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"(DON'T FEAR) THE REAPER" Blue Oyster Cult

As hea rd on Agents of Fortune (COLUMB IA)


Words and Music by Donald Roeser Transcribed by Andy Aledort and Matt Scharfglass

A5

F6sus2

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21

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13

A5

2- 0
3

14

14

G7

xxx

23 14

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Fadd2

32 1

G/D

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xxx

32 1

000

32 14

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our
but

times

have
they're

now

F6sus2

come
gone

(p/t,y 4 times)
__ _____
_,

____

A5

(play 4 times)

play 3rd and 4th times only _ _ _ ___ ____ ___ __ _____
__ ,
!Jass Fig. I _ __________
- ___ __ _____
___ _____
,

Bass

Fm

XO

1st Ver se (0:14)


(1.) All
(3.) Here

______

Am7

xxxx

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*Gtr. I only l s1 lim e

[g

F6sus2

*G trs. I and 2 (e lec. w/light dist.)


/er ring
Rhy. Fig. I ___ _ _____

E5

xxxx

14

q = 144

A5v

G5

xxxx

(O:OO
)

Moderate ly

m ii5frm II IISfr.7fr
II II

F5

mm
xx

XO

2- 0
2

!Jass Fig. 2 _ .- __ ____

_ _ :- _ __ ____

(play
____ 4 times)
,

_ _ __ ____

1st Pre-choru s (0:27)

Seasonsdon't fear
F5
G5

the reaper
A5v

wind

Nor do the

the sun or the rain

r,le can be like

ES

A5v

2
0

7
5

FS

they

GS

are)

Comeon baby

F6sus2

Gtrs . I ru,d 2

7 -+--l- +- -+--+-+--11---1-- 3
5 -+-I---I--+--!~+--+----'- 1

Bass *repeat pr evious cho rd

1-I

1- 1 - 3 -3-+--l--'--L.....I

(Don't
(Don't
(Don't

fear
fear
fear

A5

3 - 3 - 3- 3 - 2-2-2

5-7

5-5

the reaper)
Baby
the reaper)
We'll be
the reaper)
Baby
F6sus2

take my
able
to
I'm your
G

- X

hand
fly
man
AS

F6sus2

Gtrs. I and 2 play Rhy. Fifi . I (see met1s. I)


Ctr. 3 (clec . w/dist.)

10 G trs . I and 2
(play 3 times)
full
n-~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-15-1 3 -12 - 12) 13 --12 ~~-,/'-~~~~~~~~~~

1+:~ ~~~~

~~

~~~~~~~

f-~

~ ~ ~ ~~~

~~

~~~--,--lf-

~ ~ +---1~ -1-~ +-.:.....+~~~

+- -+-15 -

15 - 13 -1 2 ~~

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Bass plays Bass Fig. 2/our times s imile (see meas. 3)

[QJJ st Choru s (0:56)


14

la

la

La

A5

la

la

F6sus2

AS

Gtrs . I and 2 play Rhy. Fig. I fo ur times (see meas. I)

,-,

1-(1 4'

---- -

-14

I
I

(14/

12

I
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Bass plays Bass Fig. 2/o ur times s imile (see meas. 3)

La
AS

1s~

la
G

la

la
F6sus2

12 I
I

F6sus2

--

13 - 113) -12 -I

14

- ---<15) -

-15 -+

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full

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15-:....115) - 13 - 12

-14

14 ---1

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12-

la
G

AS

F6sus2

1/2

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"(DON'T FEAR) THE REAPER"


G

A5

22

,-

Am7

F6sus
2
fdbk.

Gtr.3

AANV~/Vv'VV~/Vv'VV~/Vv'VV'~NV~/Vv'VV~/Vv'VV'~/Vv~/Vv'VVV'V'./Vv'VV'~NV~/Vv'VV~

-------- -

14)'

-,

- - - .I

(14)

'

: '(14j

I
I

I
I

pitch: A

Gtrs. I and 2

Rhy. Fig. 2

/'I-

2-

I
I

I
I

I
I

3-

3-

0 --

000-

3
1
2
2
0

end Rhy. Fig . 2

3
1
2
2
0

Bass

Bass Fig. 3

5-

I
I

3,

1- - 1

- -- - -

-- - - -

Gtr. I substitutes Fill I second time (see below)

Ger. I (ls ccimc)

A5
G
Gtrs. I and 2(1s t t ime )

C tr. 2 (2nd t ime)

C tr. 2 (2nd time)

A5

26
II
II
II

F6sus2

f!-:-- o

2- 0
I
I

Bass

2
I

0
I

1
I

I I I

2
I

0
I

0
I

2
I

2- 0
I

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Bass substitutes Bass Fig. I Mi ce 2nd time (see meas. I)
jm 2 nd Ve r se
( 1.)
(2.)

