Grim Reaper Of Love

The Turtles

About Grim Reaper Of Love

"Grim Reaper of Love" is a single by the American rock band The Turtles, released in May 1966. It was written by Turtles members Chuck Portz and Al Nichol, and includes sections in quintuple meter (3-2 on the opening verse). It is an early example of psychedelic raga rock, using an electric sitar.


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Movin' on slowly, sittin' forlornly 
Looks through her window, clouds hide the sun 
She thinks of her love, gone like the wild ones 
She knows he'll never return 

Grim reaper of love, grim reaper of love 
Grim reaper of love, grim reaper of love 
Killing the living & living to kill 
Grim reaper of love thrives on pain; people, beware 

Missed her sadness of the loss of his loaning 
But in his past thinking, love can't last 
We were so happy, peaceful and dear 
But now his life's a little miser 


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The Turtles

The Turtles are an American rock band led by vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, later known as Flo and Eddie. The band became notable for several Top 40 hits beginning with their cover version of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" in 1965. They scored their biggest and best-known hit in 1967 with the song "Happy Together". more »

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Song Origins
"Grim Reaper Of Love" is a song by American rock band The Turtles, who were active predominantly during the 1960s.
Band Information
The Turtles are best known for their hit song, "Happy Together." However, "Grim Reaper of Love" marked a stark thematic and tonal departure from their more light-hearted pop numbers.
The song was composed by Al Nichol and Chuck Portz, both members of The Turtles.
Style and Genre
The song captures a psychedelic rock genre style, encompassing a darker and unconventional arrangement that was typical for music experimentation in that era.
Release date
The song "Grim Reaper Of Love" was first released as a single in the United States in 1966.
Chart Performance
"Grim Reaper Of Love" peaked at #81 on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite not topping the charts like "Happy Together," the song gained a cult following among fans and critics.
Album Inclusion
It was included in their second studio album, "You Baby."
Contemporary Interpretation
The song is often interpreted as a commentary on the shady side of Hollywood and the music industry at that time.
Cover Versions
Over the years, the song was covered by several other bands, including "The Posies," a power pop band from Washington, showing its ongoing influence in rock music.
Unique Feature
The discordant style and surreal lyrics of "Grim Reaper of Love" sets it apart in The Turtles' discography, showcasing the band's willingness to experiment and push boundaries beyond their mainstream pop successes.

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