Great Nations of Europe Lyrics - Randy Newman

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The Great Nations of Europe had gathered on the shore
they'd conquered what was behind them and now they wanted more
so they looked to the mighty ocean and took to the Western sea
The great nations of Europe in the 16th century

Hide your wives and daughters, hide the groceries too
The great nations of Europe comin' through

The Grand Canary Islands first land to which they came
they slaughtered all the canaries there which gave the land its name
there were natives there called Guanches, Guanches by the score
But bullets, disease the Portuguese, they weren't there any more

Now they're gone, they're gone, they're really gone
you never seen anyone so gone
There's pictures in a museum, some lines written in a book
but you won't find a live one, no matter where you look

Hide your wives and daughters, hide the groceries too
The great nations of Europe comin' through

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Columbus sailed for India found El Salvador instead
he shook hands with some Indians and soon they all were dead
they got TB and typhoid and athlete's foot, diphtheria and the flu
'scuse me great nations comin' through

Balboa found the Pacific and on the trail one day
he met some friendly Indians whom he was told were gay
So...
he had them torn apart by dogs on religious grounds they say
the great nations of Europe were quite holy in their way

now they're gone, they're gone, they're really gone
you never seen anyone so gone
some bones hidden in a canyon some paintings in a cave
they're no use tryin' to save them, there's nothin' left to save

Hide your wives and daughters, hide your sons as well
with the great nations of Europe you never can tell

Where you and I are standing at the end of a century
Europes have sprung up everywhere as even i can see
but there on the horizon is the possibility
that some bug from out of Africa might come for you and me
destroying everything in it's path from sea to shining sea
like the great nations of Europe in the 16th century



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Brilliant | Reviewer: Nych | 4/2/13

Brilliant, hilarious, and even more painful. Randy can pluck any nerve he wants to with uncompromising wit.

Deadly | Reviewer: John Grenham | 1/3/13

For 10 solid days on La Palma in the Canaries, this would not leave my head:
"there were natives there called Guanches, Guanches by the score
But bullets, disease the Portuguese, they weren't there any more".

Consciousness raised. no doubt. Result, Randy.

Masterpiece! | Reviewer: texxbee | 5/27/12

This is a classic on so many levels as are many of Newman's songs.
As a whole, the song is riveting and interesting to listen to. The instrumentation is dynamic and moving and the history lesson is funny but poignant. There aren't many who can capture a whole historical period and present the lyrics in a song with such toe-tapping ease. Brilliant! Five *****!

great song | Reviewer: paul siemering | 10/9/11

Nobody can do this like Randy. sure it's funny, but it's too painful to laugh. Because it's all true. You could finish your world history class, and on your way out, stop and listen to this and you'll learn more than you did in class all year

The funniest and saddest song ever | Reviewer: gamegrrrl | 11/6/07

This is one of my favorite songs ever. Everytime I hear or sing it, I want to laugh and weep at the same time. Newman has captured with great precision one of the greatest tragedies in human history, even before Jared Diamond put a point on it with Guns, Germs and Steel. A testimony to the power of a song to say so much with so few words.

Great Nations with a lesson for the 21st century | Reviewer: Tampa Dave | 3/31/06

Randy Newman, master of the tongue-in-cheek lyrics, has struck in a major way with this offering. Here are the facts we didn't learn from our history teachers in school, Manifest Destiny seen from the flip side. One of the funniest songs I have ever heard, it rates 8.8 on a 1-10 scale.



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