"Divine Wind" as written by and Roeser....
Blood of bat, tail of newt
Wing of metal, gold or steel
Fight of health, flash of pain
Staff of life, or poison rain

If he really thinks we're the devil, then let's send 'em to hell
Fast food, fast cars
Fast women, movie stars
Time of trouble, time of trial
Turn to Memphis, pray awhile

If he really thinks we're the devil, then let's send 'em to hell
Anxious lovers, bums in the street
Jackals in waistcoats, men in sheets
Purple mountains, waves of grain
Grace of God, thy will be done

If he really thinks we're the devil, then let's send 'em to hell
If he really thinks we're the devil, then let's send 'em to hell
If he really thinks we're the devil, then let's send 'em to hell


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    General CommentThe song "Divine Wind", originally entitled "Ayatollah", was written by BOC as sort of an "Anti-Iran" song. During the time the song came out, Iran had been holding U.S. citizens hostage for many months.

    The lyric, "If he really thinks we're the devil, then let's send him to hell" refers to the Ayatollah Khomeni calling the U.S. "The Great Satan". When BOC performed this song in concert, roadie Joe Lauro, wearing an Ayatollah mask, played guitar on stage with the band.
    Cumarison February 20, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was written in 1980 as a reaction to the Iran Hostage Crisis.
    Figuroaon September 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey also have a video.
    blueoystercult.com/Video/…
    Figuroaon September 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAsk yourself, how much sense does it actually make to say events that took place after the song was written make the song mean something different?
    Meinoson October 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIn Japanese the world Kamikaze means "god wind" but the common translation is "divine wind" It originally referred to a typhoon that dispersed invading Mongolian forces but was later used to name the WWII suicide bombers. So the song may have something to do with that, I'm not sure.
    aleisterfiendon October 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFiquroa is right .It was about the Ayatollah.I saw them in concert on the tour of that album and he made a referece(Eric Bloom the singer that is)To that
    Rude dog65on February 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOne of the heaviest they've written. The way that solo comes in - very nice. Their initial manager wanted them to be an American Black Sabbath, and on this track they definitely achieved that.
    chuckofalltradeson September 16, 2011   Link
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    My Interpretationgreat song,love it,great album.
    davidbowmanon September 12, 2016   Link
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    General CommentPretty sure you got the lyrics wrong on this one, at least in the first verse it should be:
    Blood of Bat, Tail of Newt
    Wing of Metal, Bone of Steel
    Vile of Health, Flask of Pain
    Staff of Life, or Poison Rain
    mark101044on October 24, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis is a disturbing song if you read between the lines. Sounds to me like a cry for battle against terrorists, like it could be a theme-song for the Bush regime. I have faith in the intelligence of BOC but these lyrics comes off as war-mongering. Luckily it's also full of obscure, pagan imagery to through you off a little.

    I saw a 911 video set to this song and it was a frightening combinition, put the song in a new light.
    mrpieeateron September 14, 2006   Link

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