1. Siren Song

From the recording Siren Songs

Sirens were the Muses of the Underworld, half women, half birds, dangerous but beautiful creatures that were living at the coast of their island, and lured sailors to their demise by the sensual sweetness of their song. It is said that no man could escape their enchanting voices, and, although the Sirens represent both forbearance and the resistance of temptation, one may question whether the will is always capable of conquering or surpassing the inescapable call of desire.

Inspired by a Margaret Atwood poem


Shall I tell you a secret
if I do, will you get me
out of this bird suit?

I don't enjoy
squatting on this island
singing this trio, fatal and valuable

This is the one song
everyone would like to learn
the song that’s irresistible
the song that forces men
to leap overboard in squadrons
even they see the skulls
the song nobody knows
because who has heard it’s dead!

Shall I tell you a secret
this song is a cry for help
only you can help me!

I will tell you the secret
come closer, you are unique
come closer to me…


Margaret Atwood, “Siren Song” from Selected Poems 1965-1975. Copyright © 1974, 1976 by Margaret Atwood