Jurassick Dark

by Tim Stiles

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about

Stern's Jurassic Park was my first pinball machine. The original Jurassic Park movie blew me away as a kid. I still own the VHS that I watched every weekend for months back in 1993.

While spending hundreds of hours customizing audio from the pinball machines code/firmware, I became inspired to write "Jurassick Dark" in tandem. Jay Battle (Qreepz) produced the beat with multiple, original soundtrack songs and dialog samples from the original 1993 Jurassic Park movie.

I released my custom pinball code to the world in June 2020. Details/discussion can be found on Pinside: pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/stern-jurassic-park-2-custom-code-project

Videos of the Jurassic Park pinball audio work:
Original teaser video: youtu.be/qGsdeRIqATY
Showcase by Buffalo Pinball: youtu.be/PGMm-ens4oA

lyrics

[Ian Malcolm: Genetic power's the most awesome force the planet's ever seen but you wield it like a kid who's found his dad's gun.]
[Dr. Grant: The world's just changed so radically and we're all... running to catch up.]

Before we appeared
Its evolution crafted
Extraordinary creatures
We couldn’t even imagine

Phylums fantastic
Appetites gigantic
Bird-like lizards
With a surprising advantage

Survival of the fittest
Brought an age of massives
Cretaceous synapsis
Through days Jurassic

And in those days
Giant tree limbs snapped with
A slow moving stream
Made of sap which…

Encased proboscis suckers
Blood residing thoracic
As amber preserved
Dee-oxy-ribo-nucleic acid

Which stayed safe
For millennia like
Current day plastics
Until we arrived to extract it…

With lasik-like precision,
Visions of reliving the past,
Advents in cryogenics
The first egg hatched

It took the world by surprise
How could time's passage
All of a sudden become elastic?

[Ellie Sattler: Where do you get 100 million year old dinosaur blood?]
[John Hammond: It's all part of the miracle of cloning.]
[Mr. DNA: Bingo! Dino DNA!]

--CHORUS--
They say rage is primal
But we’re just tiny mammals
When it comes to the wars we wage

Beliefs are motifs
Until their waves become tidal
Drowning all in glorious ways

DNA spun a vital
Double-helix recital
Millenniums before we reigned

History is suicidal
If man remains its rival
We'll all go extinct
Like the dinosaur age

[Dr. Grant: We're out of a job | Ian Malcolm: Don't you mean extinct?]

Evangelicals say
Earth was created in 7 days
But their literature
Has no pictorial proof

Saying God created dinosaurs
But considered them corrupted
So he killed off
That phantasmagorical OOPS!

I guess the Garden of Eden
Had no regard for the heathens
It wouldn't dare let in
Such gargantuan, great groups

Adam must've thwarted behemoths
From reaching the gate
While Jesus guarded Eve
From that garden snake's tooth

Disregard for discoveries made
In the midwest plains
Turns the real dino story dissolute

Some are so ridiculously in the dark
They think brachiosaurs fit on the ark
That doesn't float
In the primordial soup

Evolution's not a theory
Creationism's an illusion
The 'Good Book's editorial pursuit

Bible thumpers keep trumping along
With such assumptions
Which couldn't carry the weight
Of a T-Rex foot

[Ian Malcolm: You didn't earn the knowledge for yourself so... you don't take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could. And before you even knew what you had you patented it, and packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunch box. And now you're selling it! You want to sell it!]

(Chorus x1)

[Dr. Grant: Dinosaurs and man... Two species separated by 65 million years of evolution have just been thrown back into the mix together.]

Look I know its a lot of time to digest
No way we could know
The entirety of what life did exist

All we can do is turn stones
And describe what’s left
Study footprints and bones
Surmising the rest

I just think claims
Of supersized humans
Are kind of a stretch…
[Ray Arnold: PLEASE!?]

Assuming dino's lived beside man
In (the book of) Genesis
Is the wildest guess…
[Ellie Sattler: They have no idea what century they're in]

It was one thing for Cope
To put an Elasmosaurus skull
On its tail instead of its neck….

But quite another to claim
They were human giants
A union of God's sons
And the daughters of men

Pencils up class,
It's time to reflect
Imagination's beneficial
And we're trying our best

But bone wars keep
Breaking ties that bind and protect
Our own existence
Which consists of the tiniest speck

So, when you think of the past
Show a little respect
Five mass extinctions,
At the brink of the next

What have we learned?
Life on earth’s been kind of a mess

I say lets keep gathering facts
For what little time we have left...
[Ian Malcolm: I'm simply saying uh..]

Abolish history’s abominable text and
Quit pretending we’re an indomitable Rex
[Ian Malcolm: ...finds a way...]

credits

released July 5, 2020
Written by Tim Stiles
Prod. by Jay Battle (Qreepz)
Cuts by Qreepz
Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Jay Battle @ The Battlefield Seattle, WA
Cover Art by Tim Stiles

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Tim Stiles is an independent hip-hop artist residing in Seattle, WA--historically known as the lead vocalist/rapper of the satirical hip hop band, Passion Party. Tim is no one trick pony. He’s a clever, crafty wordsmith in his own right with an ability to adapt to just about any concept or genre. ... more

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