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Thank You For The Music

cowbells.jpg Music is extremely important to me, as it’s for me the ultimate mood enhancer. It makes you feel things, takes you places, and it is so universal.

I was introduced to the song ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’ by the ITV2 ads for the TV series ‘Supernatural’. Don’t know what grabbed me about it, but I had to find the original version and listen to the song in its’ entirety. Boy was I glad I did! A song has not knocked me for six like this in a long time. The song is beautiful and at the same time it creeps the hell out of me. I can’t stop listening to it. It is so beautifully written, so poetic, so romantic and still so darn right creepy. However the song has a fairly upbeat tempo, which is a great contrast to the lyrics and I like ‘The Mamas and The Papas’ inspired harmonies.

The song is by 70s hard rock band called Blue Oyster Cult. It was written and sung by the band’s guitarist Donald Roeser. When I first heard the lyrics, I thought it was about suicide and from what I have read so did an awful lot of people. Apparently people used to protest outside their concerts because they thought the band were satanic. There are different explanations for Roeser’s  inspiration for the song, one was he was inspired by his thoughts on what would happen if he died young, and he would meet all his loved ones in the afterlife. Another was that it was about love lasting for eternity. With lyrics like;

Come on baby…Don’t fear the Reaper
Baby take my hand…Don’t fear the Reaper
We’ll be able to fly…Don’t fear the Reaper
Baby I’m your man..

It is definitely open to interpretation. The song took on a more comic slant when it was parodied on Saturday Night Live in 2000 by Will Ferrell and Christopher Walken. Where Walken’s character, a music manager insisted on more ‘Cowbells’ in the song. If you hear the song, ‘cowbells’ (an instrument), is quite a big feature within its’ composition. Unfortunately they have removed it on You Tube due to copyright issues (spoilsports) but this is a high school re-enactment of what happened on SNL (bless em). Just imagine Will Ferrell playing the cowbells with his stomach hanging out and you get the idea.

All things aside, I really love this song, as I can see the romantic side of it but like horror films, I only play (live version) it during the day 😉

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May 22, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, Romance, Uncategorized

3 Comments »

  1. Hey my dad listens to this song! Bloody awesome!

    Why don’t they make songs like this anymore?

    Comment by Princesse Ecossaise | May 24, 2007 | Reply

  2. I think they still make songs like that but now we never actually get to hear them, because it is not ‘cool’ or has mass’appeal’.

    Comment by sugar007 | May 26, 2007 | Reply

  3. Now that is one of my favourite tunes of all time! Loving it!

    Comment by Midnight | June 3, 2007 | Reply


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