Mark Seymour – Sirens

Versions

Version Length Source Availability
Studio 3:29 Digital versions of Mark Seymour Undertow album. Moderately rare. Available new in digital form.
Studio 3:29 CD-R pre-release copy of Mark Seymour Undertow album. The Vault digital download at True Believers, 7 June 2015.

Recommended Version.

 

Commentary

Mark wrote Sirens in response to the devastating February 2009 fires in Victoria, Australia. Recorded the album Undertow, it only appears on digital versions of the album.

 

Lyrics

She blew in out of nowhere
Glowing red in the sky
10 o’clock at the Courthouse Hotel
We were watching the embers fly

Turn on the government radio
For the warning that would never come
Should have realised we were trapped outside
When the smoke cloud darkened the sun

There was fire on the mountain
There was smoke on the wind
And nothing howls like a siren
In a country town

Well did you see how fast she was moving?
Did you see the big greys on the run?
I should have heard her roaring on the hot north wind
Pretty soon we were overcome

My midnight the sky was blazing
Out on Snake Valley Road
A refuge we found on the open ground
And watched the tree tops explode

Went down into the valley
Running wild through the gardens with song
Nothing howls like a siren
In a country town

In a country town
In a country town
In a country town

In the morning we returned to the ashes
I still can’t believe what I saw
I’ve seen a few burns go through
But nothing like this one before

We can stand to the fury
And the howl of a hot north wind
If I’m still here when it’s over
Will you come back again?

They say hell hath no fury
Hear that over that sound
Nothing howls like a hot north wind
That seethes in a country town

There was fire on the mountain
There was smoke on the wind
Nothing howls like a siren
In a country town

Like a siren in a country town