Dawn FM: The Weeknd remains undefeated with introspection {Review}
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Dawn FM: The Weeknd remains undefeated with introspection {Review}

The Weeknd “Dawn Fm” album review

Dawn FM: The Weeknd remains undefeated with introspection

“Dawn FM” has to be one of the most creative projects of the decade. It offers so much to unpack and confesses people of their feelings through explorations of their thoughts, juxtapositions of the options life has made available to them, and a reveal of how freedom in life is not based on how we’ve modified life to a certain norm. With “Dawn FM”, The Weeknd sets you free of insinuations. Listen, and listen deeply.”

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye also known by his stage name “The Weeknd” announced the release of his album “Dawn Fm” as far back as the release of the first single from the album titled “Take my Breath” in August 2021. For several months, The Weeknd teased his fans about the projects.

The release of a trailer which revealed the tracklist even spurred more interest, as the trailer depicted that The Weeknd might be going deeper in his genre of music- Escapism, Dark Lyricism and Melancholia

The releases of The Weeknd’s albums- “Kiss Land” (2013), “Beauty Behind the Madness (2015), “Starboy” (2016) and “After Hours” (2020), saw him win Six American Music Awards, 19 Billboard Awards, 3 Grammy Awards, 15 Juno Awards and 2 MTV video musc awards. True, The Weeknd has come far and there is so much to say about “Dawn Fm” his latest album.

First, “Dawn Fm” is an “all-The Weeknd” body of work as there are few collaborations, and second, The Weeknd sends an all-signs message with this album.

“Dawn Fm” album review.

1) “Dawn Fm”

■Lyrics

Verse: The Weeknd]
This part I do alone
I’ll take my lead, I’ll take my lead on this road
And I need something (Something) to hold (To hold)
Make me believe in make-beliefs
‘Cause after the light, is it dark, is it dark all alone?
All alone

[Interlude: Jim Carrey]
You are now listening to 103.5 Dawn FM
You’ve been in the dark for way too long
It’s time to walk into the light
And accept your fate with open arms

Scared? Don’t worry
We’ll be there to hold your hand and guide you through this painless transition
But what’s the rush?Just relax and enjoy another hour of commercial free yourself music on 103.5 Dawn FM

Stay tuned

“Dawn Fm” is an intro into the album, and it establishes the whole mood for the album. It’s funny how The Weeknd has established such comfort in his genre of music and brought people into the “safety” of this music through dark lyricism.

Although it stands that “Dawn Fm” Sounds like something you are told to tune in to after an horror film, but then, there are dynamics to the song opening that renders your interest agog, and this interest is set to be deeply satisfied as you get more into the album. “Dawn Fm” is short enough to spur your excitement about “Dawn Fm” (The Album)

2) “Gasoline”

■Lyrics

It’s 5 AM my time again
I’ve soaking up the moon, can’t sleep
It’s 5 AM my time again
I’m calling and you know it’s me
I’m pushing myself further
I’m just trying to feel my heartbeat beat
I wrap my hands around your neck
You love it when I always squeeze

It’s 5 AM, I’m high again
And you can see that I’m in pain
I’ve fallen into emptiness
I want you ’cause we’re both insane
I’m staring into the abyss
I’m looking at myself again
I’m dozing off to R.E.M.
I’m trying not to lose my faith

And I love it when you watch me sleep
You spin me ’round so I can breathe
It’s only safe for you and me
I know you won’t let me OD
And if I finally die in peace
Just wrap my body in these sheets
And pour out the gasoline
It don’t mean much to me

It’s 5 AM, I’m nihilist
I know there’s nothing after this
Obsessing over aftermaths
Apocalypse and hopelessness
The only thing I understand is zero sum of tenderness
Oh baby, please just hold me close
Make me believe there’s more to live

Around, around, around, around we go
In this game called life we are not free

And I love it when you watch me sleep
You spin me ’round so I can breathe
It’s only safe for you and me (Don’t let me go)
I know you won’t let me OD (Don’t you let me go)
And if I finally die in peace (Oh, yeah)
Just wrap my body in these sheets
And pour out the gasoline
It don’t mean much to me

“Gasoline” is a tricky song, and it seems as though as the album advances, the songs get deeper. “Gasoline” is about how the artist is in love with someone and says he finds solace in her company and “obsessing over apocalypse and aftermaths”.

