A Musical Note: Blue Oyster Cult – Don’t Fear the Reaper

What would the world of music be like if it weren’t for bands like the Blue Oyster Cult?

Here is a group that lifted music into an almost psychic realm.  Amazing melodies, astounding lyrics and a presentation like no other.

I find their work so inspiring that I even took my shot at playing with the lyrics of this song.  Want to see?  Check out “Don’t Fear the Comma” after you’ve listened to today’s music.

Don’t Fear the Reaper is a song by the rock band Blue Öyster Cult from their 1976 album, Agents of Fortune. It was written and sung by the band’s lead guitarist, Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, produced by Sandy Pearlman, and is built around Dharma’s guitar riff that opens the song and continues throughout.  (Wikipedia).

Instead of spending more time on talking about it, why don’t I just play it for you?

There it is.  Love to hear what you thing of this very different piece of music.

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4 responses to “A Musical Note: Blue Oyster Cult – Don’t Fear the Reaper

  1. Good grief! This I’ve got to comment on even before I search out the lyrics, which will take another going-to to read through and study. You never cease to amaze me, Richard. How you manage to pack so much activity into a single day just never ceases to leave me astonished. Need better word.
    But this: What I could absorb. I believe the video tells a story, but I’d have to study it. Plus they use a classical canon, which they play as canon within the presentation.
    Where on earth would they get the resources to produce such an expensive looking and good looking video? Of course, it was the seventies; and I was busy with diapers, can be my excuse. But you really are filling me in on the ‘life I have missed’. Thank you.

  2. BLUE OYSTER CULT lyrics – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper

    Send “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” Ringtone to your Cell

    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…

    Valentine is done
    Here but now they’re gone
    Romeo and Juliet
    Are together in eternity…Romeo and Juliet
    40,000 men and women everyday…Like Romeo and Juliet
    40,000 men and women everyday…Redefine happiness
    Another 40,000 coming everyday…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…

    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
    Then the door was open and the wind appeared
    The candles blew then disappeared
    The curtains flew 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 goodby…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

  3. Loved your comma syllogism.
    My favorite line of the poem, is 40,000 men and women everyday…Redefine happiness.
    Which comes to my point and interpretation.
    I think it’s based on the timeless analogy which compares the ecstasy of love to death. It’s been done over and over again in literature. And I feel that theme is something that can be considered here. Love and death. In both cases, don’t fear the reaper……..Great song. Great lyrics. Great everything. Thank you Richard.

  4. Great pik, Rik!

    Definitely one of my favorite songs from my youth.

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