Two songs about gigantic, multi-armed entities who have departed:
81. David Bowie, “Glass Spider” (1987):
82. Leslie Fish, “Where, Oh Where Has Cthulhu Gone?” (1996):
Fish’s line “The old god woke at once and screamed” seems like it might be a callback to the lines “Then once by man and angels to be seen, / In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die,” in Tennyson’s almost-sonnet “The Kraken” – which in turn was very likely an influence on Lovecraft’s original conception of Cthulhu in the first place.
This is the closest we’ll get to a Cthulhu story by Ayn Rand.
It also reminds me of Ken MacLeod’s line:
“Hey, this is Europe. We took it from nobody; we won it from the bare soil that the ice left. The bones of our ancestors, and the stones of their works, are everywhere. Our liberties were won in wars and revolutions so terrible that we do not fear our governors: they fear us. Our children giggle and eat ice cream in the palaces of past rulers. We snap our fingers at kings. We laugh at popes. When we have built up tyrants, we have brought them down. And we have nuclear fucking weapons.”