Sparrow (song)

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Another song with the same name, written by Graham Lyle and Benny Gallagher, was recorded by McGuinness Flint and Mary Hopkin in the early 1970s.

Song by Marvin Gaye from the album Here, My Dear
Released 1978
Recorded 1977
Genre Jazz/soul
Length 6:11
Label Tamla
Writer(s) Ed Townsend
Marvin Gaye
Producer(s) Marvin Gaye
Here, My Dear track listing

"Sparrow" is a 1978 jazz song recorded by singer Marvin Gaye issued on the singer's 1978 album, Here, My Dear album. The lyrics basically have a poetic and religious tone to them as Marvin calls a sparrow "to sing (his) beautiful song" to let him make sure that things are all right even when they aren't. In the song's climactic bridge, Gaye coos to the bird to sing to him personally before the bird flies away in hopes he can find inspiration.


  • All vocals, keyboards and synthesizers by Marvin Gaye
  • Drums by Bugsy Wilcox
  • Percussion by Elmira Collins
  • Bass by Frank Blair
  • Guitar by Wali Ali
  • Trumpet by Nolan Smith
  • Tenor saxophone by Charles Owens and Fernando Harkness
  • Alto saxophone (solo) by Ernie Fields