• Tom DeLonge was inspired to write this song by the ancient Greek myth of sea nymphs luring sailors on to rocks by their singing. He notes on their record label's website: "It's such a beautiful idea. So I wrote this song about a murderer, and the murderer is breaking into a house to take out a woman that he's obsessed with. But the idea was more about how the song is beautifully romantic, but it's an upbeat song. It sounds like an old Police song, which I think is the best way to describe it."
  • In Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus, in order to hear the sirens safely, tied himself to the mast and stuffed his crews' ears with beeswax. When they had passed out of earshot, Odysseus demonstrated with his eyebrows to be released.

Comments: 2

  • Tj from Woodbridge, Vaor that could have lead to voyuer from blink! :P lol
  • Bryan from Eagle, Idjust saw this song in concert and tom explained that he was spending the night at a friends house in sixth grade and snuck out onto the roof and was looking through a window and he saw the boy's sister undressing and dancing around. first girl tom ever saw undress so he decided to write a song about it and related it to the old greek myth
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Yoko OnoSongwriter Interviews

At 80 years old, Yoko has 10 #1 Dance hits. She discusses some of her songs and explains what inspired John Lennon's return to music in 1980.

Def Leppard QuizMusic Quiz

Can you name Def Leppard's only #1 hit in America? Get rocked with this adrenalized quiz.

Boy BandsFact or Fiction

From NKOTB to 1D, how well do you know your boy bands?

Michael Sweet of StryperSongwriter Interviews

Find out how God and glam metal go together from the Stryper frontman.

Jon Anderson of YesSongwriter Interviews

From the lake in "Roundabout" to Sister Bluebird in "Starship Trooper," Jon Anderson talks about how nature and spirituality play into his lyrics for Yes.

Verdine White of Earth, Wind & FireSongwriter Interviews

The longtime bassist of Earth, Wind & Fire discusses how his band came to do a holiday album, and offers insight into some of the greatest dance/soul tunes of all-time.