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RM – seoul (prod. HONNE) (Lyrics + Translation)

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차가운 새벽 공기에 남몰래 눈을 뜨네
chagaun saebyeok gonggie nammollae nuneul tteune
In the cold morning air, I open my eyes without anyone’s knowing

이 도시의 harmony 난 너무나 익숙해
i dosiui harmony nan neomuna iksukhae
The harmony of this city it’s so familiar to me

내 어린 나날들은 아득하고 빌딩과 차들만 가득해도
nae eorin nanaldeureun adeukhago bildinggwa chadeulman gadeukhaedo
Though my childhood days are far away and it’s filled with buildings and cars only

이젠 여기가 나의 집인 걸 Seoul, Seoul
ijen yeogiga naui jibin geol Seoul, Seoul
Now this is my home, Seoul, Seoul

넌 왜 soul과 발음이 비슷한 걸까 무슨 영혼을 가졌길래
neon wae soulgwa bareumi biseuthan geolkka museun yeonghoneul gajyeotgillae
Why would it be that your pronunciation is similar to soul? What kind of soul is it that you possess?

무엇이든 날 이토록 너의 곁에 잡아두었나 네게 난 추억조차 없는데
mueosideun nal itorok neoui gyeote jabadueotna nege nan chueokjocha eoptneunde
What is it that holds me by your side like this? I don’t even have memories of you

난 이제 니가 너무 지겨워 (yeah) 너의 맨날 똑같은 잿빛 표정*
nan ije niga neomu jigyeowo (yeah) neoui maennal ttokgateun jaetbit pyojeong*
I’m now so sick of you (yeah), the same old, ashy facial expression of yours*

(right) 아니 아니 나는 내가 두려워 이미 너의 일부가 돼버렸거든
(right) ani ani naneun naega duryeowo imi neoui ilbuga dwaebeoryeotgeodeun
(Right) No, no, I’m afraid of myself because I have already become a part of you

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면, I love you Seoul
saranggwa miumi gateun marimyeon, I love you Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I love you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면, I hate you Seoul
saranggwa miumi gateun marimyeon, I hate you Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I hate you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면, I love you Seoul
saranggwa miumi gateun marimyeon, I love you Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I love you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면, I hate you Seoul Seoul…
saranggwa miumi gateun marimyeon, I hate you Seoul, Seoul…
If love and hate are the same words, I hate you, Seoul, Seoul…

(Yeah)
(Yeah)

가만 있어도 풍경이 바뀌는 bus와 비슷한 듯 조금씩 다른 building
gaman isseodo punggyeongi bakkwineun buswa biseuthan deut jogeumssik dareun building
A bus that changes its scenery even when I’m still and buildings that look similar but a bit different from each other

역한 듯 아닌 듯한 삶의 향과 따뜻한 척 하는 차가운 공원들
yeokhan deut anin deuthan salmui hyanggwa ttatteuthan cheok haneun chagaun gongwondeul
The scent of life that feels disgusting or not and cold parks that pretend to be warm

늘 헤매야 하는 사람들과 너무 많은 한을 품는 한강들과
neul hemaeya haneun saramdeulgwa neomu manheun haneul pumneun hangangdeulgwa
People that always have to wander, Han rivers that take so much Han within**

혼자 하늘을 볼 수 없는 그네들과 다 큰 애들과 좀 늦어버린 나
honja haneureul bol su eoptneun geunedeulgwa da keun aedeulgwa jom neujeobeorin na
swings that can’t see the sky by themselves, grown-up children, and me who came a bit late

친구들은 툭하면 떠나겠다 해 난 끄덕거려 보지만 웃질 못해
chingudeureun tukhamyeon tteonagetda hae nan kkeudeokgeoryeo bojiman utjil mothae
Friends easily say that they’ll leave, though I try nodding my head, I can’t smile

너무 인정하기 싫지만 이미 난 너의 매연과 그 역겨움까지 도 사랑해
neomu injeonghagi silhjiman imi nan neoui maeyeongwa geu yeokgyeoumkkaji do saranghae
Though I hate to admit it, I love everything of you, even your fumes and disgusting side

청계천의 비린낼 사랑해 선유도의 쓸쓸함을 사랑해
cheonggyecheonui birinnael saranghae seonyudoui sseulsseulhameul saranghae
I love the fishy scent of Cheonggyecheon***, I love the lonesomeness of Seonyudo****

돈만 있으면 살기 좋다던 어느 택시기사의 그 한숨까지도
donman isseumyeon salgi johdadeon eoneu taeksigisaui geu hansumkkajido
And even the sigh of a taxi driver who said it’s a good place to live as long as you have money

