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GUEST,Bob Coltman Origins: Born 10,000 Years Ago (67* d) RE: Origins: Born 10,000 Years Ago 02 May 13


Note also the common melody to "I Was Born 10,000 Years Ago."

It is not quite the same as, but clearly related to, the first two lines of "Drunk Last Night" aka "The Souse Family" or "The Goddamned Dutch":

Drunk last night, drunk the night before,
Gonna get drunk tonight like I never been drunk no more"

—and the last two lines of the chorus:

"Glory be to God that there are no more of us,
For one of us could drink it all along, damn quick!

"Drunk Last Night" has no known references previous to its appearance in the 1927 book of drinking songs, Gentlemen About Town, Immortalia. (per Wikipedia, and I believe them to be correct in this case; I know of no earlier occurrence.)

However, it its melody has the "pom-pon" sound of a German band march, and the "Damn quick!" flourish at the end sounds like a band flourish. My bet is that this melody dates back into the 19th century, perhaps even predates the Verner-Clyde "I Am a Highly Educated Man."

Anyone conversant with old European band music who van take this farther back?

Bob


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