Song of the Day #3,558: ‘Whistle’ – BLACKPINK

Of all the genres I featured during my ’31 Numbered Songs’ series, the one most underserved by my blog to date has to be K-pop.

Over the past two decades, this musical phenomenon has spread from South Korea to the entire world, racking up billions of YouTube views. And yet, I have blogged about only two K-pop songs during my own 10-year run on Meet Me In Montauk.

This year, I’ll remedy that in a big way.

Over the next nine months, I will highlight nine of the most celebrated and influential K-pop acts. Dedicating one month to each act, I will feature studio tracks, live performances, remixes and demos in order to fully appreciate the unique talents of each.

From breakthrough phenom Psy, whose ‘Gangnam Style’ was many westerners’ first taste of K-pop, to Super Junior, the genre’s largest group, which once boasted 13 members, I’ll spend time not just appreciating the music but also the personalities who drive this pop culture engine.

First up is April’s featured artist, BLACKPINK. Formed in 2016, the quartet is made up of members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa. I will dedicate several posts to each member in due time, but today I’m kicking off ‘K-pop 2018’ with the band’s first (and still biggest) single, ‘Whistle.’

This infectious blend of hip-hop and bubblegum pop is a perfect example of the culture-spanning creativity that makes K-pop such a phenomenon.

Note: I know many of my regular readers won’t be thrilled by the notion of nine straight months of K-pop, but please bear with me… I think you will find, as I have, that this genre richly deserves in-depth examination.

Also, Happy Easter to all, and Happy April Fools’ Day!

Hey, boy
Make ’em whistle like a missile, bomb, bomb
Every time I show up, glow up, uh
Make ’em whistle like a missile, bomb, bomb
Every time I show up, glow up, uh
넌 너무 아름다워 널 잊을 수가 없어
그 눈빛이 아직 나를 이렇게 설레게 해 boom boom
24/365 오직 너와 같이 하고파
낮에도 이 밤에도 이렇게 너를 원해
Yeah, 모든 남자들이 날 매일 check out
대부분이 날 가질 수 있다 착각
절대 많은 걸 원치않아 맘을 원해 난
넌 심장을 도려내 보여봐
아주 씩씩하게 때론 chic chic 하게
So hot, so hot 내가 어쩔 줄 모르게 해
나지막이 불러줘
내 귓가에 도는 휘파람처럼
이대로 지나치지 마요
너도 나처럼 날 잊을 수가 없다면 wow
널 향한 이 마음은 fire
내 심장이 빠르게 뛰잖아
점점 가까이 들리잖아
휘파람 uh
휘 파람 파람 파람
(Can you hear that?)
휘 파라파라 파라 밤
휘파람 uh
휘 파람 파람 파람
(Can you hear that?)
휘 파라파라 파라 밤
Hold up
아무 말 하지 마
Just whistle to my heart
그 소리가 지금 나를 이렇게 설레게 해 boom, boom
생각은 지루해 느낌이 쉿!
Every day, all day
내 곁에만 있어줘 zoom, zoom
Uh 언제나 난 stylin’
도도하지만 네 앞에선 darlin’
뜨거워지잖아 like a desert island
너 알아갈수록 울려대는 마음속
그만 내빼 넘어와라 내게 boy 이젠 checkmate
게임은 내가 win
난 널 택해 안아줘 더 세게 누가 널 가로채 가기 전에 내가
이대로 지나치지 마요
너도 나처럼 날 잊을 수가 없다면 wow
널 향한 이 마음은 fire
내 심장이 빠르게 뛰잖아
점점 가까이 들리잖아
휘파람 uh
휘 파람 파람 파람
(Can you hear that?)
휘 파라파라 파라 밤
휘파람 uh
휘 파람 파람 파람
(Can you hear that?)
휘 파라파라 파라 밤
바람처럼 스쳐가는 흔한 인연이 아니길
많은 말은 필요 없어
지금 너의 곁에 나를 데려가 줘
Make ’em whistle like a missile, bomb, bomb
Every time I show up, glow up, uh
Make ’em whistle like a missile, bomb, bomb
Every time I show up, glow up, uh

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,558: ‘Whistle’ – BLACKPINK

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    You had me going through about the 2nd paragraph. If you had said random weekends were changing to K-Pop weekends, I might have bought it. 😊

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