[You might find the existential themes disturbing.]
The Song on YouTube
Here are two versions of the studio version of the song:-
- (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClQcUyhoxTg) [Studio]
- (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmmzhM-OYmo) [Live 2002]
The lyrics of the song can be found here:--
- Where can I find a lyrical analysis and interpretation of "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult?
- What influence did/does this song have on modern culture?
"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.