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Blue Oyster Cult: Burnin' for You Meaning

Song Released: 1981

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Burnin' for You Lyrics

Home in the valley
Home in the city
Home isn't pretty
Ain't no home for me

Home in the darkness
Home on the highway
Home isn't my way
Home will never be

Burn out the day
Burn out the night
I can't see no reason to put up a...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Sep 21st 2018 report

    Clearly, this is a song about a musician; probably Dharma himself, selling his soul to the devil in trade for becoming a famous musician. Words like,"I can't see no reason to put up a fight. I'm living for giving the devil his due." means he already made the deal, no reason to fight, He's just living to give the devil his due. "Time everlasting
    Time to play b-sides. Time ain't on my side
    Time I'll never know." Means there will be time for B-sides, but will write A-side music, Time not on his side since he never knows when his last day will come. Finally, "Well I'm burning, I'm burning, I'm burning for you, I'm burning,…" is telling the fans that to bring you this music, he will someday burn in hell for you..... No other way it could possibly be interpreted.

  2. anonymous
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    Mar 30th report

    I have read this song was wrote by a rock critic. Alice Cooper said an architect critic but the alternating composition of the verse is unmistakable design. If the Sun had a voice, this is it.... I shoulda learned to play that guitar, I shoulda learned to play them drums. I like Dire Staits but this song takes animation to a new level.

  3. anonymous
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    Nov 13th 2021 report

    It comes from Shakespeare’s Henry V part 1. Buck Dharma and Blue Oyster cult were well educated, but they were not Satanists even though they did the “Black and Blue” tour with Black Sabbath. However, they band often pulled from Shakespere’s works, including in their most famous song, Don’t Fear The Reaper”. If you can get past rewinding the opening cowbell, you would be forced to deal with the reference to “Romeo and Juliet, are together in eternity”. This also is clearly a reference to The Bard’s most famous work. “Giving the Devil his due” is clearly another such Shakespearian reference that happens to appeal to heavy metal fans.

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 19th 2019 report

    The person who said it’s about the musician already “doing a deal with the Devil” is the best interpretation I read.

    I would simply add that not all musicians who play for fans sell out to the Devil. Not sure that’s what most members (or any) within Blue Oyster Cult have done. At least not blatantly.

    They’re not Christians, so based on that- as is the case with most people- they will go to hell. That doesn’t mean their lyrics can’t be applied in other ways as a learning lesson.

    Also, by virtue of their open-ended and thoughtful nature, they can be posited in a way that is meaningful to each individual.

  5. anonymous
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    Jan 13th 2019 report

    In 1839, Washngton Duke invited Taylor Hayne, Eddie Henderson, Susie Stills, And Ted Nugent To Their Homes In Van Nuys, And New York. They Lit A Match In A Muffler System, and were left Their Car Charges And Tobacco. They Held it For Ransom.

  6. anonymous
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    Apr 14th 2018 report

    Twin flame love...i love you forever rw

  7. anonymous
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    Mar 11th 2018 report

    A lot of the interpretations of this song I have been reading just seem to be very crazy. Pretty much I thought it was about a man being hot for a woman. Burning for her? When I hear this song, it makes me think of someone who has the hots for someone else and wants to be with them.

  8. kooljohn176
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    Feb 15th 2016 report

    A song that could be possibly be about a individual that does not feel he really belongs anywhere anymore 'cause according to the law of the old ways he made a ''family deal'' to a Arranged Marriage that he got married in, and now the ''poor devil'' is passionly burning up patiently as a newly wed Groom on his Honeymoon waiting patiently for his Virgin Bride to give him his dues. This song could also be about everyday people that work very hard, like the devil ''symbolically'' sort of speaking to make a living in jobs that could get very hot to work in. Where he is burning for you just to keep his head above the fire hoping to finally get his dues due to him burning out for home. In today's day of age even the SATANISTS heard are putting their hopes and kicks supportively to be in the ''BURNIN' FOR YOU'' cult following race for the future of mankind.

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