"Waiting for the Sirens' Call" as written by and Bernard (gb 2)/hook Sumner....
What does this ship bring to me
Far across the restless sea
Waiting for the sirens' call
I've never seen it here before

There she plies a lonely trade
Cutting through the breaking waves
Drifting slowly from her course
She is lost forever more

We all want some kind of love
But sometimes it's not enough
To the wall and through the door
With a stranger on the shore

I won't desert you
I don't know what to say
I really hurt you
I nearly gave it all away

I've got it all wrong
Cause you were not the wrong one
And I don't know where to turn when you're gone
When you're gone

Gotta catch the midnight train
First to Paris then to Spain
Travel with a document
All across the continent

City life is flying by
The wheels are turning all the while
Get on board we can't be late
Our destination cannot wait

All the stars and all the worlds
Filling up this universe
Could never be as close as us
Will never shine as bright on us

I won't desert you
I don't know what to say
I really hurt you
I nearly gave it all away

I've got it all wrong
Cause you were not the wrong one
And I don't know where to turn when you're gone
When you're gone

I won't desert you
I don't know what to say
I really hurt you
I nearly gave it all away

I've got it all wrong
Cause you were not the wrong one
And I don't know where to turn when you're gone

How many times must I lose my way, hey
How many words do I have to say, hey
What can I do just to make you see
That you're so good for a man like
A man like me


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"Waiting for the Sirens' Call" as written by Peter Hook Bernard Sumner

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    General Commentbeautiful bass/vocal interaction. this and krafty make a perfect relationship problem duo. you're all crazy for not writing about this one
    Jinxxon June 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love this song, it's beautiful and i have it stuck in my head right now
    but what does it mean??? i'm trying my hardest to work it out but the only thing i can come up with is someone saying something really bad to a good friend or lover, and now they regret it.
    N/U/T/T/Y/?on December 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this one too. It seems to me that it's talking about a relationship that someone decided to end, then realising how much he misses her and is trying to reclaim her love. As in the chorus part, "I've got it all wrong, Cause you were not the wrong one, And I don't know where to turn when you're gone". I'm not sure about some of the earlier verses though.

    By far and away my favourite part though is the very last few lines, followed by the guitar riffs. Such a great ending for a great song.
    matt675on January 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsiren's deceive with their beautiful music, then devour those who are attracted to it. this one's a toughy, but i think that because he knows about her life before they met he doubts the relationship for some reason, let's her go, then realizes he loves her.
    pixieinpanoplyon July 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commentand then i guess we have to be honest with ourselves... maybe he decides to think he loves her
    pixieinpanoplyon July 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song, excellent lyrics. I like the 'global' feel of it (Paris, Spain..)
    Karlon August 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is partially a passage from the book, The Odyssey. It's more ambiguous then it leads on to be and I don't suppose most people would catch it.

    In the mean time our good ship, with that perfect wind to drive her, fast approached the Sirens' Isle. But now the breeze dropped, some power lulled the waves, and a breathless calm set in. Rising from their seats my men drew in the sail and threw it into the hold, then sat down at the oars, and churned the water white with blades of polished pine. Meanwhile I took a large round of wax, cut it up small with my sword, and kneaded the pieces with all the strength of my fingers. The wax soon yielded to my vigorous treatment and grew warm, for I had the rays of my Lord the Sun to help me. I took each of my men in turn and plugged their ears with it.

    They then made me a prisoner on my ship by binding me hand and foot, standing me up by the step of the mast and tying the rope's ends to the mast itself. This done, they sat down once more and struck the grey water with their oars.

    -We made good progress and had just come within call of the shore when the Sirens became aware that a ship was swiftly bearing down upon them, and broke into their liquid song.

    -"Draw near," they sang, "illustrious Odysseus, flower of the Achaean chivalry, and bring your ship to rest so that you may hear our voices. No seaoman ever sailed his black ship past this spot without listening to the sweet tonest that flow from our lips . . . ."

    -The lovely voices came to me across the water, and my heart was filled with such a longing to listen that with nod and frown I signed to my men to set me free.
    servitude_servedon November 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the original song
    But there is a remix of this song
    Planet Funk remix, on Ultra Electro album

    To me, it's got such a happy beat, but very heart felt and almost sad. I want this song to be played at my funeral...whenever that is haha
    StrongMatton January 20, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningWhat this song is about is apparent - a siren's call, or mermaid's call, was what called sailors to their deaths...sailors traveled the world. it's in reference to a groupie and the new sailors rock stars and it says it straight out in this verse - the rest is metaphor...

    We all want some kind of love
    But sometimes it's not enough
    To the wall and through the door
    With a stranger on the shore
    cpatzneron July 16, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis song gives me so feels, I always feel like crying when I hear it!!
    60_miles_an_houron November 08, 2014   Link

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