And we’re back in our feelings.
This time EXO gives us an acoustic ballad for Christmas. 🎁
**Warning:**SIGH** This is strictly a discussion based on an aural analysis. If you’ve read My Tunesday Wish you already know what I want Santa to give me.
We have the return of simple, uncomplicated instrumentation. The focal points of the song are the vocals and the emotion. You don’t need fifty million instruments for that. Especially if you want the sincerity of the emotions to shine through. The song begins with the strumming of a sole guitar. It is soon joined by muted percussion. And that’s it. That’s all of the instruments. Once more instruments more than those used weren’t needed. The point comes across in the strum pattern of the guitar and the percussion that stays in the pocket. Notice that the guitarist is lightly strumming. This is in line with the subdued tone of the song.
The control that these guys have over their voices in songs like this one…
As I stated before, the simple instrumentation in the back allows the voices to come to the forefront. This makes it possible for the listener to hear every little nuance the betrays what they are feeling. Even the runs have a mournful quality to them. Note that during the chorus their voices have an airy, breathy quality.
안돼요 It’s my turn to cry 내가 할게요
andwaeyo It’s my turn to cry naega halgeyo
No, it’s my turn to cry, I’ll cry now
그대의 눈물 모아
geudaeui nunmul moa
I’ll take all of your tears
It’s my turn to cry 내게 맡겨요
It’s my turn to cry naege matgyeoyo
It’s my turn to cry, give them to me
그 눈물까지 This time
geu nunmulkkaji This time
Even those tears, this time
This time yeah
爱离开 it’s my turn to cry
ai li kai it’s my turn to cry
Love has left, it’s my turn to cry
xing xing dou zai kan
The stars are all watching
yan lei kuai lei ji cheng hai
Tears are quickly forming an ocean
lei ji cheng hai
forming an ocean
It’s my turn to cry
hei ye duo cui can
The dark sky is ever so bright
duo cui can
Ever so bright
快关掉眼泪 this time
kuai guan diao yan lei this time
Hurry switch off your tears this time
This time yeah
To me, this effect is imitative of the sighing breaths one takes when crying. No, not the ugly cry. The silent, desolate cry where the tears are just streaming down your face but no sounds come from you. Crying in silence is one of the most painful of the types of cries there is.
As we’ve seen in the lyrical analysis, they’re crying out of guilt from the pain that they caused and is fully accepting their punishment. So it makes sense that this is the type of crying they are doing late at night sitting alone by the light of the moon looking at the stars thinking of her. You can’t help but be caught up in those emotions.
And I know Pisces has already mentioned it but for me as touching as this song is, it wasn’t until Baekhyun’s solo stage for EXOPlanet #1-The Lost Planet that I truly got chills. Just a man and a baby grand. Talk about beauty in simplicity. **Swoon**
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