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Posted: November 1, 2018

4 Creepy Songs You Didn't Know Were Scary!

Halloween is upon us once again and to celebrate the spookiest time of the year, we've rounded up a handful of creepy songs you might not have known to be terrifying. 

Do you know of a haunting song? We'd like to know! Let us know in the comments, we want to hear from you. 

 

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

The Blue Oyster Cult’s hit single is exclusively about death, just check out the lyrics. It’s arguable that this song is about suicide or accepting the inevitability of death. 

Other interpretations conclude that the song is about everlasting love even after death, which is maybe why the song references Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The singer says “Romeo and Juliet/ are together in eternity/ 40,000 men and women everyday/ like Romeo and Juliet.”

Suicide? Death? Love? What do you think this means?

Lyrics:

40,000 men and women everyday (Like Romeo and Juliet)

40,000 men and women everyday (Redefine happiness)

Another 40,000 coming everyday

 

Hotel California by The Eagles

Lyrically, The Eagles’ classic is full of hints about ghosts and terror. There are “dark desert highways,” “shimmering lights” and all of the “voices down the corridor.” Not only does the song simply sound a little creepy, but the final verse is when things get a little unsettling. 

The woman the singer talks about tells them they are “all just prisoners” and in the “master’s chambers” they “stab” the “beast” but cannot kill it. And the narrator runs for the door, but the “night man” tells him “you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!” 

Some folks believe the song is about the extravagances of Hollywood and California, and getting caught up in all of our own “devices” as the lyrics suggest. It may be more fun to think about it as a creepy story about a ghost hotel though.

Lyrics:

And in the master's chambers

They gathered for the feast

They stab it with their steely knives

But they just can't kill the beast

 

Me and the Devil Blues by Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson was known to be a blues legend because of the influence he had on Eric Clapton and so many other artists down the line. This song, and the next song on this list both speak of spirits and supernatural forces at work. Let’s take a look at some of the lyrics.

The lyrics talk of walking next to Satan, burning the singer’s body and even goes as far as saying “I’m going to beat my woman/ until I get satisfied.” Yikes! Interpretations of the song usually conclude that the words are about the Devil, or an evil spirit going to take the singer’s soul, and forcing them to do terrible things. 

Lyrics: 

You may bury my body

Down by the highway side

Baby, I don't care where you bury my body when I'm dead and gone

You may bury my body, whoooo

Down by the highway side

So my old evil spirit

Can get a Greyhound bus and ride

 

Crossroads by Cream

This track, which is also written by Robert Johnson and was originally called “Cross Road Blues,” was made famous by Eric Clapton and Cream. But regardless of who performed it, the lyrics remain the same.

The lyrics of the song allude to the narrator offering themselves up to “the Lord above” at the “crossroads.” Some have debated that the lyrics are talking about selling their soul to the devil, while others believe Johnson was writing about race and segregation of the time, and some have even argued that the song is about the writer’s loneliness. 

Lyrics:

I went down to the crossroads

Fell down on my knees

Down to the crossroads

Fell down on my knees

Asked the Lord above for mercy

"Take me, if you please"

 

Tell us about your favorite creepy songs in the comments! Are there any songs you'd like to see on this list? 

 

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