(I love y’all) 사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면, I love you Seoul
(I love y’all) saranggwa miumi gateun marimyeon, I love you Seoul
(I love y’all) If love and hate are the same words, I love you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면, I hate you Seoul
saranggwa miumi gateun marimyeon, I hate you Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I hate you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면, I love you Seoul
saranggwa miumi gateun marimyeon, I love you Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I love you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면, I hate you Seoul
saranggwa miumi gateun marimyeon, I hate you Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I hate you, Seoul

(Seoul) 사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면, I love you Seoul (I love you Seoul)
(Seoul) saranggwa miumi gateun marimyeon, I love you Seoul (I love you Seoul)
(Seoul) If love and hate are the same words, I love you, Seoul (I love you Seoul)

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면, I hate you Seoul (I love you Seoul)
saranggwa miumi gateun marimyeon, I hate you Seoul (I love you Seoul)
If love and hate are the same words, I hate you, Seoul (I love you Seoul)

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면, I love you Seoul (I love you Seoul)
saranggwa miumi gateun marimyeon, I love you Seoul (I love you Seoul)
If love and hate are the same words, I love you, Seoul (I love you Seoul)

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면, I hate you Seoul (Seoul)
saranggwa miumi gateun marimyeon, I hate you Seoul (Seoul)
If love and hate are the same words, I hate you, Seoul (Seoul)

I’m leavin’ you… I’m livin’ you…
I’m leavin’ you… I’m livin’ you…
I’m leavin’ you… (leavin’ you, leavin’ you)
I’m livin’ you…(livin’ you, livin’ you)
I’m leavin’ you… (leavin’ you, leavin’ you)
I’m livin’ you…(livin’ you, livin’ you)
Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면, I love you Seoul
saranggwa miumi gateun marimyeon, I love you Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I love you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면, I hate you Seoul
saranggwa miumi gateun marimyeon, I hate you Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면, I love you Seoul
saranggwa miumi gateun marimyeon, I love you Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I love you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면, I hate you Seoul
saranggwa miumi gateun marimyeon, I hate you Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I hate you, Seoul

(Seoul) 사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면, I love you Seoul
(Seoul) saranggwa miumi gateun marimyeon, I love you Seoul
(Seoul) If love and hate are the same words, I love you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면, I hate you Seoul
saranggwa miumi gateun marimyeon, I hate you Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I hate you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면, I love you Seoul
saranggwa miumi gateun marimyeon, I love you Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I love you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면, I hate you Seoul Seoul…
saranggwa miumi gateun marimyeon, I hate you Seoul, Seoul…
If love and hate are the same words, I hate you, Seoul, Seoul…

(Yeah) I love you Seoul
(Yeah) I hate you Seoul
(Yeah) I love you Seoul
(Yeah) I hate you Seoul

* In addition to the fact that the city is filled with concrete buildings, fine dust levels have been soaring in South Korea, contributing to the “ashy expression.” Grey/ashy might also describe the mundane, colorless city life.
** (1) Han is a mix of sorrow, nostalgia, anger, pain, and hope, as explained in this reddit post. Han rhymes with Han Rivers, although the meanings are completely different (Han, emotions, uses 恨, whereas Han in Han River uses 漢).
(2) As of 2016, the suicide rate in South Korea is the 10th highest in the world (according to WHO) and the 2nd highest among OECD countries (according to OECD). There have been many that threw themselves into the Han River. Mapo Bridge, which was infamous for attracting many jumpers, has been named “Bridge of Life” and started displaying encouraging messages along the parapet.
(3) When I was transcribing the lyrics, I first thought it is 한을 품”은,” not 한을 품”는.” This simple difference changes the nuance completely. When one says “너무 많은 한을 품은 한강들 (Han rivers that contain so much Han),” it’s a description of a static status. When one says, instead, “너무 많은 한을 품는 한강들 (Han rivers that take so much Han within),” it’s a description of an ongoing situation.
*** Cheonggyecheon is a stream running through downtown Seoul from east to west, which provides a large public recreation space. People would stroll along the stream or, in summer, sit beside the stream to chat, eat food, drink beer, or even dip their feet in the cold water.
Update: I learned that the city of Seoul now prohibits outdoor alcohol consumption at 청계천 (since July 2018).
**** Seonyudo Park is an ecological water park located in the middle of Yanghwadaegyo (one of the bridges connecting the northern and southern sides of Seoul that are separated by Han River; this is the same Yanghwa bridge as in Zion.T’s Yanghwa BRDG). As a former water purification plant, Seonyudo Park offers various gardens and sculptures that utilize the old facilities. The park indeed looks very forlorn and lonesome when visited in late fall and winter.

Color Code: creamcolorcoded
Korean: bts-trans
Rom: creamcolorcoded
Eng: doolsetbangtan

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