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This Mortal Coil, “Song to the Siren”

time: 3:30 / 169 words

“Song to the Siren”
(Tim Buckley, with alterations by This Mortal Coil)

On the floating, shapeless oceans
I did all my best to smile
til your singing eyes and fingers
drew me loving into your eyes.

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 full sail?

Now my foolish boat is leaning, broken love lost on your rocks.
For you sang, “Touch me not, touch me not, come back tomorrow.”
Oh my heart, oh my heart shies from the sorrow.

I’m as puzzled as a newborn child.
I’m as riddled as the tide.
Should I stand amid the breakers?
Or shall 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.”

From This Mortal Coil, It’ll End In Tears (1984)



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  1. Jaego Scorzne
    Posted August 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Strange: the retirement group AARP is listed “you may also like” section.

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted August 13, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

      Yes, we now have a plugin that generates ads for that slot. Some of them are rather inappropriate!

      • Jaego Scorzne
        Posted August 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

        Capitalism makes for strange bedfellows indeed. As J.P Sartre said, life is a bourgeois compromise.

        I never noticed these ads before. What else am I missing?

  2. Christopher P
    Posted August 13, 2012 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    How rare for a cover version to improve on an already perfect song. Tim Buckley’s performance on the Monkees’ TV show is also worth watching:

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