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This track does not appear on any of Sufjan's albums. It was written for and made available through a National Public Radio (NPR) story about the rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker, a species once thought to be extinct since the 1940's. The bird was identified again in 2005 in Arkansas. According to the story, "Legend has it, when people would see one, they would exclaim in shock, 'Lord God! What a bird!" The song explores the rediscovered bird's relationship… read more

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It's the great god bird with its altar call
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