Silk & Cotton
Phantom is inspired by Phantom of the Paradise, a 1974 American musical horror film written and directed by Brian De Palma. In the film, a disfigured composer writes his music for a woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, a record producer betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise. Betrayed, the composer dons a new appearance and exacts revenge on the producer.
Phantom is also inspired by the poem of Thomas Hardy, The Phantom Horsewoman, 1840-1928: I. Queer are the ways of a man I know: / He comes and stands / In a careworn craze, / And looks at the sands / And the seaward haze / With moveless hands / And face and gaze, / Then turns to go… / And what does he see when he gazes so?
II. They say he sees as an instant thing / More clear than to-day, / A sweet soft scene / That once was in play / By that briny green; / Yes, notes alway / Warm, real, and keen, / What his back years bring— / A phantom of his own figuring.
III. Of this vision of his they might say more:/ Not only there / Does he see this sight, / But everywhere / In his brain–day, night, / As if on the air / It were drawn rose bright– / Yea, far from that shore / Does he carry this vision of heretofore:
IV. A ghost-girl-rider. And though, toil-tried, / He withers daily, / Time touches her not, / But she still rides gaily / In his rapt thought / On that shagged and shaly / Atlantic spot, / And as when first eyed / Draws rein and sings to the swing of the tide.