Savatage: Sirens [1983]

Released April 11, 1983 (U.S.)
November 1, 1983 (UK)
Recorded January 1983 at Morrisound Studios, Tampa FloridaUSA
Genre Heavy metalspeed metal
Length 35:51
Label Par records
Producer Danny Johnson

Sirens is Savatage‘s debut album released in 1983. It is much heavier than later Savatage albums, being closer to death metal than the band’s more recent progressive style. [1]

The cover of the Metal Blade Records released version is a copy of the children’s book The Borribles Go For Broke.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Sirens” Jon OlivaCriss Oliva 3:43
2. “Holocaust” Jon Oliva, Criss Oliva 4:34
3. “I Believe” Jon Oliva, Criss Oliva 5:25
4. “Rage” Criss Oliva, Jon Oliva 2:42
5. “On the Run” Criss Oliva, Jon Oliva, Steve Walchoz 3:33
6. “Twisted Little Sister” Criss Oliva, Jon Oliva, Keith Collins 3:39
7. “Living for the Night” Criss Oliva, Jon Oliva 3:20
8. “Scream Murder” Jon Oliva 3:50
9. “Out on the Streets” Criss Oliva, Jon Oliva 5:15

Lyrics

1. Sirens

On the sea
They heard the voices sing
Through the storm
The island’s closing in
They’d heard tales
Of lives lost at sea
Deserted beach just beyond their reach
You’re approaching the island of the

Sirens
Sirens
Hungry for man tonight
Sirens
Sirens
Claiming the sailors’ lives

Nine men made it to a shore
A night of terror
Lies neatly in store
Who are those women?
Are they real?
Is this just a crazy dream?
You’re approaching the island of the

Sirens
Sirens
Hungry for flesh tonight
Sirens
Sirens
Claiming the sailors’ lives

Terror happens quickly
Remains till the sailor are gone
They vanished in the night
Sirens singing their song
Whoa–till they’re gone…

ALL RIGHT!!

2. Holocaust

what will 2000 bring?
the war of a billion things
when darkness seizes the lords
and darkness sends his judgement sword
they march through the battle fields
start the destruction wheels
a scream of terror through the night
the armies do their final fight

holocaust
final loss
holocaust

what will the end bring
to my life?
are you poisoned by?
are you for the night?
are you by the night?

holocaust
final loss
holocaust

listen to what I say
we are coming upon the day
when toxic gas fills the air
and life on earth can’t
be found anywhere
you run, but where can you hide?
from the shelters I hear you cry
the bombs bursting in air
God help me I’m so scared!

holocaust
final loss
holocaust

what will the end bring
to my life?
are you poisoned by?
are you for the night?
are you by the night?

holocaust
final loss
holocaust

3. I Believe

Beyond the skies, rising so high
Set a course for the unknown

But I believe there’s life out there
Somehow we’ll find it

The countdown begins
Our ship soon will launch
On it’s perilous flight to the stars
A civilized race, on some distant world
We’ll find you wherever they are

I believe we’ll find a new world
Can’t you see we cannot return?

Systems are go as we leave behind
A planet that’s doomed to end
Nuclear wars, the polluted seas
Doomsday begins it’s descent

Where do we go?
What’ll we find?
Is there life?
Other than mine?

I believe

For two thousand years we sought and we searched
The galaxy’s black holes in space
Then on the day of 30-13 we came upon a race
I believe we can survive on this sphere
Plotting a course to enter the stratosphere
We’re finally here, can we survive?
A cryosphere
I hope there’s life

I believe

We land our ship on a green barren plain
Once outside from a box the voice came:

(shifted at least one octave down)
Welcome to Earth
May we ask who you are?
Our race is called Man
The planet is done, done, done, done, done, done, done!

Planet is doomed
Hands off the moon
Forget the tune

Hands off the moon
Strike at the two
Forget the blue

4. Rage

I’ve been pushed out, but I’m back up on my feet,
I’ve been turned down by every girl I meet
I’ve done my sentence, I’m the one going insane
I’ve learned to live my life with ups and downs and pain

I know, child, how to play the game.

Rage!

My life’s in total hell, I can’t take it no more.
People walking over me, time to even the store
Lie to me cheap little baby. don’t you ______
I want to live my life,______ my destiny

I know love, it is all a game.

Rage! Rage, rage, rage!

I’m planting my dynamite outside of city hall
Remembering the time I spent locked inside four walls
Hand on the button, the countdown begins
Am I gonna burn in hell for all my lifelong sins?

I know love, it is all a game.

Rage! Rage, Rage, rage!
Rage! Rage, rage, rage!