There seems to be so much directions to this song than just escapism, because it not only feels like fear and anxiety, it feels like a call to some purpose, some Essence to life. The artist questions the essence of life and goes absurdist, but the question about “Gasoline” remains:

“Does life remain subject to our imaginations even when we don’t permit it?”.

This question is almost answered when the artist confirms that if he dies as a result of his obsessions, then he truly subjected himself to his fears and hopelessness. At this point, the question is no longer about our imaginations, but that a contrast has been created to how love and romance is not enough to save one from hopelessness. However, this stands to be corrected.

3) “How do I make you love me?”

■Lyrics

We’re going back in time
I’d like to see you try
Unpacking thoughts through tunnels in your mind
I’ll fix you mushroom tea
And cross the restless sea
Release yourself to escape reality

It doesn’t phase you
I need a breakthrough
I only want what’s right in front of me
It’s quite unusual
Seeking approval
Begging for it desperately
I said

How do I make you love me?
How do I make you fall for me?
How do I make you want me
And make it last eternally?
How do I make you love me? (Ooh ahh)
How do I make you fall for me?
How do I make you want me (Ooh ahh)
And make it last eternally?

I can see the real you, girl
You don’t have to hide
Forget ’bout what your daddy said
I’ll teach you how to shine
And all the things you tolerated made you cold inside
But I can light you up again like embers of a fire

It doesn’t phase you
I need a breakthrough
I only want what’s right in front of me
It’s quite unusual
Seeking approval
Begging for it desperately
I said

How do I make you love me?
How do I make you fall for me?
How do I make you want me
And make it last eternally?
How do I make you love me? (Ooh ahh)
How do I make you fall for me?
How do I make you want me (Ooh ahh)
And make it last eternally?

The musicality of “How Do I make you love me” is top notch. In “How do I make you love me”, the singer explores differences in the lives of two people that make them seem incompatible.

Although it seems like their worlds are apart, the singer pesters his love interest by telling her that “it’s quite unusual seeking approval”. The problem then becomes “How do I make you love me? How do I make you fall for me?”.

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The Weeknd establishes that if he is able to bring his love interest into the light, then she’d definitely fall in love with him. He says:

“This is not the real you, you don’t have to hide yourself”.

It seems like she’s pulling back and the singer proves that he can help her discover herself, seeing that she wants to please everyone and fit into the norm expected of her. He says she’s “begging desperately for attention”.

Lyrically and musically, “How do I make you love me” is the best so far on the album. Although the first two songs suit the mood of the “Dawn FM”, but “How do I make you love me” is more experimental, more fresh.

We don’t see it coming and we appreciate the surprise, with other songs, there’s an amount of predictability, but with “How do I make you love me”, there’s so much uniqueness. And the percussions towards the end of the song? Legendary!

4) “Take my breath”
Written by: Max Martin, Oscar Thomas Holter, Ahmed Balshe, Abel Tesfaye.

■Lyrics

I saw the fire in your eyes
I saw the fire when I look into your eyes
You tell me things you wanna try (uh)
I know temptation is the devil in disguise
You risk it all to feel alive, oh, yeah
You’re offering yourself to me like sacrifice
You said you do this all the time
Tell me you love me if I bring you to the light

It’s like a dream what she feels with me
She loves to be on the edge
Her fantasy is okay with me
Then suddenly, baby says

Take my breath away
And make it last forever, babe
Do it now or never, babe (ah)
Take my breath away
Nobody does it better, babe
Bring me close to-

Want me to hold on to you tight
You pull me close, I feel the heat between your thighs (uh, say)
You’re way too young to end your life (huh)
Girl, I don’t wanna be the one who pays the price

Ooh, it’s like a dream what she feels with me
She loves to be on the edge
Her fantasy is okay with me
Then suddenly, baby says

Take my breath away
And make it last forever, babe
Do it now or never, babe (ah)
Take my breath away
Nobody does it better, babe
Bring me close to heaven, babe (uh)
Take my breath

