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"ME 262" is the fourth track from Blue Öyster Cult's third studio album, Secret Treaties. Its lyrics tell the story of an ace Luftwaffe bomber pilot during the later stages of World War II.

Personnel

Blue Öyster Cult

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

Production

  • David Lucas - producer
  • Murray Krugman - producer
  • Sandy Pearlman - producer
  • Tim Geelan - engineer
  • Jerry Smith - engineer
  • Lehman Yates - recording
  • Lou Schlossberg - recording

Lyrics

Göring’s on the phone from Freiburg
Said Willie done quite a job
Hitler’s on the phone from Berlin
Says I’m gonna make you a star

My Captain Von Ondine is your next patrol
A flight of English bombers across the canal
After twelve they’ll all be here
I think you know the job

They hung there dependent from the sky
Like some heavy metal fruit
These bombers are ripe and ready to tilt
Must these Englishmen live that I might die
Must they live that I might die

In a G-load disaster from the rate of climb
Sometimes I’d faint and be lost to our side
But there’s no reward for failure—but death
So watch me in mirrors keep me on the glidepath

Get me through these radars, no, I cannot fail
While my great silver slugs are eager to feed
I can’t fail—No, not now
When twenty five bombers wait ripe

They hung there dependent from the sky
Like some heavy metal fruit
These bombers are ripe and ready to tilt
Must these Englishmen live that I might die
Must they live that I might die

ME 262 prince of turbojet
Junkers Jumo 004
Blasts from clustered R4/M quartets in my snout
And see these English planes go burn

Well, you be my witness, how red were the skies
When the fortresses flew for the very last time
It was dark over Westphalia
In April of ’45

They hung there dependent from the sky
Like some heavy metal fruit
These bombers are ripe and ready to tilt
Must these Englishmen live that I might die
Must they live that I might die

Must these Englishmen live that I might die
Junkers Jumo 004
Must these Englishmen live that I might die
Junkers Jumo 004
Must these Englishmen live that I might die
Junkers Jumo 004
Must these Englishmen live that I might die
Junkers Jumo 004
Must these Englishmen live that I might die
Junkers Jumo 004
Must these Englishmen live that I might die
Junkers Jumo 004

Bombers at twelve o’clock high… 

Trivia

  • The Messerschmidt ME 262 was a German fighter-bomber notable for being the world's first operational jet-powered fighter. It was introduced in 1944, near the end of World War II.
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