Great Nations Of Europe

Album: Bad Love (1999)
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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
    bullet's, disease the portugese, 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

    columbus sailed for india found salvidor instead
    he shook hands with some indians and soon they all were dead
    they got tb and typhoid and athletes foot, diptheria 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
    soooooooooooooo
    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 possiblity
    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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