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Gangnam Style Translated

September 11, 2012 2 comments



 
Several of my friends have been sending me links to Psy’s video Gang-nam Style, asking me what the song is about. Gangnam is a wealthy district in Seoul, filled with expensive shops and slinky young women with Louis Vuitton bags and perfect faces sculpted by their plastic surgeons.

Here’s the meaning behind the Korean lyrics, courtesy of my dad and kpoplyrics.net. Some of the lines are so culturally specific, that I’m afraid they’re lost in translation. The freedom of a cup of coffee?

Brother is Gangnam style
Gangnam style

A girl who is warm and kind during the day
A girl who knows how to enjoy the freedom of a cup of coffee
A girl whose heart gets hotter at night
A girl with that kind of twist

I’m a guy who’s as warm as you during the day
A guy who gulps his coffee in one shot before it cools down
A guy whose heart bursts when night comes
That kind of guy

Beautiful, lovable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Now let’s go until the end

Brother is Gangnam style, Gangnam style
Hey, Sexy Lady, Brother is Gangnam style
Hey, Sexy Lady

A girl who looks quiet but is frisky when she plays
A girl who lets her hair down when the right time comes
A girl who covers herself but is sexier than a girl who bares it all
A girl like that

I’m a guy who seems calm but plays when he plays
A guy who goes crazy when the right time comes
A guy who has bulging ideas rather than muscles
That kind of guy

Beautiful, lovable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Now let’s go until the end

Brother is Gangnam style, Gangnam style
Hey, Sexy Lady, Brother is Gangnam style

On top of the running man is the flying man, baby baby
I’m a man who knows a thing or two

You know what I’m saying
Brother is Gangnam style
Hey, Sexy Lady, Brother is Gangnam style