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"7 Screaming Diz-Busters" is the fourth track from Blue Öyster Cult's second studio album, Tyranny and Mutation. Its lyrics are largely incoherent, but appear to describe an encounter with evil beings. During live performances, Eric Bloom adds a spoken part detailing an encounter with the devil.


Blue Öyster Cult

  • Eric Bloom - vocals, stun guitar, synthesizers
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser - lead guitar, vocals
  • Allen Lanier - keyboards, vocals
  • Joe Bouchard - bass, keyboards, vocals
  • Albert Bouchard, drums, vocals


  • Murray Krugman - producer
  • Sandy Pearlman - producer
  • Tim Geelan - engineer
  • Lou Schlossberg - engineer
  • Phil Giambalvo - engineer
  • Jack Ashkinazy - mastering


They held their heads with laughs of pain
They learned from men who’d just refrain
From glancing at a mirror’s face

Seven screaming diz-busters
Who lurked behind the rose
Cast iron for a bloodstream
And ice behind their eyes

On each and all those holy nights
When duster’s dust becomes the sale
And Lucifer the light
The light

They’re long so long this time of year
When stars be crossed by twirling fear
You don’t suppose I’d prove surprised

Well seven screaming diz-busters
Should go the route and die
Without that warmth they’ve learned to crave
With hardened smiles and evil signs

Bury me near the secret cove
So they’ll not know the way
Bury me there behind the rose
So they’ll not rile my grave
I’ll not reveal whose name’s still lost

Well their laughs of pain
Ah, ha ha ha!
And their harder smiles
And their rigid arms
And their evil signs

Yeah the longer days ah, the longer nights
Oh, yeah the longer
Yeah, they’re longer still

On each and all those holy nights
When duster’s dust becomes the sale
And Lucifer the light

(Lucifer the light)
(Lucifer the light)
(Lucifer the light)
(Lucifer the light)
(Lucifer the light) Oh, the light
(Lucifer the light) I can’t stand the light
(Lucifer the light) I can’t stand it now
(Lucifer the light) No
(Lucifer the light) Can’t stand the light
(Lucifer the light)
(Lucifer the light) Can’t stand the light
(Lucifer the light) Can’t stand the light
(Lucifer the light)
(Lucifer the light) Can’t stand the light
(Lucifer the light) Oh no!
(Lucifer the light) Aahhh
(Lucifer the light)
(Lucifer the light) I can’t I can’t
(Lucifer the light) No
(Lucifer the light) Can’t stand it
(Lucifer the light) Can’t stand it, no
(Lucifer the light) Can’t stand it
(Lucifer the light) Can’t
(Lucifer the light) Can’t I can’t I can’t can’t can’t can’t stand it
(Lucifer the light)
(Lucifer the light) Just can’t stand the light
(Lucifer the light) one
(Lucifer the light) two
(Lucifer the light) three
(Lucifer the light) four
(Lucifer the light) five
(Lucifer the light) six
(Lucifer the light) And seven


  • In live performances, particularly apparent in the On Your Feet or on Your Knees performance, two major changes were made to the song.
    • The second chorus is partially changed to "Seven screaming diz-busters / They're hardly friends of mine / Each with hearts before they kill / Hardened smiles and evil signs." Live performances from that point forward used either version, or a combination of both.
    • During and after the "Lucifer the light" outro, Eric Bloom describes the narrator's acquaintance with Lucifer. In later performances, the story was either used, omitted, or shortened.
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