Song To The Siren


“Song to the Siren” by Tim Buckley and his writing partner Larry Beckett, has
been covered by hundreds of singers and instrumentalists over the years. This
version by This Mortal Coil, featuring Elizabeth Fraser’s ethereal vocals, is the
benchmark performance in my opinion.

Long afloat on shipless oceans
I did all my best to smile,
’til your singing eyes and fingers
drew me loving to your isle.
And you sang,
“Sail to me,
sail to me;
let me enfold you.
Here I am,
here I am,
waiting to hold you.”

Did I dream you dreamed about me?
Were you here when I was forced out?
Now my foolish boat is leaning,
broken lovelorn on your rocks.
For you sing,
“Touch me not,
touch me not;
come back tomorrow.
Oh my heart,
oh my heart
shies from the sorrow.”

Well, I’m as puzzled as the newborn child,
I’m as riddled as the tide.
Should I stand amid the breakers
or should I lie with death, my bride?
Hear me sing,
“Swim to me,
swim to me;
let me enfold you.
Here I am,
here I am,
waiting to hold you.”

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