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

Spotify | Apple Music

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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For Youth

Produced by Rogét Chahayed, Imad Royal
Written by RM, Imad Royal, Rogét Chahayed, Blaise Railey, Drew Love, 4rest, j-hope, SUGA, Hiss noise, Slow Rabbit, “hitman” bang

Spotify | Apple Music

More live performances: Proof Live | Music Bank | Inkigayo

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If I never met you

Oh 난 어떤 모습일까 baby
Oh, what would I be like, baby

Every time I miss you

습관이 돼버린 그 말
Those words that have turned into a habit

(It’s so true)

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눈을 떠보니 10년 전
As I open my eyes, it’s 10 years ago

논현동을 서성이던
when we were wandering around in Nonhyeon-dong,
Note: Big Hit Entertainment (now Big Hit Music under HYBE) and BTS’ dorm were then in Nonhyeon-dong in Gangnam.

너무 쉽게 울었고
when we cried too easily

너무 쉽게 웃던 때
and laughed too easily

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많은 계절 뒤에
After many seasons,

겨우 뒤돌아봤을 때
as I finally managed to look back

You always here with us together

And every second was forever oh

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측정할 수 없는 마음 [maeum]
My heart that couldn’t be measured

미끄러지던 내 삶 [salm]
My life that was on a slippery slope

베개에 머리가 닿으면
Those nights when, I was laying my head on the pillow,

깨지 않길 바랬던 밤 (wake up) [ba:m]
wished that I wouldn’t wake up (wake up)
Note: Always (“One morning, when I opened my eyes, I wished that I was dead”)

이젠 네가 있는 여기
Now this place where you are,

This a new home to me
Note: HOME (“The place where you are; Perhaps that place is my home”)

언제든 돌아올 테니까
Because I’ll always come back,

Baby don’t you worry

우리가 걷는 이 길이
Because every trace of our footsteps

모두 다 길이 될 테니
will become a path
Note: Love Maze (“The two hands holding each other become the map)

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If I never met you

Oh 난 어떤 모습일까 baby
Oh, what would I be like, baby

Every time I miss you

습관이 돼버린 그 말
words that have turned a habit

(It’s so true)

You’re my best friend

For the rest of my life

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하나 둘 셋
One, two, three,
Note: 2! 3! (“
It’s okay; When I say one two three, forget it, erase all the sad memories”)

우리의 합
the way we synchronize 

잊지 못해
I cannot forget

모든 순간
every single moment

Oh 나의 봄날을 책임져준 flower,
Oh, the flower that made my spring day bloom
Note: Spring Day

덕분에 나다웠어
Thanks to you, I was able to true to myself
Note: 2! 3! (“So thanks for becoming my light, for becoming that flower in the most beautiful moment in life”)

날 위로해 준 너의 그 무수한 말
Your countless words that comforted me

그게 날 만든 거야
They are what made me

그래 넌 나의 젊음
Yeah, you’re the springtime of my life,

또 나의 청춘
my youth,

고마운 벗
a friend I’m thankful for,

내 자랑, 내 천국, 또 love
my pride, my heaven, and love

Note: Her (“Maybe I’m your truth and lie; Maybe your love and hatred; Maybe I’m your enemy and friend, your heaven and hell, sometimes pride and embarrassment”); Trivia 承: Love (“You’re my pride, pride, pride; You’re my love (my love); One and only love (One and only love)”)

Side note: I find it endearing that while J-Hope is the one who owns the above verse, the two references (more like two verses that J-Hope’s lyrics reminded me of) are from SUGA (Her) and RM (Trivia: Love). 

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사방이 깜깜했지
It was dark on all sides

그 사이 한줄기 빛
In the midst of the darkness, a ray of light 

정말 그대여서 다행이야 참
What a relief that it’s you

함께임에 우린 빛나잖아
Because, for we’re together, we shine

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달리고
I’d run

또 넘어지고
and stumble

일으켜주고
You’d raise me up,

쓰러지기도 oh
but I may fall over again, oh

그 손 내밀어 주겠니
Would you reach out your hand to me
Note: Save ME (“
Please reach your hand to me save me save me”)

몇 번이든 일어날 테니
Because I will get up however many times it may be

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힘들면 잠시 쉬어도 돼
When exhausted, it’s okay to take a moment to rest
Note: Paradise (“It’s okay to pause”)

널 기다리며 언제나 이곳에
Waiting for you, I’ll always be here

Daydreamin’ bout us facin’

Really don’t wanna say it but

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If I never met you

Oh 난 어떤 모습일까 baby
Oh, what would I be like, baby

Every time I miss you

습관이 돼버린 그 말
Those words that have turned into a habit

(It’s so true)

You’re my best friend

For the rest of my life

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I wish I could turn back time

모든 게 쉽던 그때
Back then when everything was easy,

더 많이 해줄 걸 그 말
I should’ve said those words to you more

I’ll be with you

For the rest of my life

Rest of my life

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Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)

Produced by Pdogg
Written by Pdogg, RM, MAX, Dan Gleyzer, SUGA, j-hope

Spotify | Apple Music

Note: The music video makes nostalgic references to those of Just One Day, RUN, Blood Sweat & Tears, Spring Day, FAKE LOVE, No More Dream, and more. It also connects to Sea. I will leave as notes songs that the lyrics remind me of.

