Sometimes it’s hard to believe that Jurassic Park is more than 20-years-old. The harrowing adventure still holds up remarkably well on repeat viewings, and we’re still enthusiastic enough about the franchise, despite a lackluster Jurassic Park 3 in 2001, to get pumped up about next summer’s Jurassic World. (If nothing else, it will be nice to finally see John Hammond’s vision of a theme park full of real live dinosaurs come to fruition, even if it does go haywire again.) Two of the best parts of the original are Jeff Goldblum that epic, sweeping theme, and we’re willing to bet you didn’t know that song you’ve heard so many times has words. At least in Goldblum’s world it does, and they’re amazing.
The actor, who played swaggering mathematician (when were the last time you put those two words together) Dr. Ian Malcolm, was recently on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and the subject of Jurassic Park came up, as you imagine that it does frequently, despite Goldblum’s long, illustrious career in non-dinosaur related movies. There it was revealed that, for some reason, probably because he’s a certified weirdo (our kind of folk), he actually went online and found where people have written lyrics to legendary composer John William’s iconic theme (he says he did not write them himself, as Meyers initially stats). And then he proceeded to sing them. Thank god for Jeff Goldblum. And the internet.
There’s really not much to say about this video that you won’t experience ten-fold by watching it, repeatedly. I want to find a way to make this the ringtone on my phone. And it’s not just enough that he just sings the song himself, which is fabulous beyond belief, but then he gets the audience to join him for a sing along, which is even better. I reiterate my previous statement, thank god for Jeff Goldblum.
Here are the lyrics, just in case you missed them:
In Jurassic Park
Scary in the dark
I’m so scared that I’ll be eaten
And just for comparison’s sake, here is Williams’ original song, which is just as memorable today as it’s ever been, even a few decades down the line:
I know principal photography has already wrapped up on Jurassic World, which is scheduled to open everywhere on June 12, 2015, but surely there’s room for some reshoots or squeeze in additional scenes so that Jeff Goldblum can appear (which we want to see anyway) singing this song. Maybe Ian Malcolm is in a karaoke bar drunkenly belting this one out, espousing the tenants of chaos theory/hitting on a waitress. The ball is in your court, Colin Trevorrow.