What Is the English Translation of PSY’s “Gangnam Style”?
If you have access to the internet, or if you’ve turned on a television at all over the past couple months, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve heard Korean rapper PSY’s viral hit, “Gangnam Style.” That song is everywhere. And during Thursday’s Season 4, Episode 8: “Thanksgiving,” it’s coming to Glee.
You’ve heard the song a billion times, but do you actually have any clue what it means? Other than “Hey, sexy lady,” of course — the only line of the entire song in English. The lyrics for “Gangnam Style” appear below in English, though there’s still a bit more clarification needed to fully grasp the meaning of the song.
“Gangnam Style” refers to the uber-wealthy Gangnam district in Seoul, South Korea, which PSY has compared to Beverly Hills, California. Yet though the English word begins with a “g” the actual pronunciation is closer to “kan-nam.”
“Oppa” is a word that Korean women use to refer to an older male or an older brother, so PSY is actually referring to himself when he says that Oppa is Gangnam style. Is it just us, or did this song suddenly get just a tiny bit creepy?
Oppa is Gangnam style Gangnam style
A girl who is warm and humanly during the day A classy girl who know how to enjoy the freedom of a cup of coffee A girl whose heart gets hotter when night comes A girl with that kind of twist
I’m a guy A guy who is as warm as you during the day A guy who one-shots his coffee before it even cools down A guy whose heart bursts when night comes That kind of guy
Beautiful, loveable Yes you, hey, yes you, hey Beautiful, loveable Yes you, hey, yes you, hey Now let’s go until the end
Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style Oppa is Gangnam style
Hey, Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam style Hey, Sexy Lady oh oh oh oh
A girl who looks quiet but plays when she plays A girl who puts her hair down when the right time comes A girl who covers herself but is more sexy than a girl who bares it all A sensible girl like that
I’m a guy A guy who seems calm but plays when he plays A guy who goes completely crazy when the right time comes A guy who has bulging ideas rather than muscles That kind of guy
On top of the running man is the flying man, baby baby I’m a man who knows a thing or two On top of the running man is the flying man, baby baby I’m a man who knows a thing or two