When I was putting my (Don’t Fear) The Reaper post together, there were two things I just couldn’t get out of my mind. The first was how tempted I was by the “Baby take my hand…” lyrics to include these images in that post…

Images via My Limits Are Higher! and Dark Silence In Suburbia on Tumblr

And the second was just how much (Don’t Fear) The Reaper seemed kind of like a sequel, if you will, to my favorite Blue Öyster Cult song of them all…

Astronomy, from Secret Treaties

The clock strikes twelve and moondrops burst
Out at you from their hiding place
Like acid and oil on a madman’s face
His reason tends to fly away

Like lesser birds on the four winds
Like silver scrapes in May
Now the sands become a crust
And most of you have gone away

Come Susy dear, let’s take a walk
Just out there upon the beach
I know you’ll soon be married
And you want to know where the winds come from

Well it’s never said at all
On the map that Carrie reads
Behind the clock back there you know
At the four winds bar

Hey, hey, hey, hey
Four winds at the four winds bar
Two doors locked and windows barred
One door let to take you in
The other one just mirrors it
Hey, hey, hey, hey

In hellish glare and inference
The other one’s a duplicate
The queenly flux, eternal light
Or the light that never warms
Yes the light that never, never warms
Or the light that never
Never warms
Never warms
Never warms

The clock strikes twelve and moondrops burst
Out at you from their hiding place
Miss Carrie nurse and Suzy dear
Would find themselves at the four winds bar

It’s the nexus of the crisis
And the origin of storms
Just the place to hopelessly
Encounter time and then came me

Hey, hey, hey, hey

Call me Desdenova, eternal light
These gravely digs of mine
Will surely prove a sight
And don’t forget my dog, fixed and consequent

Astronomy … A Star
Astronomy … A Star
Astronomy … A Star
Astronomy … A Star

If you read the Wikipedia page for this song, you’ll see that there were several versions of it recorded by the band, including one connected with the TV miniseries of Stephen King’s The Stand. Although the original version (above) is my personal favorite, I do think the intro by Stephen King to that version is pretty cool:

A bedtime story for the children of the damned.

From a dream world paralleling our Earth, in time and space, the Invisible Ones have sent an agent who will dream the dream of history. With limitless power, he becomes the greatest actor of the 19th century. Taking on many disguises, he places himself at pivotal junctures in history, continually altering it’s course and testing our ability to respond to evil.

His name … is Imaginos.

~ Stephen King’s Intro from Astronomy (Imaginos version)

I want ice water.

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