Answer: Love Myself

 

Produced by Pdogg
Written by Pdogg, Jung Bobby, Jordan “DJ Swivel” Young, Candace Nicole Sosa, RM, SUGA, j-hope, Ray Michael Djan, Ashton Foster, Conor Maynard

Spotify | Apple Music

The background track has been developed from the track used in BTS’ LOVE MYSELF campaign video, which was released on October 31, 2017.

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눈을 뜬다 어둠 속 나
I open my eyes in the darkness

심장이 뛰는 소리 낯설 때
When the sound of my beating heart feels unfamiliar,

마주 본다 거울 속 너
I face you in the mirror

겁먹은 눈빛 해묵은 질문
An afraid look, a long-pending question

 

어쩌면 누군가를 사랑하는 것보다
Perhaps, than loving someone else,

더 어려운 게 나 자신을 사랑하는 거야
it is more difficult to love myself

솔직히 인정할 건 인정하자
Let’s be honest and admit what we have to admit

니가 내린 잣대들은 너에게 더 엄격하단 걸
that your standards are more strict when they are applied to you

니 삶속의 굵은 나이테
The wide growth ring in your life
A tree ring, or a growth ring, is a layer of wood produced during one tree’s growing season. A tree gains a ring after each winter it endures. The longer a growing season is, the wider the corresponding ring is. “The wide growth ring in your life” therefore seems to mean a hardship or a dark period you have managed to go through in your life.

그 또한 너의 일부, 너이기에
That is also a part of you, that is also you

이제는 나 자신을 용서하자
So let’s forgive yourself now

버리기엔 우리 인생은 길어
Our life is too long to be given up

미로 속에서 날 믿어
Trust me in the maze
Song reference: Love Maze

겨울이 지나면 다시 봄은 오는 거야
Once the winter passes, the spring will come again
Song reference: Spring Day

 

차가운 밤의 시선
The stare of a cold night

초라한 날 감추려
To hide my miserable self,

몹시 뒤척였지만
I tossed and turned, but

 

저 수많은 별을 맞기 위해 난 떨어졌던가
Did I fall to be showered by those countless stars

저 수천 개 찬란한 화살의 과녁은 나 하나
I’m the only target aimed by those thousands of glittering arrows

 

You’ve shown me I have reasons

I should love myself

내 숨 내 걸어온 길 전부로 답해
I answer with all my breath and all the path I’ve walked along

 

어제의 나 오늘의 나 내일의 나
Yesterday’s me, today’s me, tomorrow’s me

(I’m learning how to love myself)

빠짐없이 남김없이 모두 다 나
Without exception, altogether, they are all me

 

정답은 없을지도 몰라
Perhaps there might not be the answer

어쩜 이것도 답은 아닌 거야
Perhaps this might not be an answer

그저 날 사랑하는 일조차
Even just to love myself,

누구의 허락이 필요했던 거야
I needed to have someone else’s permission

난 지금도 나를 또 찾고 있어
I’m still looking for myself again

But 더는 죽고 싶지가 않은 걸
But I don’t want to die anymore

슬프던 me
Me, who was sad

아프던 me
Me, who was hurt

더 아름다울 美
Me, who will be more beautiful
The Korean pronunciation of 美, a Chinese character meaning beautiful, is mi, making the above three lines end rhyme with each other.

 

그래 그 아름다움이 있다고, 아는 마음이
Yeah, knowing the presence of such beauty

나의 사랑으로 가는 길
is the way to my love

가장 필요한 나다운 일
is the most necessary thing that is most like me

지금 날 위한 행보는
The move that has to be made for me now

바로 날 위한 행동
is the action that is for me

날 위한 태도
is the attitude that is for me

그게 날 위한 행복
That is the happiness for me

I’ll show you what I got

두렵진 않아 그건 내 존재니까
I’m not afraid because that is my own existence

Love myself

 

시작의 처음부터
From the start of the beginning

끝의 마지막까지
and until the finish of the ending,

해답은 오직 하나
there is only one answer

 

왜 자꾸만 감추려고 해 니 가면 속으로
Why do you keep trying to hide under your mask,

내 실수로 생긴 흉터까지 다 내 별자린데
when even the scars made by your own mistake mark your constellations

 

You’ve shown me I have reasons

I should love myself

내 숨 내 걸어온 길 전부로 답해
I answer with all my breath and all the path I’ve walked along

 

내 안에는 여전히
Inside me, there’s still

서툰 내가 있지만
my clumsy self

 

You’ve shown me I have reasons

I should love myself

내 숨 내 걸어온 길 전부로 답해
I answer with all my breath and all the path I’ve walked along

 

어제의 나 오늘의 나 내일의 나
Yesterday’s me, today’s me, tomorrow’s me

(I’m learning how to love myself)

빠짐없이 남김없이 모두 다 나
Without exception, altogether, they are all me

 

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