Birds show up in many songs as symbols of fragile creatures that yearn to be free. Parton uses the sparrow in this song to relate to a woman who has been wronged by her lover.
Suggestion credit: Bertrand - Paris, France
This is one of Parton's lesser-known songs, but that didn't stop David Cook from performing it on Dolly Parton night during the 2008 season of American Idol. Simon Cowell questioned why he sang a song about a sparrow, but said: "If you can make a song about sparrows sound good, which you did, then congratulations."