As often said by the BTS ARMY – “This is BTS’ world and we are just living in it.” This 7 seven-member K-pop group has smashed all possible records and is creating new ones every day. They are no longer just a Korean boy band, but rather the biggest musical act in the world. With their first (of many, we hope) Grammy nomination for their breakout hit DYNAMITE, it is worth revisiting their discography to find some musical gems that remain underrated despite their fame, musical and lyrical ingenuity.
SEA – hidden track from Love yourself: Her
A song that talks about hope and hardships via the symbols of the Sea and Desert. It also talks about the hardships they had to endure when they were starting out as a rookie group.
Suga says-“I thought this was the ocean but it’s a desert.
a medium-sized, ordinary idol was my second name.
countless people get cut from broadcast but someone’s empty spot is our dream.
they say these kids can’t make it ’cause their agency is too small.”
Anyone who has been following them for a long time knows exactly what these lyrics mean, because they are privy to the obstacles BTS had to overcome to soar to the sky, as they are now. At the heart of this song lies their belief that they should not stop their musical journey, even if with happiness they feel moments of sadness. RM repeats how the sea (i.e hope), desert (i.e despair), and the world are the same with different names. They are all part of this wild-and-mundane ride we call life.
Paradise – Love yourself: Tear
This song questions if it is really okay to run just because everyone is running. Staying right with the theme of Love Yourself, this one talks about how it is fine to not have dreams if we can just have moments of happiness. It also emphasizes that it’s okay to have unique dreams, different from what is expected of us; we deserve to be who we want to be.
The outro repeats: “Stop running for nothing my friend” and it ends by saying that everything we do, the air we breathe, the words we speak, are all a version of Paradise.
Fun fact: Produced by English singer-songwriter MNEK, this song was originally meant to be a breakup song but lyrics changed after BTS received it for this album.