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I Was Born about Ten Thousand Years Ago

Rating:
4.0 / 5

Words & Music: traditional

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

Recordingdate: 1970/06/04, first released on: Elvis Country (album)

Musicians

Musicians who contributed to the first recording of I Was Born about Ten Thousand Years Ago:

(guitar)
(guitar)
(guitar)
(guitar)
(bass)
(drums)
(piano)
(organ)
(harmonica)

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Deano1 wrote on November 24, 2010
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.
Natha wrote on September 27, 2011
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.
Lpool kid wrote on September 27, 2011
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.
Great Dane wrote on September 27, 2011
My least favorite song on "Elvis Now" but i like the idea they did on "Elvis Country". 3 stars.
alanfalk wrote on November 08, 2012
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.
ElvisSacramento wrote on November 08, 2012
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.
Gorse wrote on November 08, 2012
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.
john804 wrote on November 08, 2012
I loved the entire "ELVIS NOW" album, this song included.
sugartummy wrote on March 16, 2013
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.
Jim Davidson wrote on December 21, 2015
I have the Elvis Country album on LP, cassette, CD, CD reissue, FTD and the 20 CD box set, not to mention the tracks on the Legacy box set. But for some reason, I don't like it. That's the Way It Is is my favorite LP. "I was Born 10000 Years Ago" might be the reason why I have such divergent views about two LPs drawn from the same sessions.
Steve V wrote on April 13, 2017
Elvis Now? More like Elvis Then and Recently. Terrible hodge-podge thrown together album, and one of the most boring LPs RCA ever managed to release . This is the only song on there with some gusto in his voice it and for that, I like it.
atomic powered poste wrote on July 10, 2018
As a snippet on the country lp it works great for me, but as a standalone track it doesn't. .. it's a jam without a climax, it doesn't leads anywhere, gets boring very quickly. 5 stars for the way it was used on country (great lp), 2 for the full version on now (a lousy lp anyway)
Cruiser621 wrote on July 10, 2018
1-star. A complete waste of tape and recording; whether a snippet or in completion, if you can call it that. No thanks.
bajo wrote on May 07, 2020
As part of the sequences between tracks on the Elvis Country album I really liked it! It was one of a kind, different approach to an Elvis album. The album remains a fav. But, as a stand-alone track it somehow lacks the punch I felt from Elvis Country. I wonder if the track was speeded up a tiny bit when used on EC?? Still, it's a song I really like! It's that gospel feel!
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