When Newman performed this number during a live radio session with the California based station KCRW, in October 2003, he described it as a song in which he attempted to sum up the history of the world in the past four hundred years.
Newman's sense of humour has often erred on the side of sharpness, and here his comments on Imperialism are no exception, hence:
Hide your wives and daughters,
Hide the groceries too...
Great nations of Europe coming through.
It remains to be seen if the Native Americans who bartered away their lands for a handful of trinkets would have put it quite so whimsically.
Alexander Baron - London, England