5. On The Run

Ow! My legs are breakin’, can’t take no more
Six days in a haze, locked behind a door
Searchlight on my trail, I hear the sirens wail
Footsteps close behind, they’re after me now

Moonlight lights the way to a clearing up ahead
____light through the trees, the hunter flees again
How long can I run? I feel it’s just begun
Nowhere left to hide, they’re gaining on me

Oh, on the run, oh, on the run, run, run

I can’t run anymore, they move this way too fast
Finally caught up to me, a victim of my past
I feel them closing in, the bad guy just didn’t win
I will not go back, I’m still on the run

Oh, on the run, oh, on the run, run, run, run, run, run

6. Twisted Little Sister

Twisted little sister
rollerskate baby
driving me crazy tonight
I’m bound in your luscious chains
beat me and hurt me
I love to get into pain

you never knew
what this pain could do for you
go down-down-down
to the penitentiary
I tried suicide-
little sister ride

hoping for more bodies to burn
for such an action
call main attraction your love
I’m gagged-gagged and tied to a bed
sweet tasting sister
love what you do to my head

you never knew
what this pain could do for you
go down-down-down
to the penitentiary
I tried suicide-
little sister ride

broken-broken heart at the seams
hey I know you hate me
you know you ate me so mean
but now that my session is through
twisted sister I’m longing for you (come here)
you never knew baby I need you.

you never knew
what this pain could do for you
go down-down-down
to the penitentiary
I tried suicide-
little sister ride

7. Living For The Night

In circles the winless fall
Head trapped between the wall
Sonic blast right through their ears
Iron curtain the mighty will fall
Visions on a crystal ball
Sorry tales of days gone past
Living for the night
Living for the night

Just a thought
Before your mind is lost
Do you know who you are?
Criminal days
Life trapped inside a maze
And little children can’t go out
Living for the night
Living for the night

Out of touch
Out of control
You watch the metal roll
You play the part
Just oh so well–AH!!

Like a torch
Without a flame
A pleasure victim of pain
You’re caught inside
And can’t get out

Living for the night!!!
Living for the night!!!
Living for the night!!!
Living for the night!!!
Living for the night!!!

8. Scream Murder

He’s chasing you down the alleys of death
Where many have died, and where you will breathe your final breath
Your pulse starts to quicken, blood runs to your head
You start to feel sick by the thought of becoming dead

Scream murder, he’s coming for you
Blade in his hand, he knows what to do, yeah
Scream murder, what can you do?
No one to help, it’s just him and you

He brings harm to your senses of fear
A feeling that will not disappear, as the bells of midnight toll
Where can you run to? Where can you hide?
This feeling has built up inside
He’s gonna take it all away!!!!!!

How his alley resembles the morgue
Can you hear the pounding of the doors?
That is his house, he’s gonna get you today
Scream murder! The last words you say

Scream murder, he’s coming for you
Blade in his hand, he knows what to do, yeah.
Scream murder, what can you do?
No one to help, it’s just him and you

H’s gonna get you! Alright!!

No!!!!!!! No!!!!!! Get away!!!!!!!!!
No!!!!!!! No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No!!!!!!!!!

9. Out On The Streets

Far, far away.
I’d like to touch you, but you’re not here today
Now’s the time I need you most,
I think about the days we lost
Baby, I need you here.

I’m out on the streets alone tonight
Lookin’ for you, it don’t seem right
Baby, don’t you know I’m fallin’ apart
How could you break my heart?

Walking down the avenues, the ones I would walk with you
It’s funny how the nights last so long
And with the dawn, comes another day
Why won’t you come, baby?
Can’t you see I can’t hold on?

I’m out on the streets again tonight
Lookin’ for you, it don’t seem right
Baby, don’t you know I’m fallin’ apart
How could you break my heart?

And so, comes another day
My life without you seems to slip away
I’m holding back the tears no more
I feel like I’m locked behind these doors
Will you walk with me someday?

I’m out on the streets alone tonight
Lookin’ for you, it don’t seem right
Baby, don’t you know I’m fallin’ apart
How could you break my heart?

10. Lady In Disguise

She’s not what she seems
A vision in my dreams
Face to face, she does appear quite strange
But I want her, I need her
Forever, I want to be with her
She’s got my heart and my soul
I look beyond her crystal eyes,
The lady of a thousand smiles
I walk the endless mile

Ooh, lady in disguise You’re keeper of the sky
Ooh, lady – lady in disguise

I’ve been searchin’ for a lady like you
Searching my whole life through
The mystery she holds, I need to know
I’ll find you someday,
Our paths, I’m sure, will cross
Are you the woman I can trust?
I look beyond her crystal eyes,
The lady of a thousand smiles
I walk the endless mile

Ooh, lady in disguise You’re keeper of the skies
And Ooh, lady – lady in disguise

Oh, lady, oh Lady – lady – lady in disguise Oh, lady – oh, lady
Lady in disguise Oh, lady – oh, oh Lady – lady – lady in disguise Oh, oh –
oh! Lady in disguise Oh, lady – lady – oh! Lady in disguise Oh. . .

11. The Message

Well, I’m tellin’ you All the things you would do
You know, they brought me down
I felt you slipping away And the look on your face
Never really made it

Now, I don’t wanna talk to you
I just want you to get lost
Gotta get the message through
Straight to you
Gotta get the message through
Well, It’s overdue

Now, the games you would play Are coming back to stay
Shouldn’t play with fire
You thought you were cool But you’re really a fool
And a classic liar

Oh, you are a tramp
I just want you to get lost

Gotta get the message through
Straight to you
Gotta get the message through
Well, it’s overdue

Gotta get the message through
Straight to you
Gotta get the message through
Well, it’s overdue

And now that you’re gone You know it would have been wrong
To give a liar a second chance
You’ll be forever the same I don’t think you’ll change
You need the one-night romance

Gotta get the message through
Straight to you, yeah
Gotta the message through
Well, it’s overdue, yeah

Gotta get the message through
Straight to you, yeah
Gotta get the message though
It’s overdue, yeah!!!

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