Oh, oh-ooh
And they’ll see me
Oh-ooh, ooh (yeah, say)
Oh-oh, oh-oh
Oh-oh, oh-oh
Oh-oh, oh-oh
Oh-ooh-oh

Take my breath away (take my breath away)
And make it last forever, babe
Do it now or never, babe (ah)
Take my breath away (take my breath away)
Nobody does it better, babe
Bring me close to heaven, babe

Take my breath (take my breath a-, breath away)
(Nobody)
Take my breath (take my breath a-, breath away)
Nobody does it better, babe
Bring me close to heaven, babe (uh)
Take my breath

“Take my breath” has that dark lyricism we know of The Weeknd, but one might begin to wonder how it’s the lead single considering that it’s not an entirely unique song. “Take my Breath” is a good enough song with nice lyrics.

The percussions and songwriting are on point, but it’s hard to say if the song can really lead an album and tell the feel of what to expect from an album such as “Dawn FM”.

Although this has not reduced the kind of expectations fans of The Weeknd have for “Dawn Fm”, it stands that “Take my Breath ” might have been chosen out of many singles or was the song available when the single was released. Either ways, it is not the best song on the album.

We might want to pay attention to the Weeknd’s enthusiastic delivery though. It may seem like he even offers some sort of advice to his love interest to not “Take your own life” because he has to deal with the grief of losing her, thereby creating problems for him.

It doubles as a pun as The Weeknd literally tells her to take “his breath” instead, rather than killing herself. But even at the brink of this insinuation, “Take my Breath” has a 5% indication of what “Dawn Fm” is about.

5) “Sacrifice”

■Lyrics

I was born in a city
Where the winter nights don’t ever sleep
So this life’s always with me
The ice inside my veins will never bleed

Every time you try to fix me
I know you’ll never find that missing piece
When you cry and say you miss me
I lie and tell you that I’ll never leave

But I sacrifice
Your love for more of the night
I try to put up a fight
Can’t tie me down

I don’t want to sacrifice
For your love
I try
I don’t want to sacrifice
But I love my time

I hold you through the toughest parts when you feel like it’s the end
‘Cause life is still worth living
‘Cause life is still worth living
I can break you down and pick you up
And fuck like we are friends
But don’t be catching feelings
Don’t be out here catching feelings

‘Cause I sacrifice
Your love for more of the night
I try to put up a fight
Can’t tie me down

I don’t want to sacrifice
For your love
I try
I don’t want to sacrifice
But I love my time

I don’t want to sacrifice
For your love
I try
I don’t want to sacrifice
But I love my time

Oh, baby
I hope you know that I, I tried
Oh, baby
I hope you know I love my time

I don’t want to sacrifice
I don’t want to
I try
I don’t want to sacrifice
But I love my time


“Sacrifice”
has so much “stay true to yourself” tune. It’s about how the singer can’t be held down by even love. He can’t “Sacrifice” his true self no matter how much he has been tried to be fixed.

He’d rather stay out in the “night”- which is a representation of his interests. “Sacrifce” has a didactic mood. It tells you to not sacrifice what you love doing because it seems you should, especially for something you don’t have absolute interest in or are not ready to commit to.

It’s funny how The Weeknd can sound so dark and still whip out some self-development lessons that leave you thinking how you’ve been conforming to what you don’t like.

6) “A tale by Quincy”

■Lyrics

Looking back now I didn’t know what it was supposed to be
And, and it’s like raising kids, man
If you weren’t raised, you don’t know how to raise, you know?
I just did the best that I could with them because they know fucking well I love them
But I didn’t do the best I could
I didn’t know what the fuck I was doing
I didn’t

I will never forget watching my mother get put in a straight jacket
And taken out of my home when I was only seven years old
She was diagnosed with Dementia praecox and put in a mental institution
Leaving my daddy alone with me and my little brother Lloyd

I later had an evil stepmother who further cemented the idea that I didn’t need a mother
Growing up without one had long lasting impressions I didn’t fully understand until much later in life
It bled into my relationships with family and those I had become romantically involved with

Whenever I got too close to a woman I would cut her off
Part of that was vindictive and partially based on fear, but it was also totally subconscious
Looking back is a bitch, isn’t it?

