Bad Boy Down



I personally find that bad guys are attractive, basically. I don’t know. Perhaps it’s in the way they talk like they are careless. Perhaps it’s in the way they look like they are effortlessly gorgeous. Perhaps it’s in the way they act like they can conquer the world with just a snap of their fingers. Perhaps it’s in their effortlessly confident attitude like they don’t need anything and just fuck the whole world they do what they want and say what they please. Perhaps it’s just simply in embodied in their very presence that they can swoon any girl’s heart just by doing nothing. They’re intriguing but not intimidating. They’re provoking but not provocative. They’re raising curiosity without even trying. However, it takes a powerful woman to take down a bad boy; and only a woman with a strong personality who can deal with a bad boy without being dragged into their schemes. For romance is basically just a game of feelings between men and women. And only a great woman can bring up their game with their own rules and make those bad guys bend their knees.

“Follow me like you’re under a spell, everyone’s cheering, you too soon will be. You can act like you’re not, but, wanna make a bet? Don’t come too easily, that’s no fun, stay right there. Let me play some games, I’ll start, bad boy down.” –Red Velvet, Bad Boy

“Bad Boy”, performed by Kpop girl group, Red Velvet, was released on January 29th 2018 as the lead single taken from the group’s album, “The Perfect Red Velvet”. The album was the repackage album of their second studio album, “Perfect Velvet”. The R n’ B dance track was written by JQ and Moon Hee Yeon with music composed by The Stereotypes, Maxx Song, Whitney Phillips, and Yoo Young Jin. The music video was premiered on Mnet on the same day of the release. Lyrically, it’s a sexy and seductive song which describes the attraction between bad men and arrogant women.


"The Perfect Red Velvet" album cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

I don’t what’s first; they are handsome therefore they are bad boys or they are bad boys hence they are gorgeous. It’s like chicken and egg. The answer might be simple though it’s a little bit confusing. Not all handsome guys are bad boys (because some of them are gay), but I dare to bet that all bad boys must be having some pretty face. Why is it so? For me it’s simple: you have to be attractive to be able to attract your prey. “Who that boy? He caught my eyes out of all these people. That blank face, the nonchalant expression, I like that, it’s provoking my curiosity. Oh your edgy style is chic; looking like you threw on some clothes effortlessly. The way you talk like you don’t care, I like that, I try to turn away but I’m attracted to you.” Yes, they are attractive. They’re charming in their easy-going personality. They’re enchanting in their ignorant behavior. They’re confident. And they caught our curiosity. “You’re different, I’m cold but you make me laugh. You know, I’m pretty hot these days, can you feel all the eyes on me?”
As much as we try to ignore them, we cannot help but being drawn to them. That is just how enchanting they are. As much as we try to push them away, we cannot help but getting dragged into their gravity. That is just how charming they are. And they don’t even have to do big gestures to make us revolve around them. However, the game is on. And we got to play our cards well. “Come here for a second, I have something to tell you, come a little closer, put your head down to match my height. Don’t pay attention to anything else, focus on my voice only. The situation is changing, now I’m curious about you, I’m wondering as I revolve around you. Soon you’ll find out too, what is this? You’ll know, say it, that it’s already too late.” And here is where the rule applies: it takes a bad girl to take down a bad boy. It takes the same level of attractiveness and confidence. It takes the same level of charm and enchantment. “That’s right, I’m actually really confident, I don’t play a losing game. Ah, ah, you’re already halfway fallen for me.”
The thing about bad girls is that they never lose a game. And even when they are losing, they could turn the result into winning. Once they got provoked, they would go all in. And that is when they become really dangerous. Though they’re curios, they’re patient enough to hold their important cards. Though they’re enchanted, they’re bold enough to throw their seductive cards. And they cast their spell. “Follow me like you’re under a spell, everyone’s cheering, you too soon will be. You can act like you’re not, but, wanna make a bet? Don’t come too easily, that’s no fun, stay right there. Let me play some games, I’ll start, bad boy down. From now on, bad boy down.” They will make sure that their target won’t be able to get away from their spell. They will make no room for escaping. And they do it in a very smooth and subtle way. “I’m sure you must be confused, you can’t even imagine, you can try to escape but there’s not a single crack to go through. The answer is already there, just follow me naturally, I choose you, I already chose you.”


