Ex​-​Country

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A running theme in my thoughts and songs is how awful it is that some faceless corporation, government, or just rich asshole can complete ruin the lives of a bunch of people, often with little or no personal responsibility. It really gets my goat. This is a song about all the countries that has happened to. ENTIRE COUNTRIES! GONE! Amazing.

Years later I found this song "Great Nations of Europe" by Randy Newman that says way better what I was trying to say with this song. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ua0pR06pevU

lyrics

You're a country that doesn't exist anymore
No more hotel resorts lined up on your shore
You're a country that doesn't exist anymore
No opportunities knocking on your door
No more prime minister
And no more defense
No upset people fighting for their independence

You're a country that doesn't exist anymore
Land-mined and burned down in some terrible war
All your phone lines were cut long ago
New broken nations trying to escape your shadow
Never got to see divided Germany, or watch them all tear down the wall live on T.V.

All your "-ans" have gone away
Your connections have gone away
You've been completely forgotten
You came, saw, and left with nothing
You're in a museum somewhere on display

You're a country that doesn't exist anymore
No more merchant marines docking in your harbor
Torn apart by political unrest
The U.N. gave your land to the oppressed
Or maybe they didn't, and it's all the same
Maybe for some unknown reason you just changed your name

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from Musicians, released April 1, 2011

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