Tweet, Tweet: A Clue to How Sparrow Got His Name

Joel Madden and Nicole Richie


updated 09/11/2009 AT 2:40 PM ET

originally published 09/11/2009 AT 3:00 PM ET

After Nicole Richie and Joel Madden named their son Sparrow James Midnight Madden, speculation has brewed over how they came up with the avian moniker. The answer may have arrived, appropriately, in a Tweet.

“A song for the little songbird,” Madden writes on his Twitter page, and links to “Sparrow” from Simon & Garfunkel.

He doesn’t say whether the song inspired the name or the name inspired the Tweet. Either way, the song speaks of a tired and hungry little bird, alone and needy, and ends with the lines:

Who will love a little Sparrow? Will no one write her eulogy? “I will,” said the Earth, “For all I’ve created returns unto me, From dust were ye made and dust ye shall be.”


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