Don't Cry

Baby, don’t cry tonight. After the darkness passes, it’ll become as it never happened. You’re not the one to disappear into foam, something you should’ve known. So baby, don’t cry. My love will protect you.” –EXO K, Baby, Don’t Cry [translated lyrics]



Setelah penantian panjang yang penuh keresahan, para penggemar EXO di seluruh dunia dapat berkata, akhirnya! Setelah terombang-ambing dalam kegelisahan penantian, akhirnya para penggemar EXO dapat berpuas hati. Setelah satu tahun lebih meninggalkan masa debutnya dalam ketenangan yang mematikan, akhirnya EXO kembali! It’s truly what people said ‘the calm before the storm’. Satu tahun lebih semenjak debut spektakuler mereka di tahun 2012, EXO seperti sengaja meninggalkan para fans mereka dalam beribu pertanyaan yang berkecamuk di benak. Sumbernya hanya satu, mengapa EXO belum juga melakukan comeback paska debut mereka? Segala pertanyaan akhirnya terjawab. Seluruh keresahan akhirnya termusnahkan. Seluruh kegelisahan akhirnya terbayarkan. Seluruh penantian akhirnya berujung. EXO merilis studio album perdana mereka yang bertajuk “XOXO”, pada tanggal 3 Juni 2013.
Sempurnanya lagi, dalam album “XOXO” termuat salah satu lagu yang telah ditunggu-tunggu oleh para penggemar sejak lagu ini muncul dalam salah satu debut teasers mereka tahun lalu, yaitu sebuah lagu berjudul “Baby, Don’t Cry”. Muncul pertama kali dalam debut video teaser ke-21 mereka yang dirilis pada tanggal 28 Februari 2012, melodi lagu ini telah berhasil menjerat hati para fans. Cukup sekali dengar dan kita akan tahu bahwa “Baby, Don’t Cry” akan menjadi track yang indah suatu saat kelak. Penggemar bahkan sempat kecewa ketika mengetahui bahwa lagu ini belum termuat dalam debut mini album EXO, “Mama”, yang diluncurkan pada tahun 2012 lalu. Potongan dari lagu ini sempat dibawakan secara live duet oleh para vokalis utama EXO-K, D.O dan Baekhyun, dalam acara showcase mereka di Korea Selatan tahun lalu. Penggemar patut berpuas diri ketika “Baby, Don’t Cry” akhirnya dapat dinikmati secara utuh sebagai sebuah lagu, tidak hanya sekadar cuplikan. Penggemar patut berbangga hati ketika “Baby, Don’t Cry”, tepat sesuai dengan perkiraan dan harapan, menjadi sebuah lagu yang indah.



Let’s take a deeper look into “Baby, Don’t Cry” lyrics, which tell about what a sincere and true love is. Do you remember a fairytale about a mermaid that fall in love with a human prince? Yes, this song is basically inspired by that tale. Do you remember how this story ends? Unlike any other fairytales, the mermaid tale has probably the most painful and tragic ending ever. She gives up her mermaid life (her voice too) to become a human. She couldn’t even speak up her feelings but happy enough to be just by his side as a woman. The evil witch threats her to stab the prince and bring his heart (literally) if she wants to stay alive as a human. In the end, the mermaid turns into foam in order to protect her beloved man. This song is told from the man’s perspective. For receiving that kind of deep love from a woman, who bravely gave up everything she has for him, he could do anything. Instead of giving herself up, he wants her to take away his heart undoubtedly. “So you can remain as a shining person, burn me with that dagger instead.” As much as he loves her, he wants to change the ending. Love is not giving up, it’s protecting. But if giving up is the only way to protect the love, then what could they do? Fate and destiny are the cruelest things for them. Even though they’re not destined to be together, it’s more than enough for them to understand that they love each other that much to give everything up, moreover, to protect each other. “You’re not the one to disappear into foam.” Indeed, a true and sincere love is worth the pain.
As the most anticipated track of “XOXO” album, “Baby, Don’t Cry” has fulfilled the high expectations of EXO’s fans. Versi berbahasa Korea dari lagu ini dibawakan oleh personil EXO-K, yaitu D.O, Baekhyun, Suho, dan Chanyeol. Sementara untuk versi berbahasa Mandarin dari lagu ini diberi judul “Mermaid Tears”, dan dibawakan oleh personil EXO-M. For this review, I intentionally used the Korean version of the song, because I feel more familiar with Korean language rather than Chinese. Lagu ballad R n’ B ini ditulis liriknya oleh Cho Yoon Kyung untuk versi Korea dan Wang Yajun untuk versi Mandarin, dengan aransemen musik dari tim komposer Kim Tae Sung, Im Kwang Wook, Andrew Choi, Ophelia, dan Kalle Engstrom. “Baby, Don’t Cry” dibawakan secara live oleh EXO-K dalam program acara radio MBC Shim Shim Ta Pa pada tanggal 7 Juni 2013. Kemampuan vokal D.O dan Baekhyun tidak perlu ditanyakan lagi. Mereka luar biasa! Sementara vokal Suho mengalami peningkatan dari album sebelumnya, and I’m so glad than ever! I also have to note that Chanyeol’s rap is sooo sexy! I could hear his deep yet husky voice longer than in any tracks of the album in this song. I’m so glad that SM finally gives opportunity for him to explore his talent. Dan yang terpenting, hasilnya sangat memuaskan. Keempat vokal dan rap menyatu apik dengan melodi indah lagu ini. So, for EXO’s fans around the world who patiently waiting for more over than a year, as now they’re back for good, don’t cry, okay?

