"Sirens" as written by and Michael David Mccready Eddie Jerome Vedder....
Hear the sirens, hear the sirens
Hear the sirens, hear the circus all go found
I hear the sirens more and more in this here town
Let me catch my breath to breathe then reach across the bend

Just to know we’re safe, I am a grateful man
This light is pit, alive and I can see you clear
I could take your hand, and feel your breath
For feel that someday this will be over
I pull you close, so much to lose

Knowing that, nothing lasts forever
I didn’t care, before you were here
A distant 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, is 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’t get over
When 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 too
I studied your face, the fear goes away

It’s a fragile thing, this life we lead,
If I think too much, I can’t get over
When 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 too
I studied your face, the fear goes away,
The fear goes away, the fear goes away


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"Sirens" as written by Michael David Mccready Eddie Jerome Vedder

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  • +6
    My InterpretationMy 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
  • +3
    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
  • +3
    My InterpretationI believe this song is about his daughter and the fear of losing her as she gets older.
    Shawn77on October 25, 2013   Link
  • +3
    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
  • +2
    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
  • +1
    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
  • +1
    My InterpretationJust created an account to comment about this song.

    For me the Sirens represent death itself, even though it's usually realated to death in practice (ambulance, police).

    Life is so fragile...who can say that death (sirens) are not coming for you this time? Like being hit by a bus while crossing the street, fall while taking a bath...and all this "silly" deaths that happens everyday with healthy young men and women..

    And because of that fragility, that is determined by faith, God, or whatever, he's sending a message to his lover, that "I do love you, and because of you life was good, being around you made it worth it...and I better say it to you right now, because you never know if tomorrow I'll be here to have the chance to say it".

    "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"

    It's just a perfect summary of what i constantly think about in life - i could be the one hit by a bus tomorrow, and i won't be able to accomplish everything i want, it'll be game over in the middle of the game, and that scares the shit out of me, but at the same time that does not stop from being happy, loving, enjoying life.
    brenofigon January 22, 2014   Link
  • +1
    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
  • +1
    General CommentIts about death and dying. And loss. And fear and paranoia. Period.
    Beautiful record. Sortta like a post-midlife crisis realisation phase record.
    Behemothm233on June 11, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song describes a situation, but the details of the situation are obscure. I think that most people will believe that the "sirens" are the sirens of police cars. The main character in this song may be a drug dealer, or some other type of criminal, and as he sits with his girlfriend or his wife late at night and listens to the sirens of the cop cars, he wonders if they're coming for him or not. He's telling his significant other how much he loves her, "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" (stanza 3). "Hear the sirens covering distance in the night The sound echoing closer, will they come for me next time" (Stanza 5).

    Apparently the band was staying in LA at the time, and Vedder stayed up late and wrote the lyrics. Anyone who's stayed in LA knows that you hear an awful lot of police sirens going off.

    Furthermore, Vedder could be paralleling the situation I just described in my first paragraph with another situation. The police "sirens" could be symbolic of death. Maybe the main character has cancer, or some other type of deathly disease, and he's wondering when the "sirens" will come and take him away from his lady-friend. Perhaps he's a recovering drug addict, and the "sirens" represent a relapse. The "sirens" could even be just a random murder, and as our world becomes more and more violent, our main character is wondering when he will be the next victim.

    Anyways, this is yet another gem of a song from Pearl Jam. Songs are at their best when they are open for interpretation and can mean different things for different people, and "Sirens" is just that. These are just my thoughts... I'm excited for this thread to pick up and see what other people think about it.
    jep321on October 06, 2013   Link

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