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Rob Dokter HOMEGROWN SESSION NUMBER 4 'Great Speckled Bird' (Reverend Guy Smith)

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Published on Feb 28, 2011

Welcome to Homegrown Session number 4. Time for some Gospel music and time for me to confess to all of you that there is only one way now for me and that is to confess to the love of our Lord Jesus. Those of you who will give up on me now, well ... that's okay. Those who will stick with me can read on.

First of all i am sorry that i must have done something to my cellpone camera :)) I'm too close.. Sorry!

The song here is 'The Great Speckled Bird' that i heard first when i was young by Johnny Cash. Still the most powerfull version and the most powerfull singer of ALL time to me. The song made Roy Acuff famous, too, as you can read below in the book 'Sing your heart out, country boy. Classic Country songs and their inside stories by the writers who wrote them' (Collected by Dorothy Horstman, published by Country Music Foundation Press).

Roy Acuff's words to Dorothy Horstman in the book:

"I first heard the song on radio in the 30s sung by a group called themselves the Black Shirts. I took a liking to the song, i picked it up and started singing it. I didn't know then who owned the song, but i later found out that Reverend Guy Smith in the Carolinas had written it (1937). The song gave me my opportunity here in Nashville. My fiddle didn't get it. It took hold of the audience and i got a standing ovation on it, the only one that had ever been gotten at the Grand Ole Opry at that time. This was an audition at the Opry, and i opened the show with it. I came to Nashville as a fiddler and Arthur Smith was off away sick, and they called me on. I had been trying to get on for five years. You didn't get on the Opry back then for singing a song or having a hit number. They didn't ask you if you ever recorded. They didn't care. You had to be a showman. The only way you could get on was to have something to show and prove it. That night, along with my fiddling, i did 'The Great Speckled Bird', and when i did it, the audience stood and cheered and cheered. I tried to leave but they brought me back two, three times. I went home to Knoxville, not knowing whether i was ever going to be accepted on the Opry or not. The send me my mail, bushel baskets full of it, and it startled the WSM Management. Two weeks later, they called me and asked if i would take a regular job. The song brought Roy Acuff to the Orpy. I didn't bring it, it brought me. "

LYRICS to 'THE GREAT SPECKLED BIRD' (Written by Reverend Guy Smith) - complete 1937 lyrics, ALL VERSES HERE !!

What a beautiful thought i am thinking
Concerning the Great Speckled Bird
Remember her name is recorded
on the pages of God's Holy Word

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

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

Desiring to lower her standard
They watch every move that she makes
They try to find fault with her teachings
But really they find no mistakes

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

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

I am glad i have learned of her meekness
I am proud that my name is on the book
For i want to be one never fearing
The face of my Savior to look

When He cometh descending from Heaven
On the cloud as is wrote in the Word
I'll be joyfully carried up to meet Him
on the wings of the great speckled bird.

(NOTE: in the prelast verse i sing ' i HOPE that my name is on the book '
For it is not up to me whether it is in there)

HAVE THINE OWN WAY, LORD

For those interested in the Holy Bible: the reading at the beginning is a part of Isaiah 56)

Love and peace and hope to all of you.

The Doc
Feb. 28th, 2011

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