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​Song to the Siren

This song is by This Mortal Coil and appears on the album It'll End In Tears (1984).

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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 full sail?
Now my foolish boat is leaning
Broken, lovelorn on your rocks
For you sing, "Touch me not, touch me not
Come back tomorrow"
O my heart, o 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"

Written by:

Tim Buckley/Larry Beckett