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BTS' 'Butterfly' Explores the Fear of Losing Someone: See the Translated Lyrics

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BTS attend the The 25th Seoul Music Awards at Olympic Park on Jan. 14, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. 

BTS is no stranger to mining emotional depth in their lyrics, and “Butterfly” is a key representation of the lyrical complexity that sets them apart as a K-pop act.

The non-single was promoted on Korean music shows alongside “Run” after they released The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2 in November 2015. The B-side peaked at No. 4 on the World Digital Songs chart in 2015.

The lyrics, co-written by Suga, express the fear of losing someone through the simile of a butterfly. The butterfly could be interpreted as representing the ephemerality of time that risks being lost at a moment’s notice: “Will you stay by my side?/ Will you promise me?/ If I let go of your hand, you might fly away and break, I’m scared.”

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Read the heartbreaking lyrics below.

Here are the original lyrics:

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Butterfly, like a butterfly

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It’s all free for you baby

 

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Here are the lyrics translated to English.

Don’t think of anything

Don’t say anything, not even a word

Just give me a smile

I still can’t believe it

All of this seems like a dream

Don’t try to disappear

 

Is it true? Is it true?

You, you, you’re so beautiful, I’m scared

Untrue, untrue, you, you, you

 

Will you stay by my side?

Will you promise me?

If I let go of your hand, you might fly away and break, I’m scared

 

Please stop the time

If this moment passes (if this moment passes),

This will become something that’s never happened and I'll lose you, I’m scared

 

Butterfly, like a butterfly

Just like a butterfly, butterfly

Butterfly like a butterfly

Just like a butterfly, butterfly

 

You’re just like a butterfly

From afar, I steal a glance at you because I'm scared to lose you if I touch you

You are shining so brightly, you save me from this pitch darkness

With your light touches, I forget the reality

 

It’s like a wind that gently strokes me

It’s like a dust that gently drifts along

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

You are like a dream like butterfly

 

Untrue, untrue, you, you, you

 

Will you stay by my side?

Will you promise me?

If I let go of your hand, you might fly away and break, I’m scared

 

Please stop the time

If this moment passes (if this moment passes),

This will become something that’s never happened and I'll lose you, I’m scared

 

In my heart, I know something is missing

I don’t know if this is reality or a dream

My "Kafka on the Shore"

Don’t go to woods over there

My heart is broken and shattered to pieces, being melted down

(I just want to be vaporized like this)

But my love is forever

It’s all free for you baby

 

Will you stay by my side?

Will you promise me?

If I let go of your hand, you might fly away and break, I’m scared

 

Please stop the time

If this moment passes (if this moment passes),

This will become something that’s never happened and I'll lose you, I’m scared

 

Butterfly, like a butterfly

Just like a butterfly, butterfly

Butterfly like a butterfly

Just like a butterfly, butterfly


Other BTS Lyrics Translated: Spring Day | Mic Drop | Blood, Sweat, Tears | DNA | Fire

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