Playboy

*winks*

“Let’s play!”

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This song…..wow.

What a complete 360….

Listen…we all know what’s going on right here.

The moans at the beginning. Damn.

Excuse me for a second but EXO has never really had a “fuck boy” song….

“My Lady” was sensual and desirous of something real and for the woman they were attempting to woo to take them seriously. Even with the obvious overtones of “I want you now…” there was a genuine interest….

[All]

只用 言语也 不够

zhi yong yan yu ye bu gou

Words are not enough

[Chen]

lady! 只对你 著了迷

lady! zhi dui ni zhao le mi

Lady! I’m only interested in you

[Tao]

乱七八糟 满溢的思绪

luan qi ba zao man yi hu nao si xu

Overflowing with nonsensical thoughts

你面前掉落一地

ni mian qian diao luo yi di

A path drops in front of you

[Xiumin]

我给你 蹩脚的爱的告白

wo xiang yao gei ni bie jiao de ai de gao bai

I want to give you a lame confession of love

are you ready for love?

[Kris]

比钻石都美丽

bi zuan shi dou mei li

Even more beautiful than diamonds

想要盗走你的眼眸

xiang yao dao zou ni de yan mou

I want to steal your eyes

就想呆在 那眼里 梦见到你

jiu xiang dai zai na yan li meng jian dao ni

I just want to stay in those eyes, and see you in my dreams

[Lay]

别假装你不懂

bie jia zhuang ni bu dong

Don’t pretend you don’t understand

把我映在你的眼裡

ba wo ying zai ni de yan li

and reflect me in your eyes

[Luhan]

别躲避我目光

bie duo bi wo mu guang

Don’t avoid my gaze

我绝不放弃去爱你

wo jue bu fang qi qu ai ni

I definitely won’t give up on loving you

[Chen]

你再靠近我一点

ni zai kao jin wo yi dian

Come a little close to me

don’t stop

若可以抱紧你

ruo ke yi bao jin ni

If I can hug you tight

[Kris]

everything’s alright

[Chen]

不断在 撩拨耳际 酥麻的 melody

hai bu duan zai liao bo er ji su ma de melody

Constantly stimulating the ears, a numbing melody

[Luhan]

Don’t be too late

[All]

不想做朋友

bu xiang zuo peng you

I don’t want to be just friends

[Lay]

我要做你眼里 的唯一

wo yao zuo ni yan li de wei yi

I want to be the only one in your eyes

[All]

不想做平凡某某

bu xiang zuo ping fan mou mou

I don’t want to just be a normal nobody

[Luhan]

我要唯一资格 去守护你

wo yao wei yi zi ge qu shou hu ni

I want to be the only one qualified to protect you

[All]

不想做朋友

bu xiang zuo peng you

I didn’t want to be just friends

It’s too damn good to not revisit. So much yes.

But even there…EXO was still young, immature, naive. And still getting played. Clever now to title a song “Playboy” to commemorate EXO’s coming of age. EXODUS may have indeed meant a parting of old ways and attitudes and taking on the role of dominance they have so long sought for (not sure if they’re able to acquire it in every situation…but they are certainly trying…)

In “Playboy” EXO isn’t asking….they aren’t begging or pleading or crying or whimpering as they were in “兩個視線, 一個視線 (WHAT IF..)”

“Oh kan ni xiao de xing furu ci di xing fu

Oh, seeing you smile happily is so happy

ni de mei liyuan lai shi bei ta zheng fu

Turns out your beauty was being conquered by him

er wo zhi neng yong xin suanmian qiang di shuo fu

I can only use my heart to feel sad and convince myself

shi ta gei ni wei xiaodai ti wo shou hu

It’s him that gives you your smile, protecting you for me

Oh oh yeah xiang dui ni shuo dezen hui bian cheng shen mai zai xin zhong de jie

(Oh Oh yeah) The things I want to say to you how did they become knots buried deep in my heart

Oh oh yeah wo yi han zhe shuo bu chu zai jian

(Oh Oh yeah) I’m regretting that I can’t bring myself to say goodbye”

In “Playboy” EXO is telling their romantic interest what’s about to happen

[Tao]

Let’s play!

