Harvester of eyes, that's me
And I see all there is to see
When I look inside your head
Right up front to the back of your skull

Well that's my sign that you are dead
And my list for you checks off as null
I'm the harvester of eyes

I'm the eye man of TV
With my ocular TB
I need all the peepers I can find
Inside the barn where you find the hay

Well just last week I took a ride
So high on eyes, I almost lost my way
I'm the harvester of eyes

Harvester of eyes, that's me, harvester of eyes
And I see all there is to see, harvester of eyes
When I look inside your head, harvester of eyes
Right up front to the back of your skull, harvester of eyes

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    General CommentAccording to Buck Dharma, "Harvester Of Eyes" is about former U.S. Supreme Court justice Abe Fortas. The following is from Compuserve's American Academic Encyclopedia: Abe Fortas, b. Memphis, Tenn., June 19, 1910, d. Apr. 5, 1982, was a prominent Washington, D. C., attorney and presidential advisor when President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1965. Johnson's subsequent nomination of Fortas as chief justice was blocked by Senate foes of his activist stand on civil liberties, and the nomination was caught up in a clash between the executive and legislative branches. In 1969, following charges of questionable ethics and conflict of interest, Fortas resigned from the Court. His arguments in GIDEON V. WAINWRIGHT (1962) established the right of the poor to legal counsel.

    What's all that got to do with "Harvester Of Eyes"? Not much. However, it was Fortas' senate nomination hearings which inspired Richard Meltzer to write the song's lyrics. When Fortas' avoidance of service in World War II was questioned, he responded that he had ocular tuberculosis -- which inspired the lyric, "I'm the eye-man of TV, with my occular TB".
    RedKingon December 29, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is awesome but you left out the crazy rambling at the end. It adds so much creepiness to the song. It goes like this:

    I’m the harvester of eyes
    I’m just walkin’ around down the street
    I see a garbage can, I pick it up
    I look through all the garbage
    To see if there are any eyes inside
    I’ll put ’em in my pink leather bag
    And take all their eye balls
    And I bleed with ’em
    As I plead with their eyes all night
    So if you see me walkin’ down the street
    You’d better get out of the way
    And put on your eye glasses
    ’Cause I’m gonna take your eyes home with me
    jhammond5611on August 31, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBlue Oyster Cult needs more recognition. They're a great, creative, evolving band. They were ahead of their time.
    aphekqson March 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always wondered what the ramble was at the end. Thank-you. And, yes, I agree...Blue Oyster Cult is one of the most talented acts to ever come out of the US...way too underated, highly influential, and still going strong. I try to see them every chance I get, and every time I am just amazed.
    eatblisson December 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEye gouging and harvesting are prominent in satanic ritual. Maybe the ocular TB was added as an addendum, but i don't think Abe Fortas has a whole bunch to do with the theme of this song. If it is what it appears to be about, no song writer would publicly admit it because their income would nose dive.
    cubfever7on June 22, 2018   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI'm glad someone else sees it, and I really hope we can all puzzle this song out for ourselves.
    OS Was Hereon June 22, 2004   Link

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