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Thread #20634 Message #667769
Posted By: TJO
12-Mar-02 - 02:50 PM
Thread Name: Who/what is the Great Speckled Bird?
Subject: RE: Who/what is THE GREAT SPECKLED BIRD?
Somewhere back in the dim and distant I heard that "The Great Speckled Bird" came from a visual image of an open Bible. The open pages form wings on either side, and the letters make them look speckled. I can't vouch for any truth in that derivation, but I like it. And it seems more fitting for a country song than some scholarly glosses on the Book of Jeremiah. Certainly the Bible being identified with the church could have led to combining the images.