"(Don't Fear) The Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult cover)" as written by and Gregg L. Allman....
I've been run down and I've been lied to
And I don't know why, I let that mean woman make me a fool
She took all my money, wrecks my new car
Now she's with one of my good time buddies,
They're drinkin in some cross-town bar

Sometimes I feel, sometimes I feel,
Like I been tied to the whippin' post
Tied to the whippin' post, tied to the whippin' post
Good Lord, I feel like I'm dyin'

My friends tell me, that I've been such a fool
But I had to stand by and take it baby, all for lovin' you
Drown myself in sorrow as I look at what you've done
But nothing seemed to change, the bad times stayed the same,
And I can't run

Sometimes I feel, sometimes I feel,
Like I been tied to the whippin' post
Tied to the whippin' post, tied to the whippin' post
Good Lord, I feel like I'm dyin'

Sometimes I feel, sometimes I feel,
Like I been tied to the whippin' post
Tied to the whippin' post, tied to the whippin' post
Good Lord, I feel like I'm dyin'


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"Whipping Post" as written by Gregg L. Allman

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    General Commentthe message is don't be afraid of death. I think the guy is already dead and she can't really bear it and his spirit or whatever is saying death is ok. so she commits suicide to get rid of the pain of his death. that's my take, anymore ideas?


    And it was clear she couldn't go on
    Then the door was open and the wind appeared
    The candles blew then disappeared
    The curtains flew then he appeared...saying don't be afraid
    Come on baby...and she had no fear

    She had taken his hand...she had become like they are
    Come on baby...don't fear the reaper.
    annaSon January 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree, I want a legit source of info because I don't thing the Caesars did this song originally, I think it was the Blue Oyster Cults.
    ImaginationToPaperon February 25, 2008   Link
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    General Comment@ annaS,
    While I agree the message is don't fear death, I do not think the narrator is dead. The lyrics read "And she took his hand.... She had become like they are"

    He says THEY, not US, so really, we can't assume he is dead. Possibly ushering a close friend or family member to the other side, or telling them it's Okay to let go and not to fear the reaper. But I agree on its base meaning.
    MrTyweron August 30, 2008   Link
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    General Comment@ ImaginationToPaper

    You are correct, this song's original artist is Blue Oyster Cult, a great band of the ages. :]
    MrTyweron August 30, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me, the song has to do with the coming of a New Age, an age that might be just a little too magical/mystical for most pedestrian minds. The Reaper analogy refers to the loss of your all-too-human and obsolete soul, in favor of one that turns you into a true "natural" entity. "Valentine is done" is a reference to the fact that supposedly, under this new scheme-of-things, you'll likely be party to a gruesome perhaps bloody revolution that will finally end the old regime; as that was the fiercely-held belief of the day, back then.

    Ah, but it was only a pipe-dream that fell through. There was no great revolution and when Reagan was shot, everybody promptly forgot about the coming of a New Age and reverted to cowardice and conservatism. This strong belief that Nature (or "the piper) was going to reward those who are lucky and/or "stand long" (phrase from a different song of the same era) -- well, it got dissolute and died.

    jewHawkon September 21, 2009   Link

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