The Meaning Behind "Spring Day" by BTS: Youth
Introduction: Part 2
Life is filled with inexplicable moments. From seeing warm gazes filling the void of this world, to standing tall against yet another challenge; one thing remains to be true- this life is filled with beautiful moments that must be found within this labyrinth.
This article is the second part to “The Meaning Behind “Spring Day” by BTS: Tragedy,” where the Sewol Ferry Disaster is explored and connected with the BTS hit, which you can read by clicking here.
As mentioned in the previous article, the song quickly became a hit for the band, and was greatly viewed by many. Thanks to the amazing visuals and intriguing lyrics, the song became a masterpiece for the history of BTS.
After relating the song with a horrible tragedy, it is time to switch gears and begin to talk about another topic that has been a part of the band’s theme since the beginning of their journey. The theme of childhood and adolescence has appeared in essentially all of BTS’ music, and after Spring Day, the theme of youth came to a conclusion.
In this article, the resolution to one of the biggest plots for the story of BTS is discussed, and there is a more in depth analysis for each member, and how they came to age.
Without further ado, let’s begin.
For many of us, our youth has been, and will forever remain to be, our most beautiful moment in life. And for BTS, their youth was certainly one of their many beautiful moments.
In the music video for Spring Day, slowly, all members of BTS are seen boarding a moving train, which represents their journey towards growing up, and leaving behind their youth.
In the video, all the members have a certain something that represents their youth, which we later see that they choose to leave this behind in order to board the train. And so, this is the story of the end of BTS’ youth.
The first one to board the train is actually the youngest member of the band, Jungkook. After watching the whole video, it is a bit ambiguous as to what his childhood is represented as, but in my opinion, it is either the small candle he holds in the company of the others, or the broken carnival where he is seen. When he blows out the candle, it represents his final wish. This moment, where he is surrounded by his hyungs, represents the entire essence of his journey growing up since he became a part of BTS. On the other hand, the broken carnival (which has the words “you never walk alone” imprinted on it) can also be seen as the representation of his youth, since he basically had to give up his childhood in order to pursue his dreams at the age of 13. And maybe this is why he boarded the train first, because he never really had a youth.
In the train, he is seen to be sitting alone next to a window, looking serenely outside into the bright day. Just based on the music and visuals, one can conclude that he feels longing for the rest of the members, and wishes for them to join him soon.
The next member to board the train is RM, who is actually seen as torn choosing between the two, between his childhood and adulthood. RM’s childhood is represented by him getting hit with a cake in the face, which undoubtedly relates to his last birthday as a kid. The rest of the members are seen in this moment as well, which means that this is either a memory, or a dream that he wishes never ends. After this, he decides to board the train, and doesn’t change his mind anymore.
The other members also have peculiar ways of boarding the train, and their childhood elements are a bit more complicated.
J-Hope, for example, has a peculiar way of boarding the train, since he is actually seen as throwing a paper airplane while being on top of the moving train. His childhood is clearly represented by the paper airplane he is holding, which he inevitably lets go. Once J-Hope is in the train with the others, he is seen to be helping Jimin with a reassuring touch, perhaps as a way to motivate him to truly meet the others in the train.
As I mentioned previously, Jimin is one of the only members that is seen as depressed and regretful once he boards the train. His childhood was represented by the shoes that he holds in the beginning of the video, which are exactly the same pair that he hangs up in a tree by the end. Shoes, as I mentioned in my previous article, are a representation of death. And in this case, it is not the death of a person, but is actually the concept of Jimin’s youth, which ultimately let's us know that he had finally decided to give up his childhood.
Yoongi (a.k.a. Suga) is also another member who has had a rough time growing up, and perhaps never actually got to enjoy the wonders of those times. Yoongi, since he left his home to follow his aspirations, has suffered from depression, OCD, and social phobia. His childhood is represented by the immense pile of clothes, in which he sits upon. Clothes are basically a barrier between our skin and the outside world, so for Yoongi to be sitting upon all those clothes essentially means that he tried and tried to get rid of the wall separating him from the others. Whether he succeeded or not, that is only for Yoongi himself to know, but the fact remains that he still found the strength to let go, and join the others.
Taehyung (a.k.a. V) is a member that has always been portrayed as very drastic throughout the story of BTS. More specifically, his story often involves suicide. The music video for this song actually begins with him, and it is shown as he slowly lays on a snow covered ground. The sound of a train can be heard in the distance. While this might not necessarily mean that Taehyung was trying to commit suicide, it is alarming just how numb he appears to be. His childhood is represented through the hat that he wears, which can represent his true hidden feelings, and how he’s afraid to expose his true self to others. This can actually be true, since Taehyung is often called “alien” by many, which maybe makes him feel like he can’t express himself like how he truly is. Once he boards the train, he is seen to be more content along with the others.
And finally, the eldest, Jin. The story line that follows Jin is a more complex than that of the other members, simply because as the oldest, he always had the responsibility to take care of his maknaes. But even still in the video, we can see Jin’s childhood represented through pictures. And while in the video we don’t get to see actual pictures, we do see Jin do the pose for taking a classical picture, which means that he wants to capture all of these moments and never let go of them. It isn’t until Jin lets his fingers fall apart, lets the camera shut down, that he truly changes into an adult, where he knows that he doesn’t need pictures to remember the good times.
Now, all the members are together in the train, heading towards their next destination- maturity.
The video for Spring Day ends with the members walking away together, towards the next stage of life. A pair of shoes hanging on a tree (which, as mentioned previously, were a representation of Jimin) are seen. In this very same scene, it is clearly seen that the colors of the atmosphere change, which is the transition from winter to spring. From youth to adulthood.
Another chapter in the history of BTS has ended, and Spring Day was the beautiful result.
While the actual meaning of the song is unknown, especially since every person can have their own perspective, it cannot be denied that BTS created a breathtaking masterpiece that simply impacted many.
Whether you believe that this song was inspired by the Sewol Ferry Disaster or whether you believe that this was merely the way that the band showed their story of letting go of their youth, the song continues to be a wonderful experience.
And with this song, BTS' youth ended, but will certainly not be forgotten. So now, it is time for us to continue to support them in this new stage of their life, as musical artists who continuously manage to accomplish new things, and as their own individual persons who are trying to figure out their real selves.
And that concludes this article about the meaning of the amazing BTS song, Spring Day. Thank you for reading, and if you have any theories on your own or suggestions for a future article, don't forget to comment below!
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