The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

I Was Born Ten Thousand Years Ago

Cat. #0262 (MFH #690) - As sung by Rev. Harold E. Hunter, Eldorado Springs, Missouri on October 7, 1958

VERSE 1
I was born about ten thousand years ago
An' there's nothin' in this world, that I don't know
I saw Peter, Paul and Moses
Playing ring around th roses
And I can lick th guy that says it is'nt so

VERSE 2
I saw Satan when he look th garden o'er
I saw Adam and Eve driven from th door
And behind th bushes peeping
I saw the apple they were eating
And I'll swear that I'm th guy that ate th core

VERSE 3
I saw Jonah when he embarked within th whale
And thought he'd never live to tell th tale
But ole Jonah had eatin' garlic
And he gave th whale th colic
So, he coughed up and let him out'a jail

VERSE 4
I saw Sampson when he laid th village cold
Saw Daniel tame th lions, in the hold
And to help build th tower of Babble
Up as high as we were able
And there's lots of other things I have'nt told

VERSE 5
I taught Solomon his little ABC's
I helped Brigham Young to make limburger cheese
And while sailing down th bay
With Methusela, one day
I saved his flowing whiskers from th breeze

VERSE 6
Queen Elizabeth, she fell in love with me
We were married in Milwaukee secretly
But I schemed around and shook her
And I went with General Hooker
To shoot misquites down in Tennessee

VERSE 7
I remember when th country had a king
I saw Cleopatra pawn her wedding ring
And I saw th flags a'flyin'
When George Washington stopped liein'
On th night when Patty first begin to sing

VERSE 8
So, you see I am an educated man
To keep my brains in my head I plan
Cause I been on earth, so long
That I use to sing a song
While Abraham and Issac played th band

VERSE 9
I was borned about ten thousand years ago
An' there's nothin' in this world that I don't know
I saw Peter, Paul and Moses
Playing ring around th roses
And I can lick th guy that says it is'nt so

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