The Songs He Sang
Born 100,000 Years Ago: Lyrics
As performed by Cisco Houston
- LP CD The Folkways Years
I was born a hundred thousand years ago And there's nothin' in this world I do not know Why the flag started flying When George Washington stopped lying I can lick the man who says that isn't so I saw Eve and Adam driven from the door I'm the man who picked the fig leaf that they wore When the apple they were eating I was from the bushes peeping I can prove that I'm the man that ate the core Queen Elizabeth, she fell in love with me, poor girl We were married in Milwaukee secretly Then I snuck around and shook her 'Cause I went with General Hooker Just to fight mosquitoes down in Tennessee I saw Noah when he built his famous ark I slipped into it one night when it was dark I saw Jonah swallow the whale And I pulled the lion's tale Then I crossed the land of Canaan on a lark I taught Solomon his little ABC's And I helped Brigham Young invent limburger cheese Well I sailed out on the bay With Methuselah one day And I saved his flowing whiskers from the breeze
Cisco uses five of about a thousand existing verses for his brief version of this old song, closely related to Woody's "Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done." I really enjoy how he reverses Adam and Eve in verse two: it delightfully fits the performance's.