Hear the sirens, hear the sirens
Hear the sirens, hear the circus, so profound
I hear the sirens more and more in this here town

Let me catch my breath to breathe and reach across the bed
Just to know we’re safe, I am a grateful man
The slightest bit of light and I can see you clear

I have to take your hand and feel your breath for fear this someday will be over
I pulled you close, so much to lose knowing that nothing lasts forever

I didn't care, before you were here
I danced in laughter with the ever after
But all things change, let this remain

Hear the sirens covering distance in the night
The sound echoing closer, will they come for me next time

For every choice, mistake I made, it's not my plan
To send you in the arms of another man
And if you choose to stay, I'll wait, I'll understand

It's a fragile thing this life we lead, if I think too much, I can get over
Whelmed by the grace, by which we live our lives with death over our shoulders
Want you to know, that should I go, I always loved you, held you high above, true
I study your face, the fear goes away

It's a fragile thing this life we lead, if I think too much, I can get over
Whelmed by the grace, by which we live our lives with death over our shoulders
Want you to know, that should I go, I always loved you, held you high above, true
I study your face, the fear goes away, the fear goes away, the fear goes away

The fear goes away


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    Song MeaningMy husband used to tell me that he felt our relationship was so happy and perfect that he was afraid something could happen to us. Also that after we got together, he was more careful driving on this trips.
    I think this fear and behavior is what this song is about. About a man that is very happy with his life ( I can get over Whelmed by the grace, by which we live our lives) that he is afraid of losing his wife, either by her death or his own, in which case, she might end up with a new man/husband. He is aware of the fragility of their lives and that someday, his or her life will be over.
    resouzaesouzaon November 07, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI spent the summer in love and on the run with a fugitive and the first time I heard this song I felt it described our situation perfectly. "i hear the sirens more and more in this here town"... not because there are more sirens, but when you are running from the law you notice them more, and it feels as if you are suddenly seeing cop cars everywhere, but in reality, they were always there. My man was paranoid, but we lived it up, knowing any minute they could come for him and we would be apart. We didn't know how long he'd be gone or if we'd last...he wanted me to wait, but told me not to wait because he was afraid I'd mess around on him. When the time came and they took him away we looked at each other studying each other's faces, not knowing what was to come of us.
    tentwentytwoon October 24, 2013   Link
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    My OpinionI think it's more simple, more of a statement that you can lose everything you have in an instant. A message of appreciation to the ones that mean the most to you. I see the "sirens" as a metaphor.
    MichaelHutcheonon October 07, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think it should be "if i think too much, i CAN get overwhelmed" not can't. It makes more sense if its can. Then these lines "It's a fragile thing this life we lead, if I think too much, I can get overwhelmed by the grace, by which we live our lives with death over our shoulders." would become one of the best lyrical description of life. Its an appreciation of the grace by which we live our fragile lives while all the while death can come at any moment. Sounds like the concept of grace given by M. Scott Peck in Road less travelled.
    eddyfyon October 10, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is about his daughter and the fear of losing her as she gets older.
    Shawn77on October 25, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is about a man dealing with and recognizing his own mortality, in a general sense. Hearing the sirens simply makes him think that they could be coming for him or for anyone at any time. He puts his mortality in the context of a relationship, saying that his biggest fear of death is loosing his relationship. (I didn't care, before you were here
    A distant laughter with the ever after
    But all things change, let this remain)
    He realizes life is fragile and that death is always over our shoulder, but finds comfort in his wife /gf, and wants her to know if he dies that he'll wait for her in the after life.
    Cowguyon November 01, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMan, I like so many of your definitions and wish that even one of them were true.

    Pearl Jam already explained (briefly) the meaning of the song on YouTube and unfortunately it was quite bland and boring. Jeff said that they were in LA at the time and Eddie heard sirens outside and got inspired to write a song =\

    youtube.com/…
    In that YouTube video, skip to the 3:00 mark.
    JeffCon December 11, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningI don't see the "Sirens" in this song as police sirens, I take it to mean Sirens as in Greek mythology. The "Sirens", to me, are a metaphor for the temptation calling out to Vedder from other women in his life. He's afraid that one day he'll slip, "Hear the sirens covering distance in the night. The sound echoing closer, will they come for me next time?" Because of his potential slip, he's afraid he'll "send her in the arms of another man," but realizes that his love for her is so strong that their relationship will never end, every single time he looks upon her. "I study your face, the fear goes away, the fear goes away, the fear goes away, the fear goes away." It's quite a beautiful love song.
    Giblesonon December 25, 2013   Link
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    My OpinionVedder said on youtube that he heard sirens in LA and thats why he wrote this song but i am here to tell you all that he just said that because he didnt want to say the true meaning because some may look at him differently unfortunately there are to many negative judgmental people in this world anymore an specially on the web that it is really hard for ppl to express there true feeling. so here i go

    I have a feeling it has to do with him growing up as a young man with a heroin addiction and he new in his town that when he heard sirens that most likely it was for a drug overdose " Hear the sirens more and more" meaning heroin and prescription drugs is getting worse everyday therefor MORE & MORE people overdosing and then " Let me reach across the bed just to know were safe" meaning feeling his girls pals just to make sure the heroin didnt kill her in her sleep. then says " I didnt care before you where hear i dance in laughter with the ever after " He is saying that he didnt have anyone and was in a dark place an wasn't afraid to die so he was dancing with fire not worrying about the ever after being Heaven. " The sound echoing closer, will they come for me next time :(" Meaning that if he keeps it up that it will be him they pick up for an overdose next time :( its very sad and i can relate., " Every choice and mistake i make is not my plan" Meaning he is in gods hands just like all of us and everything happens for a reason even if its bad. This girl of his made everything better in a life he leaded so bad., That's just my opinion :) you can figure out the rest but thats just the way i look at it
    NRB33on January 13, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song's meaning seems simple enough to me. War setting in some village where they are calling this person (the singer) to fight. However, he has a girlfriend which he loves and doesn't want to leave for fear that he won't see her again. There were lots of sirens in WWII that would call the men to war. I think these "sirens" are the same thing.

    When I picture this song happening, I often see in my head the scene in The Crucible where Proctor says goodbye to his wife just as the distant drums (sirens) are calling him to the gallows. The singer feels the same sort of anguish and fear when his sirens call him.
    Birdo33on February 13, 2014   Link

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