Stumbled upon a bit of insight about a few of the lyrics for "Disengaged" recently.
I finally got the chance to watch Francis Ford Coppala's excellent Apocalypse Now: Redux the other day...and of course we all know Manson's almost certainly seen some form of the film, considering that he'd previously namechecked it on the album immediately preceding Born Villain:
As if we need a why, I'll be it
And I'll the who for an APOCALYPSE HOW
If the world had one neck my hands would be the where
And I would choke all of you down
So it perhaps comes as little surprise that Manson's seemingly continued to data-mine the dialogue of the movie for lyrical content, as well.
Which isn't to suggest that I didn't SIT BOLT UPRIGHT IN WIDE-EYED AND SHOCKED RECOGNITION and practically do a fucking SPIT-TAKE when I got to THIS scene of the movie, mind you!
Given the subjects of the song "Disengaged" and
Brando's/Kurtz's monologue (and indeed the movie's inspiration from Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness
itself) -- especially in conjunction with Manson's previous name-checking of the movie -- I'd say it's pretty damned solid that Manson's use of the term "diamond bullet" is incontrovertibly DIRECTLY inspired by Apocalypse Now
Interestingly, not only do BOTH uses of the intriguingly descriptive term share the similar idea of the diamond bullet being fired into one's head, but furthermore Brando/Kurtz even specifically
mentions it having been shot into his FORE
head...just as Manson's
use of the diamond bullet involves it having been fired into a "FOUR
Anyhow, I've always really enjoyed those moments (SO frequent for Manson fans in particular!) when you're just casually watching a movie or something and happen to randomly identify the source of a sample or whatever.
Hadn't seen this one mentioned before and thought I should share.