The Siren Song is a potent ability possessed by sirens of the merfolk species. This power is rooted in their unique voice box: a hybrid of a larynx and a syrinx at the base of the trachea. It's described as almost supernatural; able to lure all who hear it towards the songstress.
It is a melodious, angelic song of vocals, it makes the person feel relaxed and released of all the stress and problems in life, all they want is to hear the song longer and longer, without lyrics to tell those who are enchanted and obsessed with the mermaid who sings it what to do in lyrics. Eventually, the Siren Song leads the person that hears it to hallucinate seeing that mermaid everywhere and hearing their Siren Song out in the ocean. The person will then be driven into the water to find that mermaid but eventually drown to his death.
It is eventually revealed that the song leaves something within the brain of human who becomes overly entranced by it. And that is as strongly addictive and calming to the mermaid who sings it as it is to human who hears it afterwards.
Ryn sings it to Maddie, but it has no affect on her, having worn noise-channeling headphones.
- Charles Pownall (centuries ago in the 1860s)
- Ben Pownall
- Aldon Decker (committed suicide)
- Chris Mueller
Episodes when Heard Edit
- Pilot (first use)
- The Lure
- Interview With a Mermaid
- On the Road
- Dead in the Water
- Being Human
About the Siren Song Edit
Season One Edit
- "It was more than a hundred fifty years ago when a local fishing captain, Charles Pownall, fell in love with a mermaid in these very waters; enchanted by her beautiful siren song."
- "You heard the myths about a siren song?"
- "What did it feel like?"
- "Honestly. Like a drug. It's like something I need."
- "Will you sing to me again?"
- "After party. I sang. It made him feel better."
- "Are we talkin' about the siren song?"
- "Do you know what it means?"
- "My ancestors always said it had different meanings: Great love to some, but to others it could be dangerous. Mythologists called it ampherisum for obsession."
- "It's the song, isn't it?"
Season Two Edit
- "Was it about Ryn and the song?"
- "Were you hearing it again, her song?"
- "Your song is his head."
- "Song is poison like plant."
- "It's definitely not poison."
- "Maybe that's we need to do; figure out what it means. Maybe we can block it somehow."
- "Song only comes when I sing to a human."
- "What does it feel like?"
- "Makes me feel good. "
- "I need it. I want to sing."
- "The readings are unlike anything I've ever seen."
- "We got it."
- "Maddie say song is recorded. No need to sing anymore."
- "Ever since that thing sang to me, I've never be able to think of anything else."
- It has different, stronger mind-blowing effects on the one who hears it more than once; from great love to dangerous obsession.
- It's angelic sounds are effective even through glass and long distances, as proven when Donna sang vi the tank she imprisoned in to seduce Decker into releasing her.
- Chris reveals that ever since Donna used it on him in "Dead in the Water", he has been unable to cope, unlike Ben.