Week 165 // Siren Syllable

by Mount Everest

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Not too long ago, an ambulance dispatcher moved in on my block where there used to be a marble countertop wholesaler or some such thing. The ‘bleep bloop’ syllables of ambulances coming and going is now a fixture in my day to day life, and I’ll be perfectly honest with you: it can get pretty annoying (particularly when I’m trying to record vocals or guitars and my microphone is hot). Other times, however, I don’t even notice the sound. It fades into the background of the traffic, and the neighbor kids, and whatever the hell my upstairs neighbor is pretty much always doing that sounds like rearranging the furniture sometimes, and assembling industrial machinery other times. It’s tough to complain because the numerous advantages to living in New York were destined to come along with a cacophonous few drawbacks. But sometimes it dawns on me that each and every time I hear the ambulance siren, it’s calling out to somebody in particular. Somewhere in Brooklyn, there’s a heart attack, or an accident, or a crime, or a disaster, each belonging to a particular person, or persons. This song is about that sound, and being a bit late to understand what it actually means.

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And though it seems like silence
I listen to the siren
On my street
Singing to me
Could I hear it once more?

I’m in this fractured moment
I grip my chest and hide it
On my feet
Reach for the door
For the one place
Where it seems like before

And who needs this constant saving?
And who is able?
And what means this fire escape
And siren syllable?
And what is the conflict?
It ain’t good and evil
Or chance or not
Who knows...?

A dim and spacious morning
I take it as a warning
Why would I?
Goodness knows
Make believe it ain’t all part of the ghost
That I’m clinging to
Ain’t letting go

And who needs this misbehaving?
And who is able?
And what means this fire escape
And siren syllable?
And what is the conflict?
It ain’t good and evil
Or chance or not
Who knows...?

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released January 13, 2014

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Mount Everest Brooklyn, New York

I’ve been making up a new song every week since 2010.
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