Not Today

English translation and Korean lesson with the lyrics of Not Today by BTS, from the 2017 album You Never Walk Alone.


Produced by: Pdogg
Written by: Pdogg, “Hitman” Bang, RM, Supreme Boi, June

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Intro:

All the underdogs in the world

A day may come when we lose

But it is not today

Today we fight!


Verse 1:

No not today

언젠가 꽃은 지겠지

There will come a time when flowers fall.

언젠가 = someday, sometime

꽃 = a flower

지다 = to fall

-지 = adds a nuance of “you know”, or “isn’t it?” (지겠지)


But no not today

때가 오늘은 아니지

That day is not today.

그 = that, those

때 = the point in time when something happens

오늘 = today

아니다 = to not be X (X being the previous noun)


No no not today

아직은 죽기엔 too good day.

It’s still too good of a day to die.

아직 = still

죽다 = to die


No no not today

No no no not today

그래 우리는 EXTRA

Yeah, we’re extras,

그래 = yeah, sure, okay

우리 = we, us, our


But still part of this world

EXTRA plus ORDINARY

그것도 별 거 아녀

That’s not a big deal either.

-도 = X too/neither, even X (그것도)

별 거 아니다 = to be no big deal, to be nothing special


오늘은 절대 죽지 말아

Don’t ever die today.

절대 = never, absolutely not

-지 말다 = “Don’t do X” (죽지 말아)


빛은 어둠을 뚫고 나가

Light pierces through the darkness.

빛 = light (like sunlight, lamplight, etc. Not like “this bag is light”)

어둠 = darkness

뚫다 = to pierce, to dig through

-고 = “X and”. Used for verbs/adjectives, not nouns (뚫고)

나가다 = to go out of


새 세상 너도 원해

Do you want a new world, too?

Oh baby yes I want it

새 = new

세상 = a world

너 = you

원하다 = to want


Pre-Chorus:

날아갈 수 없음 뛰어

If you can’t fly, run.

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

-ㄹ 수 없다 / -을 수 없다 = to not be able to do X (날아갈 수 없음)

뛰다 = to run, jump


Today we will survive

뛰어갈 수 없음 걸어

If you can’t run, walk.

걷다 = to walk


Today we will survive

걸어갈 수 없음 기어

If you can’t walk, crawl.

기다 = to crawl


기어서라도 gear up

Even if you’re crawling, gear up.

-라도 = indicates that even though X isn’t the best option, it’ll do (기어서라도)


겨눠 총! 조준! 발사!

Ready! Aim! Fire!

겨누다 = to take aim

총 = a gun, a firearm

조준 = aim

발사 = a launch, the discharge of a weapon (발사하다 = to launch, to discharge)


Chorus:

Not not today! Not not today!

Hey 뱁새들아 다 hands up

Hey, all you crow-tits, hands up!

(A crow-tit is a small common bird with an unfortunate English name. It is used frequently by BTS to refer to underdogs, in short. There is a phrase in Korean that translates roughly to, “if a crow-tit tries to follow a stork, it’ll split its legs/pull its groin.” The meaning is that crow-tits – underdogs, those born to lowly station – shouldn’t dream too lofty or get big ideas that they can accomplish what a stork – someone born into affluence – can accomplish. You can read more about it in my translation for 뱁새 – Silver Spoon)

뱁새 = a crow-tit

-들 = (뱁새들아)

-아 = (뱁새들아)

다 = all, everyone, everything


Hey 친구들아 다 hands up

Hey, all my friends, hands up!

친구 = a friend


Hey 나를 믿는다면 hands up

Hey, if you trust me, hands up!

나 = I, me

믿다 = to believe in, to trust

-다면 = if X (믿는다면)


총! 조준! 발사!

Ready! Aim! Fire!

죽지 않아 묻지 마라 소리 질러 Not not today

We’re not dying. Don’t ask. Shout. Not not today.

-지 않다 = to not do X (죽지 않아)

묻다 = to ask

소리 지르다 = to shout (소리 = sound/voice)


꿇지 마라 울지 않아 손을 들어 Not not today

Don’t kneel. We don’t cry. Raise your hands. Not not today.

