BTS – Spring Day (English translation and Ramblings)

Spring Day – You Never Walk Alone, track 15.

Written by: Pdogg, Rap Monster, ADORA, Bang PD,  Arlissa Ruppert, Peter Ibsen, Suga

Korean Lyrics from Naver Music.

I’m not gonna talk about the obvious references in the MV in detail since I’m sure a lot of other people have done so.
Spring Day theory by Dreamteller
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin
Sewol Tragedy
-Little Match Girl (vid, wiki)
Personnes by Christian Boltanski
safety pin against discrimination
yellow ribbons

Reading the lyrics, I noticed a lot of movie references including the obvious Snowpiercer (Rap Mon!!!!), so I thought it would be kind of fun to read/write about them.   They’re not super obvious so I could be just reading too much into the lyrics, but the films that are (possibly) referenced are really famous in Korea..so I hope it’s not too great of a reach to say these were referenced….

I wasn’t gonna do this song because lyrics are fairly straight forward…so I blame this on Rap Mon and his movies.

There seems to be a lot of missing those who are gone, in the movies and this song – some due to death, others not.  I don’t think the song can be pinned down to one type of good-bye.  It also seems like everyone wrote their own section based on their own feelings or experiences, based on what Suga says in this article.  The song does seem to be unified in overarching comforting feeling of coming to terms with loss and missing that person with fond memories.

I haven’t actually watched these so these are based on summaries I’ve read.  Someday, I’ll have time and I’ll try to watch them.  ^^

SPOILER ALERT!!
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Short Translation Requests

I check this blog sometimes daily, and sometimes not for few weeks.  But if you don’t mind the unpredictable waiting, I figured I’d offer kind of informal translation service for short things. ^^

Please feel free to request in comments:

-translation of short excerpts  (eg.  less than 10 lines please)
-clarification of translations that may have multiple meanings
-cultural connotation around something

BTS lyrics related is fine, but if you have anything that you would like clarified (like some of my ramblings that are not lyrics related, or from an article or something), those are fine as well.

If there are requests that are super complicated/interesting, I’ll see if I can make it a full post.

 

RM + Zico – Fuck Cockroachez (2008)

Fuck Cockroachez 
Mixtape?  Just something they did for fun?  I don’t know.  Just came across it.  It’s very cute.

original song:  DMX – X Gonna Give It To Ya

 

This was done in 2008.

RM would have been..13-14.    Zico would have been 15-16.  Why does Zico sound so pre-pubescent?  ^^

 

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BTS – Reflection (English translation and Ramblings)

I’m probably NOT going to do Suga’s song because it’s so straight forward.  The only complicated part is the point of view – where he’s having a conversation with the piano.  If anyone know a good lyrics video that clearly show this, please tell me and maybe I can just link it.

Rap Monster’s Reflection (Wings Album track 7)

Korean lyrics from Naver Music

Lyrics by:  Rap Monster, Slow Rabbit
Song by: Rap Monster, Slow Rabbit


 

In the “Wings” Preview Show (at 12:40)”, RM said that he goes to “Ttukseum” when things are hard for him or if he has a lot on his mind.  He says he wrote this song sitting at “Ttukseom.”  The background noise that he recorded on his phone there is in the song at the beginning.

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BTS – MAMA (English Translation and Ramblings)

J-Hope’s song, MAMA (Wings Album track 8)

The songs from this album are fairly straight forward, but I guess I’ll translate just a few songs.  Starting with MAMA, which I thought I could add the most rambling….

Korean lyrics are from Naver Music.

 

Lyrics by:   Primary, Pdogg, J-Hope.
Song by:  Primary, Pdogg, J-Hope.

 

Time travel to year 2006
I went crazy for dance and made my mom’s belt tighten.
The days when I jumped into it daily, despite my dad’s opposition
The boat of dreams that she floated for me, unfazed by it all.
“To tighten one’s belt” is an expression used to “tighten one’s resolve to work for a greater ideal than appeasing hunger during time of limited finances.”  Essentially, if there is not enough money, instead of buying food, you tighten the belt to try to hide the hunger… and use that money for something that you think is more important than food – in this case, her son’s love for dance.
But I didn’t know that my mom’s great contribution
Was not the wide short-cut
But this path of dream, holding onto debt.
(Always) the problem was money, and finally mom
(Go away) far away to work. 

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Hitting the Wall – anime/drama trope

I was going to write on Gender Issues, but it became too long….  so I’ll write a little bit about “Hitting the Wall” instead.  AKA:  벽치기, 벽쿵, etc…

Most of info and pictures are from Namu Wiki.  (They have a whole section on this.  Scroll halfway down for the one relating to boy/girl – as opposed to boy/wall relations).

