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Bryan Ferry — Song To The Siren
Album: Olympia
Avg rating:
6.6

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Total ratings: 280









Released: 2010
Length: 5:50
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Long afloat on distant 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 hare when I was fox?
Now my foolish heart 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

Here I am, here I am

I am puzzled as the newborn child
I am riddled at 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

Here I am, here I am

I am puzzled as the newborn child
I am riddled at 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
Comments (63)add comment
 mandolin wrote:
...i was listening to this album last night and marveling at all the subtle little production touches murmuring throughout the background of this recording - beautiful rendition...
 
In general, the Roxy Music records and his solo work after are really well produced and recorded. A lot of those subtle little touches as you noted.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

He does kinda suck the magic out of the original (& This Mortal Coil's version) doesn't he?
 

Oh wow, this is totally unrecognizable. Saw the title and thought it was only a coincidence. Checked the lyrics, and well, I guess he did it his way.
Ferry's voice reminds me for some reason of Steve Winwood. Same kind of reedy quality I guess.

I wonder if they ever collaborated...
The Tim Buckley original makes me sleepy & sad.  The Bryan Ferry version makes my clothes come off.  Guess it's a matter of personal preference.
Tim Buckley would be better, much better. In fact, more Tim Buckley RP, please.
sure, why not?
This is indeed Avalon all over again. Nice to hear.
Like the guitar on this. My favorite cover of this still Dead Can Dance's: https://youtu.be/DOTqU0BKE44
This is an abomination onto the Lord.

Tim Buckley, yes

Sheila Chandra, yes.

This Mortal Coil, yes.

Brian Ferry soundling even more "lounge-singer" than usual?  No f'ing way.

{#Razz}
I like it.
yepp. copying is sooo easy. and booooring. govna wrote:
this is just silly.
 


Silly ... derivative ... call it what you will, I think it sounds awfully good. {#Meditate}
I feel ferry's voice complements the feel to this, likeable :)
avalon, roxy music??
this is just silly.
 oldman wrote:
Sounds like he stepped right out of the early 80's
Hasn't varied his sound much has he
{#Wink}

 
Agree that this sounds nicely retro...almost Bowie-like with Nile Rogers' guitar licks.  Nicely done Mr. Ferry.  You know your audience / market. 

 oldman wrote:
Sounds like he stepped right out of the early 80's
Hasn't varied his sound much has he
{#Wink}

 
But back in the 80's it sounded like he stepped out of early 10's, wierd...

 oldman wrote:
Sounds like he stepped right out of the early 80's
Hasn't varied his sound much has he

Why mess with a good thing?


Sounds like he stepped right out of the early 80's
Hasn't varied his sound much has he
{#Wink}

where is the skip next button?
hitting over play
 wesleyc wrote:
We need less of this version and more of the Tim Buckley original!
 
He does kinda suck the magic out of the original (& This Mortal Coil's version) doesn't he?
We need less of this version and more of the Tim Buckley original!
i really hope he has a "what the hell was i thinking?" moment whenever he hears this.
I can practically see the credits for a John Hughes movie rolling.
He still has that unmistakably smooth voice.
 salide wrote:
Is it me or is this guy stuck in the 80's?

{#Wall}
 
Can't. Take. This. Anymore.
Yep, and slowly mutating into a crooner on the strength of this one; Kate Moss has never looked so good mind

 
ncollingridge wrote:

Yup. Pleasant at best. Sounds like an anaemic version of Avalon.
 


original is the best.

Tim Buckley. 
 ncollingridge wrote:

Yup. Pleasant at best. Sounds like an anaemic version of Avalon.
 
This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren, "soft version", surely not the same thing ....
 salide wrote:
Is it me or is this guy stuck in the 80's?

{#Wall}
 
Yup. Pleasant at best. Sounds like an anaemic version of Avalon.
 peter_james_bond wrote:

I'm with you snowcat. I love the lush sound of this song and the entire album. Ferry's like a painter, with every stroke he's adding new color...layer upon layer of brilliant musicianship...when he's finished he's created a work of art. Some might find it overproduced, but I wouldn't change a thing. I bet this sounds amazing on a high-end stereo.

 
I totally agree with every word !
Not overproduced,,just to perfection !

And yes it does..in 5.1,,he's in a league of his own !

I really love this version.  I listened to the album the other day and thought it was absolutely gorgeous.  Reminds me a lot of those shiny smooth sounds from the days of Avalon.
{#Music}
Is it me or is this guy stuck in the 80's?

