Dragula

Album: Hellbilly Deluxe (1998)
Charted: 44

Songfacts®:

  • The title comes from the name of Grandpa Munster's car, DRAG-U-LA, on the classic TV show The Munsters, which ran from 1964-1966. The car was built around a coffin and made for speed.

    Rob Zombie used the macabre Munsters approach to create a car song with a horror aesthetic. Dragula destroys all in its path:

    Dead I am the rat, feast upon the cat
    Tender is the fur, dying as you purr
  • "Dragula" was the first song Rob Zombie released as a solo artist after closing the book on his band White Zombie. He went on to become a horror movie director as well, with a resumé that includes House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects.
  • Zombie directed the video himself, incorporating footage from old horror movies. It got a lot of attention on MTV, especially on the show Headbangers Ball. Riki Rachtman, who hosted Headbangers from 1990-1995, told Songfacts: "He's always been a great artist - not only musically, but painting, and capturing that whole feel of that '70s monsters/exploitation. And I think he really did that well in that video for 'Dragula.'"
  • The words spoken in the beginning ("superstition, fear and jealousy") are from the 1960 horror movie The City of the Dead, where they are said by Christopher Lee. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    John - Colorado Springs, CO
  • This is was featured in the first Matrix movie, appearing at the beginning of the 1999 film when Neo is at a dance club. Other films to use the song include:

    Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)
    Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)
    Idle Hands (1999)

    TV series to use it include:

    The Flash ("Goldfaced" - 2019)
    Alias ("The Box: Part 1" - 2002)
    King of the Hill ("Escape from Party Island" - 1999)
    >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Aubrey - Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  • 82-year-old John Hetlinger performed this song on the July 20, 2016 episode of America's Got Talent. A previous rendition by Heflinger on the popular NBC competition show of the Drowning Pool classic "Bodies" went viral.

    Hetlinger explained to the Denver Post that been going to karaoke bars in Albuquerque, where two of his children live, for a while when the DJ at Spectators Sports Pub and Grill asked him to join him for a song. The pair took on "Dragula", much to the delight of the bar's crowd. "That was great - an old guy doing metal," Hetlinger said, later adding, "I have no idea what it means. I have no idea what the words mean. I have no idea at all."

Comments: 26

  • Mike Delaney from Albany, NyDoes anyone know the movie that features the creepy clown?
  • Pr from IndiaI think the reference to Christopher Lee and "superstition, fear and jealousy" is from Horror Hotel and not The City of the Dead.
  • Tim from Northfield, MnTo all of those who are comparing this to the Salem Witch trials and various war crimes:
    Stop.
    The lyrics are written to be metaphors for having sex in the back of a car.
    "Devil on your back" - She's on her back and is having a good time and wanting more.
    "Dead I am the Rat, Feast upon the cat" - C'mon. Think. What's another word for cat that's on the female body?
    I'd list more, but that would venture down the path of inappropriate to post.
  • Steven from Lincoln Park, Mi"Dig through the ditches" is a reference to ditch-digging which was a common forced-labor punishment for prisoners on a chain-gang. It was also a practice for dictatorships to force captives to dig ditches for use as their own mass grave before being executed. Combine this with "burn through the witches" and he is obviously referring to false imprisonment, conviction, and execution. I think he just wrote it because it sounded good. Also, the phrase "conquering the worm" is widely understood to mean finishing off an authentic high-grade bottle of tequila which has a worm at the bottom, but can also be an allusion to Lair of the White Worm, a novel by Bram Stoker (author of Dracula) that was also made into a film.
  • Jamie from Sarasota, FlI agree with the statement about the Salem Witch Trials. t does say "dig through the ditches and burn through the witches" along with "Devil on your back, I can never die" Where the people thought to be witches were constantly searched for the "devil's mark" which was commonly "found" on the back or the breast.
  • Gerald from Los Angeles, CaI think the "burn through the witches, dig through the ditches" part may be a reference to the Salem Witch trials..
  • Daktoa from Greenville, Alon twisted metal 4 they use the matrix remix version.
  • Dawn from Man, WvThe name of the family car on the Munsters was "the Koach". "Dragula" was the name of Grandpa Munster's coffin car made like a drag racing car. The Koach was actually made from 3 Model T bodies and was made to look like the old Touring Cars of that era. The video is misleading in the fact it shows Rob riding in the Koach while singing about Dragula, but Dragula really was the coffin hot rod Grandpa drove.
  • Dexter from Miami, FlGood song. Not sure what he meant by "Burn thru the witches slam thru the ditchs" but maybe that is to be left up to the listener.
  • Kayla from Oklahoma City, OkThis song is featured in the beginning of the movie, "The Watcher".
  • Lynne from Easthampton, MaThis song played during a "Haunted Forest" scene around halloween time which gives me lots of good memories!!
  • Mike from Burkittsville, MdCool song. Most of Zombie's songs should appear in horror movies.
  • Bobbilyn from Jacksonville, FlIf you like this check out Black Sunshine by White Zombie. ITs about a "...Mustang exploding on the highway like a slug from a .45"
  • Kornyei from Oravita, Romaniayou should hear it in reverse!!lol!!but i like it!i made a clip with the animation program named "pencil" and mixed it whith Dragula and it was soooooooo cool!!
  • Jorge Lopez from Copperas Cove, TxThis song is in all my workout playlists in my MP3. The rhythm really gets you going.
  • Tommy from Marietta, GaThe very first line of the song that was "superstition, fear and jealousy" were spoken by Christopher Lee from the movie Horror Hotel.
  • Joe from Chicago, Ilfor album title it should be Hellbilly Deluxe not Dragula
  • Joe from ---, MoThis song was featured in Twisted Metal 4. You could ALSO play as Rob Zombie himeself in the Dragula car. The song is in the first level (Construction Site)of the tournament...now you know. Don't beleive me? Theres always GOOGLE to trust!
  • Angie from London, EnglandThis is a great song, although I prefer the remix on the Matrix album.
  • Eric from Belpre, OhThe car ..Dragula ..was atually a car built for Grandpa on the Munsters by..George Barris...The car used in the Dragula Video is ..The Munsters koach..also built by..George Barris ...P.S....Barris let Rob Zombie barrow the car for the video shoot.
  • Jen from Ontario, Canadai heard that zombie used to race cars and he called his car "DRAGULA"
  • Nikki from Clarksville, United Statesi think this song is a tad bit sexual but im not sure
  • Mark from Philadelphia, PaI love this song. I have a wicked ass T-bird and I crank the hell out of this and rip through the neighborhoods with it blaring. I love doing it after a stressful day.
  • Michael from Hialeah, FlThis song was featured in one of the most claimed games called Twisted Metal
  • Ryan from Mobile, AlI could have sworn this was a Metallica song. I thought it was saying "Honey, I am the one" so I kept looking for a song by Metallica called "The One"
  • Amanda from Mineral Ridge, OhThe car in the video is a Model T Ford which Rob Zombie made into a hearse.
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