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The Real Meaning Behind The Weeknd’s Out Of Time

In recent years, The Weeknd has taken a cinematic approach to his music, releasing short films as music videos. He’s taken a similar approach to his songwriting, as evident in “Out of Time” from his album “Dawn FM.”

In the song, The Weeknd takes listeners on a journey of contrition for being an absent lover. “The last few months, I’ve been workin’ on me, baby / There’s so much trauma in my life / I’ve been so cold to the ones who loved me, baby,” he sings in the first verse, admitting that he hasn’t been the best of boyfriends, per Genius. The feelings of shame further manifests in the pre-chorus where The Weeknd blames himself for the breakup. “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,” he croons on the disco-tinged track.

The breakup made The Weeknd realize that he could now be truthful about his feelings, as he sings in the chorus, “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.” In fact, The Weeknd regrets losing the relationship so much that he tells his ex to come back to him if her current relationship doesn’t work out. However, the real hidden gem of the song comes at the end when Jim Carrey references his character in “Eternal Sunshine,” and erases ex-girlfriends from his memory, like The Weeknd hoped to do.


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