Song of the Day #5,166: ‘Pink Venom’ – BLACKPINK

Born Pink, the second album by K-pop sensation BLACKPINK, is due out next month. Its first single, ‘Pink Venom,’ dropped the day before I’m writing this and already has 115 million YouTube streams and counting.

Blackpink is the most successful female K-pop band worldwide, second only to BTS overall. The quartet formed in 2016 after years of auditions and tinkering by the YG Entertainment agency, a major label specializing in cultivating and promoting Korean pop acts. The band spent four years touring and collaborating with other artists before dropping their first album, titled The Album, in 2020.

That release was well-received and charted in the top five in numerous countries, including the U.S., where it debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200. Since then, momentum has built for an even bigger follow-up.

If ‘Pink Venom’ is any indication, the Born Pink album should be a doozy. The track blends hip-hop, traditional Korean instrumentation, glam rock, and Middle Eastern vibes into a dizzying smorgasbord. Lyrically, it hops between Korean and English and drops references to the Notorious B.I.G., Rihanna and Taylor Swift. This is a song for a world without borders.

The video has more sets and costume changes than a big-budget movie, and an average shot length that could prove deadly to epileptics. It’s overwhelming, but it’s hard not to pay attention.

[블랙핑크 “Pink Venom” 가사]

[Intro: All]
BLACKPINK, BLACKPINK
BLACKPINK, BLACKPINK

[Verse 1: Jennie, Lisa]
Kick in the door, waving the coco
팝콘 이나 챙겨 껴들 생각 말고
I talk that talk, runways I walk, walk
눈 감고 pop, pop 안 봐도 척
One by one, then two by two
내 손끝 툭 하나에 다 무너지는 중
가짜 쇼 치곤 화려했지
Makes no sense, you couldn’t get a dollar outta me

[Pre-Chorus: Rosé, Jisoo]
자 오늘 밤이야 난
독을 품은 꽃
네 혼을 빼앗은 다음
Look what you made us do
천천히 널 잠재울 fire (Fire)
잔인할 만큼 아름다워
I bring the pain like

[Chorus: Jennie, Lisa]
This that pink venom
This that pink venom
This that pink venom
Get ’em, get ’em, get ’em
Straight to ya dome like woah, woah, woah
Straight to ya dome like ah, ah, ah
Taste that pink venom
Taste that pink venom
Taste that pink venom
Get ’em, get ’em, get ’em
Straight to ya dome like woah, woah, woah
Straight to ya domе like ah, ah, ah

[Verse 2: Lisa, Jennie]
Black paint and ammo, got bodies like Rambo
Rеst in peace, please light up a candle
This the life of a vandal, masked up and I’m still in CELINE
Designer crimes or it wouldn’t be me, ooh
Diamonds shining, drive in silence, I don’t mind it, I’m riding
Flying private side by side with the pilot up in the sky
And I’m wilding, styling on them and there’s no chance
‘Cause we got bodies on bodies like this a slow dance

[Pre-Chorus: Jisoo, Rosé]
자 오늘 밤이야
난 독을 품은 꽃
네 혼을 빼앗은 다음
Look what you made us do
천천히 널 잠재울 fire (Fire)
잔인할 만큼 아름다워
I bring the pain like

[Chorus: Lisa, Jennie]
This that pink venom
This that pink venom
This that pink venom
Get ’em, get ’em, get ’em
Straight to ya dome like woah, woah, woah
Straight to ya dome like ah, ah, ah
Taste that pink venom
Taste that pink venom
Taste that pink venom
Get ’em, get ’em, get ’em
Straight to ya dome like woah, woah, woah
Straight to ya dome like ah, ah, ah

[Bridge: Rosé, Jisoo, Rosé & Jisoo, Lisa]
원한다면 provoke us
감당 못해 and you know this
이미 퍼져버린 shot that potion
네 눈앞은 핑크빛 ocean
Come and give me all the smoke
도 아니면 모 like I’m so rock and roll
Come and give me all the smoke
다 줄 세워 봐 자 stop, drop
I bring the pain like
[Outro: Jennie, Lisa, All]
Brra-ta-ta-ta, trra-ta-ta-ta
Brra-ta-ta-ta, trra-ta-ta-ta
Brra-ta-ta-ta, trra-ta-ta-ta
Straight to ya, straight to ya, straight to ya dome like
Brra-ta-ta-ta, trra-ta-ta-ta (BLACKPINK)
Brra-ta-ta-ta, trra-ta-ta-ta (BLACKPINK)
Brra-ta-ta-ta, trra-ta-ta-ta (BLACKPINK)
I bring the pain like

One thought on “Song of the Day #5,166: ‘Pink Venom’ – BLACKPINK

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    This whole K-Pop phenomenon is quite fascinating. Not particularly my thing, but I get the appeal.

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