BTS · J-Hope

j-hope – Pandora’s Box (Lyrics + Translation)

J-Hope

They call me hope
Do you know why I am hope?

판도라의 history 그게 내 born
pandoraui history geuge nae born
Pandora’s history, that’s what I was born out of*

인간에게 주어진 큰 신들의 성심
inganege jueojin keun sindeurui seongsim
The good faith given by the great gods to mankind

판도라가 남긴 상자 속의 한 빛
pandoraga namgin sangja sogui han bit
A ray of light left in the box by Pandora

때 묻지 않은 소년에게 대입
ttae mutji anheun sonyeonege daeip
projected onto an innocent young boy

Till the end 방탄의 희망이 되라는 frame
Till the end bangtanui huimangi doeraneun frame
Till the end, the frame had him become the hope of Bangtan

그렇게 주어진 운명의 수여식 That’s my name
geureohge jueojin unmyeongui suyeosik That’s my name
The ceremony where the fate was given to the boy just like that, that’s my name

신화로 깊어지는 의미와 함께 On my way
sinhwaro gipeojineun uimiwa hamkke On my way
With its meaning deepening with the embedded myth, on my way

(J to the hope

정 to the 희망 Jack in the box
jeong to the huimang Jack in the box
Jung to the hope, Jack in the box

판도라의 손
pandoraui son
Pandora’s hand

하나 남은 희망 Jack in the box)
hana nameun huimang Jack in the box)
The only thing remaining, hope, Jack in the box)

Someone’s light, someone’s smile

Someone’s hope 내 활동들은 someone’s life
Someone’s hope nae hwaldongdeureun someone’s life
Someone’s hope, what I do become someone’s life**

시간은 이름대로 흘러가 someone’s star
siganeun ireumdaero heulleoga someone’s star
Time flows true to its name, someone’s star

내 영혼이 다듬어지며 생기는 모토와 바이브 yeah
nae yeonghoni dadeumeojimyeo saenggineun motowa baibeu yeah
With my soul getting refined, there come motto and vibe, yeah¹

그렇게 제출해 내 이력서 비로소
geureohge jechulhae nae iryeokseo biroso
Like that, I finally submit my resume²

첫 도약 hope world 필요했던 필연성
cheot doyak hope world piryohaetdeon piryeonseong
The first leap, hope world, the inevitability that was necessary

계속 발전을 꿈꿔 ‘What’s my path?’
gyesok baljeoneul kkumkkwo ‘What’s my path?’
I keep dreaming of growth ‘What’s my path?’

‘What do I have to say?’
Just keep on doing my thang

Hmmm 내가 그린 그림
Hmmm naega geurin geurim
Hmmm, the picture I have painted

이 dream은 제우스가 그린 유일무이 큰 그림인가?
i dreameun jeuseuga geurin yuilmui keun geuriminga?
Is this dream the one and only big picture that Zeus has painted?

Hmmm 나를 불러들인 주인의 호기심
Hmmm nareul bulleodeurin juinui hogisim
Hmmm, the curiosity of the owner that summoned me

이건 마치 판도라의 운명적인 criminal
igeon machi pandoraui unmyeongjeogin criminal
It’s like a fateful criminal action by Pandora

그래 겪어보니 세상이 보여
geurae gyeokkeoboni sesangi boyeo
Yeah, now that I’ve lived through it, I can see through the world

인간을 끓게 하는 수만 가지의 고열
inganeul kkeulhge haneun suman gajiui goyeol
The tens of thousands of high fevers that fire people up

욕심 시기 원한 질투
yoksim sigi wonhan jiltu
Greed, jealousy, resentment, envy

복수 또 미움 어쩌면 no reason
boksu tto mium eojjeomyeon no reason
Revenge, and hatred, maybe there’s no reason

We need hope 그게 많든 아님 적든
We need hope geuge manhdeun anim jeokdeun
We need hope, whether there’s a lot or not enough,

우린 뒤로 걸어도 무섭지 않을 벤자민 버튼
urin dwiro georeodo museopji anheul benjamin beoteun
we’re Benjamin Button, unafraid of walking backwards³

앞장서 조금이나마 느낄 수 있다면은
apjangseo jogeuminama neukkil su itdamyeoneun
I stand at the forefront, and if people could feel it even just a bit

일깨워 주고파 각자 숨은 작은 영웅을
ilkkaewo jugopa gakja sumeun jageun yeongungeul
I’d like to let them know that there’s a little hero hidden inside every one of them

이 상자란 우물 안속 frog
i sangjaran umul ansok frog
A frog in a well that is this box***

큰 세상 밖으로 jump
keun sesang bakkeuro jump
Jump out into the big world

재앙을 마주해도 부딪치고 싶어
jaeangeul majuhaedo buditchigo sipeo
Even if I face disaster, I want to run up against it

Jack in the box, uh, look at my title

열어 본 다음 이젠 믿어보는 나의 이름
yeoreo bon daeum ijen mideoboneun naui ireum
With the box already opened, I now get to believe in name

Ayyy, J to the hope

정 to the 희망 Jack in the box
jeong to the huimang Jack in the box
Jung to the hope, Jack in the box

판도라의 손
pandoraui son
Pandora’s hand

하나 남은 희망 Jack in the box
hana nameun huimang Jack in the box
The only thing remaining, hope, Jack in the box

J to the hope

정 to the 희망 Jack in the box
jeong to the huimang Jack in the box
Jung to the hope, Jack in the box

판도라의 손
pandoraui son
Pandora’s hand

하나 남은 희망 Jack in the box
hana nameun huimang Jack in the box
The only thing remaining, hope, Jack in the box

(Yeah!) J to the hope

정 to the 희망 Jack in the box
jeong to the huimang Jack in the box
Jung to the hope, Jack in the box

(Yeah yeah) 판도라의 손
(Yeah yeah) pandoraui son
(Yeah yeah) Pandora’s hand

하나 남은 희망 Jack in the box
hana nameun huimang Jack in the box
The only thing remaining, hope, Jack in the box

(Ya!) J to the hope

정 to the 희망 Jack in the box
jeong to the huimang Jack in the box
Jung to the hope, Jack in the box

판도라의 손
pandoraui son
Pandora’s hand

하나 남은 희망 Jack in the box
hana nameun huimang Jack in the box
The only thing remaining, hope, Jack in the box

Translator notes (credits to doolsetbangtan):

*This is potentially a cross-language wordplay using “born” and 본 (本; pronounced bon), where 본 means the origin or essence.
**Piece of Peace Pt.1: “If I can give strength to someone, can be a light to someone, I wish, I could be a Piece of Peace”
¹ Hope World: “My father mother; I resemble their blood; A baton handed over to me, I run to this motto; this is my own ecstasy; Cheers to my world”
² Hip-Hop Phile: “Writing the resume of my clumsy self, break out from my nameless self and fly over the stage”
³ Reference to ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’.
*** Reference to ‘The Frog in the Well‘, also used in HANGSANG.

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