Butterfly

English translation and Korean lesson with the lyrics of Butterfly by BTS, from the 2015 album The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt.2.


Produced by: Pdogg
Written by: “Hitman” Bang, Slow Rabbit, Pdogg, Brother Su, RM, SUGA, j-hope

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Verse 1:

아무것도 생각하지 마

Don’t think about anything.

아무것도 = nothing

생각하다 = to think

-지 마 = “Don’t do X” (생각하지 마)


아무 말도 꺼내지도 마

Don’t say anything either.

너 = you

아무 = any, no (as in “there are no people here”, not “the answer is no”)

말 = words

-도 = X too/neither, even X (말도)

꺼내다 = to take out, to bring something up


그냥 내게 웃어줘

Just smile at me.

그냥 = just

내 = I, me, my

-에게 = to X, for X (내게)

웃다 =  to smile, to laugh

-어주다 / -아주다 = adds a nuance of “as a favour to” or “for” someone (웃어줘)


난 아직도 믿기지가 않아

I still don’t trust myself.

나 = I, me

아직 = still

믿기다 = to be believed, to be trusted

-지 않다 = to not do X (믿기지 않아)


이 모든 게 다 꿈인 것 같아

It feels like all of this is a dream.

이 = this, these

모든 = every

게 = a thing

다 = all

꿈 = a dream

것 같다 = to feel like X, seem like X (X being the preceding clause)


사라지려 하지마

Don’t disappear.

사라지다 = to disappear, to fade away

-려 하다 = to intend to do X, to be “going to do X”


Pre-Chorus:

Is it true? Is it true?

You You

너무 아름다워 두려워

are so beautiful it scares me.

Untrue Untrue

You You You

너무 = so, too

아름답다 = to be beautiful

두렵다 = to be scared


Chorus:

곁에 머물러줄래

Can you stay by my side?

곁 = one’s side (not the side of their body, but the spot right beside them)

-에 = at X, on X (곁에)

머무르다 = to stay

-ㄹ래 / -을래 = Used to make a soft request. “Would you?” “Could you?” (머물러줄래)


내게 약속해줄래

Can you promise me?

약속하다 = to promise


손 대면 날아갈까 부서질까

If I reach out and touch you will you fly away? Will you shatter?

손 = a hand

대다 = to touch

-면 / -으면 = if/when X (대면)

날아가다 = to fly away (날다 = to fly + 가다 = to go)

-ㄹ까 / -을까 = used to wonder something, sort of to oneself. “I wonder if X will happen?”  (날아갈까)

부서지다 = to be broken, smashed


겁나 겁나 겁나

I’m scared. I’m scared. I’m scared.

겁나다 = to be scared


시간을 멈출래

Can you stop time?

시간 = time

멈추다 = to stop 


순간이 지나면 

If this moment passes

순간 = a moment

지나다 = to pass by


없었던 일이 될까? 널 잃을까?

will it be erased? Will I lose you?

없다 = to not be found, not exist

일 = a thing, a matter (incredibly versatile word)

되다 = to become

잃다 = to lose


겁나 겁나 겁나

I’m scared. I’m scared. I’m scared.

Butterfly, like a butterfly

마치 butterfly, bu butterfly 처럼

Like a butterfly, bu butterfly.

마치 = a word often placed at the beginning of a sentence that will imagery in it.

-처럼 = like X (butterfly처럼)


Butterfly, like a butterfly

마치 butterfly, bu butterfly 처럼

Like a butterfly, bu butterfly.


Verse 2:

넌 마치 butterfly

You’re like a butterfly.

멀리서 훔쳐봐 손 닿으면 널 잃을까

I steal glances from afar. If I reach out and touch you, will I lose you?

멀다 = to be far off, distant

훔쳐보다 = to steal a glance (훔치다 = to steal + 보다 = to see, to look at)

닿다 = to reach, to touch


이 칠흑 같은 어둠 속 날 밝히는 나비효과

A butterfly effect that illuminates me in this utter darkness.

칠흑 = pitch darkness

같다 = to be like

어둠 = darkness (어둡다 = to be dark)

속 = the inside of something

밝히다 = to brighten, to illuminate

나비 = a butterfly

효과 = an effect


니 작은 손짓 한 번에 현실을 잊어 난

At one small gesture of your hand, I forget reality.

