Song can be an expression of happiness or love; the singing of hymns is directly related to PRAYER, usually conveying adoration or homage. BIRDS' songs are often linked to spring, and/or the DAWN. Homerís Oddessy tells how men lured to their doom by the song of the siren, thus song can also be construed as a form of hypnosis or magic spell. Funeral dirges are often associated with mourning and death.

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