rào yī quān huí yuán dì
Eventually, I come back to my original place
shòu kùn zài ài de mígōng
trapped in love’s maze
I told you the whiplash was going to be real….didn’t I….? There are no truer lines than I have read than these right here. This if anything at all has been the persistent downfall and growing point for EXO throughout their discography….
Yet again we have someone who may at one point have been (and honestly despite her obvious threat to EXO’s safety) is still a love interest.
lián yǎnqián de lièhuǒ
Even the raging fire in front of me
dūhuì bèi nǐ zhēbì de tóngkǒng
is covered by your brightness
ránshāo wǒ suǒyǒu gǎnshòu
Lighting up all of my emotions
Something tells me from the way the lines of this piece open up that the very same answer they thought they had found was a bitter realization of yet another dead end (ha….dead end…love’s maze…get it…?)
Kòngzhìzhe wǒ nǎohǎi
You control my mind
Oh yeah, stand up!
請別走 你答案還是 no
Qǐng bié zǒu nǐ dá’àn háishì no
Please don’t go, but your answer is still no
wǒ de xīn bèi dǎ suì
My heart has been shattered
bànkōng zhōng shǎnzhe shǎnzhe guāng
sparkling as they hang in mid-air
Whereas this love interest also captured EXO’s thoughts in “My Answer” and had them wondering what possibly she was doing and thinking in the moments that they were apart….at this point….there is nothing to wonder. She does not wish to engage them any further than she can control them.
And the heart they once held open to her…she has also now shattered and destroyed….sucks doesn’t it…?
你像一場夢 最殘忍的 queen
nǐ xiàng yī chǎng mèng zuì cánrěn de queen
You are like a dream, the most cruel queen
yǐncáng cì dì měilì ràng wǒ tài zháomí
Hiding your striking beauty, leaving me entranced
Dangerous, dangerous, she’s so dangerous
From these lyrics, your Admin gathers that she was hiding her true nature behind a facade of sweetness….and light and it wasn’t until EXO confessed their intentions….that she truly became the “Queen of Hearts” that she is.
And yet again EXO surprises us….they are getting the heck out of there….
Shèngkāi de gūdān mànyán zài mèngjìng
The loneliness that flourishes, spreads in my dreamland
wǒ yònglì zhéduàn tā lìng yī fāngxiàng táolí
I forcefully tear it away, escape in another direction
Exodus, Exodus, it’s my Exodus
The word EXODUS may remind many whether religious or not of the second book of the Torah which is of the same name “Book of EXODUS” that tells the story Dreamworks portrayed on screen that many of us watched time and again as children
As what was described in that film, Exodus can be understood as an extreme mass departure and vacation of an area by a group of people or emigrants = a person who leaves their own country in order to settle permanently in another.
The Biblical book of Exodus describes the departure of the Israelites from Egypt, so it’s no surprise that the word has come to refer more generally to any mass departure. The word itself was adopted into English (via Latin) from Greek Exodos, which literally means “the road out.” The Greek word was formed by combining the prefix ex- and hodos, meaning “road” or “way.” (the road out…so this entire album is about the road out…but where….the road also makes me think about El Dorado….so….connections being made. Thank you Admin Aqua for the info/link.)
And the definition of emigrants is interesting here when EXO mentions returning to their original/ familiar place/maze created by their intent on finding love here on Earth.
我嘶吼 心中的 domino
Wǒ sīhǒu xīnzhōng de domino
I shout the domino in my heart
wèi nǐ dào xià nǐ què
I fall for you
^ I truly love hearing them sing this line..(it’s the domino for some reason) but it illustrates perfectly what this was. The sudden realization that she was not what she seemed made everything else they thought they felt or knew cave in on itself….and actually made him fall even deeper for her.
lián yīyǎn dōu méi dōu méi zhǎ
yet you don’t even blink once in my direction
^this line also makes me laugh. Wow they’re having a rough time….
