Magic Shop

 

Produced by Jungkook, Hiss noise, ADORA
Written by Jungkook, Hiss noise, RM, DJ Swivel, Candace Nicole Sosa, ADORA, j-hope, SUGA

Spotify | Apple Music

Note: This is a song dedicated to the fans of BTS, ARMY (the second official fan song after Two! Three!). It is known that the theme of “Magic Shop” is inspired by a book, “Into the Magic Shop” by James R. Doty. The first teaser of FAKE LOVE explains “Magic Shop” as a psychodramatic technique that exchanges fear for a positive attitude.

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망설인다는 걸 알아 진심을 말해도
I know that you’re hesitating because, even if you speak your true heart,

결국 다 흉터들로 돌아오니까
it all comes back as scars

힘을 내란 뻔한 말은 하지 않을 거야
I won’t say obvious things like ‘cheer up,’

난 내 얘길 들려줄게 들려줄게
but I’ll rather share with you my story

 

내가 뭐랬어
What did I say,

이길 거랬잖아
I told you that we’d win
Reference: RM’s tweet (English translation)

믿지 못했어 (정말)
I couldn’t believe (really)

이길 수 있을까
that we’d be able to win
Reference: RM’s talk during Wings Tour the Final: “Even we could not believe that we’d be able to do this, that we’d succeed.”

이 기적* 아닌 기적을
This miracle that isn’t a miracle,
Another way to interpret this line is to read 이 기적 as 이기적, which means selfish. Then the translation becomes ‘the miracle that isn’t selfish’ or ‘the miracle that is made possible because we weren’t selfish’

우리가 만든 걸까
did we make it?

(No) 난 여기 있었고
(No) I was here,

니가 내게 다가와준 거야
and you’re the one came to me

 

I do believe your galaxy
Reference: RM’s tweet

듣고 싶어 너의 멜로디
I want to listen to your melody,

너의 은하수의 별들은
how the stars of your galaxy
RM used 은하수 (galaxy) quite a lot in the past (in concerts, in his fancafe posts, on Twitter (English translation), etc.)  In the 3rd Muster, he called the sea of ARMY BOMBs a galaxy and said “Even if this universe and this galaxy expand and grow larger, please don’t think that the distance between our hearts grows farther. Your eyes shine brighter than ARMY BOMBs. We are truly one in this galaxy.” He also used ‘galaxy’ in his mixtape track, ‘I Believe.’

너의 하늘을 과연 어떻게 수놓을지
will embroider your sky

나의 절망 끝에
At the end of my despair,

결국 내가 널 찾았음을 잊지마
I found you at last, don’t forget

넌 절벽 끝에 서 있던 내 마지막 이유야
You’re the last reason for me who was standing on the edge of cliff

Live

 

내가 나인 게 싫은 날 영영 사라지고 싶은 날
On a day you hate being yourself, on a day you want to disappear forever,
Direct translation will be ‘on a day I hate being myself, on a day I want to disappear forever.’ But my interpretation is that BTS is speaking this line in the perspective of ARMY. This makes sense given the context that this song is an invitation for ARMY to Magic Shop where they can comfort their soul and love themselves.

문을 하나 만들자 너의 맘 속에다
let’s build a door in your mind

그 문을 열고 들어가면 이 곳이 기다릴 거야
Once you open the door and enter, this place will wait for you

믿어도 괜찮아 널 위로해줄 Magic Shop
It’s okay to believe Magic Shop that will comfort you

 

따뜻한 차 한 잔을 마시며
Drinking a cup of hot tea,

저 은하수를 올려다보며
looking up to the galaxy,

넌 괜찮을 거야 oh 여긴 Magic Shop
you’ll be alright oh here it is Magic Shop

 

So show me (I’ll show you)

So show me (I’ll show you)

So show me (I’ll show you)

Show you show you

 

필 땐 장미꽃처럼
Like roses when blooming

흩날릴 땐 벚꽃처럼
Like cherry blossoms when fluttering

질 땐 나팔꽃처럼
Like morning glories when fading
Reference: the above three lines can be found in J-Hope’s HYYH Pt. 1 thank-you note.

아름다운 그 순간처럼
Like that beautiful moment

 

항상 최고가 되고 싶어
I always wanted to become the best

그래서 조급했고 늘 초조했어
So I was impatient and anxious

남들과 비교는 일상이 돼버렸고
To compare myself against others became my daily life,

무기였던 내 욕심은 되려 날 옥죄고 또 목줄이 됐어
and my greed, which used to be my weapon, became a leash that chokes me
Reference: lyrics from The Last by Agust D: ‘무기였던 욕심이 되려 날 집어 삼키고 망치며 때론 목줄을 거네 (the greed that used to be my weapon now swallows me, ruins me, and puts a leash around my neck)’

 

그런데 말야 돌이켜보니 사실은 말야 나
But then, looking back, actually, I

최고가 되고 싶었던 것이 아닌 것만 같아
feel like it’s not that I wanted to become the best

위로와 감동이 되고 싶었었던 나
I wanted to comfort and move your heart

그대의 슬픔, 아픔 거둬가고 싶어 나
I want to take away your sorrow and pain

 

내가 나인 게 싫은 날 영영 사라지고 싶은 날
On a day you hate being yourself, on a day you want to disappear forever,

문을 하나 만들자 너의 맘 속에다
let’s build a door in your mind

그 문을 열고 들어가면 이 곳이 기다릴 거야
Once you open the door and enter, this place will wait for you

믿어도 괜찮아 널 위로해줄 Magic Shop
It’s okay to believe Magic Shop that will comfort you

 

따뜻한 차 한 잔을 마시며
Drinking a cup of hot tea,

저 은하수를 올려다보며
looking up to the galaxy,

넌 괜찮을 거야 oh 여긴 Magic Shop
you’ll be alright oh here it is Magic Shop

 

So show me (I’ll show you)

So show me (I’ll show you)

So show me (I’ll show you)

Show you show you

 

나도 모든 게 다 두려웠다면 믿어줄래
Would you believe if I told you that I, too, was afraid of everything-

모든 진심들이 남은 시간들이
all the true hearts and all the remaining time

너의 모든 해답은 니가 찾아낸 이 곳에
All your answers are in this place where you found,

너의 은하수에 너의 마음 속에
in your galaxy, in your mind
During a V Live, RM said (around 35:20) “I’m kind of slow in writing music these days. I’m working on it, though. It was pretty smoothly for a while, but then currently I’m going through a stagnant phase. So I’m listening to various things to learn what’s good and also reading your letters. Well, but the answer will be inside me after all, right? Your answer is also inside you. You can find it.”

 

You gave me the best of me
Reference: ‘Best of Me‘ lyrics- “You got the best of me”

So you’ll give you the best of you
날 찾아냈잖아 날 알아줬잖아

You found me You recognized me
Reference: RM’s talk during Wings Tour the Final: “Even we made it. You, who recognized us, will surely be able to make it.” 

You gave me the best of me

So you’ll give you the best of you

넌 찾아낼 거야 네 안에 있는 galaxy
You’ll find the galaxy inside you

 

So show me (I’ll show you)

So show me (I’ll show you)

So show me (I’ll show you)

Show you show you

 

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