The Phantoms Know (So Long, Andromeda)

from by Jeff Johnson




. . .and still deeper the meaning of that story of Narcissus, who because he could not grasp the tormenting, mild image he saw in the fountain, plunged into it and was drowned. But the same image, we ourselves see in all rivers and oceans. It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all.
– From Moby Dick, Herman Melville

So long, Andromeda,
But I knew that I would not stay here that long.
I know it sounds absurd,
But even you will someday disappear.

So, so long, Andromeda,
But I knew it would boil down to leaving you,
Leaving everything that I wanted to embrace. . .
The things I've spent my whole life working for, living for, dying for. . .

The ancient writer knew when he called the human being a phantom.

The art nouveau lampshade flickers its light across the darkened room.
A T.V. show is on, but suddenly the screen shows nothing there.

Something's strange,
I think that there's phantoms in this room,
The souls of all mankind that led me here,
Left me here.

These phantoms know the meaning,
the meaning of the curse.
Theses phantoms know what we'll know,
the truth we wished reversed.
The phantoms know the curtain falls someday. . .

The ancient writer knew when he called the human being a "phantom."

By Jeff Johnson
© 1983 Sola Scriptura Songs (BMI)
Administered by


from Shadow Play, released March 15, 1983


all rights reserved



Jeff Johnson

ArkMusic recording artist, composer, producer, and Selah worship leader has released numerous solo recordings along with collaborations with Irish flutist, Brian Dunning inspired by Stephen Lawhead's novels and guitarist, Phil Keaggy. View Jeff's complete discography here: ... more

contact / help

Contact Jeff Johnson

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code