Quincy tells a story about how disconnected he felt because he didn’t grow up with a mother’s guidance and this left him vindictive and affected the kind of relationships he had with people.

“A tale by Quincy” remains undefeated in exploring the kind of struggles people go through in life that makes them fall short of certain qualities that would have improved them, or those around them.

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Although it seems more like Quincy’s tale is from the perspective of a Black Man growing up with so many contributory race problems, the issues remain as valid and universal as possible.

7) “Out of Time”

■Lyrics

The last few months I’ve been working on me, baby
There’s so much trauma in my life
I’ve been so cold to the ones who loved me, baby
I look back now and I realize

And I remember when I held you
You begged me with your drowning eyes to stay
And I regret I didn’t tell you
Now I can’t keep you from loving him
You made up your mind

Say I love you, girl, but I’m out of time
Say I’m there for you but I’m out of time
Say that I’ll care for you but I’m out of time
Said I’m too late to make you mine, out of time

If he mess up just a little
Baby, you know my line
If you don’t trust him a little
Then come right back, girl, come right back
Gimme one chance, just a little
Baby, I’ll treat you right
And I’ll love you like I should’ve loved you all the time

And I remember when I held you (Held you, baby)
You begged me with your drowning eyes to stay (Never again, baby)
And I regret I didn’t tell you
Now I can’t keep you from loving him
You made up your mind

Say I love you, girl, but I’m out of time
Say I’m there for you but I’m out of time
Say that I’ll care for you but I’m out of time
Said I’m too late to make you mine, out of time

Ooh singing (Out of time)
Said I had you to myself
But I’m (Out of time)
Say that I’ll care for you but I’m out of time
But I’m too late to make you mine, out of time

(Out of time)
(Out of time)

Don’t you dare touch that dial
Because like the song says, you are out of time
You’re almost there, but don’t panic

There’s still more music to come
Before you’re completely engulfed in the blissful embrace of that little light you see in the distance
Soon you’ll be healed, forgiven and refreshed
Free from all trauma, pain, guilt, and shame
You may even forget your own name
But before you dwell in that house forever
Here’s thirty minutes of easy listening to some slow tracks
On 103.5 Dawn FM

“Out of Time” establishes that the singer cannot trust himself enough to falling love with someone because he’s so divided with himself and can’t requite anyone’s love.

“Say I love you but I’m out of time”.

It presents a situation of having his other divided part take over the relationship, but it doesn’t always work out that way because his other divided part takes over and makes him “Out of Time”.

He has so much to give but there is no more chance, and even if he had other chances, these chances stand the chance of getting ruined too because he will still be “Out of Time”

Towards the end of the song, we get a sneek peek into what the whole album seeks to achieve, to free you from guilt, depression, sickness and fear. It stands that “Dawn Fm” wants you to listen and cleanse you of all that seem irregularities to you

8) “Here we go…again” ft Tyler the creator

■Lyrics

Strike a pose with my kinfolk
Front page of the billboards
Suit and tie and cigar smokes
Macallan shots till it burn throats
We still celebratin’ Superbowl

Catalogue lookin’ legendary
Ring froze like it’s February
XO, that’s a mercenary
A quarter bill on an off year
Used to sing on lofts
But now we cruising on a yacht, we clear, yeah

Yeah, said you wanted your boyfriend jealous with a couple pics
And you didn’t expect to fall for me once you got this dick

The city dark, city dangerous
Your girlfriend’s tryna pair you with somebody more famous
But instead you ended up with someone so basic
Faceless
Someone to take your pictures and frame it

And my new girl, she a movie star
My new girl, she a movie star
I loved her right, make her scream like Neve Campbell
But I make her laugh, swear it cures my depressing thoughts

‘Cause baby girl, she a movie star
Baby girl, she a movie star
I told myself that I’d never fall
But here we go again

Ooh
Here we go again
Life’s a dream
‘Cause it’s never what it seems
But you’d rather love and lost with tears
Than never love at all
So here we go again

Although this love is strong to me
Some things can change, go wrong with me
We don’t know how it’s gonna be
Forever is too long to me

We don’t need the government involved because we like to touch
We don’t need no damn religion tellin’ us that we in love
But if we did crush down the road
Spendin’ lawyer fees up
Pen and pack gon’ save my ass if these feelings freeze up
You gon’ sign this prenup
You gon’ sign this prenup
You gon’ sign this prenup
You gon’ sign this prenup

Ooh
Here we go again
Life’s a dream
‘Cause it’s never what it seems
But you’d rather love and lost with tears
Than never love at all
So here we go again

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It’s funny how The Weeknd descends from talking about his superstar life and achievements into how people get unpleasant “modified” love while trying to get someone famous but actually getting someone “faceless” or “Basic”.

