BTS Blog Week: J-hope [Mama]

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Credits to TsukinoFleur on Deviant Art for the Wings cover.

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Ayyyooo! (I like this so it will most likely become a thing. #Clara creating trends one blog post at a time). On this lovely Thursday, we will be looking at J-Hope, the sunshine of every Army’s life.

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As opposed to yesterday’s longer post, this one will probably be a little shorter, not because J-hope’s “Mama” isn’t as good as the other songs or anything, but just because it has a simpler message that doesn’t take as much analyzing. (Plz don’t kill me J-hope stans).

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“MAMA”:

Time travel the year of 2006
Crazy for dance, I tightened my mom’s belt
Despite my dad’s opposition, every time I attacked
Without paying any concern
She floated the small boat of dreams
But I didn’t know my mom’s support
Was not an open shortcut road
But a road of dreams while gripping debt
(Always) The problem of money eventually my mother
(Go away) Had to work away from home

Through the phone
I could hear my mom’s voice clearly
The thing I remember
My mom’s strength at the time was a breaking ball to me
Really
I was determined to succeed
With that promise alone
I became the son I am now

Hey mama
Now you can lean on me I’ll always be by your side
Hey mama
Because you gave selflessly to me
Because you were my support
Hey mama
Now you can believe in your son, you can smile
Hey mama
Hey mama

Hey mama
I’m sorry mama
I know now a grace like the heavens mama

Hey mama
So thanks mama
You became my blood and flesh mama

Do you remember mom?
Moonheungdong Hiddink PC room
Broadway restaurant
A veteran who ran on both feet for her family
Failure is the mother of success mother
I learned from that passion and sincerity
Wanna be wanna be
Now when I become an adult
Because you were fertilizer to a sprout
I will become a flower and become your own flower path
You walking on way way way

Hey mama
Now you can lean on me I’ll always be by your side
Hey mama
Because you gave selflessly to me
Because you were my support
Hey mama
Now you can believe in your son, you can smile
Hey mama
Hey mama

You had me feel the world
The breath you have created
Today more than usual
I want to be held in your arms
What is higher than anything above the ground*
What is wider than anything beneath the sky
The only one, mother’s hand is medicine hand
You are forever my placebo

I love mom

Hey mama
Now you can lean on me I’ll always be by your side
Hey mama
Because you gave selflessly to me
Because you were my support
Hey mama
Now you can believe in your son, you can smile
Hey mama
Hey mama

Hey mama
Now you can lean on me I’ll always be by your side
Hey mama
Because you gave selflessly to me
Because you were my support
Hey mama
Now you can believe in your son, you can smile
Hey mama
Hey mama

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HERMIONE:
Unfortunately, I am terribly terribly busy today, so this is going to end up being pretty short. (Clara, fill up the extra space with beautiful gifs of Hobi because we are celebrating MY BIAS today, people.) Luckily I don’t think much analysis is required for this song–its beauty in its simplicity.

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I think the meaning of the lyrics is pretty straightforward. J-hope is essentially writing a love letter to his mom, thanking her for the all the sacrifices she’s made on his behalf over the years. She supported his dreams wholeheartedly during his childhood, and now that he’s achieved his goals, J-hope is telling his mom to “lean on me”, because it was her perservance that inspired him to fight for his own success.

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Honestly, I think this song is really sweet. Hobi’s choice of subject matter for this song really says a lot about who he is as a person. Moreover, his choice of a relatively easy-to-understand theme for his song doesn’t stop him from playing with all sorts of imagery and rhythms in his lyrics. He’s so talented. ♡♡

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CLARA:
As Hermione said, “Mama” is a pretty simple song. Hobi is thanking his mom for all the sacrifices that she made so he could follow his dreams. The song has an upbeat track, with a heartwarming message; basically, it’s the perfect song for J-hope. You’d think the music video would be the same, right? Ummm how about no. Honestly, I was incredibly confused the first time I watched the “Mama” short, and while I understand it a little more now, I still think there’s a lot left unsaid.

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The video begins with J-hope by himself in a white room; it feels like he’s in some sort of mental hospital. You have to remember J-hope’s character in the HYYH storyline is associated with grief and longing: his mother abandoned him and he has been searching for a replacement for that emotional attachment his whole life. He is diagnosed with ??. Ok, honestly I can’t remember the name of the disease (and I’m too lazy to look it up lol) but it’s some sort of mental disease where people pretend to be sick when they really aren’t to receive care and attention from others. This fits with the stereotype of a motherless boy searching for an emotional connection.

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J-hope’s character is often associated with overmedication, and the video certainly doesn’t spare us from this imagery. A pile of pills is poured into the room J-hope is in, and when he takes one, the room transforms into some neon-psych-drug nightmare. He spends the remainder of the short film stumbling around, seemingly horrified by the appearance of the room.

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As the video ends, he steps out of the room, coming face to face of a painting of a mother and her child. He takes a bite out of a chocolate bar and walks away. I’m not totally sure about the meaning of this, but I think his character was left with a chocolate bar when his mother abandoned him. In the “Fake Love” MV he is also pictured with chocolate, particularly the Snickers bars.

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When compared to the song, the video might seem random, but I think the pairing is actually quite genius. You have the purity of Hobi’s love for his mother turned into a cruel irony when the song is played over images of a motherless boy drowning himself in pills to forget that he has been abandoned. I also think its incredibly interesting how Hobi’s fictional character has such an inner darkness. Regardless, the “Mama” short film is beautifully done.

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Annnnddd that’s the end! Sorry again that this is so short!

No fanart for today, but this is adorable, soooo:

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–Clara + Hermione

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