Lyrics to Song To The Siren

Lyrics to "Song To The Siren" as recorded by Bryan Ferry


Long afloat, on distant 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 hare when I was fox?

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 puzzled as a newborn child.
I'm riddled as the tide.
Should I stand amid the breakers?
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.

Song To The Siren

Album Track

Bryan Ferry recorded the Tim Buckley song 'Song To The Siren' for his album Olympia.

Song To The Siren has also been recorded by This Mortal Coil, John Frusciante and Half Man Biscuit.


What Bryan Says:

I first heard the song in the version by This Mortal Coil in 1983, and I instantly felt that I would like to do it myself. A few years later I did a backing track and every now and then I would add something to it, not knowing where it was going to end, or which project it would fit into. The good thing about this is that all kinds of disparate musical talents came to work on the track. I think the big production tends to suit the epic theme of the song.

Song Musicians

Song To The Siren is on the following Roxy Music and Solo Albums