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Writer Civilla D. Martin
Composer Charles H. Gabriel
"His Eye Is on the Sparrow" is a Gospel hymn.
Although today it is a staple of African-American worship services,
the song was originally written in 1905 by two white songwriters,
lyricist Civilla D. Martin and composer Charles H. Gabriel.
The song is most associated with actress-singer Ethel Waters
who used the title for her autobiography.
The theme of the song is inspired by the words of Jesus in the Gospel
of Matthew in the Bible: "Look at the birds of the air;
they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value
than they?" (Matthew 6:26) and "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing?
and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore,
ye are of more value than many sparrows" (Matthew 10:29-31).
Civilla Martin, who wrote the lyrics, said this about her inspiration
to write the song based in the scriptures outlined above,
Early in the spring of 1905, my husband and I were sojourning in Elmira,
New York. We contracted a deep friendship for a couple by the name
of Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle—true saints of God. Mrs. Doolittle had been
bedridden for nigh twenty years. Her husband was an incurable cripple
who had to propel himself to and from his business in a wheel chair.
Despite their afflictions, they lived happy Christian lives,
bringing inspiration and comfort to all who knew them.
One day while we were visiting with the Doolittles, my husband
commented on their bright hopefulness and asked them for the secret of it.
Mrs. Doolittle's reply was simple: "His eye is on the sparrow,
and I know He watches me." The beauty of this simple expression of
boundless faith gripped the hearts and fired the imagination
of Dr. Martin and me. The hymn "His Eye Is on the Sparrow"
was the outcome of that experience.
Notable performancesThe song has been performed extensively by both Christian and secular artists.
1951: Sister Rosetta Tharpe with Marie Knight; 45 single (found on Complete Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Vol. 4) (traditional gospel)
1952: Ethel Waters in the film The Member of the Wedding
1956: Mahalia Jackson; Bless This House (traditional gospel)
1958: Carmen McRae; Birds of a Feather (jazz)
1962: Josh White; Empty Bed Blues (blues)
1967: Dottie West; Sings Sacred Ballads (country)
1968: Marvin Gaye; 45 single (found on In Loving Memory (compilation album)) (R&B)
1978: Mickey Newbury; His Eye Is on the Sparrow (country)
1984: George Adams-Don Pullen Quartet; Decisions (jazz)
1993: Lauryn Hill and Tanya Blount in Sister Act 2
1997: Andy Griffith; Just As I Am: 30 Favorite Old Time Hymns (country)
1999: Selah; Be Still My Soul (contemporary gospel)
2000: Shirley Caesar; The First Lady of Gospel (re-release; original album unknown) (traditional)
2001: Jessica Simpson; Irresistible (pop)
2002: Crystal Lewis; Holy, Holy, Holy (contemporary gospel)
2002: Scott Amendola Band; Cry (jazz)
2002: Elena Gadel on the Spanish talent show Operación Triunfo
2012: Carol Channing and Lulu Roman (of Hee Haw fame) on Channing's album True To The Red, White and Blue
2013: Jahmene Douglas on BBC1 Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year
"His Eye Is on the Sparrow"
'HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW'
by: 'angelic heavenly star'
His eye is on the sparrow as well as you and me
Transmitting His Love for the world to see
When we are lost in darkness of earthly plight
He guides us home by following His Light
He's given birds shelter in the bosom of a tree
How much more does he do for you and me
After every storm a rainbow glows in symbolic love
His Promise of Eternal Life in Paradise above
His eye is on the sparrow's nest in His created tree
Gifted with knowledge as given to you and me