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I SHOULDA BEEN BORN A THOUSAND YEARS AGO

Written: Gallagher Street, Las Cruces NM, 1980

 

Inspired by nothing, this song turned out to have some of Kneesí best lines. He never played it with any of his bands and didnít really come up with the music until he recorded it back in the early 90s.

 

I shoulda been born a thousand years ago

Iída been a hero of the day

Youíd find me on a quest for a damsel in distress

An you peasants woulda cheered me on my way.

 

I shoulda been born a thousand years ago

Helpin out a lady fair in need

In my suit of armor

I sure woulda been a charmer

Chivalry comes naturally to me.

 

But I was born in nineteen and sixty-one

A renaissance or two too late

An when I look aroun,

There ainít no treasures to be found

Everything I do is out of date.

 

So tonight Iíll blaze the same ol trail again

Lookin for that same ol grail again

Iím a knight out on the town,

A damsel-huntin clown

Joustin my way back into jail again.

 

I shoulda been born a thousand years ago

Iím just a man out of time

When I look around today,

Ainít no dragons left to slay

An even if there was itíd be a crime.

 

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