 

I’m sure you’re fairly familiar with this meme/trope/cliche if you’ve been a fan of Asian dramas or Anime.  It’s quite old.

But when they re-enacted it in Boy In Luv, people seemed quite shocked…so I’m posting this, to show the origins of this trope.

From Boy In Luv: (or “moya-moya song” as my kindergarten daughter calls it)

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From Pinocchio (K-Drama from 2014)

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RM, mentions on SPIN, and other ramblings.

 

Edited Feb 2017.  

This post was originally done in June 2016, when I was really angry after reading what Spin had written, when they chose RM as one of “The 50 best Hip-Hop Albums of 2015”, while making some accusations of him that was unwarranted.

However, I really do NOT want this to be a debate blog of controversial issues…. mostly because I am very lazy….and I want this blog to be a low stress thing.

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Suga Tibits

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AKA:
Agust D –>D-T Suga backwards (D-T =Daegu Town , D-Town = is also name of crew he used to belong to, although based on his Grazia interview, it seems like he mostly means Daegu Town as nickname for his hometown).
Gloss –> I just read that this is because his name is “Yoongi”.  Hahaha!  Yoongi = gloss.  Yoongi-nada = To be glossy.  Why didn’t I notice this before?
Google translation of 윤기 gives you “burnish”.  Google search of “Burnish” gives “gloss” as one of the synonyms.    Makes total sense.


 

Claiming Independence in Society of Ageism  (almost an essay.. sorry…^^)
Pls note this was written before his mixtape was relased.  

As much as I translate a lot of RM lyrics, my favorite in BTS is Suga.    His lyrics are less convoluted, but they actually have very strong impact due to their direct nature.    He also seems to be such a mature and strong character.

He also makes me reflect somewhat on Korean culture, especially that of Ageism.   I think Ageism started with Confucianism, of respecting elders long time ago…but it’s changed over time to become quite of extreme.  I’m happy to say that this has been getting somewhat better over past 10-20 years.

This is my rambling about Suga, in a society that has such strong Ageism.

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BTS – Like taking a literary course? ^^

This part is mostly links to various videos, including the Theory Videos, that I liked and thought were relevant.  The VIDEOS ARE NOT MINE.

Just a list (partially so I can find them easily), likely to update over time as I find ones I like….

Updated/Reorganized Feb 2017. (Mostly for my own use so I can get real life ppl around me to get to know BTS…^^)

Interestingly, Bang PD who is the founder of Big Hit, studied  Aesthetics at Seoul National University (SNU).    It is somewhat ironical that SNU is the most prestigious university in Korea.  Bang PD is probably as intelligent at Rap Monster, if not more….  and then he picks up Rap Mon and gives him opportunity to take a completely different path to his dreams.

Anyway.  The Study of Aesthetics is “the philosophy of art, …the study of beauty and taste. It is about interpreting works of art and art movements or theories.” (from wiki)

So… essentially, I think we can blame Bang PD for all the confusion everyone had to experience with the HYYH series.   He actually majored this in university.  ^^  If you see all the cultural and literary devices/references, etc in the HYYH series, and thinking “am I over-analyzing this?”…. most likely…. you’re probably not over-analyzing.  I wouldn’t be surprised if all this was very meticulously thought out…

I love his logo (from the credits of Run MV)
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LUMPENS is wonderful too.  Check out some of their other videos too. ^^


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Rap Monster Tibits

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He looks so nerdy, I love it!  ^^

I think Suga and RM are very interesting…so this is mostly to just compile bunch of things that I found interesting… or things that I found international fans to be confused about at times.  Mostly random stuff, and will probably update over time with more stuff.


 

ENGLISH

One of the things people seem confused is… did he teach himself English?  Or did he study abroad?  You can see the answer here.

from 2014/02/25 Radio show

(My comments in brackets. They talk about their marks in school. Starting at 35:39 in the video… Previously, RM said he got 13% in Math once... )
DJ: Rap Monster had TOEIC score of 900. Rapmon had good enough marks to get into Korea University?
RM: Uh… it’s not that… There was one time I got top 1% on national exams (standardized exams?)
DJ: When you were a trainee, it says you were 3rd level for math, but 1st level  for everything else. You really were weak in Math. (See below for explanation re: levels)
RM: Yes, I was weak in Math.
DJ: Everything else was first level?
RM: Numbers were hard.
DJ: You must be good in English then. Did you study overseas?
RM: About 4 months in New Zealand….
DJ: 4 months!! (everyone laughs)
DJ: I don’t know if you can even call that studying English overseas!
RM: It’s a bit embarrassing to talk about it (ie. it’s so short, it’s embarrassing to call it as “experience studying abroad”)
DJ: That can’t really be seen as the reason you speak English well. You’re probably just good at it. And have lots of interest in languages.
RM: I liked English.

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