Intro: Never Mind

Intro: Never Mind is the first track of The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 2, released on November 17, 2015. Though rapped mostly by SUGA, it features fellow members RM and j-hope towards the end.
Produced by Slow Rabbit
Written by Slow Rabbit, SUGA

English Translation
I’d only looked forward as I ran,
without a moment to look at my surroundings
At some point, I had become my family’s pride, and
to some degree, I had succeeded
The period called adolescence
suddenly comes to mind
Back then, I had been young, with nothing to fear
A couple of failures, they weren’t a big deal
The only things different from then are a slightly increased height and
a view that matured a little more compared to those my age
From the sub-basement studio in Namsandong
to Apgujeong, the beat I’d laid, the origin of my youth
All around me, they’d told me not to get ahead of myself;
that if I messed around saying I’d do music, my family would go broke
From then, I didn’t care what anyone said
I’m simply living as I am, with my own convictions
How do you think I’m doing, now —
How do you think I consider myself?
I’ll ask the people here and there that prayed for me to fail:
does it look like I made my family go broke, you bastard?
I don’t give a shit, I don’t give a fuck
The words I’d spoken hundreds of times a day as if was habit,
“Stop obsessing over me”
We can bow our heads in frustration having tasted failure or defeat
We’re too young and childish as of yet, don’t worry
On a stone that doesn’t roll,
moss is bound to grow, you see
If you can’t go back, go on ahead
I hope you forget about all your mistakes and such
Never mind
It’s not easy, but engrave this in your heart:
If you think you’re going to crash, accelerate more, you idiot
Never mind, never mind
Whatever thorny path it may be, go run
Never mind, never mind
There are a lot of things that you can’t control
You better
Never mind, never mind
If you think you’re going to crash, accelerate more, you idiot
Never mind, never mind
We’re too young and childish as of yet to give up, you idiot
Never mind
If you think you’re going to crash, accelerate more, you idiot
If you think you’re going to crash, accelerate more, you idiot
Never mind

“The Last” from Agust D, SUGA’s 2016 mixtape, references these lyrics:
“The words I say like habit, / I don’t give a shit, I don’t give a fuck / All such words are words to hide my weak self”.

“SUGA’s Interlude”, released December 6, 2019 for Halsey’s upcoming album, also references this song heavily.

Winter Flower (feat. RM)

‘Winter Flower’ is the first track of Younha’s 2020 album titled UNSTABLE MINDSET, a sequel to her 2019 mini-album STABLE MINDSET. RM of BTS featured on the track, as well as participating in the songwriting. He has been a long-term fan of hers, and has certainly not hid it over the years.
Younha’s company released a blurb of the song hours before its release. In it, they described how the subject of a flower birthed in the harsh winter is used to illustrate a manner of blooming that is arduous but beautiful.
Composition: EDEN, Ollounder, LEEZ
Arrangement: Ollounder, EDEN, LEEZ
– My translation below does not follow the stanza markings of the official lyrics.
– Italicised lyrics are those left in the original English.

Winter Flower
(Hold on, hold on, hold on)
Under the deep footprints
of the chilly winter wind, it blooms alone
As I wander, having found the reason
I met you after my birth,
the white sighs that disperse
are frozen tears
As the abandoned dreams bear other scars,
where may the end of this season be
If there’s an eternity,
hold on, hold on, hold on
I will take it away
before you stumble
I will stay by your side
until you survive
That you’d bloom

Why is it, that I had met you –
of all days, right here, right now, on this winter day
If I close my eyes, spring is far away, and
it’s only full of cold breaths here, and yet
in a harsh winter, from the blood you spilled,
I was born, red
Chinese plum, camellia, daffodil
Yeah, I’m fine with whatever you call me
They say life is full of paradox
All you gotta do is
gettin’ used to this marathon
“Would the world be harsh only to you?
It’s difficult for anyone”
To you, who has become an adult,
these words cannot be ones of comfort 
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Melon Music Awards 2019

The 2019 Melon Music Awards were held on the 30th November, successfully kicking off the Korean end-of-year award shows. BTS won 8 awards at the event, including all 4 of the daesangs (grand prizes). In doing so, they became the first ever group in history to be awarded with all the daesangs at a Korean award ceremony.
Continue reading for full translations of their award speeches. The twitter thread can be found here.
1. Top 10

2. Netizen Popularity

(V tries to hand over the award and shy away, but Jin says “The person who receives it is the one that does it”, pushing him to the mic) 
V: ARMY! I dreamt a dream last night. I dreamt a dream that I could enjoy a good memory together with ARMY, and I think receiving this award and saying this speech now in response is the dream. I’m so nervous that while I want to express more than ‘thank you’ and ‘I love you’ but I have not, until now, been able to find a good enough word. I really love you, and ARMY, I really purple you. And everyone, please look forward to today’s stage! Thank you!

