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Sirens of the Tar

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Meeting Death who speaks about sirens with black eyes who call you from afar to lure you into the black water. Death doesn't know if the ones who get into the water are dead or not, which scares him. In the end (spoiler alert!) it turns out Death is in on the whole thing and while you wade into the water (which turns out to be tar) he screams from the shore that it's all been a trick of the mind and the black tar is your black soul and the sirens are your own mind. It's really a song about how everyone has a black soul, and how it's just a matter of constraining yourself giving in to it. There, I said it...
For the video I rented a camera and took an early morning walk through the woods... Where I got chased by sirens! No, not really. It was a nice and quiet hike.


On my way through ever densening woods
I came upon a lake that strangely lured
A sudden fear made me flee in horror
Still I felt drawn towards that black water

I rambled on, searching for my home
As I met Death but he did not roam
He told me rattled; 'Traveler thou must know
I’m stranded too, and am now child of woe'

These pits are watching you
Black eyes that see straight through
They call you from afar
The sirens of the tar

Death spoke concerned; 'Don’t wander off too far
The ones who do, I find facedown in the tar
Eyes black and mute. And this ain’t known widespread;
But even I’m not sure if they’re alive or dead'

These pits are watching you
Black eyes that see straight through
They call you from afar
The sirens of the tar

Then, through the trees I heard singing up yonder
A lovely sound that eased my pondering
As I started wading I heard Death crying;
'Your soul is the tar and your mind the siren'


from Tales of Woe, released December 1, 2018


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Silas J. Dirge Amsterdam, Netherlands

Silas J. Dirge is the moniker adopted by songwriter Jan Kooiker. Combining an acoustic folk sound with Morriconesque guitars, he sings about everyday subjects like giving in to your black soul and having conversations with Death.

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