BTS’ “Film Out” Lyrics Meaning
BTS’ “Film Out” is, simply put, a heartbreak song. Its thesis sentiment revolves around the vocalist lamenting the fact that the woman he loves is no longer a part of his life.
The implication is that they have most likely broken up, not that she’s dead or anything like that.
And the lyrics are themed on the well-worn motif of the narrator feeling or imagining that his ex is present, even though she is not.
Now the reason we refer to such as a “well-worn motif” is because there are in fact quite a few songs based on this same exact type of narrative. In fact just about a week before “Film Out” was released Justin Bieber came out with one such track entitled “Ghost” (2021).
But that being noted, in the case of BTS it’s like the boys make more of an effort to illustrate, metaphorically, that they are in fact in emotional “pain”, i.e. heartbroken.
So the vocalist decides to gather up ‘all the memories stored in his heart’ of his ex, put them into a concise mental image and then fantasize like she is actually around.
This act apparently goes as far as him laying down “two glasses placed side-by-side”, even though he’s alone. But that particular phrase may be a metaphor. Either way, this song undoubtedly succeeds in relaying the aforementioned thesis sentiment.
But of course fantasizing that a loved one is around when in reality they aren’t ultimately isn’t going to do anything as far as healing a broken heart.
So the song pretty ends where it began, with the vocalist cleaving onto whatever thoughts or sensations – such as a smell for instance – which remind him of his lost love.
Album of “Film Out”
This track is from “BTS, the Best”, a primarily Japanese-sung compilation album that BTS is slated to release in mid-2021.
This is the lead single from the project, and apparently it is the only new composition that has been added to the compilation.
The song was officially released on 1 April 2021. It came alongside an accompanying music video directed by a regular BTS collaborator, Yong-seok Choi.
The video was teased a week prior to coming out, via a trailer, on 25 March. And as for the song itself, it premiered as a snippet on a preview of Signal in mid-February.
And as far as ‘conspiracy theories’ concerning the music video go, some observant fans have concluded that it is set in a parallel universe of another video dropped by BTS. The video in question is that of the song “Fake Love” (2018), which Yong-seok Choi also directed.
And as for the aforementioned Signal, it is the name of the Japanese movie which “Film Out” serves as the theme song to.
Or more specifically, the flick is fully entitled “Signal: Long-Term Unsolved Case Investigation The Movie” (2021). And it is based on a television series of the same name, whose theme song is actually another BTS track entitled “Don’t Leave Me” (2018).
Who wrote “Film Out”?
“Film Out” was written by Iyori Shimizu, a member of a Japanese rock band called Back Number, alongside BTS’s Jungkook.
And the track was produced by an artist called UTA in conjunction with the entirety of Back Number.
Although BTS is from South Korea, they have extensive experience dropping songs in Japanese, i.e. the language of the island nation directly to the east.
In fact they’ve dropped four studio albums in Japanese prior, which are as follows:
- “Wake Up” (2014)
- “Youth” (2016)
- “Face Yourself” (2018)
- ” Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey” (2020)
And they’ve also come out with a number of singles that have reached number one in Japan such as “For You” (2015) and” Lights” (2019).
As noted earlier BTS is a South Korean boy band who, around the time of the release of “Film Out”, are arguably the most-popular musical act in the world.
As at the issuance of “Film Out” the group consists of 7 members ranging in age from 23 to 28, and they are:
- J-Hope (27)
- Jimin (25)
- Jin (28)
- Jungkook (23)
- RM (26)
- Suga (28)
- V (25)