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RM 02: Do You

‘Do You’ is Track 2 of RM, the first mixtape released by RM (formerly known as Rap Monster) on March 20, 2015.
A line-by-line translation and interpretation follows this clean version. English lyrics in the original text are italicised.

English Translation
I hate self-help books most in the world
Bullshit that tells you to do this or that
They’re all spineless, only believing the words of others
That’s why such bullshit become bestsellers
What would they know about you?
Your dreams, your hobbies; do they understand them?
A lot can change simply by being less conscious of others
Born a master, why do you try to become a slave
‘It’s youth because it’s painful’
Those sorts of dangerous conclusions are the biggest issue
Genres are traps in life, just like in music,
for the moment you become chained to them, you become a fool
Fuck that. You the only one ever
Even if not perfect, you’re a limited edition, leggo
Someone is bound to want you anyway
So, please, just do you 
Do you do you do you do you
(Do the fuck you want)
Do you do you do you do you
(Do the fuck you want)
Do you do you do you do you
(Do the fuck you want)
Do you do you do you do you
What the fuck you want?

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RM 09: Life

‘Life’ is Track 09 of RM, the first mixtape released by RM (formerly known as Rap Monster) on March 20, 2015. 

A line-by-line translation and interpretation follows this clean version. English lyrics in the original text are italicised.

English Translation

I felt it after throwing back a shot of alcohol,
that life is a repeated cycle of becoming familiar with loneliness
However many people there were around me,
the small me inside of me was always lonely
Why is there no antonym of ‘loneliness’ –
perhaps it’s because there isn’t a time where one isn’t lonely in life
Even as the surroundings overflow with boisterous movement,
the moment in which one has to be alone surely comes searching
Yeah that’s a life
We live lives fraught with danger
As payment for being able to see this beautiful world,
no bulletproof vest, street light, or sturdy car
can completely shield us from death
Life is more beautiful because everyone has death as their collateral
from the moment they’re born;
just as light needs darkness to truly shine,
just as the sun shines after a violent storm

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For the interim moments

A warning that this piece, much like the music itself, gets quite dark. It’s okay to put this aside for another day.

I have not listened to Namjoon or Yoongi’s mixtapes
RM and Agust D many times. 
There are a couple of reasons for this. 
First, there is a layer of inescapable anxiety when I listen to a track by BTS that I have not yet translated. For most songs, the layer is thin, transparent, and easier to ignore by the day. After all, there are other good translations, and I am not arrogant enough to believe mine are necessary. But it does remain, persistent. 
Second, this is not background listening. Many of the tracks are a cacophony of sounds; the harsh beats reverberate without pause, and they’re overlaid with words that are ugly and defiant. Others are existential crises put to echoes; quieter and therefore even more devastating. 
I make it sound painful, and that’s because it is. What a reminder that the world is as ugly as it is beautiful; that I am both a victim and perpetrator of this truth. Entertainment is funny until it hits home, and then you only feel sick. 
RM and Agust D are the most intense of albums BTS has ever put out, and I hope that continues to be the case. (Perhaps this is a well-meaning but dangerous expectation for a fan to have – that their music continues to be all the things it is but without that 2015-2016 brand of frustration and defensiveness.) Don’t get me wrong, I do love them. But I respond viscerally to them because it brings forth the older parts of me that have, since then, thankfully mellowed out and found safer homes.

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We don’t talk together, by Heize ft. Giriboy


‘We don’t talk together’ by Heize, featuring Giriboy
Produced by SUGA
Lyrics by Heize, SUGA, Giriboy
Composed by SUGA, Heize, EL CAPITXN
Vocal Arranged by Heize
Synthesizer by SUGA, EL CAPITXN
Guitar by Zenur (VENDORS)

Would you be feeling the same way as me now?
It’s strange, this evening,
you and I walking together for the first time in awhile —
for though it’s a little awkward,
I continue to be yours
I’m sorry, I was too heartless, wasn’t I,
without any fear
I don’t know, I don’t know 
I probably, back then,
trusted you’d comfort me and
waited it out
When you disappeared,
everything collapsed
And so I probably, with a blank expression,
built a whole house after that; my
footsteps are getting heavier and heavier
I can’t walk anymore
I can’t let you leave like this, 
but nothing’s coming out of my mouth
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