Today (22 Sept) EXO's Chanyeol released a his solo track "Hands" in sound cloud. The song was initially composed as Chanyeol's solo performance for the Elyxion concert, which was commenced on 24 Nov 2017.
The song was written by Chanyeol around 2014-2015 when EXO went through so many hardships. The song holds a deep beautiful meaning for his band members and fans. It was considered as a second "Promise" by the EXO's fans.
Here are the lyrics from the song -
The hands that steadied me when I was struggling. The eyes that comforted me when I was crying. The dream we dreamed together when we closed our eyes. If I had held on to that hand just a bit tighter, if I hadn’t let go, would I be different from what I am now? If I’d met those eyes just a bit longer, if I hadn’t avoided them, would I still be flying now?
My dreams came true earlier than I expected and the despair found me earlier, too. The happy moments might have stopped somewhere between the two. I pray every night, and even if I yell out, asking for an answer, in the end every day is the same as yesterday. The people who comfort me, and the ones behind them who mock me, nothing has changed at all.
I looked to the ground more than the sky, and at the footsteps I worked so hard to make being erased one by one. There I fill with loneliness, collapsed, and eight hands reach out to me.
When I’m worn out, I hold tightly on to eight hands. There’s nothing else to do, we just have to overcome it all. I go over the dreams we had together from the very beginning, and I raise my head. The hate and betrayal filled my body, and when I was worried whether I could overcome the anxiety they held me tighter, I can feel the warmth of the hands patting my head. There’s still so many hands here to hold on to me.
When I’m worn out, I hold tightly on to eight hands. Having forgotten how to fly, I lean on those beside me, because even with broken wings, together we can fly higher. We have to know to forgive and love. With my eyes closed, I heard that person’s unfamiliar voice, and I pray to that voice once again.
When I want to give up on everything and let it all go, and when I’m tired, I hold tightly on to eight hands. When I’m worn out, I hold tightly on to eight hands.
But BTS' fan base "Army" are attacking Chanyeol claiming that the song was copied from Suga's "First Love". Honestly, anyone with good ears can tell the only similarity between the both the songs are the usage of piano and violin instruments with soft rapping style.
One EXOL analyzed the sound structure of both the songs and proved the accusations of BTS Army are wrong.
Fan wars are undeniably dirty. But this time it has turned in to a whole new level of atrocity. Because an idol is being bashed for just using piano, violin in his song just because their idol used it ! One toxic fan tweets it, and the rest doesn't even validate the content of the tweet, blindly believes it, makes hashtag and spreads it. For one fan's fault, the entire fandom cannot be blamed. But if the entire fandom has failed to stop that one toxic fan from spreading toxicity in Kpop community, then who is to blame? Unless and until mature Kpop stan steps up and stops such things from happening, there's no solution to existing dirty toxic fan war culture.