[You might find the existential themes disturbing.]

The Song on YouTube

Here are two versions of the studio version of the song:-


The lyrics of the song can be found here:--



  1. Where can I find a lyrical analysis and interpretation of "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult?
  2. What influence did/does this song have on modern culture?

Prior Research:-

  1. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(Don%27t_Fear)_The_Reaper#Background)

  2. "I felt that I had just achieved some kind of resonance with the psychology of people when I came up with that, I was actually kind of appalled when I first realized that some people were seeing it as an advertisement for suicide or something that was not my intention at all. It is, like, not to be afraid of [death] (as opposed to actively bring it about). It's basically a love song where the love transcends the actual physical existence of the partners." — Lien, James (November 6, 1995). "Buck Dharma interview". College Music Journal. New York City: CMJ.

  3. (https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/feb/19/how-we-made-blue-oyster-cult-dont-fear-the-reaper)

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