Thursday, February 1, 2007

special song my opinion. Paul Simon, from 1964. Best rendition of it is by South African folk singers Ian & Ritchie, in mid-60's. Only ever found one recording - the Wits University Folk Concert 1965, and about half the audience had bronchitis...

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."

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"

Paul Simon 1964

- would be the perfect eulogy for me too, if could change sparrow to feral pigeon...the truly unloved bird is the one closest to my heart.

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