There are so many theories floating around that are so amazingly complex I feel like a blind, unperceptive potato, but I think a lot of the significance behind Wings and the HYYH trilogy simply lies in the lyrics. While there are definitely mythological and religious references in Bangtan’s newest concept, I think the main theme is about how fame and the idol life has ruined them. In their lyrics, there are topics of conformity, societal standards, identity, loneliness, depression, insecurity - things usually not spoken about in public.
When BTS debuted, their theme was rebellion against the rigid education system. They were optimistic and confident, encouraging fans to follow their own dreams, not just what their parents wanted for them.
Rebel against the hellish society; dreams are a special pardon (No More Dream)
Students who are pressured to be number one live in between dreams and reality… there’s no choice but to consent (N.O)
Live your life, not any other’s lives (O!RUL82? Intro)
It’s during the Skool Luv Affair era that we start seeing hints of unhappiness in their lyrics.
It’s funny, you think anything is possible when you’re a kid, when you feel how hard it is to get through a day (Tomorrow)
I scream out of frustration, but the empty air echoes (Tomorrow)
Yoongi’s intro for HYYH Part I is all about fear, self-doubt, and the pressures of society slowly staining his dreams.
Because of the other’s standard of success, my worries spread like cancer again
I keep getting scared at the looming sense of reality. Others are running ahead but why am I still here?
I always interpreted this ^^ line to mean that Yoongi (and all the “rebellious youth” BTS represents) is finally seeing his classmates succeed in the way society expected them to - the good house, good car mentioned in N.O - and he’s still chasing his dream. He’s beginning to wonder if he made a mistake and is frightened of its consequences. (This will later play a big part in Wings.)
I’m going to start you off with a couple of our favorites from the beginning with music videos from debut to today.
This is by far not complete and for the most part songs that both myself and Sora like - we both have songs that didn’t make the list (like their Japanese music) and Sora said it’s not fair if we give you everything. So keep listening for more.
Side notes and some of our sleep deprived ramblings are included in brackets.[Some of the songs have multiple links!]
And any time you come over we can pull out an album or youtube and give them a listen! :D