Collected by Merlin Mitchell
Transcribed by Kyle Perrin
Genevieve and Earl Jones
November 17, 1949
The Great Speckled Bird
M• ••••• This is November 17, 1949. We're in the community of Langley,
Arkansas, about twelve miles east of Fayetteville. What's your name?
Gen •••• Genevieve Jones.
M• ••••• She's going to sing the Great Speckled Bird. Where did you
Gen •••• Over the radio.
M• ••••• She has learned quite a few songs over the radio--just hearing them
time and again and then playing them with her own guitar. 0. K.
(Accompanied by her father with a fiddle
in the background)
What a beautiful thought I am thinking, I t
concerning a great speckled bird;
Remember, her name is recorded,
On the pages of God's Holy Word.
All the others are flocking around her,
And she is despised by the flock(?);
They hate her because she is chosen
To carry on her work in His name.
She is spreading her wings for a journey,
That she's going to take by and by
When the trumpets they sound in the morning,
She will rise and be going to the sky.
In the presence of all her despisers,
With a song never uttered before,
She will rise and be gone in a moment,
When the great tribulation is o'er.
Oh, I'm glad I have learned all her meekness,
And I'm glad that my name's on the Book;
For, I want to be ore never fearing
On the face of my Savior to look.
When He comes from His home up in Heaven,
On the clouds as He writes in His Word,
I'll be joyfully carried there to meet Him
On the wings of a great speckled bird.
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