Man, I’m Old

Guitar tabs/chords and lyrics for Filthy Pedro’s song ‘Man, I’m Old’. A re-written version of a traditional song and co-written with Thee Intolerable Kidd. There are lots of old versions of this folk song, as some are known as either ‘I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago’ or ‘The Blaggers Song’.

The story of Filthy Pedro and his companion as they remember their 12,000 odd years so far on this planet.

Listen:

Lyrics & guitar chords:

C                                               G                                                                          C
Well, I was born about 12,000 years ago, there’s nothing in this world that I don’t know
F                                               C
I’ve drunk with Gilgamesh and Abraham, slept with the pope that wasn’t a man,
G                                               C
And I’ll woop anyone who says it isn’t so

C                                               G                                                                          C
Well, I’m just a distant traveller, and a great historical bum, highly-educated, from history I have come
F                                               C
Well I built the rock of ages, that was in the year named one
G                                               C
And that’s about the greatest thing that man has ever done

C                                               G                                                                          C
I drew cave paintings in the early Neolithic, I can tell you that my life’s been quite terrific
F                                               C
12,000 years, I’m the real deal, I invented fire and the wheel
G                                               C
and my love life’s been incredibly prolific

C                                               G                                                                          C
Well before I moved to Sodom, it was known for exporting tin. By the time I left it was famed for its sin.
F                                               C
Well I rode with Odysseus on the way back from the Trojan war
G                                               C
I pleasured all the sirens and I left them wailing ‘more’

C                                               G                                                                          C
In ancient Athens I slept with everyone I pleased, except the young boys who I left to Socrates
F                                               C
I taught him ‘right and wrong comes from within’, societies rules don’t make it a sin
G                                               C
And I was in the three hundred at Thermopylae

C                                               G                                                                          C
Well I fucked Julius Caesar in BC 44, stabbed him in the back, oh how the blood did pour
F                                               C
I was there with the Barbarians to see the fall of Rome, I pillaged all their houses
G                                               C
And I made their women moan

C                                               G                                                                          C
The only thing Edward had to confess was his love, for me more than the one above
F                                               C
Now Richard the first, a true Lionheart, preferred a soldier to a tart
G                                               C
I know ’cause I’m the one who had to shove

C                                               G                                                                          C
Well I ran with Hassan al Sabbah, it was around 1096. Me and his Assasins, we always got our fix
F                                               C
We did our killing in the morning, then smoked opium under the sun
G                                               C
We laughed and danced all night to the sound of the beating drum

C                                               G                                                                          C
That night I spent in Queen Elizabeth’s house, in the morning I was pulling red hairs from my mouth
F                                               C
She swore that no-one could compare to me, so she took to the life of celibacy
G                                               C
When I went chasing the Queen of Spain in the south

C                                               G                                                                          C
In World War One Wilfred Owen fell in love with me, in World War Two I guided Churchill to victory
F                                               C
Well Chamberlain ignored my warning, so I poured Winnie’s wiskey in the morning
G                                               C
And had his speech written, just in time for tea

Solo

C                                               G                                                                          C
Well, I was born about 12,000 years ago, there’s nothing in this world that I don’t know
F                                               C
I’ve drunk with Gilgamesh and Abraham, slept with the pope that wasn’t a man,
G                                               C
And I’ll woop anyone who says it isn’t so

(The verse above is repeated while the verse below is also sung)

C                                               G                                                                          C
Well, I’m just a distant traveller, and a great historical bum, highly-educated, from history I have come
F                                               C
Well I built the rock of ages, that was in the year named one
G                                               C
And that’s about the greatest thing that man has ever done

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2 Responses to “Man, I’m Old”

  1. Gwion Taliesin February 12, 2013 at 7:09 pm # Reply

    Thanks for the great track, granpappy.

    Did you mean “pour” instead of “pore”?

    Keep it up!

    • Filthy February 12, 2013 at 8:03 pm # Reply

      Well spotted Gwion, we’ll fix it now.

      Didn’t we meet in the court of King Brochfael Ysgithrog of Powys in the 6th century?

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