First Snow, a happy, wintry bop for December. The music makes you think of cute little elves frolicking in the snow.
So yet another cute song from EXO. Correction, it’s magically cute sounding, key word sounding. Admin Pisces has already shown us in the lyrics that this song falls in line with Peter Pan. Remember that one? Musically adorable, lyrically sad.
**Warning: This is an aural analysis based discussion. Those who’ve read the others know what else I want to add buuuuuut I won’t. #TeamSheetMusic #TeamChart
First Snow begins with our old good friend the acoustic guitar and a click track. A bass enters when the vocals come in. Ethereal chimes sound right before the closing of the verses. As if calling for a shift to happen. At the entrance of the chorus these instruments are joined by electric strings that are only present in the chorus and the end of the bridge. Note that whenever the strings enter they are reflecting on moments shared with their love interest.
-All – D.O.-
너를 만나면 눈물 차 올라
neoreul mannamyeon nunmul cha olla
If I met you, would tears rise up?
바보 같은 난 아무 말 못해
babo gateun nan amu mal mothae
The foolish me wouldn’t be able to say anything
말해줘 메리 메리 크리스마스,
malhaejwo meri meri keuriseumaseu,
Tell me, Merry Merry Christmas,
안녕 잘 지내는거지
annyeong jal jinaeneungeoji
hi, how have you been?
-All – Chanyeol-
눈이 내리면 멍든 가슴이
nuni naerimyeon meongdeun gaseumi
When the snow falls, would my
모두 하얗게 다 덮여지게 될까
modu hayahge da deopyeojige doelkka
bruised heart get covered whitely?
미안해 잘해주지 못해
mianhae jalhaejuji mothae
I’m sorry I didn’t treat you well
후회만 가득 가득 했던,
huhoeman gadeuk gadeuk haetdeon,
That Christmas, I was only filled
-All – Kris-
kan zhe ni de lei fang fu ze bei wo
Looking at your tears, it seems as if they’re blaming me
sha de lian wan liu dou wu hua ke shuo
I’m so stupid I don’t even have
你好吗 Merry Merry Christmas
ni hao ma Merry Merry Christmas
anything to say to make you stay
zhu ni you geng hao de sheng huo
Are you well Merry Merry Christmas,
-All – Tao-
kan bai xue piao luo zai xin de que kou
I wish you an even better life
neng bu neng yan mo
Watching the white snow fall in the gaps of my heart
guo qu de suo you shang tong
Is it possible to drown all of the pains of the past
yong qian yi mu song ni de li qu
I watched you leave with regret
liu xia wo yi bian yi bian
Leaving me with my regretful Christmas
hou hui de Christmas
over and over again?
This superficially happy music behind the lyrics once again seem to convey their denial of the situation. Where as in Peter Pan they were in denial about the finality of their relationship, in First Snow they want to deny/forget their role in the downfall of it or as Pisces already put it they “seem to be asking to be absolved.” They don’t want to stay in that place of guilt but gee do they wish that she was there to share the first snow with them. Mmhmm, ok guys.
The voices are soft of course to keep in line with reminiscent tone of the song. Everyone is singing in this one. The melodic line isn’t strenuous as it is in some of their songs allowing it to fit comfortably in all voices.
Well that is all for Miracles in December. Get ready to check yourself into the nearest rehab, we’re headed for Overdose.
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