Baby, don’t cry tonight. The night is plagued by violent storms as if the sky would fall. It’s slightly befitting. To let you go at a moment that shines more brilliantly than tears like this, my love will be remembered.” –EXO K, Baby, Don’t Cry [translated lyrics]




* Ditulis sambil mendengarkan lagu “Baby, Don’t Cry” oleh EXO-K. Lirik lagu berupa romanisasi dari huruf Hangul Korea, beserta dengan translasinya ke dalam Bahasa Inggris.

“Deoneun mangseorijima jebal nae simjangeul geodueo ga
(Please take away my heart, don’t hesitate another minute)
Geurae nalkaroulsurok joha dalbit jochado nuneul gameun bam
(Even the moon closes her eyes tonight, yes, the sharper the better)
Na anin dareun namjayeotdamyeon huigeuk anui han gujeorieotdeoramyeon
(Think as it were any other man, think as it were a single verse taken from a comedy)
Neoui geu saranggwa bakkun sangcheo modu taewobeoryeo
(Burn all the scars that you’ve exchanged for this love)

Baby don’t cry tonight
Eodumi geochigo namyeon
(After the darkness passes)
Baby don’t cry tonight
Eobseotdeon iri doel geoya
(It’ll become as it never happened)
Mulgeopumi doeneun geoseun nega aniya kkeutnae mollaya haetdeon
(You’re not the one to disappear into foam, something you should’ve known)
So baby don’t cry, cry
Nae sarangi neol jikil teni
(My love will protect you)

Ojik seororeul hyanghaeinneun unmyeongeul jugo bada
(The exchanging is only our separate fates that lead us to one another)
Eotgallil su bakke eomneun geu mankeum deo saranghaesseumeul nan ara
(I know we loved just as much, as inevitable as it seemed that we’d miss each other)
When you smile, sun shines eoneoran teuren chae mot dameul challan
(When you smile, sun shines as brilliant as any word couldn’t describe)
On mame pado chyeo buseojyeo naerijanha
(The waves crash my heart and crumble down)

Baby don’t cry tonight
Pokpungi morachineun bam haneuri muneojil deut          
(The night is plagued by violent storms as if the sky would fall)
Baby don’t cry tonight
Jogeumeun eoullijanha
(It’s slightly befitting)
Nunmulboda challanhi bitnaneun i sungan neoreul bonaeya haetdeon
(To let you go at a moment that shines more brilliantly than tears like this)
So baby don’t cry, cry
Nae sarangi gieokdoel teni
(My love will be remembered)

Eodukeomkeomhan gotongui geuneul wi ibyeorui munteoge naega muchamhi
(Above the dark shade of pain, at the doorsteps of farewell)
Neomeojyeodo geumajeodo neol wihaeseoramyeon gamdanghal teni
(Even if I take a brutal fall, I can take if it were for you)
Daesin nareul julge birok nal moreuneun neoege
(Instead I’ll give myself to you who don’t know me)
Don’t cry, tteugeoun nunmulbodan chadichan useumeul boyeojwo baby
(Don’t cry, give me chilling laughter instead of hot tears, baby)
Say no more, baby, no more, don’t cry
Jebal mangseorijineun marajwo mulgeopumi doel geu challa
(Please don’t hesitate at the moment you’ll become foam)
Say no more, baby, no more, don’t cry
Nunbusin sarameuro nameul su itge charari geu kallo nal taewojwo
(So you can remain as a shining person, burn me with that dagger instead)

Ne nun soge gadeuk cha oreuneun dalbit
(The moonbeam that brims up in your eyes)
Sori eobsi gotong soge heulleo neomchineun i bam
(This night that silently overflows with pain)

Ireun haessari noga naerinda
(The early sunlight comes down)
Neoreul darmeun nunbusimi naerinda
(A blinding force that reminds me of you comes down)
Gireul irheun nae nuneun ijeya
(At last my eyes have lost their way now)
Cry, cry, cry”

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