Fell down on both knees, you were young
Bones still soft, legs fell numb
Oh, how those sparrows sang for you

So you grew up an isolated pup
You had some books, you had some love
Oh, God was watching over you
Oh, how those sparrows sang for you

You witnessed a man, a holy man
Touched your head with his gentle hands
Oh, God was watching over you

Lived in a house in birmingham
A preacher's son, the Lord's plan
Oh, God was watching over you
Oh, how those sparrows sang for two

When you arrived, carried you there
Near the preacher's son, your only love
Oh, God was watching over you

Wedding bells rang, church choir sang
A gospel song, a beautiful one
Oh, such a melancholy tune
Oh, how it reminds me of you

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    General CommentI'm shocked that no one has commented on this song. It's definitely one of Josh Rouse's best.

    The meaning seems to be pretty simple - reflecting on a past love that seems to be have passed away. A beautiful melancholy tune.
    babydontyoucryon August 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwow. i discovered this song thanks to the Girl Next Door soundtrack and the use of this song in that movie is magical. definitely a great one.
    free_brownieson May 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song...
    paola_74on May 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so beautiful just heiring the sadness in his voice.its the perfect melancholy song.i love it ,i just kay in bed and just listen it this song.it makes me cry.it just makes me think about things.
    Bri Loves Nirvanaon August 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAny idea what this song actually means? Im guessing he misses someone in the past, remembering her/him
    Dan184on January 28, 2009   Link
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    General Comment
    I always felt this song may have been autobiographical and is really about Josh Rouse when he was starting out in music and how visiting a church reminds him of growing up.

    Maybe I'm wrong and the song isn't about him at all.
    GuyinGAon April 25, 2009   Link

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