2
I

0
I

1
l

II

II

II

e11d Bass Fig. 3

I
I / - '

II

..,

7 -7 5 - 7--;fl

t:::l LJ

(1:23)

Valentine
Here
A5

but

is
they're

now

F6sus2

done
gone

F6sus2

A5

Gtr. 3 plays Fill 2 second time

30

2- 0
2

0
3

I I I

- 2 - 0____
-----0 -'-----0 -1-- -- 2-...__,_
o,-...__,_
____ o o -----0
2
-:!_
-:=ro~=~==~== ~==-3-:..-=.
~2 ~-=,'::_-::._-=,'::_---~~--~~~
, ~~ ~1~
----~~~-=3~=~2-+---+3 - 1----~~-- _-::_-_-:._

[!'.:]2 nd

Bass plays Bass Fig. 2 (see meas. 3)

Bass plays Bass Fig. I (see meas. I)

P re -choru s (1:37)

Romeo
34

F6sus2

and

are

Juliet

F5

G5

A5v

3
1

5
3

7
5

togetherin eternity

F5

(Romeo

E5

A5v

2
0

7
5

1- 1- 1 - 1- 0 - 0- 0 - 0

I
Fill I (1:17, 3:30)
Gtr. I

(play 4 times)

and

Ju

G5

5
0- 3

5- 5 - 5 - 5 - 3 - 3- 3 - 0

"(DON'T FEAR) THE REAPER"


!. , 2.
Forty thousandmenand womenevery
day
liet)
(LikeRomeo
and
day
Forty thousandmenand womenevery
(Redefine
forty
thousandcomin' every

3.

Juliet)
Another
happiness)
Comeon

day
they

c,Necan be like
FS

ASv

GS

GS

ASv

7""-<-5
5""-<-3

7
5

are)
F6sus2

GS

ba-

38

3
1

3r
1r

1-

5
3

I
by

5
3

3-

2-

fear
fear
fear
G

(Don't
(Don't
(Don't

AS

5-

5-

3-

I I

the reaper)
the reaper)
the reaper)

,.

7""-<5
5""-<3

5-7

5-5

LJ
Baby
We'll be
Baby

take my
able
to
I'm your

F6sus2

3-

I I

1-

LJ

3-

hand
fly
man

AS

F6sus2

Gtr.,. I and 2 pla y Rhr. Fig. I (see meas. I)


112

(play 3 time.,) Gtr. 3

42 Gtrs. I and 2
11
1 1
11

2-

~o
I

I I I ?

>

12 -( 12) (12) -

.,

12

'T l

-- -

10

l
T
T

TT

v v

---

10 -+(
l
l

II
II
II

Ba ss plays Ba ss Fig. 2fo ur times simile (see meas. 3)

[g] 2nd Choru s (2:09)


La
AS

la
G

la

la

La
AS

la

F6sus2

AS

F6sus2

10)--

.8 ,-L 10-10

la

la

la
F6sus2 G

la

Gtrs. J and 2 play Rhy. Fig. I f our times (see meas . I )


Gtr. 3

--- '

46~
l
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12

I
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12 - (12) (12) -

---

10 -----'

--

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-- - - -

fdbk

(10'

L.J
Ba ss pla ys Bass Fig. 2 fo ur 11111
es s 11111/e
(se e me as. 3)

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pitch: A

Grrs. I and 2 f'/r,y Rh v. Fig. 2 (see meas. 22)

112

fdbk.

52
(10) -10

101\---

- 12 -12 -(12) 12 -(12)

---U

1011----

--Ul 011------U

10 1-------+

pi tch: A

Bass pla ys Bass Fig. 3 (see meas. 22)

[IDInt er lu de (2:30)
G7

Fm
Gtr. I (w/clean tone)
58 Rhy. Fig . 3

8
~

10

8
10

8
10

8
10

10

8
10

8
10

10

7
10

10

10

end Rhy. Fig. 3

I
G7

Fm

7
10

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7
10

7
10 - \=l

I
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"(DON'T FEAR) THE REAPER"


[I]

Guitar Solo (2:44)


Fm

G7

Gtr. I repeats Rlty. Fig. 3 (see meas. 58)


112
66 Gtr. 3
1~- ---11_s-+1_s-+
1_3+1__
s +1_s +1_s +1 s_ 1-s-111-s-+1_s-+
1_s+1_s +1_s +1_s -+
(1_s_) -+
i_ (,+1 s_)-+13_11s-111-3_,+12---111-3_(113-_>_+1 s_-+ 1_
s -t-,- _,(+1s_)

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....--....

