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"Golden Age of Leather" is the second track from Blue Öyster Cult's fifth studio album, Spectres. Its lyrics describe an aging motorcycle gang whose last act is to fight each other to the death in the desert.

Personnel

Blue Öyster Cult

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

Production

  • David Lucas - producer
  • Murray Krugman - producer
  • Sandy Pearlman - producer
  • Shelly Yakus - engineer, mixing
  • John Jansen – engineer
  • Corky Stasiak – engineer
  • Thom Panunzio – engineer
  • Andy Abrams – engineer
  • Gray Russell – assistant engineer
  • Dave Thoener – assistant engineer
  • Jay Krugman – assistant engineer
  • Rod O’Brien – assistant engineer
  • Sam Ginsberg – assistant engineer
  • Joe Brescio – mastering
  • Roni Hoffman – design
  • Eric Meola – photos
  • David Infante – laser effects

Lyrics

Raise your can of beer on high
And seal your fate forever
Our best years have passed us by
The Golden Age of Leather

This was the night not long to come
In the year of our Lord A.D.
Where in a desert way-house poised on the brink of eternity
Four and ninety studded horsemen closed the knot of honor
As only drunken soldiers can

And passed from man to man
A wanton child too dead to care
That each would find his pleasure as he might
For this fantastic night was billed
As nothing less than the end of an age
A last crusade
A final outrage
In this day of flaccid plumage

And there was worn no cloth but leather
Made supple by years of stinging cinders
And here were seen the scars of age
For age had been the common call for one last night together

(Dawn colored the sky) The ritual ceased
(Some had died) And they were buried with their bikes
(Each grabbed a rag) From a man with a sack
(Torn strips of color) The red and the black

I came here willingly
And I will go down valiantly
(We made a vow)
To give it all we had to give
(We made a vow)
To die as we had lived

They flew the colors they began to fight
They flailed at each other like bugs at a light
Bodies and bikes beyond repair
Smell of oil and gas in the air

Then the wind whipped the desert with a giant hand
And the humans and the Harleys caught the shifting sand
The old ranger weathered the storm
And he topped the rise by the middle of morn
He saw rippled dunes
Calm and surreal
And the glint of a solitary shaft of chromium steel

Golden Age
Golden Age
Golden Age
Golden Age
Golden Age
Golden Age
Golden Age

Trivia

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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