BTS – Black Swan (English Translation and Ramblings)

Track 06 of Map Of The Soul: 7 album.

Watch the Music Video and Art Film!  They have quite good subs.

Written by:
Pdogg, RM, August Rigo, Vince Nantes, Clyde Kelly

 

I think the lyrics to this is fairly straight forward, but I translated Jamais Vu and it just didn’t seem complete without doing Black Swan as well, since the two songs share some imagery.   So here it is. :)

As it says in the beginning of their Art Film, this is based on the quote from Martha Graham:

“a dancer dies twice  – once when they stop dancing and this first death is the more painful.”


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BTS – UGH! (English Translation and Ramblings)

Track 12 of Map of the Soul: 7 album.

Written by: Supreme Boi, Suga, RM, Hiss noise, j-hope, icecream drum

 

This ended up being a lot longer than I expected and I’m too tired.  If you see any errors, please ignore them.  I’ll have another look tomorrow…

 

 

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BTS – Dionysus (English Translation and Ramblings)

Track 07 of the Map of the Soul: Persona album.

Written by:  Pdogg, J-Hope , Supereme Boi, RM, Suga, Roman Campolo

 

Dionysus is god of the grape-harvest, winemaking and wine, of fertility, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, and theatre in ancient Greek religion and myth, according to Wiki.

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BTS – List of LYRIC VIDEO Recommendations

I noticed that lyrics video channels often have differences in quality of translation, even within the same channel.  So I thought it would be fun to compile a list of lyrics videos.

These videos are obviously NOT MINE.   This is just a list of the ones I thought were good or at least decent.   There may be details that aren’t too accurate, but let’s aim for reasonably good…  I’ll try to update this list over time.

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BTS – Sea (English translation and Ramblings)

 

BTS – Sea (hidden track on Love Yourself: Her album CD)

written by: Suga, Slow Rabbit, RM, J-Hope

 

Sorry this is really late!

 

I was hoping my physical copy would have lyrics to this song, but it did not.  I searched for Korean lyrics and there are multiple versions on-line with slight differences.

This is based on what I can hear.  However, as there are no official lyrics available, there may be some errors.

 

 

This song seems to use metaphors for:

sea = hope
desert = trials/despair

However, in typical BTS fashion, the metaphors are not simple.  Hope and despair are not mutually exclusive, and sea water can be destructive while desert can be beautiful.

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BTS – Pied Piper (English translation and Ramblings)

Pied Piper is track 06 on the Love Yourself 承 ‘Her’ album.

Based on Pied Piper of Hamelin.

This folklore/legend is kind of fitting since it’s never clear whether Pied Piper was helpful to this town of Hamelin or not.  I guess fan relationship with BTS is kind of like that too – they’re helpful and encouraging but can also lead you down to not getting things done.

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BTS – Go Go (English translation and Ramblings)

Go Go (고민보다 Go) is track 08 on Love Yourself 承 ‘Her’ album. 

The literal translation of the title means “Rather than worrying, Go”

 

Korean Lyrics are from Naver Music.

 

Reading the lyrics, I don’t think this is a song saying BTS feels like spending money like this.  Looking at their old Spine Breaker song, most likely there are at least some members who actually don’t spend a lot of money.

What it does look like, is like representation of what a lot of kids in BTS generation feels.  Especially if asked why that “young generation” never plans for future, and lives seemingly irresponsible lives and spends all their earnings.  There are a lot of young people like that in Korea, and partially it’s because the future is too depressing.  Why bother saving up for a house or to have a family…if you know that no matter how hard you work, you’ll never  have enough money to actually do these things?   Especially considering how expensive it is to raise kids in Korea.   Might as well blow it on pleasures of today.

BTS probably reads a lot of stories from fans and hears a lot of these issues from their friends who are now just at the age of entering work force.  They have repeatedly said that in addition to their stories, they want to tell the stories they’ve heard from others of their generation.  The song is advocating the issues of the times, where people give up on hopes of future.

In BTS’s common style, it’s mildly self-deprecating and sarcastic.  The fact that the song sounds happy, and the narrative superficially sounds happy when it’s actually a fairly depressing song also gives it interesting contrast.

 

EDIT: Sept 30, 2017

The “run run” and “YOLOYOLO” sounded kinda sad and resigned when listening to the music by itself.  I can’t believe they made the performance so deceivingly cheerful and cute.  I read a Korean netizen comment that said something like, “I was happily enjoying watching the performance until I read the lyrics and it made my stress induced acid reflux flare up.”

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