His Eye is on the Sparrow ©Ethel Waters 1951

Ethel Waters
October 31 1896 - September 1 1977

His Eye Is On The Sparrow
Ethel Waters

Written in 1905 by Civilla D. Martin and Charles H. Gabriel
Lyrics listed in Public Domain

(I sing because I'm happy,)
(I sing because I'm free,)
(For His eye is on the sparrow,)
(And I know He watches me.)

So why should I feel discouraged,
Or why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely,
Away from heaven and home,

When Jesus is my portion
My constant friend is He:
For his eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow,
and I know He watches me.

So I sing because I'm happy,
Oh yes I sing because I'm free,
For His eye is on on the sparrow,
And children I know,
How I know, that He watches me.
And I know that He watches me.

Ethel Waters (October 31 1896 - September 1 1977), one of the most influential jazz and blues singers of her time, most known for her "His Eye Is On The Sparrow, popularised many song classics including "Stormy Weather". Waters was also the first African-American woman to be given equal billing with white stars in Broadway shows, and to play leading roles in Hollywood films.


His Eye is on the Sparrow
©Ethel Waters (1951)

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