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June 26, 2012

Cyrus Erie - Sparrow (1969)

During the mid-1960s, Eric Carmen was a pretty big fan of Cleveland, Ohio’s biggest local band, The Choir. Previously featured on our site, The Choir once auditioned Carmen to see if he could join the band. Carmen’s audition didn’t go well and the group chose someone else. Frustrated, Carmen joined another local band, this group, and soon took them to the top as Cleveland’s most popular local band. Within a short time, Carmen would persuade The Choir’s guitarist, Wally Bryson, to join his new group. By the end of the ‘60s, both The Choir and this group had disbanded. Three guys who had been in The Choir, including Bryson, joined Carmen to create the ‘70s power pop group, Raspberries.

This song comes from the 1969 single which featured the more popular B-Side “Get the Message,” which was definitely a precursor to “Go All the Way” by the Raspberries (which you can hear here). This song features Eric Carmen, Wally Bryson, and Randy Klawon.

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Cyrus Erie - Sparrow (1969)

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Lyrics:

Sparrow, say that love's a game
Win or lose, it's all the same
If it leaves, it comes again
I don't understand

Never let her be too sure
That would be so immature
Keep her guessing, that's the way
To show you really love her

I'd like to stop these guessing games
If it's all the same to you
'cause when they're done
If you are gone
You know you'll make me feel so bad now

Sparrow, sparrow, love's a game
I don't understand

I'd like to stop these guessing games
If it's all the same to you
'cause when they're done
If you are gone
You know you'll make me blue

(Feel so bad now)
(You know you'll make me feel so bad now)

Sparrow, say it's time to go
If you care, don't let it show
Hide it so she'll never know
Then she can't hurt you

Then she can't hurt you

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