The Siren's Song

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The Siren's Song  (1917) 
by Jerome Kern (music) and P. G. Wodehouse (lyrics)
Song from the musical Leave It to Jane.
Sheet music (browse)

[Verse]

(Jane.) On an Island far away,
So the old world legends say,
Sat wicked Sirens all day long,
singing their sweet deceitful song
Mariners came sailing near,
heard that song so soft and clear,
Answered the call that lured them all,
and upon the reef came straight to grief.

[Refrain]

Come to us, We've waited so long for you,
Ev'ry day we'll make a new song for you,
come, come, to us we love you so.
Leave behind the world and it's fretting,
and we will give you rest and forgetting.
So sang the Sirens ages and ages ago.
Come to us, we've waited so long for you,
we'll make life a beautiful song for you,
come, come to us. We love you so.
leave behind the world and it's fretting,
And we will give you rest and forgetting.
So sang the Sirens ages and ages ago.

[Verse]

(Bessie.) Now long years have passed away,
Sirens are a myth they say,
But you still find them none the less,
singing today in modern dress
Just the same they set their snare,
sweetly smiling, false and fair,
Turn a deaf ear when you are near,
or upon the reef you'll come to grief.

[Refrain]

Come to us, We've waited so long for you,
We'll make life one beautiful song for you,
come, come, to us we love you so.
That's the song the Sirens will sing you,
and if you hark to shipwreck they'll bring you.
Just as they used to ages and ages ago.
Come to us, we've waited so long for you,
we'll make life a beautiful song for you,
come, come to us. We love you so.
leave behind the world and it's fretting,
And we will give you rest and forgetting.
So sang the Sirens ages and ages ago.
This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1975, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 30 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.