"Bad Boy" single promotional poster | source: SM Entertainment

Like being enchanted under a spell, the next thing you know is that you’re getting lost into the game of love. However, don’t you worry, the game will never got boring. With them, it’s all like the merry-go-round riding in the amusement park. It’s like a roller-coaster track in which excitement never ends. It’s like watching the live concert of the band you adore for your whole life; you laugh, you cry, and you scream at the same time. “Follow me like you’re under a spell, everyone’s cheering, they all said. The result is always the same, see? I won again. Don’t come too easily, that’s no fun, now you can’t escape me. It’s too easy for me, bad boy down.” It’s a game and it’s all about how well you’re playing your cards. We can’t be too easy or too hard; we have to do the push and pull in the right portion. We can neither be too cold nor too hot; we have to set the temperature up and down accordingly. And actually, there is no formula of it. As bad girls and bad boys, they just know how to swing it. It’s in their blood, naturally.

"I’m sure you must be confused, you can’t even imagine, you can try to escape but there’s not a single crack to go through. The answer is already there, just follow me naturally, I choose you, I already chose you.” –Red Velvet, Bad Boy




Who that who that who that boy? 수많은 사람  눈에 
(Who that who that who that boy sumanheun saram sok nune ttuin)
((Who that who that who that boy? He caught my eyes out of all these people))
무심한  표정 I like that  호기심을 자극하지
(Musimhan geu pyojeong I like that nae hogisimeul jageukhaji)
((That blank face, the nonchalant expression, I like that, it’s provoking my curiosity))
Oh 시크한 스타일은  입은 옷은 신경     
(Oh sikeuhan seutaireun deom ibeun oseun singyeong sseun deut an sseun deus)
((Oh your edgy style is chic, looking like you threw on some clothes effortlessly))
관심 없는 말투 I like that 외면해 봐도 끌려
(Gwansim eopsneun maltu I like that oemyeonhae bwado kkeullyeo)
((The way you talk like you don’t care, I like that, I try to turn away but I’m attracted to you))

달라 도도한  웃게 하잖아 알잖아 요즘 내가 hot ah ah  보는 시선 너도 느껴봐
(Dalla dodohan nal usge hajanha aljanha yojeum naega hot ah ah nal boneun siseon neodo neukkyeobwa)
((You’re different, I’m cold but you make me laugh, you know, I’m pretty hot these days, can you feel all the eyes on me?))

홀린   따라와 모두 환호해 너도  ooh ooh, oh eh oh eh oh
(Hollin deut nal ttarawa modu hwanhohae neodo got ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh)
((Follow me like you’re under a spell, everyone’s cheering, you too soon will be ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh))
아닌 척해도  ooh ooh, oh eh oh eh oh   내기를 해볼까
(Anin cheokhaedo neon ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh han beon naegireul haebolkka)
((You can act like you’re not, but ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh, wanna make a bet?))
너무 쉽겐 오지  재미없잖아 거기서 ooh ooh, oh eh oh eh oh
(Neomu swipgen oji ma jaemieopsjanha geogiseo ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh)
((Don’t come too easily, that’s no fun, stay right there, ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh))
밀고 당겨볼까 ooh ooh, oh eh oh eh oh 시작할게 bad boy down
(Milgo danggyeobolkka ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh sijakhalge bad boy down)
((Let me play some games, ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh, I’ll start, bad boy down))
Whoa whoa 지금부터 bad boy down whoa whoa
(Whoa whoa jigeumbuteo bad boy down whoa whoa)
((Whoa whoa, from now on, bad boy down, whoa whoa))

