Maybe sparrow, you should wait
The hawks alight 'til morning
You never pass beyond the gate
If you don't hear my warning

Notes are hung so effortless
With the rise and fall of sparrow's breast
It's a drowning diving
Back to the chorus la dee dum

Oh my sparrow, it's too late
Your body limp beneath my feet
Your dusty eyes as cold as clay
You didn't hear my warning, didn't hear my warning

Maybe sparrow, it's too late
The moonlight glanced off metal wings
In a thunderstorm above the clouds
The engine hums a sparrow's phrase
For those who cannot hear the words
For those who cannot hear the words
Those who will not hear the words
La dee da la dee da
Maybe sparrow
Maybe sparrow
Maybe sparrow


Lyrics submitted by delial, edited by smmoore10, smallwonderrobot

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    General CommentWhat an amazing song. So beautiful
    maniaon October 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDelicious and melodic.
    Celtic_FCon June 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSuch a powerful song. The best part, probably of the entire album, is:

    Oh my sparrow, it's too late
    Your body limp beneath my feet
    Your dusty eyes cold as clay
    You didn't hear my warning
    Didn't hear my warning

    She just pours all of herself into this and does such great things with melody at the same time. Her voice is incredible and really broadens the reach of her music, especially in her harmonies.
    suchprettywordson February 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorites. I surprised there are not more comments.

    The melody stands-out to to me. I put it on my Autumn playlist.

    What Season does it remind you of most?
    NativeIndieon October 06, 2011   Link
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    General CommentPlease replace the line "your dusty eyes as cold as cane" with "your dusty eyes cold as clay". Neko publishes all of her lyrics on her website, which I think is an indication of how hard she works on and the pride she takes in her lyrics (well-deserved).

    You really should watch her music video for this song if your want to understand where she's coming from (anti.com/videos/maybe-sparrow/. That said, she usually writes songs in such a way that each person can have their own personalized meaning.

    I've always loved this song because, from an ecological standpoint, no predator would ever warn its prey. In fact, owls' success as predators comes precisely from their silence. I love the book Watership Down, and it was also a big influence on Neko. Theres a character in that book called the Black Rabbit of Inle, who is essentially the rabbits' equivalent of Death. Theres this inescapable aspect of dying, and killing from the Black Rabbits standpoint, that I think is very similar to the way she describes an owl killing its prey. Its not evil, its jst the way it is. Thats also why replacing "clay" with "Cain" (as was originally posted here) really confuses the meaning of the song. I could go on for hours about this stuff, what a brilliant songwriter...
    smmoore10on May 30, 2013   Link

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