There are some songs that just break your heart. This live performance of “The World Unseen” (from this week’s show with Rosanne Cash) is one of those songs.
The first line, “I’m the sparrow on the roof,” is from the Psalms. And in the last few months of my dad’s life, I read Psalms — the Psalms to him. And I don’t think I ever realized how poetic the Psalms were. And then this line about being a sparrow on the roof just killed me. So after my dad died, I wanted to start the song that way.