Sandy Pearlman, who was Blue Öyster Cult's producer, wrote the lyrics for this song, which he composed with lead singer Eric Bloom
and drummer Albert Bouchard. Pearlman was a writer for the music magazine Crawdaddy
, and in this song, he explores music and its impact on a higher consciousness. In a 1975 talk with NME
, Pearlman said of this song: "In 1963 I was being driven back from a New Year's Eve party when The Beatles came over the airwaves for the first time. It seemed so revolutionary in terms of consciousness that what is represented was a new factor in mass culture and '63 was the watershed. The song reflects the parallelism between revolutionary consciousness in the mass and how it affects the individual. The sublimated heat of rock 'n' roll, so, long suppressed, and driven underground, was being revealed and no one could stop it."