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tbrucenyc Level 32 / Recording Engineer retired
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The Great Speckled Bird" became their trademark song. Late in his life he was asked the meaning of the song, which took its Biblical inspiration from Jeremiah 12:9, "Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird, the birds round about are against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour." Roy explained, "To me, the speckled bird means the church--not A church but ALL churches--with the other birds gathering round to peck and find fault." So Roy added what he considered an explanatory verse:

With all the other birds flocking ‘round her
She is so despised by them all
The Great Speckled Bird in the Bible
Representing the great church of God.
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Lucinda Williams
Great Speckled Bird lyrics
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1.What a beautiful thought I am thinking
Con-cerning a great speckled bird
Remember her name is re-corded
On the pages of God's Holy Word.

2. All the other birds are flocking 'round her
And she is despised by the squad
But the great speckled bird in the Bible
Is one with the great church of God.

3. All the other churches are against her
They envy her glory and fame
They hate her because she is chosen
And has not denied Jesus' name.

4. Desiring to lower her standard
They watch every move that she makes
They long to find fault with her teachings
But really they find no mistake.
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5. She is spreading her wings for a journey
She's going to leave by and by
When the trumpet shall sound in the morning
She'll rise and go up in the sky.

6. In the presence of all her despisers
With a song never uttered before
She will rise and be gone in a moment
Till the great tribulation is o'er.

7. I am glad I have learned of her meekness
I am proud that my name is on her book
For I want to be one never fearing
The face of my Savior to look.
8. When He cometh descending from heaven
On the cloud that He writes in His Word
I'll be joyfully carried to meet Him
On the wings of that great speckled bird.
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