1
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1
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15

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6 5 8 16

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Gtr. 2
Riff A

end Riff A

1-h- -----

--------

---

+- -

5 - ----+r

3,

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6 -=----f

5 +-------<:

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Bass Fig. 4

end Bass Fig. 4

Fm

G7

Ctr. 2 plays Riff A twa and one half times (see meas. 66)
Gtr. 3

1---------f---..,_
+

112

_.../_
~ ----,

70 __.,,!_-----.
,- ----,
[ '5 - ('5) - ('5) (15) ..,,.......
19 -

19 2I

19 -

19-(19)

-(19)

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H25]

, -- - ,

(19) 1

19 -

15 -

'5 --

.......----...
, - -- -,

'5 - ('5)

D I Il l D I I l l DI DIDI
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Bass plays Bass Fig. 4 two and one half rimes (see meas. 69)

3 ----'

L.__

Fm

Gtr. 3

73 , - ,
-

(15) - 15 --

151615 \-13 15--

131513 , 12 ,-

Gtr. I
7

10

10

12
15 - 15 ->--

- ......

=t:::::: I::..
3

13

10

I
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G7
-

--(12) --

>--

8
10 -t--

>--10

13
I
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13
16 - -15

- 16 - 13 - 15 - 15-::, 5 +

15 --

15 - 131513 ,,.12 -

I
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8

10

10 - F=l
I
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13 -121312 ~12
13 ->-- 13 '<12 - 12 '<10 - 10 - 12

--

w....

3
8

10

I
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I
7

10
I

I
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10

I
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Fm

12

I
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--- 12 13 12 - (12) ----=-j

I
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1/2

D
15 (15)(15)

12
12 >--

I
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76 ~

----- (13) - 12 -13 -12 I

10

13

10 -

10

I
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I
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7
I
I
I
I

10

10

I
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I
I

I
I

9
I

10

10

10

LJ

I
I

I
I

8 -i

-j
I
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"(DON'T FEAR) THE REAPER"


G7

Fm
~P

ao~

....._12

12

..

13 -f-o- 12 -.,.
12
,

L.....J
Gtr . I
......_5

G7

Gtr. I plays Rhy. Fig. 3 (see meas. 58)

G tr. 3

10

10

,__ 3

Bass

2 - (2) --

2-(2)-

- 5

~3

LJ

L'J'

,,:. 5

85 AAA

-~(12 ) - 12

15 - (15) -(15)

I
I

I
I

I
I

I
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I
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---

(12)

I
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II

~
9 -9.- 10 ~ - 10 -~1
I

-- - - -

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IF
1-

-- ---

I
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1\

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LL-

8 -1-8 --8~~ 10 >-- 10 >-

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r 1,

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'i'

-- -- -

r 1'

(1)-1

1-1

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fdbk. - - - - - - - - - ,

10~

--- - -

fdbk. - - - - - - - -

------- :( 12)' ------.I

10 -1 2 -+(

<10~

12'

LJ

pitch: C

Gtr. 2
I
I

,-,
1

-----------

/ f'

-----------

I
I

\
I

I
I

G7

-10 -----(

12 - 12 ""' 10 -1-

13

a ~~a~a ~~a~~~1 ~~1 ~~~

Fm

__;~

.,

13

13

1r.,
IF
l "::I::
I
r1'

112

Gtr .3

10 - 10 - 12 - 13

L.LU LUU

\.5/

10 +

->-9 -9
>- 10
... 10 9t->-10t....

_,:;

let ri11
g ____

,.

I
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--

10

LJ

Gtr.2

..

.
pitch:

L.....J

10

L.....J

.H. ___

10; ..

12 -..,10~
,

..

'':
,

13 - 12

L.....J

I
'I
I
I
I

I
I
I

I
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-, 1 \

lf 3 \

-------

I
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3'

Bass
let ring- - - - - - - - - - - -,

,-,

'5

(3:23) A5

F6sus2

I
I

I
.I

-------

3'

A5

' 3

F6sus2

------- '

Ctr . 1 substitute s Fill 1 seco nd time


s f eedba ck until meas. 96
Ctr . 3 sus{{li11
Gtr. I ( I Sl time)
90 Gtr. 2 (2nd lime)

Gtrs. I an d 2 ( I st time)
Gtr. 2 (2nd time)

I I I

0
0

Substitute Bass Fig. 1 sim ile second time (see meas. I)

2-0

Substitute Bass Fig. 2 seco nd time (see meas. 3)

-------- --[II

3rd Verse (3:37)

(1.) Love
(3.) Here

of
but

two
now

A5

one

is
they're

F6sus2

gone

A5

F6sus2

Cm . 1 and 2 play Rhy. Fig. I (see meas. I)

94 Gtrs . I and 2

l0

JG
,.

