To Die For: 25 Flawless Songs About Death

Blue Oyster Cult "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" (1976)


You can't escape death, and Blue Oyster Cult's classic—the sheer quantity and volume of cowbell in it not withstanding—is, ideally, a helpful reminder to be brave when the end of your life approaches. Whether or not it's an effective reminder remains to be seen. That said: An essential asset to overcoming an apprehension about mortality is to have someone by your side, and members of the band have commented that "Reaper" is ultimately about "eternal love" on multiple occasions. Still: Anyone who tells you not to be afraid of something is probably telling you not to be afraid of something generally considered to be terrifying. Like the manifestation of death as a hooded skeleton and ambassador of death who rolls around with a scythe. 

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