The Lion (Song For David)

by Edward Sparks

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WORDS & MUSIC BY EDWARD SPARKS
(Gil Michael is just hosting the audio for Edward)
Edward tells the story and inspiration behind his song:

"It all started back in December of 1985…
My band, Free Flight, entered Nye Timbers Studio to record a new album called “Wind on the Wing.” One of my songs was a solo performance called “The Lion” and it was about the legal troubles that David Crosby was having at the time following a drug bust. The courts had let David out on bail but were deciding his sentence. The current thought at the time was that he would be allowed to complete the current CSN tour and then possibly serve a five years sentence behind bars.

I had seen David live at a small venue in Washington DC just prior to his arrest and although he sounded incredible, never missing a note, he looked really bad, strung out and zombie like. David Crosby, along with Stills and Nash, were a huge influence on me and my music and seeing him this way had a deep effect on me.

Later in 1986, after his arrest, I wrote “The Lion (Song for David)" and recorded it for our album. It was such a personal song that I decided to do it solo. After the album was released a friend who had the album on cassette and was moved by the song attended a CSN Concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland and was able to get a copy of the cassette to David, along with a note she had written with my home phone number on it.

The next morning my phone rang and the voice on the other end gruffly asked if I was Edward Sparks and then told me to stay on the line. A few moments later David Crosby introduced himself and told me that he had gotten the cassette and listened to "The Lion" that night in the tour bus. He thanked me for the song and the sentiment and we talked music and life for about twenty minutes. Needless to say, a career and personal highlight for me!

After the album came out I began performing the song live and was caught by a fan on video. I found the video last year and posted it to my Pepperland Productions FB page. Gil Michael saw the video and tweeted it to David Crosby, whom he had been in touch with on twitter. This led to more tweets of the lyrics and a picture I had drew to accompany the song in my 1988 book of illustrated lyrics, “SHADOWS.” So, once again this song has allowed me to brush with fame!" Edward Sparks 2015

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released May 27, 2015
Words & Music by Edward Sparks

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