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"Before the Kiss, a Redcap" is the fifth track from Blue Öyster Cult's first studio album, Blue Öyster Cult. Its lyrics are inspired by a real event witnessed by Sandy Pearlman, in which a biker offered him a barbiturate to be taken via a kiss.

Personnel

Blue Öyster Cult

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

Production

  • David Lucas - producer, engineer
  • Murray Krugman - associate producer
  • Sandy Pearlman - associate producer
  • Bill Robertson - engineer

Lyrics

So grab your rose and ringside seat
We’re back home at Conry’s Bar
The blond girl with her tattoo
Reds and wine, cokes of course
Oh my Susie, my Susie
Why did we ever start
It’s morning now, you’d never know
The gin, the gin
Glows in the dark
Glows in the dark

And underneath the black light
Underneath it all
Four and forty redheads meet
Come to doom, doom the dawn
With threats of gas and rose motif
Their lips apart like swollen rose
Their tongues extend and then retract
A redcap, a redcap
Before the kiss
Before the kiss

Doors like flint and window panes
And endless shadow bar
The owner’s boys have gone to work
We’ll stop big deals behind that bar
While outside on the turnpike
They got this new hit tune
Thrills become as cheap as gas
And gas as cheap as thrills

One threat and mundane here at last
Expect to cross once more
Lecherous, invisible
Beware the limping cat
Whose black teeth grip between loose jaws
Still ripe and fully bloomed
A rose and not from anywhere
That you would know or I would care

And the owners act most cheerfully
Back home at Conry’s Bar
When their patron’s thoughts at last
Grow too big for their skulls
Awful things are happening
We’ve let this drama fold
And now the time has come at last
To crush the motif of the rose

So grab your rose and ringside seat
We’re back home at Conry’s Bar
The blond girl with her tattoo
Reds and wine, cokes of course
Oh my Susie, my Susie
Why did we ever start
It’s morning now, you’d never know
The gin, the gin
Glows in the dark
Glows in the dark

Triva

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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