A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 13, 2007
“Texas born, Texas bred, when I die, I’ll be a Texan dead!”

"Texas born, Texas bred, when I die, I’ll be a Texan dead!” has appeared on T-shirts since at least the 1990s. A similar saying has applied to the University of North Carolina’s Tar Heels since the early 1900s.


Texas Wit & Wisdom
by Wallace O. Chariton
Plano, TX: Woodware Publishing, Inc.
1990, 1992
Pg. 20:
Texas Born, Texas Bred,
when I die,
I’ll be a
Texan Dead!
From the Texas T-Shirt Hall of Fame.

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From: (eduardo soliz)
Date: 1996/10/02
Subject: Re: Anyone seen the ‘new’ 8-bit NES deck recently?

I’m Texas born, and Texas bred,
and when I die, I’ll be Texas dead!!

Google Books
History of the University of North Carolina
by Kemp Plummer Battle
Raleigh, NC: Edwards & Broughton Printing Company
1912
Pg. 762:
I’m a Tar Heel born,
I’m a Tar Heel bred,
And when I die,
I’m a Tar Heel dead.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Monday, August 13, 2007 • Permalink