What's with dinosaurs in Vietnam?

  • There's an awesome song by Black Sabbath called Into the Void. It's been covered by a few bands, including Monster Magnet.

    In Monster Magnet's version, which is also super awesome, there are additional lyrics. He keeps talking about dinosaurs in Vietnam. What? Why?

    Here are the original lyrics (from Google Play Music):

    Rocket engines burning fuel so fast
    Up into the night sky they blast
    Through the universe the engines whine
    Could it be the end of man and time
    Back on earth the flame of life burns low
    Everywhere is misery and woe
    Pollution kills the air, the land, the sea
    Man prepares to meet his destiny

    Rocket engines burning fuel so fast
    Up into the black sky so vast
    Burning metal through the atmosphere
    Earth remains in worry, hate and fear
    With the hateful battles raging on
    Rockets flying to the glowing sun
    Through the empires of eternal void
    Freedom from the final suicide

    Freedom fighters sent out to the sun
    Escape from brainwashed winds and pollution
    Leave the earth to all its sin and hate
    Find another world where freedom waits

    Past the stars in fields of ancient void
    Through the shields of darkness where they find
    Love upon a land a world unknown
    Where the sons of freedom make their home
    Leave the earth - to satan and his slaves
    Leave them to their future in their graves
    Make a home where love is there to stay
    Peace and happiness in every day

    Here's the modified Monster Magnet version (from LyricsFreak):

    Oh!
    Everywhere is unreal.
    The fame of my birth known.
    Oh!

    Those dinosaurs in Vietnam!
    Those dinosaurs in Vietnam!
    Those dinosaurs in Vietnam!
    Aah

    Come on and show me.
    Come on and show me.
    A man who has to leave his destiny.
    A man who has to leave his destiny!
    Aah

    Come on and show me!
    Show me now!

    Yeah the techno sluts are dancin' in hell.
    The techno sluts are dancin' in hell.
    Oh yeah!
    Into the twentieth century yeah!

    Aw poor baby.
    Poor baby.
    Yeah you've all bit the dust, ha ha.
    Ain't no soul comin' back motherf***er.

    Woo
    Aah

    Into the void
    Aw
    Woo!

    Rocket engines burning fuel so fast,
    Up into the night sky they blast.
    Through the universe the engines whine,
    Could it be the end of man and time?
    Back on earth the flame of life burns low,
    Everywhere is misery and woe.
    Pollution kills the air, the land and sea.
    Man prepares to meet his destiny.

    Into the void!
    Yeah!
    Woo!

    Rocket engines burning fuel so fast,
    Up into the night sky so vast.
    Burning metal through the atmosphere,
    Earth remains in worry, hate, and fear.
    With the hateful battles raging on,
    Rockets flying to the glowing sun!
    Through the empires of eternal void,
    Freedom from the final suicide!

    Into the void!
    Yeah!
    Down to the void!
    Woo yeah!
    Aw yeah!

    You're a f***ing genius!
    That's right!

    Dinosaurs in Vietnam.
    Dinosaurs in Vietnam.
    Dinosaurs in Vietnam.
    Dinosaurs in Vietnam.
    Oh!

    That's all that can be saw. Ha ha!
    Oh yeah that's right.
    Yeah

    As you can see, he repeats "dinosaurs in Vietnam" quite a few times. Why? What does that have to do with anything else? They've essentially omitted the last two verses and replaced them with this other stuff.

  • BCdotWEB

    BCdotWEB Correct answer

    6 years ago

    Dave Wyndorf, songwriter, lead vocalist, and a guitarist for Monster Magnet, explains in an interview with Adam De Ville for Collide:

    Adam De Ville: “Dinosaurs in Vietnam!”

    Dave Wyndorf: Yeah! I just pictured a T-Rex stomping through Vietnam and chomping everything up during the war. I made it all up on the spot and Dave Sardy was totally into it - he knew what I was going for. The original version must have been like half an hour long and it was cut down.

    I found the previous question in that interview pretty relevant as well: "How did the Black Sabbath cover of 'Into The Void' come about years later with Monster Magnet?" Excerpts: I was listening to a lot of the band Suicide at the time - one of the best bands ever...was asked to do a track for an upcoming Sabbath tribute album (Nativity in Black Vol. II)...“I’m gonna do a Suicide thing with this and freak it out!”...Dave Sardy (Producer and Mixer for Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Rolling Stones and Nick Cave...I just thought it would be funny to have some guy screaming in the background

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