“Here we go again” tells a story of how the singer falls in love again despite ruling out the probabilities. Although it seems like she is more in love with him than he is with her. Tyler says “you gon sign this prenup” to make her assure she won’t break his heart or do something that will mess everything up.

In “Dawn Fm”, The Weeknd attempts to juxtapose the effect of love- whether it can really free you, and whether it’s something you should try out based on your feelings. Meanwhile, he questions whether feelings are actually enough to satisfy love.

9) “Is there someone else”

■Lyrics

I know that you’re hiding something from me
That’s been close to your heart
And I felt it creeping up everyday
Baby, right from the start
I know that look you give when we’re fighting
We’re fighting
‘Cause I used to be the one who was lying, oh lying

Oh, is there someone else or not?
‘Cause I wanna keep you close
I don’t wanna lose my spot
‘Cause I need to know
If you’re hurting him, or you’re hurting me
If I ain’t with you, I don’t wanna be
Is there someone else or not?
Ooh, or not

I don’t deserve someone loyal to me
Don’t you think I see
And I don’t want to be a prisoner to who I used to be
I swear I changed my ways for the better, the better
‘Cause I wanna be with you forever, forever

Oh, is there someone else or not?
‘Cause I wanna keep you close
I don’t wanna lose my spot
‘Cause I need to know
If you’re hurting him, or you’re hurting me
If I ain’t with you, I don’t wanna be
Is there someone else or not?
Ooh, or not

“I don’t want to be a prisoner to who I used to be”… As the album progresses, there seems to be a development in the “life” of the singer in terms of ideas and ideologies. At the beginning of “Dawn FM”, the singer does not care entirely about love because it seems like it’s not the way to his freedom, he’d rather obsess over “hopelessness and apocalypse”.

But now, he wants to “change for better”, he asks if there is “someone else” in his lover’s life. He seems so intentional about love because it makes him sound so invested, so changed that he asks continually: “is there someone else or not”.

“Is there someone else” shows inclination towards love as the way out, as the key to freedom, a key to exploring his feelings.

10) “Starry Eyes”

■Lyrics

I only met you in my dreams before
When I was young and alone in the world
You were there when I needed someone
To call my girl
And now you’re my reality
And I wanna feel you close
But you’re defeated, baby
Broken, hurtin’, sufferin’ from a shattered soul
Oh-whoa, a shattered soul, oh

Let me be there, let me be there for your heart
Let me be there, I can be there until you’re whole
You weren’t touched by a man in so long
‘Cause the last time it was way too strong
Let me be there, let me be there for your heart

Let me love you, let me love you like you need
And I’ll make it, make it my responsibility
I’ll be there every step of the way
I’ll get you back on your feet
Let me love you, let me love you like you need

And you can kick me, kick me to the curb
It’s okay, babe, I promise that I felt worse
Back then I was starry eyed
And now I’m so cynical
Baby, break me, kick me to the curb, oh

The development is absolutely undeniable, in “Starry Eyes”, we are shocked to hear the singer volunteering to be hurt, offering to “be there”, to love the girl because she is so hurt. Apparently, the greatest guess is that she may be a victim of rape. He says:

“Kick me to the curb”, “Let me love you”.

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This shows outright development, because so far, the singer has been so intentional about not hurting himself, staying alone and not trusting enough in love. But with “Starry Eyes”, it’s different.

He brings out a side of him that is willing to trust, willing to love, willing to get hurt by others. This side, is the singer’s way of saying he’s definitely staying true to himself and not holding back any part of him that wants to express love.

