Monday, October 22, 2012

Gangnam Style! (aka "a classy girl who knows how to enjoy the freedom of a cup of coffee")

I just read a big article in the New Yorker last week about the recent worldwide upsurge in "Korean Pop"---I checked out on YouTube some of the girl groups the article mentioned and didn't think they were that interesting; I didn't even bother going to see the also-mentioned "Gangnam Style" by Psy...

Well, had dinner with the fambly last night, and the second I walked in the door, the 10-year-old nephew was shoving his mom's SmartPhone at me, wanting to know if I'd heard "Gangnam Style"! I had kinda forgotten about the article, but once the video came up on the phone... "Ohhhhhhh! I haven't HEARD it, but I DO know ABOUT that song!" So I got to watch it about 3 times in a row; then I got to watch the two nephews (the other is 7) do the Gangnam Style dance! Over and over and over... And when there was no dancing or video, there was plenty o' "Oppa gangnam style!" bursting forth from the 10-year-old over the next 4 or so hours! And how a friend or two of his are going to be the singer "Psy" for Halloween!

It was cute how into it they were!

I didn't get the thrill of the music just by reading the article; but I certainly DID get it once I saw how super-excited the boys were by this song! :)




English Translation:

Oppa is Gangnam style
Gangnam style

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

I’m a guy
A guy who is as warm as you during the day
A guy who one-shots his coffee before it even cools down
A guy whose heart bursts when night comes
That kind of guy

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

Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style
Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style
Oppa is Gangnam style

Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam style
Eh- Sexy Lady oh oh oh oh

A girl who looks quiet but plays when she plays
A girl who puts her hair down when the right time comes
A girl who covers herself but is more sexy than a girl who bares it all
A sensible girl like that

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

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

Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style
Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style
Oppa is Gangnam style

Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam style
Eh- Sexy Lady oh oh oh oh

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

Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam style
Eh- Sexy Lady oh oh oh oh


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Translation Credits: pop!gasa


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