Mark Seymour – Lorelei

Lorelei/Beside You front cover

Lorelei/Beside You promo (front)

 

Versions

Version Length Source Availability
Studio 3:36 Mark Seymour Seventh Heaven Club album. Moderately common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Studio 3:38 Mark Seymour Lorelei/Beside You promo single. Extremely rare.
Live 3:40 Hunters & Collectors 1995 07 12 Gotham Studios Live at the Continental DAT The Vault digital download at True Believers, 12 August 2013.

Recommended Version.

 

Commentary

Originally by The Pogues (from their “Peace & Love” album). Note that while associated with Mark, who was the first to release a version of the song, Lorelei was also performed live by Hunters and Collectors.

 

Lyrics

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

By castle’s out of fairy tales
Timbers shivered where once they sailed
The lovesick men who caught her eye
But no-one knows but Lorelei

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

I 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 traveled far and wondered why
No photograph of you beside me
Old man river’s not too shy
And he remembers Lorelei

River, river of mercy
Take me down to the sea
For if I banish on these rocks
My love no more I’ll see

Oh Lorelei
Lorelei…

If I should float upon this stream
And see you in the madman’s dream
I’d sink into your troubled eye
And then I think of Lorelei

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

Oh Lorelei
Lorelei…

Oh Lorelei

 

[Phil Chevron/The Pogues]