Spotify Playlist - Part 4
A Vibrant playlist
Let’s face it, we have all, at the very least, thought about the genius lyrics behind the songs of BTS. Not only that but Namjoon, Yoongi and Hobi, all have their mix tapes to support the fact that when it comes to songwriting, BTS are indeed ‘genius’.
Here is a playlist of the top 30 songs that we think fit this theme. Which songs would make your playlist?
Magic Shop chosen by ARMY
Michayla - What can I possibly say about this song that hasn’t been said or thought of before? ‘Magic Shop’ is genius, it is a song that links ARMY to BTS and is held in our hearts forever. The lyrics are deep and meaningful, the title was used as the whole concept for 5th Muster and I don’t know anyone who is not moved emotionally when we hear ‘So show me…’
This song is genius because of the emotion it evokes, as well as the meaning behind it. As my Daughter and I left the Stade De France in June 2019, we sang ‘So show me, I’ll show you’ in our thousands and this will stay with me forever.
Onomey - Magic shop is a very emotional song that is very close to all army hearts. BTS has a way of creating songs that lyrically may not necessarily be about army but tend to have hidden meanings. I like that Magic shop was chosen as this week's poll winner because I find it fascinating that the source of inspiration for this song was from a book by James R. Doty. The song to me is worthy of being on the genius songwriters playlist for this week is because I think it would be very difficult to shorten down a book's topic then being able to use that said topic and make it into creating a whole new project that targets things that are personal to that individual, in this case, the relationship Jungkook felt between himself and ARMY.
What also makes me appreciate a songs writing is because of the fact that Jungkook was the main writer as usually, the main songwriters of the group are RM and Suga so it was refreshing to see how JK has evolved in terms of his songwriting talents and that BTS as a group were able to share their story of times where they suffered from mental illnesses.
‘I know that you're hesitating because even if you say the truth
In the end, it will all return as scars
I'm not going to say anything blatant like “finds strength”
I will let you hear my story, let you hear it’
Cheryl - I am not at all surprised that Magic Shop won the poll. Firstly, there’s the catchy phrase/chorus of So Show Me, I’ll Show You and then the repeated You gave me the best of me, So you’ll give you the best of you - which I believe is where people bring out the best in each other. Also BTS often say these kind of phrases in interviews which helps sustain the special bond between them and their Army - they say things like; Army’s pride is their pride, or Army’s strength is their strength etc. Secondly the words of the song are so inspiring - “I won’t say cliched things like “have strength” I will just listen to you, listen“ - how powerful to just have someone hear what you have to say.
“Days when you hate that you’re you. Days when you wanna disappear - Let’s make a door in your heart, If you open that door and go inside, this place will be waiting for you - the Magic Shop...”, I found this verse so empowering as ‘you’ have to be willing and want to open the door at a time when you may want to disappear and are not happy.
Thirdly, the melody and their voices seem to just caress the mind and lift your mood - it’s just such a pretty, hopeful song - so come on in to the Magic Shop, let it comfort you with a warm cup of tea (so British) and look up to the stars.
Magic Shop may not have the powerful video like Blood Sweat and Tears, or Fake Love but the song sure has a lot of content, with the catchy chorus and the ending repeats. Plus the very down to earth, heartfelt verses - it really is a winner!
Charlie - For many of us, we see BTS as a method of escapism, a gateway into a place where everything in life is a little better because they are there to hold our hands through it all. In Magic Shop, a beautiful song produced by Jungkook, the members make it clear that they are aware of their responsibility and this important part they have in our lives. They put into words how we feel and what we want: to be able to relax and look up at the sky and know that BTS are there with us. They make it clear in the start of the song that they know words like “have strength” won’t help, but they will do their best to help us in the ways we need. The imagery of having a hot drink on a cold night and looking up at the galaxy, and having a door in your head that you can go inside to find peace, is beautifully worded and tells me that I am a fan of a group who understand the depth of the relationship between artist and fan.
Give It To Me - Michayla
Who, in their right mind would disagree with the word ‘genius’ being used in the same sentence as ‘Min Yoongi’? The answer is ‘no-one’ because that is exactly what he is, and his lyrics are proof of that.
We know how much Yoongi struggled throughout his early life as a rapper who was condemned by other rappers and faced a lot of hate for becoming an idol. His mix tape ‘Agust D’ released in 2016 is full of songs that express his angst and ‘Give It To Me’ is the second track on it.
The ‘Agust D’ Min Yoongi was all platinum blonde hair, black eyeliner and quite angry with the treatment he had received in the industry and whilst trying to make it big. This is somewhat of a contrast to ‘Suga’ Min Yoongi that we see today who is a whole lot happier and that warms my heart.
‘Give It To Me’ is a feisty song, with Yoongi expressing himself whilst tied to a chair in the MV. The first verse is commenting on his family and the rappers that threw hate his way. It is well known that he didn’t always have the support of his family and his early life was very difficult. I love how he describes the haters and the fact they were two-faced, putting him down to further their own careers.
‘I’m the public enemy, the hyungs
Who benefited by slandering us
Every one of them had the taste of money
They say two things with one mouth
And head to the big companies’
This song says a lot about the character of Yoongi and commands respect. He is clearly a strong person, whether he felt like that at times or not, his lyrics and the fact that he persevered are proof of his strength.
‘I’m still not sure about the secret to success
But I think I know the secret to failure
The secret is to play the fool just like you
And keep blabbing your mouth
But I wouldn’t live like that even if I had to die’
The fact that Yoongi says he wouldn’t lower himself to be like those who put him down and climbed over others to boost their own career, says so much about him. It was less than 2 months after the release of ‘Agust D’ that BTS stood on stage at MAMA and Yoongi was reduced to tears when they accepted the award for ‘Artist of the year’... and his dreams haven’t stopped coming true.
