Blue Oyster Cult — Don't Fear The Reaper
Album: Essential
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Released: 1976
Length: 4:53
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All our times have come
Here, but now they're gone
Seasons don't fear the reaper
Nor do the wind, the sun, or the rain (We can be like they are)

Come on, baby (Don't fear the reaper)
Baby, take my hand (Don't fear the reaper)
We'll be able to fly (Don't fear the reaper)
Baby, I'm your man

La la la la la
La la la la la

Valentine is done
Here, but now they're gone
Romeo and Juliet
Are together in eternity (Romeo and Juliet)
Forty-thousand men and women every day (Like Romeo and Juliet)
Forty-thousand men and women every day (Redefine happiness)
Another forty-thousand coming every day (We can be like they are)

Come on, baby (Don't fear the reaper)
Baby, take my hand (Don't fear the reaper)
We'll be able to fly (Don't fear the reaper)
Baby, I'm your man

La la la la la
La la la la la

Love of two is one
Here, but now they're gone
Came the last night of sadness
And it was clear she couldn't go on
The door was open and the wind appeared
The candles blew and then disappeared
The curtains flew and then he appeared (Saying don't be afraid)

Come on, baby (And she had no fear)
And she ran to him (Then they started to fly)
They looked backward and said goodbye (She had become like they are)
She had taken his hand (She had become like they are)
Come on, baby (Don't fear the reaper)
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 On_The_Beach wrote:
Don't reap der fuhrer.
 
{#Lol}
Is this Classic Rock
from SiriusXM?
Don't reap der fuhrer.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Play something from the "Tyranny and Mutation". That was their best guitar album. In their day, they were a very good guitar band.  

 
Agreed. Their black and white period was their best. My favorite is their first album. Reaper is a hit for sure but the Agents of Fortune album is pretty weak.
Yann Tiersen's La Boulange to this was a great transition {#Cheers}
Cowbill
Needs more cow bell.
Play something from the "Tyranny and Mutation". That was their best guitar album. In their day, they were a very good guitar band.  
 randyblew wrote:
This played a bunch on AM radio when I was in 7th grade, and I SO fell in love with it. It was dark and mysterious and quite cool and rockin. They usually cut out the middle 8 with the semi-classical arpeggios, but still, a good tune by an interesting 70's band. Haunting. I mean c'mon, Romeo and Juliet, man! What more do you want? To a teenager at that time first exploring different musical sounds, it really meant a lot. Particularly on those cold Sunday nights with school the next morning and you were worried about the next day and the girl you liked and you didn't do your homework.

 
Cheers Randyblew!!!  Sweet nostalgia, perfectly stated  (cool song, imagine Patti Smith singing it : )
When it's all said and done, this really is a creepy song.
needs more cowbell
 Redmark wrote:
This is a song about a suicide pact. I wish you wouldn't play it.

 
Should we also ban Romeo and Juliet or the poems of Sylvia Plath?
 divinemadness wrote:
You know, this song had its time and its place. it was Provo, Utah, for about ten minutes in the mid-70s, when disco was still a thing.

 
For me, this song was/is one of two classic "Get Psyched" songs  (the other being Locomotive Breath). In the late 70's as a college gymnast, I would play one of these two songs on my stereo in my dorm room at warp-volume 10 immediately before heading down to a meet - all in an effort to get psyched up for the competition!

One of the measures of great music is to be able to evoke emotions of times/places where the music was a significant part of our lives. This song was there for me....for a while.


 Redmark wrote:
This is a song about a suicide pact. I wish you wouldn't play it.
 
The writer of this song (Buck Dharma) has denied that allegation, which has been made since shortly after this song was released.
 bitbanger wrote:
Cultural pinnacle of Lön Güyland from their golden age of the 1970's

 
Lawnguylin    : (     wicked tune though!!!
 raewah wrote:

I would think that would only be a problem if you were willing to join a suicide pact.  I, for one, am not so therefore I think of it as a work of art.  

 
{#Clap}

"....a work of art, or an effort to create beauty, will always be regarded by some people as a personal attack."


 Redmark wrote:
This is a song about a suicide pact. I wish you wouldn't play it.

 
I would think that would only be a problem if you were willing to join a suicide pact.  I, for one, am not so therefore I think of it as a work of art.  
it's symphonic
it's dramatic
it's poetic 
it has the whole cowbell history
it has everything 
i can never hear this song the same since the SNL clip ripped it up!!! lol.  I can't find the full skit, but there are snippits in this excellent version... youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0ZQnfzIu8U  :) {#Bananajam}123K