Airplane pt.2 by BTS Lyrics Meaning – Unraveling the Complexities of a Global Journey


You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for BTS's Airplane pt.2 at Lyrics.org.
Article Contents:
  1. Music Video
  2. Lyrics
  3. Song Meaning

Lyrics

이상한 꼬마 숨 쉬듯 노래했네
어디든 좋아 음악이 하고 싶었네
오직 노래 심장을 뛰게 하던 thing
하나뿐이던 길을 걸었지만

쉽지 않아, 실패와 절망
지친 날 누군가 불러 세워 건넨 말
“You’re a singing star”
“You’re a singing star”
But I see no star
몇 년이 흘러가 버린

(We still) sky high, sky fly, sky dope
(We still) same try, same scar, same work
(We still) 세상 어딜 가도
(We still) 호텔방서 작업

(I still) 하루는 너무 잘 돼, 그 다음날은 망해
(I still) 오늘은 뭐로 살지? 김남준 아님 RM
스물 다섯, 잘 사는 법은 아직도 모르겠어
그러니 오늘도 우리는 그냥 go

We goin’ from NY to Cali, London to Paris
우리가 가는 그 곳이 어디든 party
El Mariachi
El Mariachi
El Mariachi (uh, uh)

We goin’ from Tokyo, Italy, Hong Kong to Brazil
이 세계 어디서라도 난 노래하리
El Mariachi
El Mariachi
El Mariachi
El Mariachi (ooh)

Hoo-ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh
Hoo-ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
Hoo-ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh

구름 위를 매일, 구름 위를 매일 (ayy, oh)
구름 위에 내 feel, 구름 위에 check it (ayy, oh)
구름과의 케미, 구름과 하루 죙일 (ayy, ah)
구름 타는 재미, 구름 보며 fade in 너흰 몰라 maybe

몇 년 동안의 비행 탓에 (eh)
마일리지만 몇십만 대 (eh)
못 이룬 너희들을 위로해줄 때야
그 비행 포인트로 선물할게 (yeah, yeah)
Love 에어플레인 모드
신경은 다 off 그 누구든지 뭐라던
그저 계속 first를 지키며
밤하늘을 볼게, 지금 내 자리에 맞춰

I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know
그래, 멈추는 법도
I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know
그래, 좀 쉬는 법도
I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know
실패하는 법도
I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know

TV 나와서 하는 귀여운
돈 자랑들은 fed up
여권은 과로사 직전
미디어의 혜택은 되려
너네가 받았지
깔, 깔, 깔, 깔
야, 야
셀럽놀이는 너네가 더 잘해 (oh, yeah)
우린 여전히 그때와 똑같어 whoa

We goin’ from Mexico City, London to Paris
우리가 가는 그 곳이 어디든 party
El Mariachi
El Mariachi
El Mariachi (uh, uh)

We goin’ from Tokyo, Italy, Hong Kong to Brazil
이 세계 어디서라도 난 노래하리 (yeah-yeah)
El Mariachi
El Mariachi
El Mariachi (nah-ooh-ooh-ooh)
El Mariachi (nah-ooh)

Hoo-ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh
Hoo-ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
Hoo-ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh

Full Lyrics

It is said that music transcends language, culture, and borders. Beneath the infectious beats and catchy melodies often lies a deep emotional truth that only the art of songwriting can unveil. BTS’s ‘Airplane pt.2’ is a beguiling testament to this fact—a song that isn’t just a follow-up to J-Hope’s solo track ‘Airplane’, but a continuum of a narrative that captures both the exhilaration and the weariness of life on the move.

Echoing sentiments of ambition and flight, ‘Airplane pt.2’ is a mosaic of experiences, vividly painting the highs and lows of the meteoric yet turbulent journey BTS has journeyed. This song is not merely a celebratory aircraft soaring through the clouds but a candid tale of what it means to navigate the complex skies of fame, acknowledging the scars that come with the stars.

The High-Flying Dream and Its Demands

The early verses of ‘Airplane pt.2’ are reflective, narrating the humble beginnings and the pure passion for music that propelled BTS to stardom. The song swiftly transitions into recognition of the arduous path they’ve embarked on, with lyrics that speak to the challenges of failure and despair they’ve encountered along the way. Yet, it’s that very same ‘thing’—their heart’s rhythm set to music—that keeps them on course.

“You’re a singing star” becomes a refrain, a mantra even, that recognizes their status. However, with the poignant line ‘But I see no star’, the group acknowledges the bittersweet nature of their success, hinting that the glare of the spotlight can often blind one from seeing their own light.

Sky High Aspirations: BTS’s Anthem for Perseverance

Amid the expressions of fatigue there’s an undeniable current of resilience captured in the lines ‘(We still) sky high, sky fly, sky dope’. These lyrics underscore the band’s relentless drive, signifying that despite the adversities, their aspirations remain as lofty as ever. As they traverse from NY to Cali, London to Paris, the party follows—not because of the location, but because of their own indomitable spirit.

The repeated use of ‘El Mariachi’ also layers the song with multicultural markers, suggesting a life of constant travel and a message of how music—much like the wandering mariachi—is a universal language that carries one’s soul across borders and barriers.

The Dual Identity Struggle and Artistic Integrity

As the narrative of ‘Airplane pt.2’ progresses, a compelling discourse on identity emerges. Through the verse ‘오늘은 뭐로 살지? 김남준 아님 RM’, RM battles with the dualities that define his existence— the person he is offstage versus the idol on stage. As Kim Namjoon and as RM, he confronts the existential and somewhat enigmatic aspect of fame where his persona fuels his livelihood.

This admission that despite reaching twenty-five, they still grapple with understanding the ‘right’ way to live, reveals a vulnerability often masked by the glitz of fame. It’s an admission of ongoing personal development and growth amidst a relentless schedule that both enables and challenges their identities.

Fleeting Moments and The Price of Stardom

BTS dives into the ephemeral nature of success with ‘Love airplane mode, 신경은 다 off 그 누구든지 뭐라던’. The dichotomy of switching off from the world, even while racking up miles in the sky, speaks to a sought-after peace amid chaos. The song acknowledges the need to sometimes disconnect, to preserve a piece of serenity amidst constant public scrutiny.

Another memorable line ‘여권은 과로사 직전’ alludes to their weary passports, a symbol of the physical and mental exhaustion that comes with their lifestyle. This line strikes as a poignant reminder of the ‘celeb game’ others play versus the authentic lives they aspire to live, unfiltered and unrestricted.

Soaring Melodies and Grounding Realities

The song’s soaring ‘Hoo-ooh-ooh-ooh’ hook has a haunting quality, reminiscent of an otherworldly call. This melody juxtaposes beautifully against the song’s grounding lyrics, offering both an escape and a tether back to reality. It encapsulates the intrinsic bond BTS has with music – a bond that is both their lifeline and their legacy.

BTS’s ‘Airplane pt.2’ thus emerges as a masterclass in storytelling through music. In this single track, BTS manages to capture the essence of their journey, delivering a narrative that is relatable, touching, and, above all, indelibly human. In the end, it is a reminder that even in flight, we are bound by the emotions and experiences that define us.

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