"Lorelei" as written by and Philip Chevron....
POGUES - LORELEI

You told me tales of love and glory
Same old sad songs, same old story
The sirens sing no lullaby
And no-one knows but Lorelei.

By castles out of fairytales
Timbers shivered where once there sailed
The lovesick men who caught her eye
And no-one knew but Lorelei.

River, river have mercy
Take me down to the sea
For if I perish on these rocks
My love no more I'll see...

I've thought of you in far-off places
I've puzzled over lipstick traces
So help me god, I will not cry
And then I think of Lorelei.

I travel far and wander wide
No photograph of you beside me
Ol' man river's not so shy
And he remembers Lorelei.

River, river have mercy
Take me down to the sea
For if I perish on these rocks
My love no more I'll see.

If I should float upon this stream
And see you in my madman's dream
I'd sink into your troubled eyes
And none would know 'cept Lorelei.

River, river have mercy
Take me down to the sea
For if I perish on these rocks
My love no more I'll see.

But if my ship, which sails tomorrow
Should crash against these rocks,
My sorrows I will drown before I die
It's you I'll see, not Lorelei


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"Lorelei" as written by Philip Chevron

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    General CommentI'm not sure if Lorelei is a mermaid or a lost love....all I know is I listen to this song and my heart hurts....
    FeistyIrishGirlon May 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAccording to German legend, there was once a beautiful young maiden, named Lorelei, who threw herself headlong into the river in despair over a faithless lover. Upon her death she was transformed into a siren and could from that time on be heard singing on a rock along the Rhine River, near St. Goar. Her hypnotic music lured sailors to their death. The legend is based on an echoing rock with that name near Sankt Goarshausen, Germany.
    Boo Urnson April 11, 2006   Link

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