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Sirens is the fourth song from Pearl Jam's tenth album, Lightning Bolt. This song is, once more in the album, a quite different song from the band's traditions, becoming a more explicit love song that was not even present on Backspacer. "Sirens" can be considered a ballad, some of them became very popular among the fans, just like "Better Man" and "Last Kiss", and it is already considered to be one of the best songs from the band's new era.


BackgroundEdit

According to Mike McCready and Jeff AmentEddie Vedder was inspired to write the song while in a hotel room in Los Angeles, where sirens can be heard all the time. The town mentioned on the song is probally LA. According to Dennis' Air Raid Siren Pageas of January 2012, 75,34% of the Air Raid Sirens still exist.

AnalysisEdit

Since Binaural Pearl Jam adopted on their songs a vision that love is a higher salvation and it's the only thing that remains when all the other things are gone. In the peak of Backspacer, the band inspired their songs on the idea that death is, in fact, the burden of life, that is carried by everyone since they are considered to be alive. A way of keeping a good life is to preserve love between everyone.

Sirens is the idea of a man who loves too much someone and has a strong fear of losing this person. He admits that he is scared of losing her, and this can be confirmed when he holds her hand of pulls her close, because he also knows that nothing lasts forever, not even the human being. With this person on his life, everything changed, even before he didn't care about what was coming 'tomorrow', but now he has to take care of this relationship that he wishes to remain until the end.

The protagonist claims to her siren sounds, that can possibly represent fear itself and the regrets of mistakes that can make his relationship to be torn apart. He seems to be quite anxious, even thinking in the possibility of another man taking her. It seems that the fear of losing her is lost when he finds himself accepted by his beloved one, and the fear goes away.

Music & LyricsEdit

"Sirens" (Official Music Video) - Pearl Jam05:56

"Sirens" (Official Music Video) - Pearl Jam

Hear the sirens

Hear the sirens

Hear the sirens

Hear the circus so profound

I hear the sirens

More & more in this here town 

Let me catch my breath & 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

Have you take your hand, and feel your breath

For fear this someday will be over

I pull 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 everafter

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've 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 

And 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 shoulder

Want you to know

That should I go I always loved you

Held you high above, true

I study your face

And the fear goes away

The fear goes away

The fear goes away 

Aah ah, oh oh

Aah ah, oh oh 

TriviaEdit

  • On the song "Force of Nature", the sound of a siren is said to be heard only by the protagonist, not too far away from the 2013's song.

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