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new christy minstrels – the old timer lyrics

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i’m an old timer i’m an excellent rhymer
i’ll send you a song of the sights i have seen
‘tis late in december but well i remember
the springtime of youth when the world was so green

i was born a hundred thousand years ago
there ain’t nothin’ in this world that i don’t know.
there’s no place that i ain’t been
round the world and back again,
and i’ll whup the man that says it isn’t so

in the dawn of civilization i recall,
my cave had bearskin carpets, wall to wall.
we were quite the social group,
i was friends with alley oop,
and a charming fellow named neanderthal.
i knew adam and eve before they knew the score:
it was i designed the fig leaves that they wore.
from behind the bushes kneelin’
saw the apple they was peelin’,
and i swear that i’m the guy that ate the core.

i was born a hundred thousand years ago
there ain’t nothin’ in this world that i don’t know.
there’s no place that i ain’t been
round the world and back again,
and i’ll whup the man that says it isn’t so

took a trip with cleopatra down the nile.
yes, we dated off and on for quite awhile.
and for king tut and his kiddies,
i built all the pyramiddies,
and i represented caesar at his trial.
mr. nero was a personal friend of mine.
the way he played the fiddle was divine.
i went by invitation
to a roman celebration,
and. ended up with ashes in my wine.

i was born a hundred thousand years ago
there ain’t nothin’ in this world that i don’t know.
there’s no place that i ain’t been
round the world and back again,
and i’ll whup the man that says it isn’t so

i’ll tell you how america came to be:
i went sailing with columbus ‘cross the sea.
he got sick the day we landed,
and he went home empty-handed.
by rights, the whole darn place belongs to me.
i know much more than any book can tell,
and you must admit, i sing it rather well.
and the last part is the best,
if you’d like to hear the rest,
you can sing it for yourself or go to h-ll.

i was born a hundred thousand years ago
there ain’t nothin’ in this world that i don’t know.
there’s no place that i ain’t been
round the world and back again,
and i’ll whup the man that says it isn’t so