Sunday, September 12, 2010

Waiting to Hold You . . .

Sail to me, sail to me;
let me enfold you.
Here I am, here I am,
waiting to hold you.

"Song to the Siren"
Tim Buckley & Larry Becketts

I recently watched with Doug and his roommate Brian Eytan Fox's 2006 film The Bubble. It's a gay love story between an Israeli and a Palestinian, and the title refers to Tel Aviv, the film's primary setting and an Israeli city relatively insulated from the violence around it.

I plan on writing more about this film in a future post, but share today the video clip of Ivri Lider's cover version of Tim Buckley and Larry Becketts' "Song to the Siren," which is used to great effect in the film.

Long afloat on shipless oceans
I did all my best to smile
'til 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 dreamed 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:
O my heart, o my heart shies from the sorrow"

I am puzzled as the newborn child
I am troubled at 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"

Recommended Off-site Links:
The Bubble: A Review – Dennis Harvey (Variety, September 18, 2006).
The Bubble: The Warmth of Comfort Zones – Jeannette Catsoulis (New York Times, September 7, 2007).
The Bubble: A Review – Nora Lee Mandel (, September 10, 2007).

Images: Yousef (Joe) Sweid as Ashraf and Ohad Knoller as Noam in The Bubble.


artisttheologian said...

The recording of Ivri's, Song to the Siren is also available for purchase/download from his myspace page.

Michael J. Bayly said...

Thanks for the link, sunshine!