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The Countries of the World Song!

I just put this here out of interest - it's a very interesting song that was sung on the cartoon show "Animaniacs". I know Adrian would be very interested in this :-)


Transcribed by "Yakko Warner" and Paul Hendry. Lyrics by Randy Rogel.

(Sung to the tune of the Mexican Hat Dance)

And now the nations of the world, brought to you by Yakko Warner!

United States, Canada, Mexico, Panama
Haiti, Jamaica, Peru,
Republic Dominican, Cuba, Carribean
Greenland, El Salvador too.
Puerto Rico, Columbia, Venezuela
Honduras, Guyana, and still,
Guatemala, Bolivia, then Argentina
And Ecuador, Chile, Brazil.
Costa Rica, Belize, Nicaragua, Bermuda
Bahamas, Tobago, San Juan,
Paraguay, Uruguay, Surinam
And French Guiana, Barbados, and Guam.

Norway, and Sweden, and Iceland, and Finland
And Germany now one piece,
Switzerland, Austria, Czechoslovakia
Italy, Turkey, and Greece.
Poland, Romania, Scotland, Albania
Ireland, Russia, Oman,
Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia
Hungary, Cyprus, Iraq, and Iran.
There's Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan
Both Yemens, Kuwait, and Bahrain,
The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Portugal
France, England, Denmark, and Spain.

India, Pakistan, Burma, Afghanistan
Thailand, Nepal, and Bhutan,
Kampuchea, Malaysia, then Bangladesh (Asia)
And China, Korea, Japan.
Mongolia, Laos, and Tibet, Indonesia
The Philippine Islands, Taiwan,
Sri Lanka, New Guinea, Sumatra, New Zealand
Then Borneo, and Vietnam.
Tunisia, Morocco, Uganda, Angola
Zimbabwe, Djibouti, Botswana,
Mozambique, Zambia, Swaziland, Gambia
Guinea, Algeria, Ghana.

Burundi, Lesotho, and Malawi, Togo
The Spanish Sahara is gone,
Niger, Nigeria, Chad, and Liberia
Egypt, Benin, and Gabon.
Tanzania, Somalia, Kenya, and Mali
Sierra Leone, and Algiers,
Dahomey, Namibia, Senegal, Libya
Cameroon, Congo, Zaire.
Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar
Rwanda, Mahore, and Cayman,
Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Yugoslavia...
Crete, Mauritania
Then Transylviania,
Monaco, Liechtenstein
Malta, and Palestine,
Fiji, Australia, Sudan.


The song ends here, but there's an analysis of the song, which is found at http://fn2.freenet.edmonton.ab.ca/~plato/animaniacs/newworld/. Below is an excerpt from the site:


(Robert Livingston Eichberger) writes:

there are a few countries that are left out

The CRG says of non-countries and omitted countries in 'Yakko's World',
'If you want to know which ones, consult an almanac.' I dunno, Brain,
that seems to be just the sort of thing the CRG was for. Besides, this
is what purportedly makes A! ejicational, so we should help people get
ejicated with the right information. So here's a complete critique of
the geography. In what follows, I assume a political unit is a country
if it's one of the 184 things in the UN as of mid-1993. There are a
few true countries that aren't in the UN (Kiribati, Nauru, Switzerland,
Taiwan, Tonga, Tuvalu, maybe Vatican City, kicked-out Yugoslavia, at
least), of which three are in the song.

First, non-countries (well, they don't actually *say* that everything
in the song is a country, do they?):
CITIES: Algiers, San Juan.
COLONIES AND SUCH: Bermuda, Cayman (correctly: Cayman Islands),
French Guiana, Greenland (sort of part of Denmark), Guam (US
territory), Hong Kong, Mayotte, Palestine (but stay tuned), Puerto
GEOGRAPHICAL UNITS: Asia, Borneo (shared by Brunei, Indonesia, and
Malaysia), Caribbean (see below), Sumatra (part of Indonesia).
PARTS OF COUNTRIES: Abu Dhabi (one of the United Arab Emirates; the
other six aren't mentioned), Crete (Greece), England (part of the UK
along with Scotland, Wales, and (at the moment) Northern Island),
Scotland, Spanish Sahara (if it's gone, why sing it?; now Western
Sahara, part of Morocco and trying to break loose), Tibet (et by China
in 1950), Transylvania (Romania).

Misnamed and renamed countries:
Burma (now Myanmar), Dahomey (now Benin, which is also in the song),
Korea (not now in one piece), New Guinea (*Papua* New Guinea),
Philippine Islands (just Philippines; 'P.I.' is a geographical term),
Republic Dominican (English names, Spanish word order), Tobago (Trinidad
and Tobago), both Yemens (merged in 1990, didn't get along, and are
currently shooting each other to pieces).
I might add that there are four misspellings in the NARF!
transcriptions, besides 'Maybe' for 'Mayotte': Columbia for Colombia,
French Guyana for French Guiana (only British Guiana developed a Y),
Surinam for Suriname (formerly Dutch Guiana; those Guianas are
trouble), and Transylviania for Anvil--er, Transylvania.

In the missing countries, we can first list ones that are somehow
subsumed in things that are in the song:
CARIBBEAN: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Christopher and
Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (I think we saw them
in 'Woodstock Slappy').
CZECHOSLOVAKIA: Czech Republic, Slovak Republic.
RUSSIA (EX-USSR): Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russian Federation,
Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
YUGOSLAVIA: Bosnia-Hercegovina (this would sing well), Croatia, the
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (don't ask) (this *wouldn't* sing
well), Slovenia.

The rest: Andorra, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Central African
Republic, Comoros, Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Federated
States of Micronesia, the Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Sao
Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South
Africa, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Western Samoa.

Of the totally ignored countries, the biggest, by any measure, is South
Africa; the smallest is Tuvalu (9 square miles, 7300 people).

Tannu Tuva -- Richard Feynman
Always carry a grapefruit, Treesong



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