" He who makes a beast out of himself,gets rid of the pain of being a man "..? (Rock & pop section)?
Source : Avenged Sevenfold - Bat Country
Did vocalist M. Shadows quote this from somewhere, or is it the bands original lyrics?
Whats your interpretation of it?
(Entertainment & Music - Rock & Pop section)
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
It's a quote from Samuel Johnson, an English poet.
To me it means that it is much easier to drown yourself in alcohol and gambling and other vices than face the responsibilities a man should actually have to deal with.
- 5 years ago
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
No it's not original. Samuel Johnson, and English writer, originally said it. My interpretation is that insanity in all forms (some have used it in relation to psychedelic drugs, like Hunter S. Thompson) allows a person to escape the pain of being human.
The song is about Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a book by Hunter S. Thompson. Even though Thompson wasn't the first to say "He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man", his book was where M. Shadows got it.
- smegheadLv 41 decade ago
dr. samuel johnston quote
Quoted in "Anecdotes of the Revd. Percival Stockdale" (1809) in Johnsonian Miscellanies (1897), vol. II, page 333, edited by George Birkbeck Hill; also quoted in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, and in the Avenged Sevenfold song "Bat Country".
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- 6 years ago
My interpretation is not conforming to society and govt' being a mindless robot,slave to society but being freeminded not worrying on getting societies approval, not worrying about man labeling you as beast.
- WhatsernameLv 51 decade ago
dr. johnson quote...says on the music video.
it's basically talking about a person in pain, and he takes on the protective numbness of an animal- i mean, they don't sit and cry when something bad happens to them, do they? they just sort of deal with it as best they can...
that's what i think.
- 1 decade ago
He got it from Hunter S. Thompson's 1971 novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,
- 7 years ago
It means that if you live life as you please (for most people this is a wreakless life style like alcoholism and good babes) you would forget your own every day suffering/ sins
- Anonymous1 decade ago
that whole song is basically a bunch of 'fear and loathing in las vegas' quotes
which was written by hunter s thompson.
i love when hardcore straight edge types talk about their devotion to that band when the band obviously advocates drug experimentation
- 4 years ago
I was interested in the answer too