THE BRAGGING SONG (Traditional) Aka: "I Was Born Ten Thousand Years Ago" Aka: "I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago" Aka: "I Was Born About Four Thousand Years Ago" Kelly Harrell - 1925 Rev. Harold Hunter - 1958 Val Doonican - 1966 Elvis Presley - 1971 I was born ten thousand years ago And there's nothing in this world that I don't know I saw Pater, Paul, and Moses playing ring around the roses And I'll lick the guy that say it isn't so I saw Satan when he looked the garden o'er I saw Eve and Adam driven from the door And behind the bushes peepin', saw the apple they were eatin' And I swear that I'm the guy that ate the core I saw Jonah when he was within the whale And thought he'd never live to tell the tale But old Jonah'd eaten garlic, and he gave the whale the colic So he coughed him up and let him out of jail I saw Israel in the battle of the Nile The arrows were flying thick and fast and wild I saw David with his sling pop Goliath on the wing I was doing forty seconds to the mile I saw Sampson when he laid the village cold Saw Daniel tame the lions in their hold I helped build the Tower of Babel up as high as they were able And there's many other things I haven't told I taught Soloman his little A-B-C's I helped Brigham Young to make limberger cheese And while sailing down the bay with Methusala one day I saved his flowing whiskers from the breeze Queen Elizabeth, she fell in love with me We were married in Milwaukee secretly But I schemed around and shook her, then she went with General Hooker To shoot mosquitoes down in Tenessee I remember when the country had a king I saw Cleopatra pawn her wedding ring And I saw th flags a'flyin' when George Washington stopped lyin' On the night when Patty first begin to sing 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 the band I was born ten thousand years ago And there's nothing in this world that I don't know I saw Peter, Paul and Moses playing ring-around-the-roses And I can lick the guy that says it is'nt so ****** As recorded by VAL DOONICAN: I was born ten thousand years ago And there is nothin' in the world that I don't know I saw Pater, Paul, and Moses playing ring-around-the-roses And I'll bash the guy that says it isn't so I saw Satan when he looked the Garden o'er I saw Adam and Eve a-driven from the door And from behind the bushes peepin', saw the apple they was eatin' And I swear I was the guy that ate the core I taught Samson how to use his mighty hands I first showed Columbus where to find this land And for Pharoah's little kids, I went and built the Pyramids And to Sahara carried all the sand I taught Soloman his simple A-B-C's I was the first man to eat Limburger cheese And while floatin' down the bay with Methusala one day I saw his beard a-floatin' in the breeze I saw Nero fiddlein' while he burned up Rome And I told him it looked like his future home And when he had the nerve to swear, well I dragged him from his chair And I burst the whiskey bottle on his nose Then the Queen of Sheba fell in love with me And we were married up in Dublin secretly But I got tired of naggin', so I bought a covered wagon And I took the wagon train to Tennessee I was born ten thousand years ago And there is nothin' in the world that I don't know I saw Pater, Paul, and Moses playing ring-around-the-roses And I'll bash the guy that says it isn't so (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - August 2005) ****** As recorded by ELVIS PRESLEY: I WAS BORN ABOUT TEN THOUSAND YEARS AGO (Traditional - Adapted by Elvis Presley) I saw old Pharaoh's daughter bring Moses from the water I'll lick the guy that says it isn't so I was born about ten thousand years ago There ain't nothin' in this world that I don't know I saved king David's life and he offered me a wife I said now you're talkin' business, have a chair Yeah, I was born about ten thousand years ago There ain't nothin' in this world that I don't know Saw Peter, Paul and Moses playing ring-around-the-roses I'll lick the guy that says it isn't so I was born about ten thousand years ago There ain't nothin' in this world that I don't know I saw old pharaoh's daughter bring Moses from the water I'll lick the guy that says it isn't so I was there when old Noah built the Ark And I crawled in the window after dark I saw Jonah eat the whale and dance with the lion's tale And I crossed over Canaan on a log Yeah, I was born about ten thousand years ago There ain't nothin' in this world that I don't know I saw old pharaoh's daughter bring Moses from the water I'll lick the guy that says it isn't so Yeah, I was born about ten thousand years ago There ain't nothing in this world that I don't know Saw Peter, Paul and Moses playin' ring-around-the-roses I'll lick the guy that says it isn't so I was there when old Noah built the Ark And I crawled in the window after dark I saw Jonah eat the whale and dance with the lion's tale And I crossed over Canaan on a log Well, I was born about ten thousand years ago There ain't nothin' in this world that I don't know yeah, I saw old pharaoh's daughter bring Moses from the water I'll lick the guy that says it isn't so I was born about ten thousand years ago There ain't nothin' in this world that I don't know I saved king David's life and he offered me a wife I said now you're talkin' business, have a chair I was born about ten thousand years ago Ain't nothin' in this world that I don't know Saw Peter, Paul and Moses playin' ring-around-the-roses I'll lick the guy that says it isn't so Bah-bah-bah-bah-bah-bah-bah-bah-bah-bah Dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah Dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-doh-doh-doh-doh-doh-doh Yeah, bah-bah-baa-bah, I was born about ten............FADE (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - August 2005) ****** Alternate Version: I WAS BORNED ABOUT FOUR THOUSAND YEARS AGO I was borned about four thousand years ago There's nothin' in this world that I don't know I saw King Frodoth's daughter fishin' Moses out'a the water I can whip the man that says it wasn't so I was there when Satan looked the Garden o'er I saw Eve comin' out the door In the bushes I was peekin' at th apple she was eatin' I can prove that I'se the man that ate the core I saw Cain slay Able on the glade I don't know what the game they played It was there in the scrub, he killed 'im with a club I can whup the man that says it isn't so I saw Noah build the famous Ark I slipped in the window after dark I saw Jonah and the whale an' I grabbed 'im by the tail I can whup the man that said it wasn't so I saw Adam an' Eve driven from the door An' I'm the man that picked the fig leaves that they wore I saw little Paul and Moses playin' ring-around-the-roses An' I can whup the man that says it isn't so Now you may not believe what I told you is true But what difference does it really make to you I'm shootin' you a line just to pass off the time But I'm quittin' now because I'm through ******