[Lay]

电话都不要接 就安静

Diànhuà dōu bùyào jiē jiù ānjìng

Don’t answer the phone, quietly

随放它去响 我们把时间留一下

suí fàng tā qù xiǎng wǒmen bǎ shíjiān liú yīxià

let it ring, we need to save some time

[Xiumin]

没有重要事 需要你 立即地回答

méiyǒu zhòngyào shì xūyào nǐ lìjí de huídá

It’s nothing important that you need to answer

让你左思右想

ràng nǐ zuǒsī yòu xiǎng

making you worry

[Tao]

别去想 别去想

bié qù xiǎng bié qù xiǎng

Don’t worry, don’t worry

我都能看出你的思索 别去想

wǒ dū néng kàn chū nǐ de sīsuǒ bié qù xiǎng

I can see how you’re feeling, don’t worry

别去想 别去想

bié qù xiǎng bié qù xiǎng

Don’t worry, don’t worry

[Chen]

就让我解你的密码

jiù ràng wǒ jiě nǐ de mìmǎ

Let me unlock the key to you

Like cue….you know what never mind. We all know where this is going….byeee

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And what a welcome (?) change of pace…

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EXODUS has been marked many a time by EXO-L’s as one of THE albums that changed the way the public and K-Pop world saw EXO. Honestly with each and every album they have ever done, they reinvent themselves as artists consistently do. But (as Admin Aqua will indeed discuss) we have continued to see so much growth in EXO as artists, performers, etc. especially with this album. There are no doubts that this album brought in a whole new wave of fans. Look at the marketing! (Pathcodes was THE freakin’ thang!) Though your  Admin’s didn’t know about Pathcodes, we came in at the tail end of the Call Me Baby Era/Love Me Right Repackage/Sing For You Winter Special Album excitement.

While we have still returned to memories of EXO’s original mission (“El Dorado”) and even more tales of woeful love gained/lost (“What If….” “My Answer”) and removed another set of rosey hued glasses (“Transformer” “EXODUS”) these tales have been told in a new way (that obviously includes their aural analysis as well.)

And returning back to where we left off in “Playboy”

两颗心有距离不能一起 play

liǎng kē xīn yǒu jù lì bùnéng yīqǐ play

Two hearts that are separated can’t play together

play play play

The teasing is purposeful. The latter part of the chorus where the members toss back fragments of the title (listening to the way they sing these lines is enough to make some of us squeal….) and the lines indicated above….EXO is not allowing this woman to get away.

Don Juan anyone….?

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Or more like hello “Monster”

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[D.O]

我是坏 比你想象中还坏

wǒ shì huài bǐ nǐ xiǎngxiàng zhōng hái huài

I’m bad, worse than you can imagine

你发现的却不一样 你都是想错

nǐ fāxiàn de què bù yīyàng nǐ dōu shì xiǎng cuò

What you found isn’t what you have thought of, you thought wrong

[Lay]

跟我会 让幸福再靠近

gēn wǒ huì ràng xìngfú zài kàojìn

following me won’t bring happiness closer to you

多一些 请别再随便离开我

duō yīxiē qǐng bié zài suíbiàn líkāi wǒ

Please don’t try to leave again

It was only a matter of time before what happened to EXO through all of these love/loss relationships/situationships was going to affect them the way that they did. And it’s a little bit concerning even as it is arousing at the same time.

While we could interpret the last lines above (please don’t try to leave again…) as a wholehearted plea because of what EXO has experienced in the past.

What makes this Admin even more worried is the rap/break down again led by Chanyeol/Tao.

[Tao]

Uh, playboy!

把昵称设定写好

bǎ nìchēng shè dìng xiě hǎo

I already know what to call each other and

只消一个吻 that’s all

zhǐxiāo yīgè wěn that’s all

now it left just one kiss, that’s all

遇见了我这样的货算是运气

yùjiànle wǒ zhèyàng de huò suànshì yùnqì

Meeting someone like me is fortune or ill-fate

或倒霉你分的清

huò dǎoméi nǐ fēn de qīng

you know the answer?

双重选择 yes! 就像是喝了 whisky

shuāngchóng xuǎnzé yes! Jiù xiàng shì hēle whisky

It’s both yes! It’s like you’ve drank whisky

[Tao/Xiumin]

让你感到头脑眩晕脸变得热

ràng nǐ gǎndào tóunǎo xuànyūn liǎn biàn dé rè

Letting you to feel a dizzy mind, your face turning red

[Tao]

leggo

[Xiumin]

你越是抗拒就会让我越兴奋

nǐ yuè shì kàngjù jiù huì ràng wǒ yuè xīngfèn

The more you resisted to it, the more it excited me

[Tao]

我说过后面有没开始的 main game

wǒ shuōguò hòumiàn yǒu méi kāishǐ de main game

I said there are still games to play, the main game hasn’t started yet

再挣扎再试一下

zài zhēngzhá zài shì yīxià

Try to fight, try it again

[Xiumin]

赢对我不在话下

yíng duì wǒ bùzài huà xià

Winning means nothing to me

[Tao/Xiumin]

我就在新鲜又孤独的每一天里融化

wǒ jiù zài xīnxiān yòu gūdú de měi yītiān lǐ rónghuà

I’ll soothe away my loneliness with this fresh feeling everyday

[D.O]

Oh! 我真不想去停下

Oh! Wǒ zhēn bùxiǎng qù tíng xià

Oh! I really don’t want to stop

其实我们一样感觉

qíshí wǒmen yīyàng gǎnjué

We actually have the same feelings

你根本不想看我离开

nǐ gēnběn bùxiǎng kàn wǒ líkāi

you don’t really want to see me leave

[Tao]

不是吗?

bùshì ma?