zǎo huí bùliǎo tóu
There’s no turning back
zuò shénme dōu méiyǒu yòng
there’s nothing I can do
wǒ chénzhòng de tànxí
I deeply sigh
quánshēn dōu méi lìqì girl
my whole body has no more strength girl
zài nǎohǎi nǐ shì shock
You’re shock in my mind
nǐ dehuà huíyīn chōngmǎn wǒ shìjiè
your words echo and fill my entire world
tīng bùjiàn chúle nǐ de suǒyǒu shēngyīn
I can’t hear anything except you
^yet again just as in “My Answer” and SO many other songs they are completely consumed by their love for this love interest….she takes over every waking thought and desire….she is their desire.
suí tāmen zěnme shuō
They can say whatever they want
quándōu jìn bùliǎo wǒ de ěrduǒ
I would not even listen to it
^these lines of course suggest that they are aware of how foolish this is. They can hear others that they may also consider dear to them, scolding them for allowing themselves to get in so deep.
The bridge of the song is also quite interesting.
nǐ de xīnxiàng tòumíng de chéngqiáng
You heart is like a clear castle wall
^she is also guarded against them…what is her story one would wonder….why is she just as guarded behind a wall that is clear to see through. Meaning that while you may think you’ve grown closer to her and that you have a special relationship…that’s exactly the ruse that she has created while she still keeps you at bay (“Machine” anyone…?)
wǒ shì wéiyī de qiúfàn xīshēng zìyóu jiāohuàn ài
I am the only prisoner, sacrificing freedom for love
wǒ wèi nǐ ér fēngkuáng bù yuàn zài shuōhuǎng
I’ve gone crazy for you, don’t want to lie anymore
wèi nǐ ér xīndòng wèi nǐ xīntòng
My heart is beating for you, my heart hurts for you
^it’s not a surprise that EXO mentions sacrificing their freedom for love. They have already confessed to allowing their love for her to consume their mind. They have no resistance to her charms. And she wills them as she desires.
Their heart beats for her and hurts for her….so while they are being given “love” they are also being diminished and caused pain by that same love. They think she is making “love deposits” into their bank but she is only steadily taking out withdrawals….it’s an empty love….
While the chorus has remained pretty consistent throughout as far as wording…towards the end we have a sudden change…
我在你懷裡 是懦弱的 king
wǒ zài nǐ huái lǐ shì nuòruò de king
In your embrace, I’m the weak king
wǒ jiù pāoqì suǒyǒu wèile yǒngyǒu nǐ
I abandoned everything just to have you
Again EXO is reiterating something that we already know. For her they have given up everything they had…just for the chance of her considering “loving” them. They admit to their weakness to her as well.
And honestly it isn’t really towards the end (though EXO kept chanting EXODUS EXODUS EXODUS throughout this piece) that you sense the bitterness in their tone….they are actually kinda angry
Cóng nǐ de huái lǐ zhǎo táotuō lùjìng
From your embrace I am looking for a road to escape
bēn xiàng chūkǒu de guāng yuǎnlí nǐ de tiánmì
Running towards the light at the exit, running away from your sweetness
^because now that the rose colored glasses have been smashed in their face, they finally see what has been happening this whole time and it’s troublesome to say the least.
She’s dangerous (can’t help but think of this Dangerous ((the original classic Dangerous to me)) whenever I hear this song too….it’s so close in meaning and this performance was bomb AF. The acrobatics! The theatrics! The staging! The choreo! DONE!!!) because she knows exactly what she’s doing…and that sweetness…her nectar is actually poison that you’re unaware of until its already too late….
I mean honestly….how far away do you think EXO is going to get this time before they wind up right back where they were running away from…..they’re still stuck in the maze to this day anyways if that tells you anything….it’s their “original place” after all and only a few have been able to escape thus far….
This has been your Admin Pisces
(^literally my situation right now….my cat won’t leave me be)
**Experiences Otherworldly Jarring Lyrical Transfiguration**