Being a heavily Hip-Hop-influenced group with a drive to send a message to the youth, the members of BTS have a lot to say.
Why are they killing us before we can even try? (enemy! enemy! enemy!)
Why are you hanging your head and accepting it already? (energy! energy! energy!)
Dont ever give up, you know you not lonely
Our dawn is prettier than the day
So can I get a little bit of hope? (yeah)
Wake your sleeping youth, go!
When the night comes again, reality gets destroyed
When I snap out of it, Im just a scared idiot again
I keep getting scared at the looming sense of reality
Others are running ahead but why am I still here?
Moss surely grows on a stone that doesnt roll
If you cant return, go straight through your mistakes and forget them all
Its not easy but engrave it onto your chest
If you feel like youre going to crash then accelerate more, you idiot
Like this, try calling once again
Until this song that doesnt have a response
Stop trying, its okay to lose
For helping me fly
For giving someone like me wings
For folding me up when I'd been crumpled
For breaking me when I'd been stifled
For waking me when I'd only lived in dreams
When I think of you, the weather clears, and so
I was able to throw sadness and the like away
Thank you. For becoming an us
Even if sadness erases me,
even if dark clouds brew again
and I'm within an unending dream,
even if I'm unendingly crumpled,
even if my wings are torn,
even if one day I become someone who's not me
It's okay, for I am my own salvation
A stubborn gait definitely won't kill me; live
How you doin'? I'm fine
My sky is clear
All my pain, say goodbye
BTS[...] have become a record-setting success story in part because of their willingness to buck this convention. The seven young men who make up the group have been speaking their minds since their debut, openly discussing LGBTQ rights, mental health and the pressure to succeed all taboo subjects in South Korea. Their stance is particularly bold given the Korean governments history of keeping an eye on controversial themes in pop music. By straddling the line between maintaining a respectable image and writing critical lyrics, BTS have offered a refreshing change from what some critics and fans dislike about the K-Pop machine.
Because, if anything, BTS ask us to know ourselves, to love ourselves, and speak ourselves. Despite relegating these tropes to the realms of teenage fandom, they are no easy tasks. In fact, these three missions are what our life purpose as individuals and as a human collective is all about. Perhaps what scares people most of all is the face of a self-actualised idol group, otherwise known as BTS, who are empowering an entire generation of young people (and the majority of their fan base which happen to be one of the most diverse fandoms in the world), to know, love and speak themselves. For when that day comes, there will be no more space for the intellectual imperialists who must turn their self-hate outwards and project it onto those deemed other. For when that day comes, they will love themselves, too.
Youre going to lose all your American fans before you even get here, he screams after them.
Whatd he say? they ask back on board. They seem on edge, though mostly confused by the panicked affair.
[...] Once his remarks are translated, however, the tension lessens and they laugh.
Tell him thank you for worrying about us! J-Hope says, smiling.
Yeah, Jungkook adds, thank you so much!