“Dedicated to all the boys who have lived in this painful world. Shit”
“Res, non verba”
Latin for “deeds rather than words”, or “actions to be used instead of words”. Also appears in bathroom that Taehyung is in.
“Pain past is pleasure”
I can’t find much on the origin of this, however it may derive from the Chinese proverb “苦尽甘来”, which literally translates to “suffering ends, good comes” (may be slightly off because my Chinese is not the best, but it’s along the same lines)
“Dum spiro spero”
Latin for “While I breathe, I hope”. Also appears in the main room.
French for “butterfly”. Papillon was the name of one of the concept shoots for 화양연화 pt. 2.
“Je ne regrette rien”
French for “I regret nothing”. Je ne regrette rien was the name of another concept shoot. Non, Je ne regrette rien was also the title of a song by Édith Piaf near the end of her life, as pointed out by this lovely anon. The lyrics are about forgetting the past and starting over.
Latin saying, often translated to “Seize the day”
“Only me and my…”
I can’t see this one too clearly, but it looks like “Only me and my style”
Latin for “remember that you will die”. It is also the name of a short story by Jonathan Nolan, which is about a man who uses tattoos and notes to keep track of his life as he has anterograde amnesia. The story cuts between two timeframes- while the man is in a mental institution, and when he is on the run after he escapes. This reminds me of the part in Run where Hoseok wakes up in the hospital after Tae and Namjoon have been arrested. It then cuts to the party scene. The contrast between scenes is similar to the contrasting timeframes in Memento Mori.
“La vita dolce”
Italian for “the sweet life”, or “the good life”
“Draw me like one of your french girls”
The iconic line from the Titanic which has become a meme of sorts. This is a seemingly random inclusion from Bighit.
“This train ruined my life”
This line was originally hidden in the music video by Namjoon, but thanks to the new photos that came out, I finally figured out what it said. The trains in the I Need U and Run music videos are probably referenced here. In Run, when Namjoon opens the door to the train carriage, it cuts straight to him entering the party scene. “Train” could be a metaphor for his delinquency, as we later see him vandalising and getting arrested.
“…while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to die live humbly for one”
This is a quote from J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye. The full quote reads: “The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.” It should be noted that the original quote has been modified, replacing the word “live” with “die”, however “die” is then crossed out and replaced again with “live”. The first half of this quote appears in the main room.
Dutch for “hi bye” (informal)
“Youth is never coming back”
Also appears in the room Jimin is in.
“Won’t trust, can’t trust, don’t trust”
“Save me from myself”
Name of Brian Welch (also know as Head), guitarist of Korn’s autobiography. Also a Christina Aguilera song.
“I paid love”
“High & Dry”
Title of a Radiohead song. While reading the lyrics, I noticed the line “You broke another mirror”, which links to Yoongi and his shards of glass from the mirror he broke in Run, which seemed to create some sort of chain reaction among the boys.
Typically used on Roman roadside tombs, meaning “stop, traveller”
“I do believe in fairies”
A quote from Peter Pan. @taetaetown has a really good theory on how Peter Pan links to the whole INU/Prologue/Run universe, which you can read here and here.
“To young to die”
Probably supposed to be “too young to die”, which links to the possible deaths of the members. The words are split up into two lines, and the word “paid” is written before “to die”, giving it an overall reading of “paid to die”. Not sure if this was intentional or not, but that seems pretty fishy.
Vida has Latin origins, and means “Long live”, or just “Live!” in languages such as Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Name of Intro for 화양연화 pt. 2, as well as an album by Nirvana.
Song by Nirvana, written by Kurt Cobain. It is the second track in Nevermind.
The black spray paint towards the top right of the butterfly looks like it may have said “Butterfly” before most of the word got erased. There are also butterflies flying in the room, and Seokjin is known to be connected with butterflies throughout the music videos.
Originally, I thought this said “collapsing”, which also appears in Taehyung’s room, but it has been since pointed out to me that it might also say “Goodbye Jin”. It’s rare that they included a direct reference to one of the members, and this is significant as it alienates Seokjin even more from the members. Either they have left him, or he has left them.
“You only live once”
Latin for “for memory”. Also in Taehyung’s room. Thank you very much to @little-boat-boy for telling me that this phrase was said to “remind you not to forget about the dead, and that they are alive in your minds.” This is scarily relevant (if the theories are true) to the fact that the members, apart from Namjoon, have died, and that Seokjin is living with his memories of them. People also added “gloria” to the phrase, which means butterfly. This is because butterflies are fragile yet still important. Butterflies were often related to memories and the dead.