11) “Every angel is terrifying”

■Lyrics

Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels’ order?
Even if they pressed me against their heart, I’d be consumed
For beauty is the terror we endure, while we stand and wonder, we’re annihilated
Every angel is terrifying

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The creativity on “Dawn Fm” is entirely mind-blowing. Like any other Fm station, there’s an advertisement.

Although we think “Every Angel is terrifying” is like a poetic rendition of a lady, it speaks to no one in particular. It’s supposed to be us, a representation of us. “Every angel is terrifying” expresses beauty as art, and art as beauty.

12) “Don’t Break My Heart”

■Lyrics

(I’m paralyzed)
(Let’s go)

I see you drowning in the purple lights
Diamonds shining bright
I see every ice on you
You snatch my soul, I’m crucified
I feel paralyzed
I’m so mesmerized by you (By you)

But I know you’re right for me, ecstasy
I keep coming back for more
I think that you would die for me, destiny
And this time I know for sure

Just don’t break my heart (Don’t break my heart)
Don’t let me down, please
Don’t you break my heart (Don’t break my heart)
I don’t know if I can take it anymore

Take it anymore, take it anymore
I can’t take another heart break or I’ll end it all
And the girl I used to love
We broke up in the club
And I almost died in the discotheque

And now, I know she wasn’t right for me, enemy
I kept coming back for more
I’d rather you would die for me, destiny
And this time I know for sure

Just don’t break my heart (Don’t break my heart)
Don’t let me down, please
Don’t you break my heart (Don’t break my heart)

I don’t know if I can take it anymore
Don’t break my heart (Don’t you, don’t you)
I’m falling apart already
Don’t you break my heart (Don’t you, don’t you)
I don’t know if I can take it anymore

I believe the liquor’s talking
I just need the room to stop
And I could be the one you want
Just as long as you don’t break my heart

(And I realize when I kissed your neck)
(That the room is hot)
(I can taste your sweat)
(It’s just you and I in the discotheque)
But don’t you worry

Just don’t break my heart (Don’t break my heart)
Don’t let me down, please
Don’t you break my heart (Don’t break my heart)

I don’t know if I can take it anymore
Don’t break my heart (Don’t you, don’t you)
I’m falling apart already
Don’t you break my heart (Don’t you, don’t you)
I don’t know if I can take it anymore

“Don’t break my heart” expresses a transition we’ve seen coming. The singer already recognizes his feelings and can’t hold them back. He now begs her not to “break his heart”. “Don’t break my heart” begins as basic as any other love song, but it quickly crescendos into a setting that takes over our imagination.

We are brought into the discotheque and we try to see them holding each other, but there is so much that The Weeknd is not going on this song. We feel the transition, but the impact is not as huge as we would have loved it to be.

13) “I heard you are married” ft. Lil Wayne

■Lyrics

The way you hypnotized me, I could tell
You’ve been in control
You manifested this, but girl, I blame myself
Things I should’ve known
The whispers that I hear
Are blowing through my ears
These words I need to hear from you
And I know this is a fling
But you’re hiding someone’s ring
It hurts to think I’m sharing you

Ooh, I heard you’re married, girl
I knew that this was too good to be true
Ooh, I heard you’re married girl, oh, oh, oh

If you don’t love him (Oh no)
Then do yourself a favor and just leave him
Your number in my phone, I’m gon’ delete it
Girl, I’m way too grown for that deceiving
‘Cause I don’t play

Can’t be your side bitch
That shit ain’t fly bitch
Can’t be your pilot
Can’t be your private
Make me your obvious

If I ain’t your husband, I can’t be your hybrid
I heard you’re married
I bet he treats you like Virgin Mary
You like it dirty and I’m Dirty Harry

I thought we were some love birds, canaries
Bird to Larry
But I can’t fuck with you
You put my love on the line and then hang up on you

That’s a long kiss goodbye, I gotta tongue kiss you
And when Doves cry we ain’t got enough tissue
I’m still in love with you
Where the love at?
You walk down the aisle, I can make you run back
Like fuck that, where the love at?
Tell hubby I’ll kill him, no hub cap

