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Jim Clark: Music

Whose Eye Is on the Sparrow

(Jim Clark)
November 22, 2010
Words: Byron Herbert Reece/Music: Jim Clark

Another of Reece's better known lyrics, "Whose Eye Is on the Sparrow" shows him at his pithiest.  In fact, the poem's spare, almost severe, simplicity, was a challenge for me, musically.

Whose Eye Is on the Sparrow



I saw a fallen sparrow

Dead upon the grass

And mused to see how narrow

The wing that bore it was.


By what unlucky chance

The bird had come to settle

Lopsided near the fence

In sword grass and nettle


I had no means to know;

But this I minded well:

Whose eye was on the sparrow

Shifted, and it fell.