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"(Don't Fear) The Reaper" is the third track from Blue Öyster Cult's fourth studio album, Agents of Fortune. Its lyrics describe love and its ability to endure past death.

It spent 20 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100, peaking at #12 and holding for two weeks. It has become Blue Öyster Cult's most recognizable song.

Personnel

Blue Öyster Cult

  • Eric Bloom - lead vocals, guitar, percussion
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser - lead guitar, vocals, synthesizer, percussion
  • Allen Lanier - keyboards, guitar, bass, vocals
  • Joe Bouchard - bass, piano, vocals
  • Albert Bouchard - drums, vocals, guitar, percussion, harmonica

Production

  • David Lucas - producer, engineer
  • Murray Krugman - producer, engineer
  • Sandy Pearlman - producer, engineer
  • Shelly Yakus - engineer
  • Andy Abrams - engineer
  • Tony Stevens - mastering
  • John Berg - design
  • Andy Engel - design
  • Lynn Curlee - cover art

Lyrics

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 there gone

Romeo and Juliet
Are together in eternity
Romeo and Juliet
Forty thousand men and women everyday
Like Romeo and Juliet
Forty thousand men and women everyday
Redefine happiness
Another forty thousand comin’ 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

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 that she couldn’t go on
And 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 

Trivia

TBA

Songs
Blue Öyster Cult Transmaniacon MCI'm on the Lamb but I Ain't No Sheep
Then Came the Last Days of MayStairway to the StarsBefore the Kiss, a RedcapScreamsShe's as Beautiful as a FootCities on Flame with Rock and RollWorkshop of the TelescopesRedeemed
Tyranny and Mutation The Red and the BlackO.D.'d on Life ItselfHot Rails to Hell7 Screaming Diz-BustersBaby Ice DogWings Wetted Down
Teen ArcherMistress of the Salmon Salt (Quicklime Girl)
Secret Treaties Career of EvilSubhumanDominance and SubmissionME 262Cagey CretinsHarvester of EyesFlaming TelepathsAstronomyBoorman the ChauffeurMommyMes Dames Sarat
Agents of Fortune This Ain't the Summer of LoveTrue Confessions(Don't Fear) The ReaperE.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)The Revenge of Vera GeminiSinful LoveTattoo VampireMorning FinalTenderloin
Debbie DeniseSallyDance the Night Away
Spectres GodzillaGolden Age of LeatherDeath Valley Nights
Searchin' for CelineFireworksR.U. Ready 2 RockCelestial the QueenGoin' Through the MotionsI Love the NightNosferatuNight FlyerDial M for MurderPlease HoldBe My Baby
Mirrors Dr. MusicThe Great Sun JesterIn TheeMirrorsMoon Crazy
The VigilI Am the StormYou're Not the One (I Was Looking For)Lonely Teardrops
Cultösaurus Erectus Black BladeMonstersDivine WindDeadlineThe Marshall PlanHungry BoysFallen AngelLips in the HillsUnknown Tongue
Fire of Unknown Origin Fire of Unknown OriginBurnin' For YouVeteran of the Psychic WarsSole SurvivorHeavy Metal: The Black and SilverVengeance (The Pact)After DarkJoan CrawfordDon't Turn Your Back
The Revölution by Night Take Me AwayEyes on FireShooting SharkVeinsShadow of CaliforniaFeel the ThunderLet GoDragon LadyLight Years of Love
Club Ninja White FlagsDancin' in the RuinsMake Rock Not WarPerfect WaterSpy in the House of the NightBeat 'Em UpWhen the War ComesShadow WarriorMadness to the Method
Imaginos I Am the One You Warned Me OfLes InvisiblesIn the Presence of Another WorldDel Rio's SongThe Siege and Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein's Castle at WeisseriaAstronomyMagna of Illusion
Blue Öyster CultImaginos
Bad Channels Demon's KissThe Horsemen Arrive
Heaven Forbid See You In BlackHarvest MoonPower Underneath Despair
X-Ray EyesHammer BackDamagedCold Grey Light of Dawn
Real WorldLive For MeStill Burnin'
St. Cecilia: The Elektra Recordings What is Quicksand?I'm on the LambGil Blanco CountyDonovan's MonkeyRagamuffin Dumplin'Curse of the Hidden MirrorsArthur ComicsA Fact About SneakersSt. CeciliaBonomo's Turkish Taffy
Curse of the Hidden Mirror Dance on StiltsShowtimeThe Old Gods ReturnPocketOne Step Ahead of the DevilI Just Like to be BadHere Comes That Feeling
Out of the DarknessStone of LoveEye of the Hurricane
Good to Feel Hungry
The Symbol Remains That Was MeBox in My HeadTainted BloodNightmare EpiphanyEdge of the WorldThe MachineTrain True (Lennie's Song)
The Return of St. CeciliaStand and FightFlorida ManThe AlchemistSecret RoadThere's a CrimeFight
Rarities Steppin' RazorDouble TalkRebelSumma Cum Laude
Live songs and covers Buck's Boogie5 GuitarsWings of MercuryBetty Lou's Got a New Pair of ShoesBorn to be WildMaserati GT (I Ain't Got You)Kick Out the JamsWe Gotta Get Out of This PlaceRoadhouse Blues
I Want You (She's So Heavy)It's Not Easy
Unreleased
(Soft White Underbelly and
Stalk-Forrest Group)
Allen's SongAll Night Gas StationHome from the HillsBark in the SunThe Burning ManCheckout GirlFantasy MorassFour Door Blues ('57 Chevy)GreenHangin' RoundHighway SongHoedown on Your PeltJay JayJohn L. SullivanMemphis Slim JamMothraMystic StumpPatron of the ArtsPort JeffersonPot BustQueen's BoulevardRain is FallingRational PassionalSitting on the Buddha's KneeSiren Sing AlongSun Comes UpYou Make Me FeelYou
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