The song Building the Perfect Beast by Don Henley repeats the following phrases several times:

Soon he will be released
Glory hallelujah!
We're building the perfect beast

Why does this include the phrase "Glory hallelujah!"? Is there a religious meaning intended here? And what is the "perfect beast" in this instance?


The perfect beast is humanity's self-made doom.

The beast that we keep building is a (modern/future) human, that has lifted itself "All the way to Malibu out of the land of talking drum"; someone who has "The power of reason" and is "the top of the heap", someone who "kills things he doesn't eat".

The whole song is a description of a self-created doom based on our self-destruction:

We've found the lock and turned the key
We're shakin' up those building blocks
Going deeper into that box- (Pandora wouldn't like it)

We have the power to get our life better and longer, we are trying to become gods ( "Olympus or bust!") yet there is a price to pay.

Relieve all pain and suffering
And lift us out of the dark
Turn us all into methuselah-
But where are we gonna park?

The semi-religious "Glory hallelujah!" is used sarcastically here - we are creating our own doom and we are happy to do so, because

For we have met the enemy -and he is us

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