"He who binds to himself a joy does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies lives in eternity's sun rise.”

- William Blake

The first time I heard this quote was around the time of my first major breakup of my adult life. I had been dating the sweetest person I'd ever known, but we were on different paths and I intuitively knew we wouldn't work out long-term.

 

One morning, after a night spent contemplating the best way to break up, I woke up with a melody in my head. The melody played continuously in my head throughout the day. It was only 2 repeating notes, but there was something mesmerizing about it. Later that evening, I sat down with my guitar and I wrote the entire song in a single pass. Those two notes that repeat would become the first line in the chorus “So long, sparrow”

 

It’s a song of comfort in the winters we endure in between seasons of warmth, reminding the listener that beneath their sorrow, there's an abiding calm where growth is happening.

 

And that sometimes, rather than clinging to things, the best thing we can do is kiss those that brought us the most joy...

   

       ...And let them fly away...

SPARROW

LYRICS:

Verse 1

 

A winter flower never dies

Colors fade and petals hide

But take a look

There’s something there

Grasping every breath of air

 

Lonely minds and naked eyes

Darkest days and brightest nights

I’m begging you

Come out to play

Love can find us any day…

 

Chorus:

 

So long, sparrow

For all those nights I’ve trapped you in a cage

 

Snowfall, tomorrow

To give you back the love you gave to me...

I’ll let you fly away.

 

Verse 2:

A sparrow’s love can never stay

You get too close, she flies right by the other way

But have some faith

Love can find us any day

 

So afraid of letting go

Little child, now don’t you know

How beautiful

You’re meant to be

Keep her in your memory

Set her free…

 

Chorus:

 

So long, sparrow

For all those nights I’ve trapped you in a cage

 

Snowfall, tomorrow

To give you back the love you gave to me..

I’ll let you fly away

Chorus:

So long, sparrow

For all those nights I've trapped you in a cage

Snowfall, tomorrow

I'm going to give you back the love you gave to me

by letting you fly...

So long, my sparrow

For all those nights I've trapped you in a cage

Snowfall, tomorrow

To give you back the love you gave to me...

I let you fly away.

Credits:

Copyright 2011, Jeff Jacobs Music, ASCAP Music Publishing 

Recorded & mixed by Rozhan Razman

Vocals, acoustic guitar: Jeff Jacobs

Bass: Rozhan Razman

Electric Guitar: Joe Young

Keyboards: Rie Tsuji

Shaker & percussion: RJ Rabin

Cello: Jon Preddice