j-hope (BTS) – Hope World (English Translation + Ramblings)

Is he going by small case j-hope instead of J-Hope?  That seems to be the way he is listed on the mixtape credits.  You can download the whole  mixtape with lyrics here or listen to it on itunes.

BigHit seems to have  hired good translators for the subtitles of the MV’s.  The subtitles for both the Daydream and Airplane are quite good.  The lyrics are not too complicated for these songs either, so the subs on the MV’s are pretty good for these songs.

 

Tracks 01-03 seem similar in themes.  These three tracks seem to illustrate his acceptance of his imperfect human side along with his efforts to strive for positivity.   There seems to be a lot of tie-in with the Love Yourself 承 ‘Her’ album as well.

Hope World mixtape was released on March 2, 2018 KST.   This was the first day of a new school year as the kids go up in grade in early spring in Korea.  I don’t know if that was intentional but a lot of K-Army thought it was supposed represent hope of new beginnings.

 


 

(01) HOPE WORLD

Produced by DOCSKIM
(DOCSKIM, j-hope)
for full credits breakdown, please see the lyrics that come with the mixtape.

 

My name is my life
Hopeful vibe
Rather than to be negative, a positive type
Being worthy of the name, But ain’t no price
Whoo
Not, pure idealistic style
Of age to be unstoppable
Often enjoys swear and vulgar words but
Not in my music
To talk about myself, every day is like D-Day
A daily routine that is thankful to the given situation
A lifetime that was created by excited anticipation of living
A person in 20’s that works with faith in self
Respect
My Father, Mother
I resemble them in blood
Carry on their baton
And run, fitting of this motto
This is my own bliss
Cheers to my world

This part of the song reminded me of the lyrics of Her, in LY:Her album.
He tries to put on the best positive side for the world, but he still has the more complex side underneath including some negativity and darkness.  Accepting this and trying to put forth a positive face doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s fake – he’s just trying to work hard and be thankful.

 

Say hello to my Hope World
This is my world
My own story
Run, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
OK
Shout out to my Hope World
Regardless of who (you/I) became
the subject is non-specific here
Let’s go once around the world
Like a novel, my own feel.

“Like a novel” is used in Korea, similar to the phrase “like a movie” in English.  It means it’s so incredible that it feels surreal.
Twenty thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a novel, and in this story the protagonist travels around the world exploring the depths of the sea in a submarine.

This novel also makes an appearance in the lyrics of GoGo  during j-hope’s part.

If you think of the lyrics of the song Sea, where the sea symbolizes hope…. You could say that the sea we explore as if we’re characters in Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea is a metaphor for exploring hope and we’re exploring j-hope’s Hope World.

 

Yup, to fall passionate about something
Yup, to try exploring
Yup, to go meet the challenges
This is style, this is mine
Those kids who are similar, this is time to join in spirit
Let’s do it together, this is the submarine
Everyone is Aronnax and I’m the Captain Nemo
In Twenty Leagues Under the Sea, Professor Aronnax is the protagonist who gets shown the world under the sea by Captain Nemo in a submarine.  Of note, Captain Nemo is kind of a complex character that seems bright on outside but is a bit darker on inside.  Such a good book..
Follow
Here, meaningful and strong
As if we’re optimists
Everyone together just happily
We can be like the swan above the surface of water
The swan metaphor is used a lot in Korea.  I don’t think it’s used much in the English world……
The swan appears serene and elegant above water, as if gliding on the water’s surface.  But under the water, the feet are moving frantically fast to propel the swan forward.  This is another way to express that the seemingly positive/easy exterior may hide hard work and not-so-serene side
Day Day
Substitute self into the world
The world substitute used here, is the word used in Algebra.  Substitute the value of x….  J-hope making my nerdy side happy.
Have faith like religion, Amen
Because wanting to give meaningful worth has become my heart
Can just accept this,
Feel like
Pay day

 

Say hello to my Hope World
This is my world
My own story
Run, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
OK
Shout out to my Hope World
Regardless of who (you/I) became
Let’s go once around the world
Like a novel, my own feel.

Just believe in me and try to run, Alright
This world is deep and we’re gonna try to go
Up all night
This world is deep…  Since he used this novel as a metaphor, the world of sea is deep.   The sea is also hope and the Hope World.  And they’re going to go to the depths of this world…

I guess it’s appropriate that this is the first song of the mixtape, saying to come with him to explore his Hope World, which can mean to explore the mixtape named Hope World, or to explore j-hope’s real world.

Say hello to my Hope World
This is my world
My own story
Run, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
OK
Shout out to my Hope World
Regardless of who (you/I) became
Let’s go once around the world
Like a novel, my own feel.

 

4 thoughts on “j-hope (BTS) – Hope World (English Translation + Ramblings)

  1. Thank you so much for your work!
    Just a little thing though, I know there’s the line “Want it. Cruisin’ like NEMO” in “Go Go” but I didn’t find the reference to 20,000 Leagues in “Mic Drop” (・・;)ゞ
    Anyway, I read all your posts on Hope World and they really enlighten some points and translation subtleties, thank you again!!

    1. Ohhh. Thank you. That was a brain fart on my part. You’re right, the reference was in “GoGo”, not “Mic Drop”..Thank you. Fixed ~~

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