The most beautiful thing about being ARMY is getting to know BTS, being drawn in by their music, and growing with them. With BTS, a song is not just words on paper put to music. It's a story, a conversation, a chance to take a peek behind the curtain and see them as humans trying to navigate the world with all its wonders and chaos, just like everyone else. This trend continues in D-DAY, SUGA's first "official" solo endeavor, a beautiful and glorious journey of self-discovery, honesty, and healing.
From the first track to the last note, D-DAY tells the story of the journey of life, with all its twists, turns, pitfalls, not-so-glorious defeats, and fairytale-like happy endings that ultimately (and ironically) lead to more struggle. SUGA, a.k.a. Min Yoongi, a.k.a. Agust D weaves together a conversation that draws the listener in not just for the musical genius of the songs themselves but for the human connection that comes with relatable and understandable lyrics. D-DAY isn't just SUGA's journey; it feels like a path everyone will have to navigate at some point.
Future's Gonna Be Okay
D-Day, the first track on the album, feels like a discussion one would have with a close friend about conflict, struggle, life, and the future. The song sets the album's tone. It can be either an end or a beginning, a notion Weverse Magazine also touches on. "In that sense, 'D-DAY' can be interpreted as the end of everything, or the beginning, like a birthday… 'D-DAY' is where 'the end and the beginning coexist.'” The song is reflective, a reminder to anyone listening that life is full of both hardship and beauty, but if we go through it and survive, the future will be okay.
Haegeum, the album's title track, piggybacks off the sentiment of D-Day with the idea that life consists of both the good and the bad in a world trying to convince us that we must choose a side. This thought is explained more clearly by View Of The Arts Magazine. “Haegeum can be understood as connecting people and the universe: in addition, the two strings can be interpreted as representative of the intertwinedness of suffering and happiness, rather than the separation or the effacement of one by the other. This is one of the dominant themes in the album, the understanding of life as both painful and joyous, sometimes simultaneously.” Haegeum is a call to arms, an anthem to fight for what makes us happy.
Life Is A Journey
This thematic dialogue continues throughout the album, with SUGA drawing a line in the sand, so to speak. Challenging the listener to determine whether their beliefs are really their own or simply conforming to toxic norms of society. With lyrics like, “Yeah, the Internet world and reality are quite different / Live the real life, live your life” from HUH?! (feat. j-hope), and “Between countless truths and countless lies, / Are we looking at the world the proper way,” from 극야 (Polar Night) (all song lyric translations credited to Doolsetbangtan), SUGA uses music to open a window in the listeners’ souls, allowing them to grasp the importance of knowing and owning one’s own truth. He never says this is the way you must walk. Instead, he encourages people to find their own path and walk it no matter how difficult and tumultuous the road may be.
Love, Life, and Relationships
The album’s color remains the same throughout, speaking to SUGA's view of the world's climate as it pertains to people and their interactions with each other. The tone changes somewhat with tracks like People Pt. 2. In an interview with NME Magazine, when asked about the song, SUGA states, “I just hope that people simply love.” He explains how it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to be in love with another person. “It can be a simple thing, like loving coffee, or you can even love your internet community. But I just hope that people love people – let’s hate less, let’s be angry a little less, because we all feel lonely.” He continues his theme of love in SDL, a song reminiscent of a letter written to a past love or person we miss.
Then there’s AMYGDALA, perhaps the most personal song on the album, which deals with emotions we all can relate to: guilt and fear. In the music video, SUGA is split in two. There is SUGA, who everyone sees, and Agust D, hidden behind a door, whose handle he can never reach, locked away to hide the guilt and fear he feels. It’s a perfect picture of how humans often hide their emotions instead of dealing with them. The lyrics are a vivid and clear depiction of the fight between wanting to be seen and the fear of others knowing the REAL us. “How do you feel these days / I don’t know your name / A journey through memories / Memories I want to have erased.”
Snooze, a message to his juniors pursuing their dreams of performing, is not a song of hopeful clichéd lines. Instead, SUGA shares comradery and understanding. In an industry that sees artists as commodities, SUGA wants them to know there is someone they can turn to who understands. He tells them, “You, growing a dream while watching me, / I’ll always be standing, so don’t worry too much. / If you’re afraid of falling, I’ll gladly catch you.”
Life Goes On
The final song, Life Goes On, is the perfect book ending to the journey D-DAY takes us on. SUGA sums up his story perfectly with this line, “I know, I know, that this place where I’m now / Is one that will soon become a memory / Don’t be afraid, because until the end of my life, / Life will continue to go on.”
Life is gritty, dirty, exciting, and often unfair. There will be spectacular days and terrible days. But if we push forward, yell when we need to, fight when we need to, accept failure when we need to, and savor even the most minor victory, (our) future’s gonna be okay.
Written by: Lisa
Edited by: LJ
Designed by: ThornToHisRose
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