Whoa, oh, I heard you’re married, girl (Married, girl)
I knew that this was too good to be true
Oh, I heard you’re married, girl, oh, oh, oh
And I hate it (I hate it)
Oh, I heard you’re married, girl (Married, girl)
The way you had me wrapped around your fingertip
Oh, I heard you’re married, girl, oh, oh, oh

I can’t be with you
No, I can’t be with you
You’re too deceiving, girl, oh
I can’t be with you
No, I can’t be with you
You’re too deceiving, girl, ooh
I can’t be with you

No, I can’t be with you
You’re too deceiving, girl, oh
I can’t be with you
No, I can’t be with you
You’re too deceiving, girl, oh

All this while, the singer seems to have been singing about the same person, and now the bombshell is that he heard she’s married. He says “I knew this was too good to be true”. Now, we know what orchestrated this transition.

We know his development has been altered, not stopped, and that the cause of this alteration is so deep that it creates a lifelong effect. He says
“I can’t be with you…you are too deceiving..girl”.

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Now we know ,love is not the answer to his freedom, the lady breaks his heart even after pleading to her not to. It doesn’t matter how much space he has given to love, that space is now taken up by hate and disappointments and we can’t help but hope he fights it, but this hope is a grain of sand, it’s as intangible as the feelings he tried to hold on to.

14) “Less than Zero”

■Lyrics

Remember I was your hero, yeah
I’d wear your heart like a symbol
I couldn’t save you from my darkest truth of all

I know
I’ll always be less than zero
Oh yeah
You tried your best with me, I know
I couldn’t face you with my darkest truth of all
Oh

‘Cause I can’t get it out of my head
No, I can’t shake this feeling that crawls in my bed
I try to hide it but I know you know me
I try to fight it but I’d rather be free
Oh

Oh yeah
Can we meet in the middle?
Oh yeah
‘Cause you were just like me before
Now you’d rather leave me
Than to watch me die in your arms

But I can’t get it out of my head
No, I can’t shake this feeling that crawls in my bed
I try to hide it but I know you know me
I try to fight it but I’d rather be free
Oh

I can’t get it out of my head
No, I can’t shake this feeling that crawls in my bed
I try to hide it but I know you know me
I try to fight it but I’d rather be free

Yeah
I’ll always be less than zero
You tried your best with me, I know

“Less than Zero” comes with an amount of resignation, that the singer has so many flaws that his lover cannot keep up with. This is another way he says he is signing out of the whole love affair and love thoughts which “I can’t get out of my head”.

He said, “I tried to fight it but I’d rather be free”. He knows now that his freedom is not hinged on love, and that the reverse is the case. At this point in his life, his freedom comes from happiness, and in his quest to be happy, love doesn’t come handy.

15) “Phantom Regret by Jim”

■Lyrics

You’re tuned to Dawn FM
The middle of nowhere on your dial
So sit back and unpack
You may be here awhile
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 specters 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
We 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 till you find that divine boogaloo

In other words
You gotta be Heaven to see Heaven
May peace be with you

“Phantom Regret” makes “Dawn FM” end with a bang. A meditative bang. It seems like The Weeknd pierced our soul to know our thoughts, our feelings, the things we didn’t get right, the things we wished people knew about us, and the attention we wished we got. The Weeknd says ” Heaven is for those without regrets” which is actually true contextually.

Phantom Regret” is introspective enough to tell listeners that “Flowers don’t try to look right“. They stay true to themselves enough no matter their shape, their colour or structure, and that’s how we should be, staying true to ourselves. Staying true to ourselves is what gives us freedom.

“Dawn FM” has to be one of the most creative project of the decade. It offers so much to unpack and confesses people of their feelings through explorations of their thoughts, juxtapositions of the options life has made available to them, and a reveal of how freedom in life is not based on how we’ve modified life to a certain norm. With “Dawn FM”, The Weeknd sets you free of insinuations. Listen, and listen deeply”

■Replay value: 2/2
■Songwriting : 1.5/2
■Song Engineering (Mixing/Producing/Score): 1.6/2
■Enjoyability: 1.7/2
■Delivery: 1.8/2
Total: 8.6/10

Stream The Weeknd’s “Dawn FM” here.

☆Lyric credits goes to AZ Lyrics and Genius

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