Seven Sparrows

by Willie DE

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About this song:
Seven Sparrows is a sad song. Comes out of sad thoughts. What are the sparrows? Hopes, maybe. Dreams, maybe. Good things that are in danger in the pharaoh’s land. One is shot—that’s sad. But there are six left. And who knows, maybe they can bring that fallen comrade-bird back to life.


Seven sparrows sitting in a row:
One flew off and was found crippled in the snow;
No leader to guide the way;
Heavy as a stone with wings of clay.

Burning wounds in the snow;
Will I stay or will I go?
make me a fortress in the woods;
Five-story building tilted strong the way it should.

Are we at the Pharaoh’s feet?
Born to tend the Pharaoh's sheep?
Stuck like little chimney sweeps?
I'm like the sparrow
That’s been struck by the arrow
Down from my beautiful tree.

I’m a sparrow in a rage,
Going down this crazed highway
Looking for my kith and kin:
But all I see are severed wings
They whirl me down the mountains in the wind



released August 1, 2016
Devon Sproule - background vocals
Simon Evans - double bass
Drex Weaver - cajon

Cover art by Thomas Dean



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Willie DE Charlottesville, Virginia

A native of Central Virginia, Willie has toured extensively and shared the stage or opened for a diverse group of top-flight musicians including the North Mississippi All-stars, David Olney & Sergio Webb, Ivan & Alyosha, Alash Ensemble, Eric Taylor, and The Hackensaw Boys. His first solo album, Egg Cracked, The Bird Went Wild, is full of songs of rebirth and regeneration. ... more

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