{#Wall}


...i was listening to this album last night and marveling at all the subtle little production touches murmuring throughout the background of this recording - beautiful rendition...
I like Bryan better when he doesn't take himself so seriously ("hard rain's gonna fall" for instance) but I can't give most of his other stuff less than a quite likeable. Maybe never higher, but not lower either.


No. That would be Paul McCartney's "Yesterday" 
  If so then Wikipedia is wrong. "Yesterday" has been covered 132 times, But Elenor Rigby has been covered 139 times. Elenor Rigby surpassed Yesterday within the last year.

Read more:
https://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_most_covered_song#ixzz16tDsresK agkagk wrote:


Slick and classy. Simply stated...sounds like a continuation of Avalon. Not a bad thing at all. Great stuff!
Nice to see him back
 scraig wrote:
ARRRRRRRRRRRGH! This album sucks! Make it stop!
 
I used to watch my father grade his students' English papers by looking at who wrote them and after grading them he would then actually read the papers and offer critique. Occasionally after reading them he would change the grade but if he did he wouldn't change it much.  In the same way I was ready to give this song a "5" before I even heard it because it's by Bryan Ferry.  After listening to it, I'm convinced that it is indeed a solid "5".

 socalhol wrote:
wow — is this THE most covered song ever??  {#Stupid}
 

No. That would be Paul McCartney's "Yesterday" 
Me likes, but I have to admit the hot babe on the cover may have brought home a 1/2 point or so for BF.
...i hear purple rain...
 fredriley wrote:
Nope, not a patch on This Mortal's Coil's cover of this song, which raises goosepimples. This just raises a yawn, though it is Yuprock hero Bryan Ferry so that's not entirely surprising. As sirens go, this one is unalluring in the extreme...

 

What he said.  The version by This Mortal Coil makes me weep; this would barely pacify me during a short elevator ride.

ARRRRRRRRRRRGH! This album sucks! Make it stop!


 fredriley wrote:
Nope, not a patch on This Mortal's Coil's cover of this song, which raises goosepimples. This just raises a yawn, though it is Yuprock hero Bryan Ferry so that's not entirely surprising. As sirens go, this one is unalluring in the extreme...
 
This Mortal Coil definitely did the definitive version, which will probably never be surpassed. Buckley's original is pretty nice, too.
 snowcat wrote:
What a great version!  So good to hear the old Brian Ferry sound again.
 
I'm with you snowcat. I love the lush sound of this song and the entire album. Ferry's like a painter, with every stroke he's adding new color...layer upon layer of brilliant musicianship...when he's finished he's created a work of art. Some might find it overproduced, but I wouldn't change a thing. I bet this sounds amazing on a high-end stereo.

 dogpound wrote:
hhmmmm
sounds awfully 80s for being a 2010 release. 
 
I think he's kinda been stuck there now, hasn't he?

{#No}


hhmmmm
sounds awfully 80s for being a 2010 release. 
This version's got about as much real emotion as an amoeba. Not working for me...totally not working.  Still a 6 'cause it's Song to the Siren...
Good gawd- what a watered down version. I love the creepy depressing original. This is... elevator music. {#Snooty}
What a great version!  So good to hear the old Brian Ferry sound again.
thought this sounded familiar...not bad i suppose.
As much as I love Roxy's Avalon and most of Ferry's solo efforts, I still have not taken to this effort. Intend to give it uninterrupted listens over T'giving...
Nope, not a patch on This Mortal's Coil's cover of this song, which raises goosepimples. This just raises a yawn, though it is Yuprock hero Bryan Ferry so that's not entirely surprising. As sirens go, this one is unalluring in the extreme...

 sailorgirl wrote:
Does BF (try to) sound like Roy Orbison somewhat, withe the falsetto-y vibrato sounds?  And does it work?  I'm not sure..., but I think I like this song...
 
That's his accent.  I believe the technical term for it is "drama queen."  Cf. Morrissey.  Bowie's good at it, too.  I think it works as a cheap substitute for emotion when you've got only 3 minutes to get your point across.

Does BF (try to) sound like Roy Orbison somewhat, withe the falsetto-y vibrato sounds?  And does it work?  I'm not sure..., but I think I like this song...
Whoa!
wow — is this THE most covered song ever??  {#Stupid}
...new renditions are always welcomed to my ears - thanks, bill...