DNA - Cheryl
To start off I just wanted to mention that the DNA dance practice was what got me hooked on BTS and so it will always have a safely tucked away place in my heart. The synchronisation, the style and moves were mesmerising. The way they held hands like strands of DNA 🧬 was just perfection.
The song itself is about finding one’s soul mate through destiny and how once found it is not through coincidence but, as if there is a higher mathematical equation that brought you both together. Such a romantic notion.
These lyrics say it better than I ever could:
‘Our meeting is like a mathematical formula
Commandments of religion, providence of the universe’
These lyrics suggest that it is the DNA from which we are created that bring people together and that once joined it will be a connection that last lifetimes - I think this is quite a nice, rather romantic thought, as long as the connection is mutual:
‘From the day of the universe’s creation and beyond
Through the infinite centuries and beyond
In the previous life and maybe the next too
We’re eternally together’
My favourite lyrics from DNA are;
‘The evidence of destiny given to me
You’re the source of my dream
Take it, take it
My hand reaching out to you is my chosen fate’
What I would give to see BTS perform this song live - oh well maybe one day!
Daydream - Charlie
ARMY's from before 2018 will remember the long, agonising wait as we wondered when Hoseok would finally release his mix tape, which we had been anticipating for ages. When it finally dropped, it was so perfectly Hoseok and so worth the wait. The first music video from it, ‘Daydream’, was accompanied by a bold and vibrant music video with splashes of all different colours.
The song was ingeniously crafted by Hoseok to be the perfect reflection of his personality. It sounds bubbly, and yet it has a chilled, almost tropical tone to it. In this way it mirrors how the song is about his half-and-half life as someone who is in the spotlight but also wants to live in his own little bubble or dreamlike world. The chorus in particular puts me into a breezy mindset, like I’m overcome with some sort of calmed vibe.
“Wishing on a sky
Wishing on a scar
If there’s the sun
I’d want to dream
Wishing on a sky
Wishing on a scar
If there’s the moonlight
I wouldn’t want to wake up”
Daydream is quite layered in that it seems to be about the conflict between Hoseok’s onstage ‘J-Hope’ persona, as well as his want to live just how he wants in a daydream-like state. It also seems to suggest that he wants to live in a hopeful, fun way, although that seems to be too linked to the ‘J-Hope’ persona that makes him feel he has to “walk on eggshells” and not feel free to cry and show his darker emotions.
“Ignore my character, errday
Wanna cry with no shame, errday
Dream list, the first priority
With no concerns on money
In the second verse, his lyrics give the impression of frustration at other people’s perceptions of him, as despite his assured and carefree tone, he muses about why it’s seen as wrong for him to go out drinking, and why he has to focus on work when he wants to live free. He seems to somewhat wish that he could remove himself from the J-Hope character for temporary moments.
However, in verse 3, he iterates that he’s aware that he is fortunate to be in a position where he has this onstage persona, and he does not want to lose sight of how grateful he is for that. The song is about a struggle to accept certain things in real life, while still acknowledging and accepting that they exist.
“If you ask me back
Why I dream
I’ll sound like bragging
I’ll put it down for a minute
To match my mechanism, stay
I’ll say that I’m getting some rest”
One of the reasons why I wanted this song on the “genius songwriting” playlist is for its literature references scattered over the song. As it is about wanting to disappear into a daydream and escape everyday responsibilities and burdens, it references such fantasy books as Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter. Daydream is one of those songs that manages to encapsulate a whole other atmosphere and world into 3 minutes, while also telling you exactly what Hoseok’s personality, musical style and goals are.
Black Swan - Onomey
The thing that I appreciate and love about BTS is their ability to have song upon song that makes you think about everything in the world around you and what each individual lyric means if there is a hidden meaning deep underneath it and you want to figure every possible meaning about their songs because if you like if you don't see you're missing out on something special. I hold these type of lyricist highly because it takes Great time effort and passion to be able to create a project or song that can next with different types of people from different variations of backgrounds.
I chose to write about black swan because although I don't fully understand everything about the lyrics, that in itself makes it a great songwriting achievement that it takes so long to figure out the hidden meanings behind the song, I thought it was a great song to talk about because coming up with the idea of the song is one thing, being able to create almost like a theatre performance out of that song is next level songwriting.
The art film is opened by a quote, “a dancer dies twice, once when they start dancing and this first death is the more painful”. I understand this quote on a small scale compared to BTS because I used to dance competitively and would have to spend hours and hours practising to make sure the performance was perfect in every way, whilst others were out partying or out with friends. This is sometimes very hard to deal with and at times you feel the need to escape or give up on everything you’ve worked hard for because it almost becomes your whole life to the point where you don’t recognise yourself anymore, so when it comes to an end you don't know what to do with yourself. You sometimes feel empty and sad because you are so used to doing the thing you love to do the most which are to perform. You forget how to live a normal routined life and feel guilty that you ever thought about wanting to escape dancing because once it's gone it's gone you can't go back and reliving you have to find a way to move on with your life which can be difficult to deal with.
The song can be interpreted in so many different ways, the lyrics say to me that the ‘black swan’ no longer gets excited at the thought of making music or even hearing it because they’ve focused on it for so long to the point where they feel that they are experiencing their first death where they give up on music as a whole which is what Suga and RM seem to be rapping about at the start of the song, whilst throughout the hook is used almost as a drone to help the black swan realise that they should continue with whatever they are doing no matter how dark it gets for them because you’ll realise that when the first death they refer to, comes around, it will be totally worth all the hardships you went through which is a positive spin on something so dark and sensitive.’
‘The heart no longer races
When hearing the music play
Tryna pull up
Seems like time has stopped
Oh that would be my first death
I have been always afraid of’
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