Song of the Day #1,126: ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’ – Gus

I’ve been meaning to post this song ever since I started my Song of the Day posts more than three years ago.

How I’ve managed to go 1,125 days without getting around to it is a testament to how much damn music there is in the world, I guess.

On the flip side, the fact that I have now found room for it might mean I’m running out of material. Perhaps this song was like the backup propane tank and once I use it I’ll always be in danger of running out of blogging fuel.

Gus recorded this cover of the Blue Oyster Cult classic for the soundtrack to the original Scream. I have no idea how it wound up in my music collection, though I suspect it is a carryover from the Napster days when I would download random things at no cost but my time.

I hope the previous paragraph doesn’t open the door to a pricey lawsuit by whichever record studio released this song. Perhaps I never should have let it see the light of day. Oh, how our choices define us.

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
So come on baby, (don’t fear the reaper)
Take my hand (don’t fear the reaper)
We’ll be able to fly (don’t fear the reaper)
Cause baby, I’m your man…
Baby, I’m your man…

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)
Another 40,000 everyday (we can be like they are)
So come on baby (don’t fear the reaper)
Take my hand (don’t fear the reaper)
We’ll be able to fly (don’t fear the reaper)
Cause baby, I’m your man…
Baby, I’m your man…

Romeo and Juliet
Are together in eternity (Romeo and Juliet)
So come on baby (don’t fear the reaper)
Take my hand (don’t fear the reaper)
We’ll be able to fly (don’t fear the reaper)
Baby, I’m your man…
Baby, I’m your man…

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7 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,126: ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’ – Gus

  1. Amy says:

    Well, that was a bleak post! Don’t you remember I bought you this single after I saw the film and fell in love with this version of the song? I can’t believe you forgot that. Especially since I usually hate horror films.

    Oh well, at least I was able to clear up that confusion.

    I have been waiting 1, 125 days to see if it would be featured as a SOTD, so I’m glad to see it finally made it. No, this does NOT mean that you’re running out of fuel. But maybe you should take another break and turn a few days over to a guest blogger. I think I’m cooking up a theme that might have promise…. :)

    (You know I’ve still never heard the original by Blue Oyster Cult; I wonder how different this one is.)

  2. Clay says:

    I appreciate the save… nicely done.

    But you’re kidding about not knowing the original, right??

  3. Dana says:

    Really is hard to believe that Amy hasn’t heard the original. I never was a big fan of the song, though I like this version better.

  4. Amy says:

    just listened to it on YouTube, and, nope, not ringing any bells… Sorry!

  5. Clay says:

    I find it nearly impossible to believe that Amy has never heard ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper.’ But she seems sincere in her comments. Perplexing…

  6. Dana says:

    I guess Amy just steadfastly resisted classic rock through her whole life.

  7. Alex says:

    I have to comment and add my shock to Amy never having heard this song. It is one of my favorite songs – ever. It’s one of those songs I never, never turn off when it comes on the radio. If you ever saw The Stand, it played over the opening credits. It made quite an impression as the camera sweeps over the world littered with dead bodies and the a few survivors walking among them.

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