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I Was Born about Ten Thousand Years Ago

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Words & Music: 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 nothing 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 talking business have a chair

Yeah, I was born about ten thousand years ago
Ain't nothing 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
Ain't nothing 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

I was born about ten thousand years ago
Ain't nothing 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
Ain't nothing 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 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

I was born about ten thousand years ago
There ain't nothing 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 talking business have a chair

Yeah, I was born about ten thousand years ago
Ain't nothing 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
Recorded: 1970/06/04, first released on Elvis Country (in parts)

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sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 16, 2013report abuse
Kelly Harrell (remember him?) had a recording off it in the twenties. The Odetta version is more different from Elvis', then that off Harrell. Original how they used it on the Country album.
john804 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 8, 2012report abuse
I loved the entire "ELVIS NOW" album, this song included.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 8, 2012report abuse
An okay song that is just a bit too busy for me. Nothing really wrong with it but would have been better with an instrumental break. Fitted well as a track link on the Elvis Country album.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 8, 2012report abuse
I've always liked this song and it's always such a joy to listen to. The only track from the "Elvis Now" album that I don't like is "Hey Jude" because I don't like Elvis' rendition of that classic Beatles song.
alanfalk (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 8, 2012report abuse
4 stars for the song and 5 stars for the way it was used on the LP back in the days. Regarding how an album flow, that was never a concern of mine (even less so in these CD and MP3 days), as I always took one song at a time and actually liked the diversety on many of the albums, in my eyes Elvis was the link between songs.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 27, 2011report abuse
My least favorite song on "Elvis Now" but i like the idea they did on "Elvis Country". 3 stars.
Lpool kid (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 27, 2011report abuse
probably i am in the minority but i've always liked this song,i like the rhythm of the song.also reminds me of who could tell the biggest whopper,the man who said he climbed everest in a day or the fella who said he seen him do it.3 stars.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 27, 2011report abuse
When it was released on LP I did not like it, though it was a novelty. So initially it was interesting but soon after I experienced it as a disturbance. Yet for years I wondered how the whole thing was. Decades later the whole recording was released. It also did not impress me. One of those songs I hardly ever listen to. Only when I stumble upon it as part of the CD.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 24, 2010report abuse
As a stand alone track it is ok; but not anything special. On the LP "Elvis Country" it was at least something different as they spliced portions of this song between the 12 tracks. I still to this day can't decide whether I like the idea or I don't; but like I said, it was different. The song is an old folk song so it did fit well on the original concept of the LP "Elvis Now"; but it should have been one of 12 songs, not one of 10. You feel cheated by it being one of only ten songs and the songs that appeared on "Elvis Now" definitely don't flow well together.

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