It’s Time to Break Down the Lyrics of BTS’s “Dynamite” (Which BTW, Is Nominated for a Grammy This Year)

Shannon Barbour
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It’s Time to Break Down the Lyrics of BTS’s “Dynamite” (Which BTW, Is Nominated for a Grammy This Year)

From Cosmopolitan

As if any of us needed another reason to love BTS, the Bangtan Boys gave us a single that helped us briefly forget about the dumpster fire that was 2020. When “Dynamite,” their first all-English song, dropped in August of last year, it immediately broke records...and it still is! In honor of them nabbing a Grammy nomination for “Dynamite,” and performing at the ceremony this year, and in honor of me needing to talk about them at least once per day, it’s time to break down the feel-good lyrics.

Right off the bat, Jungkook makes it clear this is going to be a song that will lift your spirits. Dibs on making “’Cause I, I, I’m in the stars tonight” the caption for my next “mentally I’m here” meme.

And if the chorus, which goes like, “’Cause I, I, I’m in the stars tonight / So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight (hey) / Shining through the city with a little funk and soul / So Imma light it up like dynamite, whoa-oh-oh,” doesn’t make you do cliché disco moves like in the video, you may wanna get your pulse checked.

On top of the upbeat lines, there are a few pop culture references and homages to their favorite musicians throughout the song. Listen again and see if you can catch the shout-outs to LeBron James, the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, and King Kong.

But most importantly, the song is meant to unite and be a gift to help fans get through this year. During an interview with Zane Lowe, RM described “Dynamite” as being “made of positive vibes, energy, hope, love, the purity, everything.” He continued, “Recording this song was really fun, and like Jin said, we’re going through difficult times so we tried to have more fun working on this song. We made this song in hopes of giving energy to the listeners. We’re glad this song turned out great and hope a lot of our fans can listen to it to receive the positive energy we tried to incorporate in the song.”

The full lyrics are below to follow along with the next time you jam to this blessed tune.

Intro: Jungkook
’Cause I, I, I’m in the stars tonight
So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight

Verse 1: Jungkook

Shoes on, get up in the morn’
Cup of milk, let’s rock and roll
King Kong, kick the drum, rolling on like a Rolling Stone
Sing song when I’m walking home
Jump up to the top, LeBron
Ding-dong, call me on my phone
Ice tea and a game of ping-pong

Verse 2: RM, J-Hope

This is getting heavy
Can you hear the bass boom? I’m ready
Life is sweet as honey
Yeah, this beat cha-ching like money
Disco overload, I’m into that, I’m good to go
I’m diamond, you know I glow up
Hey, so let’s go

Chorus: Jungkook, Jimin

’Cause I, I, I’m in the stars tonight
So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight (hey)
Shining through the city with a little funk and soul
So Imma light it up like dynamite, whoa

Verse 3: V, RM

Bring a friend, join the crowd, whoever wanna come along
Word up, talk the talk, just move like we off the wall
Day or night, the sky’s alight, so we dance to the break of dawn
Ladies and gentlemen, I got the medicine so you should keep ya eyes on the ball, huh

Verse 4: Suga, Jimin, RM

This is getting heavy, can you hear the bass boom? I’m ready (whoa-hoo)
Life is sweet as honey, yeah, this beat cha-ching like money
Disco overload, I’m into that, I’m good to go
I’m diamond and you know I glow up
Let’s go

Chorus

’Cause I, I, I’m in the stars tonight
So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight (hey)
Shining through the city with a little funk and soul
So Imma light it up like dynamite, whoa

Post-Chorus

Dynnnnnanana, life is dynamite
Dynnnnnanana, life is dynamite
Shining through the city with a little funk and soul
So Imma light it up like dynamite, whoa

Bridge

Dynnnnnanana, ayy
Dynnnnnanana, ayy
Dynnnnnanana, ayy
Light it up like dynamite
Dynnnnnanana, ayy
Dynnnnnanana, ayy
Dynnnnnanana, ayy
Light it up like dynamite

Chorus

’Cause I, I, I’m in the stars tonight
So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight
Shining through the city with a little funk and soul
So Imma light it up like dynamite
(This is ah) I’m in the stars tonight
So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight
Shining through the city with a little funk and soul
So Imma light it up like dynamite, whoa (light it up like dynamite)

Post-Chorus

Dynnnnnanana, life is dynamite (life is dynamite)
Dynnnnnanana, life is dynamite
Shining through the city with a little funk and soul
So Imma light it up like dynamite, whoa

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