Posted by: Nar Williams | May 27, 2008

Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap Revisits Stonehenge!

“In Ancient times… Lived a strange race of people…”


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 National Geographic is airing an all new documentary on one of history’s greatest architectural riddles: Stonehenge. To help market the June 1st special, they’ve enlisted none other than Nigel Tufnel, legendary guitarist of the fictional heavy metal band Spinal Tap, who wrote one of the most hilarious songs of all time: Stonehenge.

Earlier this week two vandals hammered a chunk of rock out of the main monolith at the Stonehenge monument and then escaped from the security guards. I hope that piece of rock really vibes out their full-moon-druid-ceremony!

Above is one of the NatGeo interviews with Nigel, and below are the lyrics and the original music video of Stonehenge from the film This is Spinal Tap, so you can sing along. Watch out for the set piece!


In ancient times…
Hundreds of years before the dawn of history
Lived a strange race of people… the Druids

No one knows who they were or what they were doing
But their legacy remains
Hewn into the living rock… Of Stonehenge

Stonehenge! Where the demons dwell
Where the banshees live and they do live well
Stonehenge! Where a man’s a man
And the children dance to the Pipes of Pan

Stonehenge! ‘Tis a magic place
Where the moon doth rise with a dragon’s face
Stonehenge! Where the virgins lie
And the prayers of devils fill the midnight sky

And you my love, won’t you take my hand?
We’ll go back in time to that mystic land
Where the dew drops cry and the cats meow
I will take you there, I will show you how

And oh how they danced
The little children of Stonehenge
Beneath the haunted moon
For fear that daybreak might come too soon

And where are they now?
The little people of Stonehenge
And what would they say to us?
If we were here… tonight



  1. […] In possibly the oddest cross-promotion ever, author Neal Stephenson features the clock in his new sci-fi novel Anathem, along with a quasi-religious society that tends to it over the millennia. Just think in millenia to come, our evolved (or devolved) ancestors may marvel at the giant clock, just as we marvel at Stonehenge. […]

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