“His Eye Is on the Sparrow” by Dottie West is a gospel song originally written by Civilla D. Martin and Charles H. Gabriel. There were several interpretations of the song, including Mahalia Jackson’s version, which garnered a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2010. The title is also used for Ethel Waters’ autobiography.
Dottie West was a talented songwriter and country music singer. During her time, she was considered one of the most influential female artists, along with her fellow singers Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline. She started her career with her top single, “Here Comes My Baby Back Again,” which earned her a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Other popular Dottie West songs include “What Are We Doin’ in Love,” “All I Ever Need Is You,” and “Every Time Two Fools Collide,” which are duets with Kenny Rogers. West also appeared in several films.
What is the Inspiration Behind the Song
“His Eye Is on the Sparrow” by Dottie West is actually inspired by the words in the bible, particularly in the Gospel of Matthew, which says, “I will instruct thee… in the way…I will guide thee with mine eye.”
According to the song’s writer, Civilla Martin, the scriptures were her inspiration in writing the song. In addition, she was also inspired by the couple whom she and her husband met while they were in Elmira, New York. Civilla revealed that Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle was genuine saints of God. Mr. Doolittle is crippled and rides in his wheelchair so he can get to and from his business. While Mrs. Doolittle had been bedridden for almost twenty years.
Despite their challenges, they remain living as happy Christians, making them a great inspiration to the people who knew them. One day, Civilla’s husband asked them what is their secret. Mrs. Doolittle simply replied, “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches over me.” This eternal faith gripped the hearts of Civilla and inspired her to write the song “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.”
Dottie West’s rendition of “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” is so comforting.
Get yourself inspired by watching the video of the song below: