In our updated review of their latest album, we mentioned that we were not feeling EXO’s latest single, Power, as much as we were the track that follows it, Sweet Lies.  So we decided to bring it to you with a translation.

We’ll be the first to admit that some of the English in the lyrics are somewhat shoehorned in there, but there is context to make them make sense, so the song doesn’t lose anything in the transition from one language to another.  A man confessing that he tells his lover what she wants to hear so that she won’t get hurt due to the fact that he isn’t the man she thinks he is.  Of course, it begs the question as to whether he is lying to himself if he’s willing to be good to her so she won’t get hurt.  A song that gives you a deeper thought about the parties involved with so few words hits all the right marks for us.

As for the vocals, so perfect in terms of tone and pitch. D.O does a very minimal opening run only to give us Baekhyun with those softly trilling Ohs that just set the whole song off.  Chanyeol’s rap comes in out of nowhere but, oddly enough, his more gruff than the rest delivery does not kill the track.  In fact, once the Sehun comes in to join him, the offset between the smoother vocals and the brasher rap of the same lines really works and plays well with the theme of being of two minds–and faces–to a person.

As much as we love the Chinese version because the sound of the lyrics flow just a little bit better in that version, but nothing beats the vocals of the Korean version.  That’s what we have below.

Translation courtesy of iLyricsBuzz.

 

Lyrics:
Oh sometimes the truth
Oh hurts more than lies
Oh we’re scared of getting hurt
We turn away from the truth

Even though I know it’s a little dangerous (So bitter)
I have no confidence I can handle it (Even if it’s a lie)
If I can have you by my side by doing this

I tell her
Sweet lies sweet lies sweet lies
The sweetest lie in the world Baby
I tell her
Sweet lies sweet lies
If this is what you want, I’ll give it all to you

No no no no no baby don’t say u want no liar
No no no no no baby don’t say u want no bad guy
Because the truth hurts more than the lie
You cover your ears with your hands

I don’t wanna hurt you either (So bitter)
This is the only way we can be (No matter what I do)
So again I
Do it again because I have no choice

So I tell her
Sweet lies sweet lies sweet lies
The sweetest lie in the world Baby
I tell her
Sweet lies sweet lies
If this is what you want, I’ll give it all to you

I don’t give you my heart as easily as you’d like
I melt you with sweet lies Like a hot cocoa in the winter
I keep trying to push you away
Had to tell you, that I lie to you, but you know I’m a pretender
I already told you that I’m an unwieldy blade and if you want me
You might get cut deep, you pretend not to hear me when I warn you
Let me tell you what’s on my mind
Sorry I can’t be that guy
Don’t expect too much
Actually I
I’m scared to begin, because
I can taste the bitter scent in my mouth
If you
Close your eyes and want me
Even if it’s a lie, I’ll make you happy
With the sweetest lie in the world
I tell you

Sweet lies sweet lies sweet lies
The sweetest lie in the world Baby
I tell her
Sweet lies sweet lies
If this is what you want, I’ll give it all to you
I tell her
Sweet lies sweet lies sweet lies
I tell her
Sweet lies sweet lies sweet lies

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