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Thread #20634   Message #667905
Posted By: SharonA
12-Mar-02 - 06:35 PM
Thread Name: Who/what is the Great Speckled Bird?
Subject: RE: Who/what is THE GREAT SPECKLED BIRD?
Great work, Jeannie! (I still like catspaw's characterization of the Christian Church as a free-range emu, though...)

At one point, Jeannie, you say: "It seems to me that the songwriter has totally misinterpreted the Jeremiah passage in the first place." I'm wondering whether it was the songwriter who misinterpreted it, or whether he might have heard that misinterpretation from the pulpit. In other words, had the church (or any denomination thereof) referred to itself as The Great Speckled Bird at the time the song was written, or before then? It certainly wouldn't have been the first time that some enthusiastic preacher mixed his metaphors!