니 = you (alternate spelling of 네)

작다 = to be small

손짓 = a hand gesture

한 = one (shortened form of 하나)

번 = a time (as in “one time”, not as in “What time is it?”)

현실 = reality

잊다 = to forget


살며시 쓰다듬는 바람 같아

Like the gentle caress of the wind,

살며시 = gently, furtively

쓰다듬다 = to stroke, to pet

바람 = wind


살포시 표류하는 먼지 같아

like softly drifting dust,

살표시 = softly, gently

표류하다 = to drift

먼지 = dust


넌 거기 있지만 왠지 닿지 않아

you’re there, but somehow I can’t reach you

거기 = there

있다 = to be found, to exist

-지만 = X but (있지만)

왠지 = somehow


Stop

꿈 같은 넌 내게 butterfly, high

You’re like a dream. To me you’re a butterfly, high.


Pre-Chorus:

Untrue Untrue

You You You


Chorus:

곁에 머물러줄래

Can you stay by my side?

내게 약속해줄래

Can you promise me?

손 대면 날아갈까 부서질까

If I reach out and touch you will you fly away? Will you shatter?

겁나 겁나 겁나

I’m scared. I’m scared. I’m scared.

시간을 멈출래

Can you stop time?

이 순간이 지나면 

If this moment passes

없었던 일이 될까 널 잃을까

will it be erased? Will I lose you?

겁나 겁나 겁나

I’m scared. I’m scared. I’m scared.


Bridge:

심장은 메마른 소리를 내

My heart lets out a parched sound.

(Korean imagery describes a heart as being dried up and in need of water, in the same way that English imagery refers to a heart as being frozen and in need of thawing.)

심장 = a heart

메마르다 = to be arid, parched

소리 = a sound

내다 = to make, put, place


꿈인지 현실인지 알 수 없네

I can’t tell if it’s a dream or reality.

-인지 = whether X, if X (꿈인지, 현실인지)

알다 = to know

-ㄹ 수 없다 / -을 수 없다 = to not be able to do X  (알 수 없네)

-네 = adds a nuance of surprise or amazement (없네)


나의 해변의 카프카여

My “Kafka on the Shore”.

-의 = indicates possession, like ‘s in English (나의)

해변 = the shore, the beach


저기 숲으로 가진 말아줘

Please don’t go into those woods.

저기 = over there

숲 = a forest, woods

-으로 = towards X, into X (숲으로)

가다 = to go


내 마음은 아직 너 위에 부서져 조각조각 까맣게 녹아 흘러

My heart is still being shattered and piece by piece melting away into blackness over you.

마음 = one’s heart/mind (in the metaphorical, not the anatomical sense)

위 = the top of something

조각 = a piece, a slice, a strip

까맣다 = to be pitch-black

-게 = turns an adjective into an adverb. IE. “quick” becomes “quickly” (까맣게)

녹다 = to melt

흐르다 = to flow


(난 그냥 이대로 증발하고 싶어)

(I just want to evaporate like this)

이대로 = like this, in this way

증발하다 = to evaporate

-고 싶다 = to want to do X (증발하고 싶어)


내 사랑은 영원인 걸

My love is forever.

(영원, meaning forever, sounds exactly like 영 원, meaning “zero won”, or free.)

It’s all free for you, baby.

사랑 = love

영원 = forever, eternity


Chorus:

곁에 머물러줄래

Can you stay by my side?

내게 약속해줄래

Can you promise me?

손 대면 날아갈까 부서질까

If I reach out and touch you will you fly away? Will you shatter?

겁나 겁나 겁나

I’m scared. I’m scared. I’m scared.

시간을 멈출래

Can you stop time?

이 순간이 지나면 

If this moment passes

없었던 일이 될까 널 잃을까

will it be erased? Will I lose you?

겁나 겁나 겁나

I’m scared. I’m scared. I’m scared.

Butterfly, like a butterfly,

마치 butterfly, bu butterfly 처럼

Like a butterfly, bu butterfly.

Butterfly, like a butterfly

마치 butterfly, bu butterfly 처럼

Like a butterfly, bu butterfly.


BTS Butterfly lyrics English