Here's a little Randy Newman song, from his 1999 Bad Love album, that we've been whistling at Casa Diablo in view of what we like to call "the state of the world."

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

Great nations of Europe coming through

The Grand Canary Islands

First land to which they came

They slaughtered all the canaries

Which gave the land its name

There were natives there called Guanches

Guanches by the score

Bullets, disease, the Portuguese, they weren't there anymore

Now they're gone, they're gone, they're really gone

You've never seen anyone so gone

They're some pictures in a museum

Some lines written in a book

But you won't find a live one no matter where you look

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

Excuse me — great nations coming 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've never seen anyone so gone

Some bones hidden in the canyon

Some paintings in a cave

There's no use trying to save them

There's nothing left to save

From 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 its path

From sea to shining sea

Like the great nations of Europe in the 16th century


One last reminder that tickets are still available to see the magnificent Julie Budd, who will perform at Rhode Island College's Roberts Hall October 13 at 8 pm, sponsored by Temple Sinai with some proceeds going to benefit AIDS Project RI. Budd will be accompanied by the legendary Herb Bernstein. Organizers will also auction off a work of art by Rhode Island glass artist Toots Zynsky (which could be the steal of the evening since Toots's pieces go for big, big bucks).

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