Forgotten Inspirations – Blue Oyster Cult – “Black Blade”

by wolvercote66

Image  Music does many things, it uplifts, it energizes and it also inspires.  Fantasy and Science Fiction have a solid place in the realm of rock music. Rush sang of “Rivendell” on their “Fly by Night” album.  Iron Maiden’s “To Tame a Land” reflects their interest in Frank Herbert’s “Dune”.  Led Zeppelin most famously mentions Mordor and Gollum in “Ramble On”.  However, in 1980 Blue Oyster Cult released the album, “Cultosaurus Erectus” and on it is a song that perfectly captures that band’s quirky style and paints a picture.  The song is “Black Blade” and the blade in question is Elric’s, Stormbringer.  I reset the needle on that song too many times to count.

I have this feeling that my luck is none too good
This sword here at my side don’t act the way it should
Keeps calling me it’s master, but I feel like it’s slave
Hauling me faster and faster to an early, early grave
And it howls! It howls like hell!

I’m told it’s my duty to fight against the law
That wizardry’s my trade and I was born to wade through gore
I just want to be a lover, not a red-eyed screaming ghoul
I wish it’d picked another to be it’s killing tool

Black Blade, Black Blade
Forged a billion years ago
Black Blade, Black Blade
Killing so it’s power can grow

It’s death from the beginning to the end of time
And I’m the cosmic champion and I hold a mystic sign
And the whole world’s dying and the burden’s mine
And the black sword keeps on killing ’til the end of time

Black Blade, Black Blade
Bringing chaos to the world we know
Black Blade, Black Blade
And it’s using me to kill my friends
Black Blade, Black Blade
Getting stronger so the world will end
Black Blade, Black Blade
Forcing my mind to bend and bend

I am the Black Blade
Forged a million billion years ago
My cosmic soul it goes on for eternity
Carving out destiny
Bringing in the Lords of Chaos
Bringing up the Beasts of Hades
Sucking out the souls of heroes
Laying waste to knights and ladies
My master is my slave
You poor fucking humans