Right?

Honestly at this part of the piece it appears like EXO is having a little bit of a breakdown themselves right in front of their romantic interest. Perhaps their romantic interest is asking them “why are you like this…?” And as always happens in any story, the one who has always been misunderstood starts monologuing.

And in EXO’s monologue, they deliver a chilling line.

遇见了我这样的货算是运气

yùjiànle wǒ zhèyàng de huò suànshì yùnqì

Meeting someone like me is fortune or ill-fate

或倒霉你分的清

huò dǎoméi nǐ fēn de qīng

you know the answer?

双重选择 yes! 就像是喝了 whisky

shuāngchóng xuǎnzé yes! Jiù xiàng shì hēle whisky

It’s both yes! It’s like you’ve drank whisky

Which to this Admin points to the pattern that EXO has been going through for quite some time (remember EXODUS means to depart, to escape…) and maybe what EXO is escaping is being the one who ends up hurt in the end as they have consistently been. But the lines (meeting someone like me is fortune or ill-fate) suggests to this Admin that they are reliving what they have experienced and it has been as disorienting for them as drinking whiskey where blurred lines begin to appear (hence the answer to the question they ask is both that meeting EXO is fortune and ill suited fate)

And the next lines are a little freakier still (definitely not so much in the good way.)  The next lines may be EXO saying that they are beginning to enjoy the chase the way their former love interest’s have enjoyed the chase and the denial they watched EXO cycle through. What is this main game that EXO is talking about? Are they going to let this romantic interest down easy….? Nothing seems to be pointing to the affirmative of that. While there have been other songs (“Wolf’ “Growl” “Let Out the Beast” “Overdose”) that display EXO’s aggressive behavior towards their romantic interest. “Wolf” and “Growl” especially have some moments….but to this Admin “Playboy” rises to a new level much closer to what “Monster” revealed itself to be. What ex’actly is EXO being transformed into…? Especially with the admission of the last lines (Winning means nothing to me/I’ll soothe away my loneliness with this fresh feeling everyday)

[Xiumin]

你越是抗拒就会让我越兴奋

nǐ yuè shì kàngjù jiù huì ràng wǒ yuè xīngfèn

The more you resisted to it, the more it excited me

[Tao]

我说过后面有没开始的 main game

wǒ shuōguò hòumiàn yǒu méi kāishǐ de main game

I said there are still games to play, the main game hasn’t started yet

再挣扎再试一下

zài zhēngzhá zài shì yīxià

Try to fight, try it again

[Xiumin]

赢对我不在话下

yíng duì wǒ bùzài huà xià

Winning means nothing to me

[Tao/Xiumin]

我就在新鲜又孤独的每一天里融化

wǒ jiù zài xīnxiān yòu gūdú de měi yītiān lǐ rónghuà

I’ll soothe away my loneliness with this fresh feeling everyday

So are they using her for the time being…? Maybe their feelings for her are genuine…? Or maybe because a relationship has never worked out for them, they’re going to enjoy every aspect of this situation even if they will witness this person being hurt the way that they have been hurt….? Are they really willing to do anything to soothe their loneliness? There’s even a moment of vulnerability in this Admin’s perspective towards the end that is probably meant to appear as bravado….

[D.O]

Oh! 我真不想去停下

Oh! Wǒ zhēn bùxiǎng qù tíng xià

Oh! I really don’t want to stop

其实我们一样感觉

qíshí wǒmen yīyàng gǎnjué

We actually have the same feelings

你根本不想看我离开

nǐ gēnběn bùxiǎng kàn wǒ líkāi

you don’t really want to see me leave

[Tao]

不是吗?

bùshì ma?

Right?

To this Admin it appears as bravado (a bold manner or a show of boldness intended to impress or intimidate) because of the lines that show up over and over and over again within this song (and are placed below)

已消失你的话却留下 your trace

yǐ xiāoshī nǐ dehuà què liú xià your trace

Your words disappear but they leave your trace

I could be wrong but it appears like the romantic interest’s that EXO has had in the past and the words they have said and what has happened to them….those words and actions are done and gone but the emotions are the trace that are left behind. The memory of what those words and actions made them feel is what they are left to deal with….and then this is the result? It’s not so sexy the more you look into it…it’s quite sad actually…surprise! So is the macho, mature, swaggering, bravado and sensuality that EXO is dripping with because they are actually ready for a relationship or is it because…they’re just trying to get by….?

This has been your Admin Pisces

Literally my face every single time this song comes on….

**Experiences…….Lyrical Transfiguration**

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