The Paul McCartney Project

Sparrow

Album This song officially appears on the Goodbye / Sparrow 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1969
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Sparrow” is the B-side of Mary Hopkin’s second single, “Goodbye“. The song was written by Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle, songwriters signed to Apple Publishing ; and was produced by Paul McCartney.

“Sparrow” was lovely, because that’s when my friendship with [songwriters] Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle started. And we’ve been friends ever since, which is about the most wonderful thing that’s come out of my time with Apple. It was a little somber, on reflection, but at the time I was happy with it.

Interview with Mary Hopkin, Goldmine Magazine, 1992

Last updated on October 14, 2019

Lyrics

On Sunday morning everyone would leave the house
Dressed for the Sunday service
And through the streets I used to know

They go to meet their friends and so they take the family seat
Father prays so earnestly forgetting all around him
When Eleanor sings in the choir it's like a lark in summer

The sparrow sings, the sparrow flies
With mighty wings he reaches as high as any other bird
He shall inherit all the earth

The sparrow sings, the sparrow flies
With mighty wings he reaches as high as any other bird
He shall inherit all the earth

A wealth of silence will descend upon the town
In colors of the evening
The thought has troubled me before
I know alone I need a sound to fill each moment

I had to find it out my way
They couldn't stop me leaving
As though they knew but could not say
They let me go believing

The sparrow sings, the sparrow flies
With mighty wings he reaches as high as any other bird
He shall inherit all the earth

The sparrow sings, the sparrow flies
With mighty wings he reaches as high as any other bird
He shall inherit all the earth

Through the blue and hazy drift off after two
The saxophone is moaning
I rise and step into the cool night air

Officially appears on


Goodbye / Sparrow

7" Single • Released in 1969

Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Maracas, Producer
Richard Hewson:
Orchestra arrangement
Mary Hopkin:
Guitar, Vocals
?:
Bass

Session Recording:
March 1st-2nd 1969
Studio:
Morgan Studios, London

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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