달려라 방탄 (Run BTS)

Produced by Dem Jointz for U Made Us What We Are LLC, GHOSTLOOP
Written by Dwayne Abernathy Jr., RM, Ebenezer, j-hope, GHSTLOOP, Jung Kook, SUGA, Oneye (Pontus Kalm), Daniel Caesar, Ludwig Lindell, Melanie Joy Fontana, Michel “Lindgren” Schulz, Feli Ferraro

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Note: The first couple of verses reminded me of the relatively recent interviews on You Quiz on the Block where the seven members shared how each of them became a member of BTS and about the fear and uncertainty they had to endure during their trainee days. Full versions with English subtitles are available here: V and RMJ-Hope, Jimin, and Jungkook; and SUGA and Jin.

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논현 100m 우리 자리
Nonhyeon 100m, our place
Note: BTS’ agency Big Hit Entertainment (now Big Hit Music under HYBE), BTS’ practice room, and their dorm all used to be located in Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. 

학교 끝나면 회사 calling
When school ends, the company calls

(예, 예)
(Okay, okay)

아 지금 바로 딱 갈게요
Ah, I’ll be over right now

제발 집엔 보내지 마세요
Please don’t send me home

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(Oh) 가끔 그날의 꿈 꿔
(Oh) Sometimes I’d have a dream about those days

(Oh) 몸서리치다 눈 떠
(Oh) I’d wake up shivering

I don’t wanna go go back again

(Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go)

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10년을 wait, wait
For 10 years, we’ve waited, waited

We from the bottom

I caught you bae, bae

우린 좀 빠름 [bbareum]
We’re kind of fast

We seven mate, mates

잘 봐 we got us
Look closely, we got us

Tell me what you wanna

Tell me what you wanna woah

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(If we live fast, let us die young)

혼을 쏙 빼놓지 (make it move, left and right)
We make them stunned (make it move, left and right)

그게 누구든지 (make it move, left and right)
Whoever they are (make it move, left and right)

두 맨발이 우리 가솔린
The two bare feet are our gasoline

이제 가자, are you ready?
Now let’s go, are you ready?

(Okay, let’s go!)

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Run bulletproof, run, yeah you gotta run

Run bulletproof, run, yeah you gotta run

Run bulletproof, run, yeah you gotta run

Run bulletproof, run

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내가 맞았어
I was right

논현동의 비가 새던 작업실에서
In the Nonhyeon-dong studio leaking on a rainy day,

깡소주를 까며 신세타령이나 하며
I would drink soju without any snacks, complain about life,

다짐했던 그 말 성공하면 다들 뒤졌어
and tell myself, “you’re all done for if I make it”

방탄의 성공 이유?
The reason for Bangtan’s success?

나도 몰라 그딴 게 어딨어
I don’t know either, why in the world would such a thing exist

우리들이 모두 새빠지게 달린 거지
It’s just that we all ran strenuously

뭐라 하든 달린 거지
It’s just that we ran no matter what others said

답은 여기 있어 하하하
The answer is here, hahaha

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위로, got them
Comfort, got them

지조, got them
Principles, got them

Good music, got them

Good team? Goddamn!

U said u hot, oh man, u not

뛰는 놈 위에 나는 놈 위에
Above a running guy is a flying guy, above whom there is

달리는 방탄 lezzzgo
running Bangtan, lezzzgo
Note:
“뛰는 놈 위에 나는 놈 있다 (above a running man is a flying man)” is an idiom that means there’s someone who’s better than you no matter how good you are. RM used this idiom in BTS Cypher PT. 2 : Triptych before.

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10년을 wait, wait
For 10 years, we’ve waited, waited

We from the bottom

I caught you bae, bae

우린 좀 빠름 [bbareum]
We’re kind of fast

We seven mate, mates

잘 봐 we got us
Look closely, we got us

Tell me what you wanna

Tell me what you wanna woah

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(If we live fast, let us die young)

혼을 쏙 빼놓지 (make it move, left and right)
We make them stunned (make it move, left and right)

그게 누구든지 (make it move, left and right)
Whoever they are (make it move, left and right)

두 맨발이 우리 가솔린
The two bare feet are our gasoline

이제 가자, are you ready?
Now let’s go, are you ready?

(Let’s go!)

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Run bulletproof, run, yeah you gotta run

Run bulletproof, run, yeah you gotta run

Run bulletproof, run, yeah you gotta run

Run bulletproof, run

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무식한 믿음으로
With blind faith,

걍 달려, 두 다리로
just run, with our two legs

That’s how we do it all

(AY AY)

그렇게 증명했어
That’s how we proved it

일곱 초원이들
Seven Chowonies

백만 불짜리로
with our million-dollar legs
Note: Reference –Marathon (2005 film). The movie is based on a true story of a marathon runner with autism. One of the most famous dialogues in the movie is between Chowon, the protagonist, and his mother, where the mother asks Chowon, “Chowon’s legs are?” to which Chowon answers, “million-dollar legs!”

(AY AY)

지민이, 뷔, 고생s
Jiminie, V, you’ve worked hard

남주니, 홉, 고생s
Namjoonie, Hope, you’ve worked hard

윤기형, 찐, 고생s
Yoongi hyung, Jjin, you’e worked hard

정국이, 모두 so thanks
Jungkookie, everyone, so thanks

Get ready, get ready, get ready, get ready, get ready, 앞으로 더
Get ready, get ready, get ready, get ready, get ready, more so going forward

Go get it, go get it, go get it, go get it, go get it, 달리자 run
Go get it, go get it, go get it, go get it, go get it, let’s run, run

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(If we live fast, let us die young)

혼을 쏙 빼놓지 (make it move, left and right)
We make them stunned (make it move, left and right)

그게 누구든지 (make it move, left and right)
Whoever they are (make it move, left and right)

두 맨발이 우리 가솔린
The two bare feet are our gasoline

이제 가자, are you ready?
Now let’s go, are you ready?

Yeah

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Run beautiful, run, yeah you gotta run
Note: In the 2022 Season’s Greetings, RM wrote “#아미는_아름다울미,” pronounced “amineum areumdaul mi” and meaning “ARMY is beautiful (美).”

Run beautiful, run, yeah you gotta run

Run beautiful, run, yeah you gotta run

Run beautiful, run

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