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Phantom Regret by Jim

Updated: Jul 2, 2023

Just a quick post... in case you haven't heard it yet. The internet is going wild for the final track on The Weeknd's new album Dawn F.M. It's called 'Phantom Regret by Jim' and it's written and narrated by Jim Carey with backing by The Weeknd.

It's so powerful. I've listened to it about 20 times in two days! I haven't listened to a track so feverishly since I was a teenager. And I know a lot of people debate whether song lyrics are poetry (maybe because music helps the words along) whereas poetry stands alone in silence.

But 'Phantom Regret by Jim' is pure poetry; the music, while affecting, remains in the background, leaving the words to pull their own weight. Saying that, The Weeknd's backing and the poem work together beautifully. They were meant to be together.

I read somewhere that the metre is inspired by the poems of Dr. Seuss. The whole sound has a Seussian feel and there are some killer lines and sentiments; lines that activate your deepest emotions, send the shivers soaring and the mind meandering to places past, present and future simultaneously.

Anyway, it's not for me to tell you what the poem may or may not mean: that's your job ... so I'll leave you to discover this end-of-album gem all by yourself.

You're tuned to Dawn FM

The middle of nowhere on your dial

So sit back and unpack

You may be here a while

Now that all future plans have been postponed

And it's time to look back on the things you thought you owned

Do you remember them well?

Were you high or just stoned?

And how many grudges did you take to your grave?

When you weren't liked or followed, how did you behave?

Was it often a dissonant chord you were strumming?

Were you ever in tune with the song life was humming?

If pain's living on when your body's long gone

And your phantom regret hasn't let it go yet

You may not have died in the way that you must

All spectres are haunted by their own lack of trust

When you're all out of time, there's nothing but space

No hunting, no gathering

No nations, no race

And Heaven is closer than those tears on your face

When the purple rain falls

We're all bathed in its grace

Heaven's for those who let go of regret

And you have to wait here when you're not all there yet

But you could be there by the end of this song

Where The Weeknd's so good and he plays all week long

Bang a gong, get it on

And if your broken heart's heavy when you step on the scale

You'll be lighter than air when they pull back the veil

Consider the flowers, they don't try to look right

They just open their petals and turn to the light

Are you listening real close?

Heaven's not that, it's this

It's the depth of this moment

You don't reach for bliss

God knows life is chaos

But He made one thing true

You gotta unwind your mind

Train your soul to align

And dance 'til you find that divine boogaloo

In other words

You gotta be Heaven to see Heaven

May peace be with you

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