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"Mistress of the Salmon Salt (Quicklime Girl)" is the eighth track from Blue Öyster Cult's second studio album, Tyranny and Mutation. Its lyrics describe a woman, implied to be a prostitute, who murders soldiers on shore leave.


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


In the garden district
Where the plants grow strong and tall
Behind the bush there lurks a girl
Who makes them strong and tall
The villagers call her
(Quicklime girl) Behind her back
(Quicklime girl) Behind the bush
(Quicklime girl)
She’s the mistress of the salmon salt
(Quicklime girl)
(Quicklime girl)
(Quicklime girl)

In the fall when plants return
By harvest time she knows the score
Ripe and ready to the eye
Yet rotten somehow to the core
And they call her
(Quicklime girl) behind her back
(Quicklime girl) behind the bush
(Quicklime girl)
She’s the mistress of the salmon salt
(Quicklime girl)
(Quicklime girl)
(Quicklime girl)

A harvest of life, a harvest of death
One body of life, one body of death
And when you’ve gone and choked to death
With laughter and a little step
I’ll prepare the quicklime, friend
For your ripe and ready grave
For your ripe and ready grave

It’s springtime now and cares subside
And the planning's almost done
And fertile graves it seems exist
Within a mile of that juke joint
Where Coast Guard crews still take their leave
Quite listless in the sun
And the quicklime girl still plies her trade
Reduction of the many from the one
And they call her
(Quicklime girl) behind her back
(Quicklime girl) behind the bush
(Quicklime girl)
Well she’s the mistress of the salmon salt
(Quicklime girl)
(Quicklime girl) they call her
(Quicklime girl)

A harvest of life, a harvest of death
Resumes its course each day
It comes as if by schedule
A harvest of limbs, of arms and of legs
The toes that crawl
The knees that jerk
The necks like swans that seem to turn
As if inclined to gasp or pray



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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
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Mirrors Dr. MusicThe Great Sun JesterIn TheeMirrorsMoon Crazy
The VigilI Am the StormYou're Not the One (I Was Looking For)Lonely Teardrops
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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
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Real WorldLive For MeStill Burnin'
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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
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I Want You (She's So Heavy)It's Not Easy
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Stalk-Forrest Group)
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