Fake Love

Produced by Pdogg
Written by Pdogg, “Hitman” Bang, RM


💭 Because it was for you, I
could pretend to be happy even when I was sad
Because it was for you, I
could pretend to be strong even when I was in pain
I wish that love could be perfected with just love,
that all my weaknesses could be hidden
Within my unfulfilled dream,
I had grown a flower unable to bloom

💔 I’m so sick of this
fake love, fake love, fake love
I’m so sorry but it’s
fake love, fake love, fake love

I wanna be a good man, just for you
I gave you the world, just for you
I changed everything, just for you
Now I dunno me, who are you?
In our private wood, you weren’t there
The route I trod, I’ve forgotten
I don’t really know who I was, either, anymore
In the mirror, try screaming ‘who even are you?’

💭

🥀 Love you so bad, love you so bad
For you, I mould pretty lies
Love, it’s so mad, love, it’s so mad
I aim to erase myself and become your doll
Love you so bad, love you so bad
For you, I mould pretty lies
Love, it’s so mad, love, it’s so mad
I aim to erase myself and become your doll

💔

Why you so sad? I don’t know, I don’t know
Try smiling, try saying ‘I love you’
Look at me, I, who threw away even myself
I, who could not understand even you
‘You feel unfamiliar’, you say to me, who changed to become one you liked
You say I’m not the person you knew so well in the past
As if I’m not, I’m blind
As if this is love, it’s all fake love

(Woo) I dunno, I dunno, I dunno why
(Woo) I too, I too don’t know myself
(Woo) I just know, I just know, I just know why
Cuz it’s all fake love, fake love, fake love

🥀

💔

💭


Notes

The narrator is trapped within a fake love; a love in which he has not been able to stay true to himself. Due to the pressure brought on by himself to be wanted, he has changed himself – and ruined himself. He recognises this. And yet, he makes the active choice to only burrow deeper into this fake love, for it’s the only way he foresees that has him continue to be with the other.

  • RM explained in an interview with Liam McEwan for J-14 that “this time we want to focus on some of the parts of love that we want to run away from, so the name is Tear, and the main single title is going to be ‘Fake Love’. We want to say that, if you’re not true to yourself, love won’t last. And the love could be between a person and person, but it could be between me and myself.”
  • The symbolism of them becoming a doll is utilised effectively in their choreography, and the metaphors of the flower unable to bloom and the mask are carried through into later songs.
  • The change of tense is crucial in creating a timeline of events that occur within this song. The following track also has a timeline of sorts, but that is a slow, winding journey that blossoms as softly as a flower … and falls apart in the most delicate manner. This however, just like the ideas it holds, is jagged. The tense jumps around, as does the syntax, reflecting the colourful explosion of frustration.

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