Listen to the piece, “A Tale by Quincy” of The Weeknd’s new Dawn Fm album. The track featuring Quincy Jones was co-produced by Max Martin, Gitty, Oneohtrix Point Never & The Weeknd. Stream, buy, read the lyrics, mp3 download.
The first interlude on The Weeknd’s Dawn FM finds famed music producer Quincy Jones reflecting on his troubled upbringing, and how it impacted his relationships with both women, and his kids. This ties into the themes of the album since the Weeknd is often lamenting over relationships that have gone poorly because of his behavior; no small part due to his upbringing as well.
The Weeknd – A Tale by Quincy (ft. Quincy Jones) (prod. Max Martin, Gitty, Oneohtrix Point Never & The Weeknd)
[Spoken: Quincy Jones]
Looking back now, I didn’t know what it was supposed to be
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 fuckin’ well I love them
But I didn’t do the best I could
I didn’t know what the fuck I was doing
I will never forget watching my mother get put in a straightjacket
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 influence 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?