Why Blue Öyster Cult’s ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’ Is Really a Love Song

“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Öyster Cult is really about death. Well, most of it, anyway. It’s actually a story about eternal love and the inevitability of death. And cowbells. Lots of cowbells.

“Don’t Fear the Reaper” is actually a love song at its heart. Songwriter Bob Dharma explained what he was trying to get at with the song, saying “The whole idea of the Reaper was that if there was another sphere of existence, maybe lovers could bridge that gap if their love was strong enough.” … a song made creepy by its dissonance – themes of love and death in warm, shared harmonies and it makes us reflect on our own mortality.