The Reaper
Blue Öyster Cult Lyrics


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All our times have come
Here but now they're gone
Seasons don't fear the reaper
Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain
We can be like they are

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

La, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la

Valentine is done
Here but now they're gone
Romeo and Juliet
Are together in eternity (Romeo and Juliet)
40,000 men and women everyday (like Romeo and Juliet)
40,000 men and women everyday (redefine happiness)
Another 40,000 coming everyday (we can be like they are)

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

La, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la

Love of two is one
Here but now they're gone
Came the last night of sadness
And it was clear she couldn't go on

Then the door was open and the wind appeared
The candles blew and then disappeared
The curtains flew and then he appeared
Saying don't be afraid

Come on, baby (and she had no fear)
And she ran to him (then they started to fly)
They looked backward and said goodbye (she had become like they are)




She had taken his hand (she had become like they are)
Come on, baby (don't fear the reaper)

Overall Meaning

Blue Öyster Cult's "The Reaper" is a song about death, but not in the traditional sense of death being something to be feared. The song encourages listeners to not be afraid of death because it is a natural part of life and something that everyone eventually has to face. The first verse sets the tone for the rest of the song with the line "All our times have come, here but now they're gone". It emphasizes the fleeting nature of life, highlighting that life is a momentary experience that is ephemeral.


The second and third verses allude to literary references, mentioning the story of "Romeo and Juliet" and "Valentine's Day". The lines "40,000 men and women everyday, like Romeo and Juliet, 40,000 coming everyday, redefine happiness" serve as a reminder that death is a common occurrence and that everyone is mortal, therefore one can either live in fear of death or live life to the fullest.


The song's chorus is the most memorable part, inspiring listeners to embrace life and have no fear. The line "We'll be able to fly, Baby, I'm your man" can be interpreted as a metaphor for flying beyond the limits of life and death with the support of a loved one. Ultimately, the song suggests that death is not something to be feared but rather something that should be accepted as a natural part of life.


Line by Line Meaning

All our times have come
We have arrived at the moment of truth


Here but now they're gone
The present is fleeting and ephemeral


Seasons don't fear the reaper
Death is an inevitability that transcends the seasons


Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain
The natural forces of the universe are indifferent to death


We can be like they are
We too can accept and embrace our mortality


Come on, baby (don't fear the reaper)
Death is not to be feared


Baby, take my hand (don't fear the reaper)
Let me guide you through the transition


We'll be able to fly (don't fear the reaper)
We will transcend the physical realm


Baby, I'm your man
I will be with you until the end


Valentine is done
The day of love has passed


Here but now they're gone
Love is also ephemeral


Romeo and Juliet
A tragic love story


Are together in eternity (Romeo and Juliet)
Love may transcend even death


40,000 men and women everyday (like Romeo and Juliet)
Countless people experience love and loss every day


40,000 men and women everyday (redefine happiness)
We must redefine what it means to find happiness in the face of death


Another 40,000 coming everyday (we can be like they are)
More and more people will come to accept the inevitability of death


Love of two is one
True love is a unity of two individuals


Here but now they're gone
But love, like life, is transient


Came the last night of sadness
The final, melancholic night of life


And it was clear she couldn't go on
The inevitability of death became clear


Then the door was open and the wind appeared
A portal to the afterlife opened up


The candles blew and then disappeared
The physical world began to fade away


The curtains flew and then he appeared
Death himself came to claim her


Saying don't be afraid
Reassuring her that death is not to be feared


And she had no fear
She let go of her fears and embraced her fate


Then they started to fly
Her spirit was liberated and she began to soar


They looked backward and said goodbye (she had become like they are)
She had found acceptance and liberation in death


She had taken his hand (she had become like they are)
She had crossed over to the other side


Come on, baby (don't fear the reaper)
Death is not to be feared




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Written by: Donald Roeser

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Lyrics

All our times have come
Here but now they're gone
Seasons don't fear the reaper
Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain
We can be like they are

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

La, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la

Valentine is done
Here but now they're gone
Romeo and Juliet
Are together in eternity (Romeo and Juliet)
40, 000 men and women everyday (like Romeo and Juliet)
40, 000 men and women everyday (redefine happiness)
Another 40, 000 coming everyday (we can be like they are)

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

La, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la

Love of two is one
Here but now they're gone
Came the last night of sadness
And it was clear she couldn't go on

Then the door was open and the wind appeared
The candles blew and then disappeared
The curtains flew and then he appeared
Saying don't be afraid

Come on, baby (and she had no fear)
And she ran to him (then they started to fly)
They looked backward and said goodbye (she had become like they are)
She had taken his hand (she had become like they are)
Come on, baby (don't fear the reaper)



@briankwiatkowski8172

The last part of the song is my favorite, just sends chills/sounds a little dark but is actually beautiful, and I love how it rhymes and just is all around bad as*
Love of two is one
Here but now they're gone
Came the last night of sadness
And it was clear she couldn't go on
Then the door was open and the wind appeared
The candles blew and then disappeared
The curtains flew and then he appeared
Saying don't be afraid
Come on, baby (and she had no fear)
And she ran to him (then they started to fly)
They looked backward and said goodbye (she had become like they are)
She had taken his hand (she had become like they are), c'mon baby, don't fear the reaper"



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Do not fear death. Like Mark Twain said: "I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it."

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