Who will love a little sparrow?
Who's traveled far and cries for rest?
"Not I," said the oak tree
"I won't share my branches
With no sparrow's nest
And my blanket of leaves
Won't warm her cold breast"

Who will love a little sparrow
And who will speak a kindly word?
"Not I," said the swan
"The entire idea is utterly absurd
I'd be laughed at and scorned
If the other swans heard"

And who will take pity in his heart
And who will feed a starving sparrow?
"Not I," said the golden wheat
"I would if I could but I cannot, I know
I need all my grain to prosper and grow"

Who will love a little sparrow?
Will no one write her eulogy?
"I will," said the Earth
"For all I've created returns unto me
From dust were ye made and dust ye shall be"

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"Sparrow" as written by Paul Simon

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Commentaccording to Art Garfunkel, the plants and animals are metaphors (as well as personifications, obviously). The oak tree represents greed; the swan represents vanity; and the golden wheat represents hypocrisy.
    chameleon3on December 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song to me is a take on the story The Ugly Duckling. I think it is a beautiful song and I cherish it and many others of S&G's.
    msleamichon March 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI really love this song... to me its about rejection in a foreign place, where everyone is prejudiced against a person for who he is or what he looks like
    duffon June 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, probably my fav of theirs
    adam1986on March 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIts about edith piaf - she died when the song was written. piaf means little sparrow and this is her eulogy
    epkaon December 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhoever it is about, it's clearly about standing up and helping other people, and what happens when no one does.
    vegetariancannibalon March 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Chameleon3
    and the earth is like family always there for you
    Alexa.on June 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with epka. I have watched a movie about her life and the lyrics fit perfectly
    Diestlon June 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commentv. simple and beautiful...It definitely is a take on peoples' greed..and...self centeredness...neglecting everything else...
    pranav ojhaon August 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorites. I don't know if it's about Edith Piaf, but "piaf" is indeed the French word for "sparrow" - so this would make sense.
    thehazyjaneon September 25, 2008   Link

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