SONG TO THE SIREN is an intensely precious pearl written by TIM BUCKLEY (and writing partner Larry Beckett) in 1967 but only released three years later on his Starsailor album.
A beauty with the lyrics inspired by Greek mythology. One of the first and best covers (Robert Plant‘s version is also quite remarkable) was performed in 1983 by dream pop project THIS MORTAL COIL founded by Ivo Watts-Russell (manager of British indie label 4AD) and producer John Fryer. They worked and recorded with a large rotating group of different artists. They engaged the amazing LIZ FRASER from Scottish indie band Cocteau Twins as vocalist for their cover of Song To The Siren. The result was stunning. Atmospheric
and cinematic. Evocative and enthralling. Here’s the melancholic splendor…
On the floating, shipless oceans
I did all my best to smile
til your singing eyes and fingers
drew me loving into 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 full sail?
Now my foolish boat is leaning, broken lovelorn 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 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.”