Wolf

Thursday, September 17, 2015



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People come and go in life. And the most hurtful separation always comes from some people whom we never could have guessed would be leaving. But at this rate, no matter how hard it is, the show must go on. EXO, used to be a large idol group with twelve members, but since June 2015, the boys have been carrying on with nine members only. The wolf pack has lost three betas, only three years after their amazing debut back in 2012. It’s heartbreaking for me as an EXO-L (the official fandom name of EXO). Therefore, for the next two posts (this one and the next one after this) in this month’s Male Special Part 1: Band of Brothers, I’m gonna write a review of EXO’s two hits which was released at their peak. Let’s start with “Wolf (늑대와 미녀)”.

Can’t reject this strong irresistible feeling, I’ve fallen into it. I’ve let go of myself. I like simple things, the things hidden inside of me have opened its eyes now.” –EXO, Wolf (늑대와 미녀)

“Wolf (늑대와 미녀)”, released on June 3rd 2013, was a long-awaited comeback of EXO for their devoted fans. The hip-hop dance pop track was served as lead single from the group’s first studio album, “XOXO”. The album itself was released in two versions: a Korean “Kiss” edition and a Chinese “Hug” edition. “Wolf (늑대와 미녀)” was composed and arranged by Will Simms and Nermin Harambasic from Dsign Music, and Kenzie from SM Entertainment, who also penned the lyrics for its Korean version, while Zhou Weijie provided the lyrics for Mandarin Chinese version.


"XOXO" album cover - source: en.wikipedia.org

Lyrically, “Wolf (늑대와 미녀)” is like a fantasy short story about a young werewolf who falls in love with a human girl. Literally, its Korean title, 늑대와 미녀, means “The Wolf and the Beauty”. I can’t help but remembering one of my favorite TV shows, “Teen Wolf”, while listening of this song. But in this song, it’s like the lion has fallen for the lamb. “I get a feeling all at once. In one bite, I will put you in my mouth like cheese. I’ll smell your scent, enjoy your color, and eat you more elegantly than drinking wine. But I have lost strength in my toenail, my appetite is disappearing. Am I sick? Do I have an illness? Yeah, I’m in big trouble. Snap out of it, how could your heart be stolen by a human? She’s a human, just a one-bite meal.” As the wolfboy is getting attracted to the girl at first smell, he begins to have this monologue with himself, questioning his nature of a beast. “Look at her, she’s fallen into fear. She can’t understand the situation before her eyes. ‘Will that dirty wolf guy eat me in the end?’ That’s not it, I have fallen in love. So beautiful, you are mine. Don’t be scared of me, I’m a special wolf, a wolf who loves you, who is blinded by you.”
Meeting the girl is a life-changing moment for the wolfboy. Not only he’s starting to doubt his nature, but he’s also having this conflict inside about what to do with the girl. “Hey, just bite her, then shake her so she’ll lose her conscious. Hey, do it with a style you’ve never used, get rid of her before that full moon sets. That’s right, I’m a wolf but I love you. I’m a wolf and you’re a beauty.” But then the wolfboy comes to a conclusion: he’s falling in love with the girl, a feeling he never felt before. “Can’t reject this strong irresistible feeling, I’ve fallen into it. I’ve let go of myself. I like simple things, the things hidden inside of me have opened its eyes now.” As much as he tries to keep things simple, he decides to restrain himself from being turned into a wolf. He chooses to stay as a human in order to protect the girl, the one he loves. He tries to repress his nature for the sake of love. Indeed, love is a sacrifice. “I can’t get enough of you, I’m in big trouble. That yellow moon teases me, telling me I can’t have you, ‘You’re just a wild beast.’ If you’re gonna say that kind of thing, then just go away. If I need to, I’ll change myself. I can’t ever let her go.”

EXO in the "Wolf" music video

Music video for “Wolf (늑대와 미녀)” was released on May 30th 2013 and premiered on Mnet. During the promotion for “Wolf (늑대와 미녀)”, EXO performed as a whole group instead of being divided into its two subgroups, EXO-K and EXO-M, like they had done before with their previous debut mini album. The album “XOXO” won Album of the Year at the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards and sold over one million copies, becoming the best-selling album in Korea since 2001. As it was very well-widely-received, it was a proof that the boys were indeed worth waiting back then.

