Butterfly (Prologue Mix)

English translation and Korean lesson with the lyrics of Butterfly (Prologue Mix) by BTS, from the 2016 album The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever.


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 have imagery in it.

-처럼 = like X (butterfly처럼)


Butterfly, like a butterfly

마치 butterfly, bu butterfly 처럼

Like a butterfly, bu butterfly.


Verse 2:

햇살에 조금 찌푸린 니 눈썹에

Your eyebrows, slightly knit against the sunlight,

햇살 = sunlight

조금 = a little, a bit

찌푸리다 = to furrow, to knit (brows)

니 = you, your (alternate spelling of 네)

눈썹 = an eyebrow


보드랍게 흔들리는 니 솜털에

your fine hair, softly fluttering,

보드랍다 = to be soft

-게 = can turn an adjective into an adverb. IE: “soft” becomes “softly” (보드랍게)

흔들리다 = to be waving, fluttering

솜털 = soft baby hairs, like the ones at the nape of one’s neck when their long hair is tied up


니 향기에 취해 맘이 간질거려

your scent – I’m intoxicated by it all. My heart flutters.

향기 = a sent

취하다 = to be drunk, intoxicated

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

간절거리다 = to tickle (to say one’s heart tickles or itches is a commonly used expression)


두 볼을 어루만지는 니 품처럼

Like your embrace caressing my cheeks,

두 = two

볼 = a cheek

어루만지다 = to stroke, to caress

품 = one’s embrace


한가로이 표류하는 먼지처럼

like lazily drifting dust,

ㅎ한가로이 = lazily, leisurely

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


Pre-Chorus:

Is it true? Is it true?

You You

너무 아름다워 두려워.

are so beautiful it scares me.

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.

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.


Outro:

아무것도 생각하지 마

Don’t think about anything.

넌 아무 말도 꺼내지도 마

Don’t say anything either.

그냥 내게 웃어줘

Just smile at me.


BTS Butterfly lyrics English