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448         Ballads and Songs of Michigan
187
THE HISTORIAN
This is a version of what Sandburg, pp. 330-331, calls "a vest pocket encyclo­pedia." It is slightly suggestive of "Darky Sunday School," Lomax and Lomax,
PP. 351-354-                                                  .                                    .
The present version was obtained by Mrs. Lillian Ammerman, Detroit, from a Negro boy of fifteen in the Detention Home, Detroit. He had learned the song from hearing it sung in "jungles" where he had stayed.
f"1 j '■" r 1 fi l r up
I         was bom         a hnn - drcd thou - sand years a-
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go,                   And there's not a thing in his - t'ry I don't
know                    I saw Pe - ter, Paul, and Mo - ses play - ing
if 1 I 1 f 1 ' ' -m
I
i I was born a hundred thousand years ago, And therms not a thing in hist'ry I don't know. I saw Peter, Paul, and Moses playing "Ring Around the
Roses," And I'll shoot the guy who says it isn't so.
2    I saw Absalom hanging by his hair;
When they built the wall oŁ China, I was there. I saved King Solomon's life; so he offered me a wife. I said, "Now you're talking business, have a chair."
3    I saw Adam and Eve a-driven from, their door; I'm the guy that picked the fig leaves that they wore. While the apple they were eating, I was 'round the
corner peeking; I can prove that I'm the guy that ate the core.







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