“I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago (Bragging Song)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1913
Keywords: humorous bragging lie Bible
Found in: US(Ap,MW,SE,So)


"I was born about ten thousand years ago, And there's nothing in this world that I don't know." The singer boasts of his past accomplishments, e.g. watching Adam and Eve eat the apple (and eating the core); teaching Solomon to read....


It need hardly be stated that there is very little truth in this song (even if one accepts the Bible as literally true). I won't state examples; they would just bore you.

I do suspect that the "Ten Thousand Years" title is original, and "four thousand years" is a later correction by those who thought the braggart couldn't have been born before 4004 BCE. - RBW

Not to be confused with the bawdy "Three Thousand Years Ago". -PJS

The verse "She's my darling, she's my daisy, She's humpbacked and she's crazy... She's my freckled-faced consumptive Mary Ann" (sung as part of this song, e.g., by Charlie Poole) is also associated with "Hungry Hash House," and that's where I've listed it when it occurs on its own. It's not clear that it belongs there, but for the moment I'm listing that song with this one because it fits better metrically. - RBW

Cross references



  1. Randolph 410, "I Was Born About Four Thousand Years Ago" (3 texts, 2 tunes)
  2. BrownIII 426, "I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago" (2 texts plus a fragment and mention of 2 more)
  3. Gardner/Chickering 187, "The Historian" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Sandburg, pp. 330-331, "I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Lomax-FSUSA 10, "I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 346-350, "The Highly Educated Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Rorrer, p. 69, "I'm the Man That Rode the Mule 'Round the World" (1 text, with a a final verse, and probably an extended introductory verse, by Charlie Poole)
  8. Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 170, "I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago" (1 text)
  9. Silber-FSWB, p. 26, "I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago" (1 text)
  10. DT, (JUSTFACT) (BORN10K)
  11. Roud #3127
  12. BI, R410