I can’t get enough of you, I’m in big trouble. That yellow moon teases me, telling me I can’t have you, ‘You’re just a wild beast.’ If you’re gonna say that kind of thing, then just go away. If I need to, I’ll change myself. I can’t ever let her go.” –EXO, Wolf (늑대와 미녀)






“Chogiwa danbeone neukkyeo neol hanibe chijeucheoreom jibeoneoheulteda
(I get a feeling all at once, in one bite, I will put you in my mouth like cheese)
Hyanggimatgo saekkkal eummihago wainboda uahage jabameogeulteda
(I’ll smell your scent, enjoy your color, and eat you more elegantly than drinking wine)
A geureonde baltobe himi ppajyeo immatkkaji eh eobseojyeo
(But I have lost strength in my toenail, my appetite is disappearing)
Hoksi naega apeungeolkka byeongirado geollingeoni keunillatdae
(Am I sick? Do I have an illness? Yeah, I’m in big trouble)
Jeongsincharyeo eojjeoda inganege mameul ppaetgyeobeoryeonna
(Snap out of it, how could your heart be stolen by a human?)
Geunyeoneun hanipgeori ppunirago
(She’s a human, just a one-bite meal)

Hey, hwak mureo geu daeum mangmak heundeureo jeongsinirke
(Hey, just bite her, then shake her so she’ll lose her conscious)
Hey, ja anhaebon seutaillo jeo keun boreumdari jigijeone haechiwora
(Hey, do it with a style you’ve never used, get rid of her before that full moon sets)

Geurae wolf naega wolf auuu~ ah saranghaeyo nan neukdaego neon minyeo
(That’s right wolf, I’m a wolf, auuu~ ah [but] I love you, I’m a wolf and you’re a beauty)
Geurae wolf naega wolf auuu~ ah saranghaeyo nan neukdaego neon minyeo
(That’s right wolf, I’m a wolf, auuu~ ah [but] I love you, I’m a wolf and you’re a beauty)

Geobuhalsu eobsi gangnyeolhan i neukkime ppajyeobeoryeo nareul nwasseo
(Can’t reject this strong irresistible feeling, I’ve fallen into it, I’ve let go of myself)
Nan dansunhage joha nae soge sumeoitdeon geosi jigeum nuntteosseo
(I like simple things, the things hidden inside of me have opened its eyes now)

Geunyeol jombwa gongpoe ppajyeo nunapui situation ihae motaemotae
(Look at her, she’s fallen into fear, she can’t understand the situation before her eyes)
Jeo deoreoun neukdaenomi gyeolguk nal jabameokgetji geuge aninde sarange ppajin geomnida
(“Will that dirty wolf guy eat me in the end?” That’s not it, I have fallen in love)
Neomu areumdawo areumdawo areumdawo wolf geudae nae nima nae nima nae nima wolf
(So beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, wolf, you are mine, mine, mine, wolf)
Nareul duryeowo duryeowo duryeowo ma naneun teukbyeolhan teukbyeolhan teukbyeolhan wolf
(Don’t be scared, scared, scared of me, I’m a special, special, special, wolf)
Geudael saranghaneun saranghaneun saranghaneun wolf nege nuni meon nuni meon nuni meon wolf
(A wolf who loves, loves, loves you, wolf, who is blinded, blinded, blinded by you, wolf)

Neol motkkeunkesseo keunillasseo neol motkkeunkesseo keunillasseo
(I can’t get enough of you, I’m in big trouble, I can’t get enough of you, I’m in big trouble)
Jeo norandari nareul nollyeo neoreul gajilsu eopdago naneun geunyang geochin yasuinde
(That yellow moon teases me, telling me I can’t have you, “You’re just a wild beast”)
Geuttan malhalgeomyeon kkeojyeo pillyohadamyeon nal bakkwo geunyeol jeolttae bonaelsuga eobseo
(If you’re gonna say that kind of thing, then just go away, if I need to, I’ll change myself, I can’t ever let her go)”

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