LITTLE SPARROW

Latest update on 15/11/2009

Artist: Jean Ritchie
Author: traditional
Label: Elektra
Year: 1954

On 10-inch lp Kentucky Mountain Songs. Oldest American version collected in 1906. Uses lyrics from Scottish ballad Jamie Douglas (Waly, Waly). First published in 1727. Lyrically related with The Water Is Wide (see there) and Fair And Tender Ladies (see there). Another variation Let No Man Steal Your Thyme was covered by Pentangle, June Tabor and others. Cecil Sharp, the English folk collector who compared songs all over the Appalachians (1916-18) found some 18 Thyme variations.

Covers:

1959:

Sarah Hawkes [authentic sounding version for Asch]

1960:

Country Gentlemen

1962:

Billy Edd Wheeler

1963:

Peter, Paul & Mary [as Tiny Sparrow]

1980:

Dellie Norton

1988:

Morgan Sexton

Not the Dolly Parton song, covered by Bettye LaVette.

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