(pllly 3 times) Gtr . 3

2,2__.l---+--1

0
--=-_.3=,_2=---:..._1
_0_

--I ~

Bass plays Bas s Fig. 2/ our times sim ile (see meas. 3)

~--t--t

I I
-

I -11

1~

~::,ctasc
(let ring i111
0

r 1r1r
~---.

nex
~~
".:~s_:)

ii

"(DON'T FEAR) THE REAPER"


[RJ3rd Pre-chorus

(3:50)

Camethe last

nightof

FS

GS

and it

was

she couldn't go on
ES

clear

FS

Thenthe

GS

98 Gtrs. I ancJ2

3--+-+--+-5--+-+-1
3--+-+--

--ll--+--+-+--1---1-+--+--11--+--+-+--1----1-+--'-

-+--+ -+-- +--+-+-

2 --<- -+---+-+- o
,

7--<--+---+5

.5--<--+---+---t
3--<- -+---+-~

Bass

1- 1-1

- 1-

3 - 3 --+-+--'--

5 - 5 --<--+-

--+-+-

-+---<-~+---+---<--+---+-+---+-

--<-~5-5-5-5-3

1.,2.

was open

door
candles
curtains

3--+--+-1
H- - --H- - ---

3. -;:,--<--5--+--+-1-;:,--<-3--+- -+-3 ---------+-3 - -l-r-----

GS

7--+--+--7
5

2-

5 --+----

-3 -3-o

The
The

ASV

GS

105FS

3.

and the wind appeared


and then disappeared
and then he

blew
flew

----

............
5---+----+-5 ............
3 - --+----+--3-

-------7- ----

2-3

appeared (saying

don't be

ASv

GS

7 -+5

-+-

-+t---- ------3-7---

afraid)

7-...,-5 - +--+5-...,-3 - +--+--

-+---I
+-~

-----------~

:...
-:::::
...
i:::::::::l::::::::=
1--3- 3-+----t-..._15- 15-+l- -+l--3- 3- +----i......
- 15- 15-+l- ~l--3- -3-+----r--'
(4:09)

Comeon

baby

!
l

<2>
<3-)
(4.)

FS

ASv

GS

Andshe ran
Theylookedbackwardandsaid

(1.) (Andshe had no


fear)
to him
{Thenthey started to fly)
goodbye
(Shehadbecomelike
they
(Shehadbecomelike
they

She had taken his hand


are)
are)

GS

baby

Comeon

FS

. . 4 __ ____
Rhy . F,g

0
-3
-1

0
5
3

0
.7
5

_____

______

___

3
1

(play 4 times)
__________
_,

0
5
3

___

0
5
3

0
7
5

1- 1
I

2-5

3-3

II

3-7

5-5
I

I I

2-3

3-3

1-1

0-3

I I

3-3

5-5

ASv

GS

Gtr. 3

112

r-.._,_

--

... ...
12:::::. 12) (12) -10 - f-;{1oy

12

[1] Out r o (4:26)


FS

Bas s plays Basf Fig. 2 (see meas .

II
II
II

2-5
I

05
3

(pla y 4 times)
II
II

the reaper)

fear

GS

Gtr. J pfo ys R!ry . Fig. 4 11111ilfad


e
(see meas. 109)

Gtr. 2 pla ys Rhy. Fill I 1111tilfad


e (see below)
Gtr . I
108

(Don't

ASV

GS

I I

J)

5~

3-3

play 7 times and Jade out

GS

FS

-------

, 10:

GS

GS

-------

FS

GS

t---....., ,vv-,.

12

,10'

12-:::::112J-112i -10-;

'

Gtr. 4 (e lec. w/dist.)


17
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l.

full

,------.. --..

-------

...
15 ==115) -(15) -13 -lf.(13)
I
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I
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,------..

17

Bass pla ys Bass Fig. 2 twice (see meas. 3), then Bass Fig. 5 (see below) umi/Jade

Fadd2 GJD

Am7

G/D

>

>

>

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15-:=.(15) -(15) -1 3 .;if

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Bass Fig. 5 (4:33)


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Rhy. Fill I (4:08)


Gtr. 2

"

\13/ -

full

(AS)

Ii I

5- 5

(GS)
2- 3

I I I

(FS)
5-3

LJ

1-1

(GS)
0- 3

I I

3-3

2- 5~

I I

I
II
II