I have confessed previously on another web site (Hey Jill at YellowSnapdragons) to curling up into a fetal position and bawling every single time I see the end of It's a Wonderful Life. You all know the scene. Well, now I can add a song to that list. I don't listen to much bluegrass - maybe own 4 albums - but I have Dolly Parton's Little Sparrow. Very good album, and she is the queen of portraying naive young women who are hopelessly taken in by a handsome boy. Sometimes it is to comic effect, such as in "Marry Me" ('he done kissed me on the mouth so he's gonna marry me'); and sometimes it is to tragic effect like in "Down from Dover". Anyone who listens to bluegrass knows they don't pull any punches on tragedy, and on this one we have a girl who falls for a handsome stranger, cannot deny him anything he wants, and waits and waits for him to come back from Dover. She knows he will come back soon. It's just a matter of time. She is pregnant with his child and, as befits the time, gets abandoned by her family for her mistake. She ends up on a farm waiting for the baby and him to return. In the end, the baby arrives, but it is too quiet and not crying. "Maybe dying was her way since she knew she'd never have a daddy to hold her." I'm about to start bawling again. Gotta stop talking about it.