Probably a reference to Smells like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, the first track in Nevermind.
Not sure if this is completely relevant to the story, but I’ll include it anyway. The 1st of March 2016 marks the 97th anniversary of the Samil Movement. This was a series of demonstrations for Korea’s independence from Japan, and was suppressed a year later by the Japanese. Over the year, around two million Koreans participated and many were arrested, wounded or killed. BTS tweeted about this with the hashtag #Remember1919.
“What really knocks me out is a book…”
From a quote by J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye. The rest of the quote doesn’t seem to appear, however the full quote reads: “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
“Your skin makes me cry”
A line from Radiohead’s Creep. Guitarist and keyboardist Jonny Greenwood once said the song was about “recognizing what you are”.
This is really random and I can’t seem to find anything at all that links at all to the plot. However it must have some sort of significance, so I’ll be looking into this a bit more.
Also appears in the phone box multiple times. This was revealed to be a track on the new 화양연화 Young Forever album.
“Our home is nowhere”
This could reference the song …But Home Is Nowhere by AFI. The lyrics of the song are pretty cryptic, and seem to fit into the concept. One particular line stood out to me, “discarnate, preternatural”. Discarnate is defined as “not having a physical body”, a reference to spirits and ghosts. Preternatural, in contrast to supernatural, assumes that it is a phenomena with an unknown explanation. It is said to be “suspended between the mundane and the miraculous.”
“You think I’m bad”
Thank you very much to @dailydoseofdia for messaging me about this quote. It could be a reference to a book called Kill or Cure, part of The Afterblight Chronicles, in which a plague has killed a large portion of the human population. The full quote reads: “You think I’m bad, that this society is bad, but that’s only because you haven’t seen the rest of the world.” I think this is a really interesting quote, as it could link to the naivety and youth of the (dead?) members who really haven’t seen much of the world yet.
“Ode to youth”
A poem written in 1820 by Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz. Also the name of the OST for Secretly Greatly.
The word “painful” appears, but it is crossed out. “Pain” is spray painted over and over again on the walls of this room.
Links to “won’t trust, can’t trust, don’t trust”
There seem to be a lot of references to Nirvana. The state of nirvana is defined as “a transcendent state in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self, and the subject is released from the effects of karma and the cycle of death and rebirth. It represents the final goal of Buddhism.” Essentially, it is an ideal state of peace and happiness.
The Catcher in the Rye
The book is quoted on the walls, as is the author, J.D. Salinger. Published in 1951, it is about a teenager’s struggle with growing up and death. It highlights the innocence of childhood vs. the artificiality of the adult world. A main theme which appears throughout the book is the preservation of youth, which fits perfectly into Bangtan’s concept, and has an ominous link to the recurring line of “youth is never coming back”
The word “easy”, or more often, “easy easy”, appear multiple times throughout the video in different rooms. These words also appear in the photobook for 화양연화 pt. 2. Easy easy is a song by King Krule, who had a troubled childhood and was diagnosed with at least one mental illness. The line “Cause if you going through hell, we just keep going” can be easily linked to the struggles that the boys go through in the music video.
I’m going out on a limb here, and I’m not too sure about this. The numbers 626 and 42 appear in that main garage where the dance part of the music video occurs. These numbers must be there for one reason or another, so I looked into the meanings of the angel numbers. Angel number 626 brings the message of trusting your surroundings and the situations you are put in, and knowing that everything will work out in the end, for the better. It also tells you to trust the energies of the angels guiding you. It is a number which relies greatly on trust, and contrasts with the message of “won’t trust, can’t trust, don’t trust” portrayed in the music video. Angel number 42 is a message to pursue your passions and fulfil your life purpose. It also encourages you to maintain your faith in the angels, which once again links back to trust. The number 42 is also named as the meaning of life in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
The titles of some BTS songs appear in the garage as well. I’m not sure if they’re there just to fill up space or if they have some sort of meaning behind them, but Dope, Let Me Know and Just One Day are all written on the walls.
The musical symbol for an eighth rest, or quaver rest, appears in more than one room. It is the notation for 1/8 of a beat of silence.
I think I got most of the important ones, if there’s any I missed please message me~