RM (BTS) – Voice (English Translation + Ramblings)

 

RM Mixtape track 01 – Voice

 

Produced by Slow Rabbit
All Melodies & Lyrics by RM

 

My ramblings make the song kind of disjointed, so I put the lyrics without ramblings at the end as well..

 


 

I had no dream.
Like my lyrics, it’s like that every day
OR:  Like my lyrics, it’s like that equation
식 = equation OR: like that/that way
The mathematical functions and equation that could not give me an answer
In the end, they became numerous  “hae”

It makes it impossible to see the stars hidden behind that light

I had explained the “hae” part in my other post about math related lyrics – please read that post fore more detailed break down.   To summarize, “hae” has many meanings including:

HAE = to do/value of variable (often the answer in solving a function)/harm/sun/year

The mathematical functions and equation that could not give me an answer
In the end, they became countless  values for the variables
OR:

The mathematical functions and equation that could not give me an answer
In the end, they caused many harms
OR:
The mathematical functions and equation that could not give me an answer
In the end, they became many suns.
It makes it impossible to see the stars hidden behind that light
OR:
The mathematical functions and equation that could not give me an answer
In the end, they became many years


Day by day, I killed myself slowly like that
Meaninglessly obsessing all day on being graded like cuts of beef.
The high school grades are given in “등급” which gives your levels (rankings) in percentiles within your grade.   Ie.  Level 1 grade means you’re in top 4% (96th %).

The pros of this system is that it keeps a school from unfairly giving high grades to all their students.  If some schools gave their kids A+ all the time, the universities will not take high school marks seriously and base all their entrance criteria on the Sooneung (the national exam for university entrance).   Relying on Sooneung too much ends up with situations where a kid who was a bit sick on the day of the exam may do poorly and commit suicide, etc.

The cons of the system is that goal is no longer “doing better than last time” but “doing better than your peers.”  The goal changes from “I got 85% last time, and I’ll try to get 90% this time” to “I got 5th place in my class and now I have to do better than my friend who got the 4th place.”

Additional unfortunate thing about this grading system was that they used the same terminology that was around for grading beef.   Level 1 student and Level 1 beef – both use the term 1 등급…..
I just wanted to succeed
Because that’s what I’d been told by others until I was sick of it
I thought a mirage called happiness was being held there
But in front of the desk, there wasn’t a moment when I was happy
I hid a blank page from my mom, between the pages of my study book
My identity that I wrote down along the drum base
Feelings like I can breathe, different from when I got my report cards
Even when I got first place at school, my heart never felt at ease
Because others want something, is there a reason for me to have to want it as well?


Instead of spending one life full of sighs of deep sadness
I took the sadness out and I decided to take the path where I can just breathe

han = one, OR:  deep sadness.
soom = breath
hansoom = sigh

Literally:
Instead of spending han life full of hansoom of han
I took the han out and decided to take the path where I can just have soom

hansoom (sigh) – han (sadness) = soom (breath)

Literally, if you take the sadness(han) off the sigh (hansoom), you get a breath(soom).
RM doing math with parts of words again….

People pointed their fingers at me, those around me superficially
My dream is to given my voice to all
Regardless of what state I am at that time, with my music and lyrics
You, who is listening to this.. I don’t know how you must be feeling
It’s alright if you curse at me
In the end you’ll come looking for me again 
Yes, it’s been 7 years, but I’m still using a $50 mic 
Alone in the corner of my room, this mixtape was made
I guess it’s been 7 years since he started being interested in music?  This was in early 2015 when he was 20 years old…
Some say I’m fake, 
Yeah, I admit to dark and embarrassing parts of my past
using the term 흑역사, literally “dark past” but usually means embarrassing things you want to hide from your past
I could make excuses but I won’t.  That won’t happen again
Yeah I be real, the thing I desperately wanted at this moment
I’m finally oiling the pedals that I’ve stepped on for 7 years
You can’t kill, Come take it if you do wanna piece of me
Just talk with music, other ways are not needed
If you really think you ready to fly with my power
This is what R is about fella the time is now

 

Secretly, I raise the volume of my voice
So that it can be known, so that it can reach you
Again, I raise the volume of my voice
So that it can be known, so that it can reach you

Secretly, I raise the volume of my voice
So that it can be known, so that it can reach you
Again, I raise the volume of my voice
So that it can be known, so that it can reach you

 

the “I” here is a bit implied.
literally, it’s:
Secretly, raise the volume of my voice…

 


 

Since my ramblings make it really disjointed, here’s the whole song without the ramblings…


I had no dream.
Like my lyrics, it’s like that every day
The mathematical functions and equation that could not give me an answer
In the end, they became numerous  “hae”

It makes it impossible to see the stars hidden behind that light
Day by day, I killed myself slowly like that
Meaninglessly obsessing all day on being graded like cuts of beef.
I just wanted to succeed
Because that’s what I’d been told by others until I was sick of it
I thought a mirage called happiness was being held there
But in front of the desk, there wasn’t a moment when I was happy
I hid a blank page from my mom, between the pages of my study book
My identity that I wrote down along the drum base
Feelings like I can breathe, different from when I got my report cards
Even when I got first place at school, my heart never felt at ease
Because others want something, is there a reason for me to have to want it as well?
Instead of spending one life full of sighs of deep sadness
I took the sadness out and I decided to take the path where I can just breathe
People pointed their fingers at me, those around me superficially
My dream is to given my voice to all
Regardless of what state I am at that time, with my music and lyrics
You, who is listening to this.. I don’t know how you must be feeling
It’s alright if you curse at me
In the end you’ll come looking for me again
Yes, it’s been 7 years, but I’m still using a $50 mic
Alone in the corner of my room, this mixtape was made
Some say I’m fake,
Yeah, I admit to dark and embarrassing parts of my past
I could make excuses but I won’t.  That won’t happen again
Yeah I be real, the thing I desperately wanted at this moment
I’m finally oiling the pedals that I’ve stepped on for 7 years
You can’t kill, Come take it if you do wanna piece of me
Just talk with music, other ways are not needed
If you really think you ready to fly with my power
This is what R is about fella the time is now

 

Secretly, I raise the volume of my voice
So that it can be known, so that it can reach you
Again, I raise the volume of my voice
So that it can be known, so that it can reach you

Secretly, I raise the volume of my voice
So that it can be known, so that it can reach you
Again, I raise the volume of my voice
So that it can be known, so that it can reach you

 

 

3 thoughts on “RM (BTS) – Voice (English Translation + Ramblings)

  1. thank you for the translations! I was wondering if cypher was still your favorite song lyrics or if it’s changed by now

  2. thank you! I always love your translations and the little tidbits and interpretations of the lyrics you provide :)

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