Song To The Siren EP

by Larry Beckett - The Long Lost Band

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Song To The Siren was written by Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett in 1967, and Tim first performed it on The Monkees show in 1968. He later included the song on his ground-breaking album ‘Starsailor’ in 1970.
The song has been covered many times since then by a catalogue of stars including Robert Plant, Bryan Ferry, Sinead O’Connor, Elizabeth Fraser, and George Michael, to name just a few.
Now in 2016, a new and very unique version has been made with Larry Beckett himself present on the recording, telling in spoken word, the moving story of how the song came to be composed.
Larry’s account is woven into a complete musical performance of Song To The Siren by Larry’s musical collaborators The Long Lost Band from Lancaster, UK.

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released October 21, 2016

Song to the SirenMusic & Spoken Word Version
Lyrics by: Larry Beckett © 1967
Music by: Tim Buckley © 1967
Reading by: Larry Beckett © 2007
New Arrangement by: The Long Lost Band & Larry Beckett © 2015
Spoken Word - Larry Beckett
Vocals, Acoustic 12 String Guitar - Stuart Anthony
Vocals, Electric Lead Guitar - Matt Appleton
Drums, Percussion - Allan Gardner
Bass Guitar - Fergus Walsh
Piano - Pete French

Produced, engineered & mixed by Paul Walmsley, Stuart Anthony & Matt Appleton
Recorded: January-April 2016 at Dungeon Studios, Lancaster, England, and U.K. © BMG

Synchronicity
Beckett/Fletcher Version
Lyrics by: Larry Beckett © 2015
Music by: Laura Fletcher © 2016
Arrangement by: The Long Lost Band © 2016
Performance by: The Long Lost Band © 2016
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar - Stuart Anthony
Electric Lead Guitar - Matt Appleton
Drums, Percussion - Allan Gardner
Bass Guitar - Fergus Walsh
Piano - Pete French

Produced, engineered & mixed by Paul Walmsley, Stuart Anthony & Matt Appleton
Recorded: March-June 2016 at Dungeon Studios, Lancaster, England, and U.K. © Beckett/Fletcher

Song to the Siren The Long Lost Band Single Version
Lyrics by: Larry Beckett © 1967
Music by: Tim Buckley © 1967
New Arrangement by: The Long Lost Band © 2015
Vocals, Acoustic 12 String Guitar - Stuart Anthony
Vocals, Electric Lead Guitar - Matt Appleton
Drums, Percussion - Allan Gardner
Bass Guitar - Fergus Walsh
Piano - Pete French

Produced, engineered & mixed by Paul Walmsley, Stuart Anthony & Matt Appleton
Recorded: March-June 2016 at Dungeon Studios, Lancaster, England, and U.K. © BMG

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The Long Lost Band England, UK

Formed in Lancaster, UK in January 2010 they recorded their first album ‘The Big Light Secret’. They supported Icicle Works star Ian McNabb & Mercury Prize nominees ‘I Am Kloot’ The band were championed by Tom Robinson at BBC6 Music
Larry Beckett, lyricist to Tim Buckley, started writing with the band in 2013. They made an album together called ‘One More Mile’ (2015)
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Track Name: Song To The Siren - Larry Beckett - The Long Lost Band
Song to the Siren

Long afloat on shipless oceans,
I did all my best to smile
till your singing eyes and fingers
drew me loving to your isle,

and you sang, Sail to me, sail to me,
let me enfold you:
here I am, here I am,
waiting to hold you.

Did I dream you dreamt about me?
Were you hare when I was fox?
Now my foolish boat is leaning
broken, lovelorn, on your rocks,

for you sing, Touch me not, touch me not,
come back tomorrow.
Oh my heart, oh my heart,
shies from the sorrow.

I am puzzled as the oyster,
I am troubled as the tide:
should I stand amid the breakers?
Should I lie with death my bride?

Hear me sing, Swim to me, swim to me,
let me enfold you:
here I am, here I am,
waiting to hold you.

Lyric by Larry Beckett
Track Name: Synchronicity
Synchronicity
  
In winter, electricity,
lyrics from cyberspace,
Wild Roses, sent to me
for music, out of grace.
 
Synchronicity:
what light, like divinity,
is carried by invisible
rivers uniting you and me.
 
In her diary, my first
solo with that brass band;
and oh, I read the name:
Wild Rose, in her lost hand.
 
Synchronicity:
what light, like divinity,
is carried by invisible
rivers uniting you and me.

Lyric By Larry Beckett
Track Name: Song To The Siren - The Long Lost Band
Song to the Siren

Long afloat on shipless oceans,
I did all my best to smile
till your singing eyes and fingers
drew me loving to your isle,

and you sang, Sail to me, sail to me,
let me enfold you:
here I am, here I am,
waiting to hold you.

Did I dream you dreamt about me?
Were you hare when I was fox?
Now my foolish boat is leaning
broken, lovelorn, on your rocks,

for you sing, Touch me not, touch me not,
come back tomorrow.
Oh my heart, oh my heart,
shies from the sorrow.

I am puzzled as the oyster,
I am troubled as the tide:
should I stand amid the breakers?
Should I lie with death my bride?

Hear me sing, Swim to me, swim to me,
let me enfold you:
here I am, here I am,
waiting to hold you.


Lyric By Larry Beckett