Astronomy (6:14)

Cover of The Best of Blue Öyster Cult: Don't Fear the Reaper

From The Best of Blue Öyster Cult: Don't Fear the Reaper and 12 other releases

“Astronomy” is a rock song by Blue Öyster Cult that has appeared on several of the band’s albums. It was first published on their 1974 album Secret Treaties. Their second live album, Some Enchanted Evening, included a version with an extended guitar solo and a third version (sung by Buck Dharma) was included on the Imaginos album. Most recently the song was included on the A Long Day’s Night album.

The song’s lyrics are selected verses from a poem by Sandy Pearlman, the band’s producer and mastermind behind their image, called “The Soft Doctrines of Immaginos”. In the poem, which was later released under the BÖC moniker as “Imaginos”, aliens known as Les Invisibles guide an altered human named Imaginos, also called Desdinova, through history, playing key roles that eventually lead to the outbreak of World War I. In “Astronomy”, the character of Imaginos comes to realize his heritage and his role as the altered human. References are made to celestial objects throughout the song— “The light that never warms” being the moon, “The Queenly flux” the constellation Cassiopeia, “My dog, fixed and consequent” being Sirius, the dog star. The “Four Winds Bar” may be a reference to the Tropic of Cancer. All in all, it has Imaginos explaining his position as part of Les Invisibles.

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