Blue Oyster Cult 'Don't fear the reaper' (1976)

Might this be the sweetest love-song of all time?

And the 'studio version' ...

For some reason I'm listening to this track obsessively at the moment, once again cultivating my musical OCD tendencies that never completely disappear; listening to it endlessly and on repeat. I had heard this track - the original and cover versions - before, but now it is fulfilling some need in me that feels new.

On the studio version,  about 1 min 30  the vocalist sings that Romeo and Juliet are together for eternity and there's this great moment when the music lifts in its intensity; it all comes together. But then the singer starts to repeat: '40,000 men and women every day' - the estimate of how many people die daily; repeating it over and over just a bit to strongly like some deranged uncle at a party ranting about politics. It's very sweet and odd too.  

But the song is made up of many such curiosities, where the tone and sense of balance go a little askew. This is why it charms me so much. Not forgetting too the lyrics that appear to be deceptively simple - 'baby, I'm your man ..' but are always a bit loopy with all the Goth-allusions to candles and the wind etc. But it remains sincere in expressing a great love and the need to let go of fear. (I especially like the final section where the woman loses her fear and takes his hand). Note too that totally cosmic interlude at 2 mins 30 that segues into a slippery-perfect beat and over the top guitar-line: fantastic. 

The group's singer responded to claims that the lyrics encouraged suicide: 

I felt that I had just achieved some kind of resonance with the psychology of people when I came up with that, I was actually kind of appalled when I first realized that some people were seeing it as an advertisement for suicide or something that was not my intention at all. It is, like, not to be afraid of it (as opposed to actively bring it about). It’s basically a love song where the love transcends the actual physical existence of the partners.

— Buck Dharma, lead singer

I think it is the combination of the sweetness of the melody; the odd elements and the fact that it is so guileless that touches me so much.     

Love of two is one
Here but now they’re gone
Came the last night of sadness
And it was clear she couldn’t go on
Then the door was open and the wind appeared
The candles blew then disappeared
The curtains flew then he appeared... saying don’t be afraid
Come on baby... and she had no fear
And she ran to him... then they started to fly
They looked backward and said goodbye... she had become like they are
She had taken his hand... she had become like they are
Come on baby... don’t fear the reaper