꿇다 = to kneel, to fall to one’s knees

울다 = to cry

손 = a hand

들다 = to lift, to raise


Hey Not not today.

Hey Not not today.

Hey Not not today.

총! 조준! 발사!

Ready! Aim! Fire!


Verse 2:

Too hot, 성공을 doublin’

Too hot. Doublin’ success.

성공 = success


Too hot 차트를 덤블링

Too hot. Tumbling the charts.

Too high we on 트램폴린.

Too high. We on a trampoline.

Too high 누가 좀 멈추길

Too high. If only someone would stop this.

누가 = who, someone (context-dependent)

좀 = “a bit”, “a little”. Also used to soften a request, almost like “please”

멈추다 = to stop

-길 = “I wish X would happen”, “If only X would happen” (멈추길)


우린 할 수가 없었단다 실패

Failure? We couldn’t do it,

하다 = to do

실패 = failure


서로가 서롤 전부 믿었기에

because we believed in each other in everything.

서로 = each other

전부 = everything

-기에 = “because X”. Used to give a reason why one is doing something (믿었기에)


What you say yeah

Not today yeah

오늘은 안 죽어 절대 yeah

We won’t die today. No way. yeah.

안 = to not do X (X being the following verb)


Pre-Chorus:

너의 곁에 나를 믿어

Believe in me, the one by your side.

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

곁 = one’s side (Not the side of one’s body, but the spot right beside someone)

-에 = at X, on X (곁에)


Together we won’t die

나의 곁에 너를 믿어

I believe in you, the one by my side.

Together we won’t die

함께라는 말을 믿어

We believe in the word “together”.

함께 = together

말 = a word, something one says


방탄이란 걸 믿어

We believe that we are bulletproof.

방탄 = bulletproof 


겨눠 총! 조준! 발사!

Ready! Aim! Fire!


Chorus:

Not not today! Not not today!

Hey 뱁새들아 다 hands up

Hey, all you crow-tits, hands up!

Hey 친구들아 다 hands up

Hey, all my friends, hands up!

Hey 나를 믿는다면 hands up

Hey, if you trust me, hands up!

총! 조준! 발사!

Ready! Aim! Fire!

죽지 않아 묻지 마라 소리 질러 Not not today

We’re not dying. Don’t ask. Shout. Not not today.

꿇지 마라 울지 않아 손을 들어 Not not today

Don’t kneel. We don’t cry. Raise your hands. Not not today.

Hey Not not today

Hey Not not today

Hey Not not today

총! 조준! 발사!

Ready! Aim! Fire!


Bridge:

Throw it up! Throw it up!

니 눈 속의 두려움 따위는 버려

Throw away all the fear in your eyes.

니 = you, your (alternate spelling of 네)

눈 = eye(s)

속 = the inside of something

두려움 = fear

따위 = etc, and other things like that

버리다 = to abandon, to throw away


Break it up! Break it up!

널 가두는 유리천장 따윈 부숴

Smash the glass ceiling that imprisons you.

가두다 = to imprison, to lock up

유리 = glass

천장 = a ceiling

부수다 = to smash, to break


Turn it up! (Turn it up!)

Burn it up! (Burn it up!)

승리의 날까지. (fight!)

Until the day of victory. (fight!)

승리 = victory

날 = a day

-까지 = to X, until X (날까지)


무릎 꿇지 마 무너지지마

Don’t kneel. Don’t fall.

That’s (Do) not today!

무릎 = a knee

무너지다 = to collapse, to fall


Chorus:

Not not today! Not not today!

Hey 뱁새들아 다 hands up

Hey, all you crow-tits, hands up!

Hey 친구들아 다 hands up

Hey, all my friends, hands up!

Hey 나를 믿는다면 hands up

Hey, if you trust me, hands up!

총! 조준! 발사!

Ready! Aim! Fire!

죽지 않아 묻지 마라 소리 질러 Not not today

We’re not dying. Don’t ask. Shout. Not not today.

꿇지 마라 울지 않아 손을 들어 Not not today

Don’t kneel. We don’t cry. Raise your hands. Not not today.

Hey Not not today

Hey Not not today

Hey Not not today

총! 조준! 발사!

Ready! Aim! Fire!


BTS Not Today lyrics English