little Sparrow’ and I became a diehard Dolly fan for life.  By her own admission, mountain music has always been her heart’s first love.   But she knew in order to make the kind of living she wanted, she would have to appeal to a larger demographic.

 Dolly is a great songwriter in this genre.  She draws inspiration from the roots music she grew up with in the Carter Family tradition.  This is a hauntingly beautiful song reminiscent of ‘Fair and Tender Ladies’.

Lyrics

 Little sparrow, little sparrow

 All ye maidens heed my warning

Never trust the hearts of men

They will crush you like a sparrow

Leaving you to never mend

They will vow to always love you

Swear no love but yours will do

Then they’ll leave you for another

Break your little heart in two

Little sparrow, little sparrow

Precious fragile little thing

Little sparrow, little sparrow

Flies so high and feels no pain

If I was a little sparrow

For these mountains I would fly

I would find him, I would find him

And look into his lying eye

I would flutter all around him

On my little sparrow wings

I would ask him, I would ask him

Why he let me love in vain

Little sparrow, little sparrow

Precious fragile little thing

Little sparrow, little sparrow

Flies so high and feels no pain

But I am not a little sparrow

I am just the broken dream

Of a cold false-hearted lover

And his evil cunning scheme

Little sparrow, little sparrow

Precious fragile little thing

Little sparrow, little sparrow

Flies so high and feels no pain

Flies so high and feels no pain

Flies so high and feels no pain