• 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

Who Did It First?Music Quiz

Do you know who recorded the original versions of these ten hit songs?

P.F. SloanSongwriter Interviews

P.F. was a teenager writing hits and playing on tracks for Jan & Dean when he wrote a #1 hit that got him blackballed.

Bob Dylan Lyric QuizMusic Quiz

Think you know your Bob Dylan lyrics? Take this quiz to find out.

Oliver LeiberSongwriter Interviews

Long before she was judging contestants on American Idol, Oliver was producing Paula Abdul. Here's how he helped turn this unknown choreographer into a star.

Eric BurdonSongwriter Interviews

The renown rock singer talks about "The House of the Rising Sun" and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood."

Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Go'sSongwriter Interviews

Charlotte was established in the LA punk scene when a freaky girl named Belinda approached her wearing a garbage bag.