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09 March 2011 @ 02:44 pm
Writer's Block: Happy, happy, joy, joy  
Which song makes you happy every time you hear it, and why?


Which song makes you happy every time you hear it, and why?

"(Don't Fear) the Reaper".

Buck Dharma insists that the song is about eternal love. You really have to listen to the lyrics hard to really hear what it's trying to say, though:

Love transcends physical death.
Don't let the fear of losing your lover destroy your love.
You'll see each other again.

"Forty thousand men and women every day ... Redefine Happiness."


I wish I'd listened harder.

What you don't have to filter is the amazing music. If you've got a good stereo copy of the song, you'll note that they make very good use of the left and right channels. That distinctive opening guitar riff just swirls around you, and whenever I hear it, I smile.

It's a Rock Anthem: when it plays, you have to pull your car over, place your hand over your heart, and listen.

Singing along is optional.


 
 
 
Paul Gadzikowskiscarfman on March 10th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)

I saw this and I had to find the song at YouTube and listen.

Your Obedient Serpent: Eye - VKathelind on March 10th, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
You know, normally, when I make a song-related post, I embed a video and paste the lyrics behind a cut ... but I couldn't find a version of Reaper that I liked on YouTube.
Paul Gadzikowskiscarfman on March 10th, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC)

I didn't have any trouble. Though, I didn't put it on to watch the video; that may make a difference.

A.R.M.: sloshykinkyturtle on March 10th, 2011 08:16 am (UTC)
"they make very good use of the left and right channels"

Yes, they really explore the studio space. :}
Araquan Skytraceraraquan on March 10th, 2011 08:44 am (UTC)
I've long thought this was one of the better-executed works in the rock genre. Anthem indeed. }:>