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Today’s post is about the awesome tune entitled See You in Hell by the British metal band known as Grim Reaper. This is the title track from their debut studio album released in 1983.

See You in Hell by Grim Reaper…What could this song possibly be about?

Most stupid people will dismiss this song as one of the many dime-a-dozen devil-themed British metal tunes of the early 1980s. I agree that this era had tons of songs that dealt with themes such as the occult, devil worship, satanism, witchcraft and the like. The pages of Circus and Hit Parader were filled with bands such as Helloween, Venom, Celtic Frost, Sodom, Mercyful Fate, and even KISS. One could easily lump Grim Reaper into this bunch, especially with a song (and album) called “See You in Hell.”

See You in Hell…What is Grim Reaper REALLY singing about?

Check out the video below and pay close attention!

After seeing that video, if you saw anything that could even possibly, even remotely, be considered satanic it’s because you specifically WANTED to find it.  You came in with a closed mind determined to find evil in whatever it was you were watching.  You would have found just as much satanic content in a John Denver tune.

Grim Reaper See You In Hell

Grim Reaper wants to see you in Hell, Michigan.

What See You in Hell is really about is a celebration of the journeys the band experienced every time it went out on tour.  Apparently, a place near and dear to the hearts of the band members was Hell, Michigan.  They just loved that place SO MUCH that they had to record a song in its honor.  They also cared enough about their fans that they wanted THEM to enjoy it as well, hence the repeated chorus of “I’ll See you in Hell, my friend!”  To be honest, it is such a surprise that the Hell Chamber of Commerce didn’t adopt this song and base a tourism campaign around it.  A missed opportunity, indeed!

Please give your input in the box below.  What do YOU think See You in Hell is about?

Today’s post is about a song entitled Strokin’ by Clarence Carter.  For many people, this is his best-known song only because it is played in clubs that normally don’t play this genre of music, or maybe you have seen the Strokin line dance video.  In fact, people who don’t know any better may think that Clarence Carter is a one-hit wonder when nothing could be further from the truth.  Among his other tunes are “Slip Away” and “Back Door Santa.”

Strokin’ by Clarence Carter…What MOST People Think it’s About

Give the video below a good viewing.  After you watch it once or twice, you may think “strokin'” refers to something of a sexual nature, a double-entendre, if you will.  This is the mistake that MOST people make, so don’t feel bad if you do the same.

Do you still think Strokin’ is sexual in nature?  Well if you do, you are ever so wrong!

What Clarence Carter REALLY wrote Strokin’ about

Most people are completely unaware of this, but not only is Clarence Carter an accomplished blues musician, he is also a FAN of a wide variety of music styles.  As a blind man, he does not take music for granted like some people might.  One of his favorite songs is “The Stroke” by Billy Squier.  That song is so awesome, WHO COULDN’T LOVE IT?  Certainly not Clarence Carter, there’s no doubt about that at all.  If you are not familiar with this song, it is the song that Eminem based the song “Berzerk” on.  Here are some lyrics in Clarence’s song to maybe help illustrate my point a bit:

Clarence Carter Strokin

Clarence Carter was so moved by this song, he recorded a song to tell the world how much HE stroked! A true fan indeed!


I stroke it to the north
I stroke it to the south
I stroke it everywhere
I even stroke it with my, WHOOO!

When one starts stroking things with their WHOOO! you know that they’ve reached a zen-like state.

What do YOU think?  Leave your comments in the space below!