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Was it honestly the best?

Cause I just wanna see the next

부지런히 지나온 어제들 속에
In those yesterdays that we’ve diligently passed through,

참 아름답게
so beautifully

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Yeah the past was honestly the best

But my best is what comes next

I’m not playin’, nah for sure

그날을 향해
Heading towards that day,

숨이 벅차게
until I get out of breath

You and I, best moment is yet to come

The moment is yet to come, yeah

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다들 언제부턴가
Everyone, since some time ago,

말하네 우릴 최고라고
calls us the best

온통 알 수 없는 names
All those names I don’t have an idea of what they are

이젠 무겁기만 해
only feel heavy now

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노래가 좋았다고
I just loved singing

그저 달릴 뿐이라고
I just keep on running

Promise that we’ll keep on coming back for more

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너의 마음속 깊은 어딘가
Somewhere deep inside your heart

여전한 소년이 있어
still lives a boy who is ever young

My moment is yet to come

Yet to come

Note: Airplane pt.2 (“An odd kid; He was singing as if it’s like breathing to him; Anywhere was fine; He just wanted to do music; Only singing; The thing that made his heart beat”); Epilogue : Young Forever (“I wish to remain forever as today’s myself; I wish to remain forever as a boy”)

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(당신은 꿈꾸는가, 그 길의 끝은 무엇일까)
Do you have a dream? What would be at the end of that path?

Note: Path (“Would I have been different if I had chosen a different path, if I had paused and looked back; What will I get to see at the end of this path where you will be standing”)

Moment is yet to come, yeah

(모두가 숨죽인 밤, 우린 발을 멈추지 않아)
At night when everyone is silent, our feet wouldn’t stop moving

Yet to come

(We gonna touch the sky, ‘fore the day we die)

Moment is yet to come, yeah

(자 이제 시작이야, the best yet to come)
This is only the beginning, the best yet to come

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언젠가부터 붙은 불편한 수식어
The uncomfortable title given to us since some time ago

최고란 말은 아직까지 낯간지러워
Being called the best makes me blush even now

난 난 말야 걍 음악이 좋은 걸
I, I just love music

여전히 그때와 다른 게 별로 없는걸
Still There’s not much changed from back then

Note: Moonlight (“I started just because I liked music, but the adjectives they attach to my name feel too much sometimes”; “That moonlight that shines on me at dawn, it’s still the same as then; Changes are fated to happen to everyone; Perhaps, how we change is what our undertaking is about”)

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아마 다른 게 별로 없다면
If I tell you there’s not much changed,

You’ll say it’s all a lie, yeah

난 변화는 많았지만
I tell you, there have been a lot of changes,

변함은 없었다 해
but they did not change me

A new chapter

매 순간이 새로운 최선
Every moment is my new best

지금 난 마치 열세 살
As if I’m the 13-year-old me,

그때의 나처럼 뱉어
I spit bars like I did back then
Note: RM started his career as a rapper in 2007 by posting raps he wrote himself online.

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아직도 배울 게 많고
There’s still a lot to learn,

나의 인생 채울 게 많아
and in my life there’s still a lot to fulfill

그 이유를 물어본다면
If you asked me why,

내 심장이 말하잖아
my heart would tell you

We ain’t about it 이 세상의 기대
We ain’t about it, the expectations of this world

We ain’t about it 최고란 기준의 step
We ain’t about it, the steps to meet the standards of the best

(We ain’t about it)

왕관과 꽃, 수많은 트로피
Crowns and flowers, countless trophies

(We ain’t about it)

Dream & hope & goin’ forward
Note: Epilogue : Young Forever (“Dream, hope, forward, forward”); Respect (“Money, fame, forward, forward”)

(We so about it)

긴긴 원을 돌아 결국 또 제자리
Back to square one after turning a full circle

Back to one

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너의 마음속 깊은 어딘가
Somewhere deep inside your heart

여전한 소년이 있어
still lives a boy who is ever young

My moment is yet to come

Yet to come

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(당신은 꿈꾸는가, 그 길의 끝은 무엇일까)
Do you have a dream? What would be at the end of that path?

Moment is yet to come, yeah

(모두가 숨죽인 밤, 우린 발을 멈추지 않아)
At night when everyone is silent, our feet wouldn’t stop moving

Yet to come

(We gonna touch the sky, ‘fore the day we die)

Moment is yet to come, yeah

(자 이제 시작이야, the best yet to come)
This is only the beginning, the best yet to come

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So was it honestly the best?

Cause I just wanna see the next

눈부시게 지나온 기억들 속에
In those memories that we’ve dazzlingly passed through,

참 아름답게
so beautifully

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Yeah the past was honestly the best

But my best is what comes next

We’ll be singin’ till’ the morn

그날을 향해
Heading towards that day,

더 우리답게
truer to ourselves

You and I, best moment is yet to come

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