잠깐 이리 와봐 너에게만  말이 있어 가까이   고갤 숙여 키를 낮춰봐
(Jamkkan iri wabwa neoegeman hal mari isseo gakkai jom wa gogael sugyeo kireul najchwobwa)
((Come here for a second, I have something to tell you, come a little closer, put your head down to match my height))
다른  신경 쓰지   목소리에 집중해
(Dareun geon singyeong sseuji ma nae moksorie jipjunghae)
((Don’t pay attention to anything else, focus on my voice only))
상황은  달라져 주위를 맴도는 내가 궁금해
(Sanghwangeun jom dallajyeo juwireul maemdoneun naega gunggeumhae)
((The situation is changing, now I’m curious about you, I’m wondering as I revolve around you))
너도 알게  거야 뭘까  거야 말해 이미 늦어버렸단 
(Neodo alge doel geoya mwolkka al geoya malhae imi neujeobeoryeossdan geol)
((Soon you’ll find out too, what is this? You’ll know, say it, that it’s already too late))

맞아 사실 꽤나 자신 있어  지는 게임 하진 않아 ha ah ah 벌써 반쯤은 넘어왔잖아
(Maja sasil kkwaena jasin isseo nan jineun geim hajin anha Ha ah ah beolsseo banjjeumeun neomeowassjanha)
((That’s right, I’m actually really confident, I don’t play a losing game, ha ah ah, you’re already halfway fallen for me))

홀린   따라와 모두 환호해 너도  ooh ooh, oh eh oh eh oh
(Hollin deut nal ttarawa modu hwanhohae neodo got ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh)
((Follow me like you’re under a spell, everyone’s cheering, you too soon will be ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh))
아닌 척해도  ooh ooh, oh eh oh eh oh   내기를 해볼까
(Anin cheokhaedo neon ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh han beon naegireul haebolkka)
((You can act like you’re not, but ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh, wanna make a bet?))
너무 쉽겐 오지  재미없잖아 거기서 ooh ooh, oh eh oh eh oh
(Neomu swipgen oji ma jaemieopsjanha geogiseo ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh)
((Don’t come too easily, that’s no fun, stay right there, ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh))
밀고 당겨볼까 ooh ooh, oh eh oh eh oh 시작할게 bad boy down
(Milgo danggyeobolkka ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh sijakhalge bad boy down)
((Let me play some games, ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh, I’ll start, bad boy down))

혼란스런 맘이겠지 상상조차 못할 거야 헤어나려 노력해도 어떤 작은 틈도 없어
(Honranseureon mamigessji sangsangjocha moshal geoya heeonaryeo noryeokhaedo eotteon jageun teumdo eopseo)
((I’m sure you must be confused, you can’t even imagine, you can try to escape but there’s not a single crack to go through))
정답은 정해져 있어 자연스럽게  따라와   선택해   선택했어 이미
(Jeongdabeun jeonghaejyeo isseo jayeonseureopge neon ttarawa nan neol seontaekhae nan neol seontaekhaesseo imi)
((The answer is already there, just follow me naturally, I choose you, I already chose you))

홀린   따라와 모두 환호해 말했지 ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh
(Hollin deut nal ttarawa modu hwanhohae malhaessji ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh)
((Follow me like you’re under a spell, everyone’s cheering, they all said ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh))
결관 항상 같아 ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh 거봐 내가  이겼어
(Gyeolgwan hangsang gata ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh geobwa naega tto igyeosseo)
((The result is always the same, ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh, see? I won again))
너무 쉽겐 오지  재미없잖아 이제  ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh
(Neomu swipgen oji ma jaemieopsjanha ije neon ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh)
((Don’t come too easily, that’s no fun, now you ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh))
벗어날  없어 ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh 내겐 쉽지 bad boy down
(Beoseonal su eopseo ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh naegen swipji bad boy down)
((Can’t escape me, ooh ooh oh eh oh eh oh, it’s too easy for me, bad boy down))

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