Playing with Fire

Tuesday, November 29, 2016



Reminiscing back when I was a teenager, my mother used to give me some advises about boys, romance, and relationships. Well, she is still doing it until now actually. However, the frequency now has been reduced due to our own business, especially since my mother and I live separately. I guess every little girl has been through the same with their mother. There are times when our beloved mother feels extremely worried seeing her little girl growing up into a full-of-hormones teenager. As for me personally, I love the way my mother was dealing with the teenager-version of me back then. And I cannot thank her enough for that. Instead of guiding me with dos and don’ts, she was always there whenever I need her. She let me experience it for myself without telling me what to do and what not. And in the end of the day, we would review that experience together without judging me or putting the blame on me if I made mistakes. Therefore, the teenager-version of me had learnt so much back then. And one of the lessons is that love is like a fire; and being involved in it is like playing with fire; you might get burnt.

My mom told me every day that I should always be careful of guys; that love is like playing with fire, because I’ll get hurt. My mom might be right, because whenever I see you, my heart is getting hot; because rather than fear, my attraction to you is much bigger.” –BLACKPINK, Playing With Fire (불장난)

This song I would like to talk about this time is a Korean song performed by th rookie girl-group, BLACKPINK, titled “Playing With Fire (불장난)”. It was released on November 1st 2016 as lead song from their second single album, “Square Two”, which was released on the same day. “Playing With Fire (불장난)” is an electronic dance music track written by Teddy Park with arrangement by R. Tee. The music video, directed by Han Sa Min, was premiered on Mnet on October 31st 2016. The group also released the dance practice video for this song on their official YouTube channel on November 4th 2016. It was choreographed by Kyle Hanagami.


"Square Two" single album cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

When I was a young girl back then, many people told me so many things about love. They used to tell me that love is like this, love is like that, and so on and on. I remember when the first time my mother knew that I had a boyfriend. Strangely, uniquely, and thankfully, she didn’t mad at me back then. Unlike any other parents, my mother asked me out to have a meal together and talked it over meal. Instead of prohibiting me for having a boyfriend, she told me to be careful. She told me what might happen if I took this way or that way, and so on and on. Later on, I understand that she understood a teenage girl like me won’t listen to her if she forbids me from doing something. Indeed, a teenage girl won’t listen. And I learn by experiencing it for myself. Indeed, love is like a fire. “My mom told me every day that I should always be careful of guys; that love is like playing with fire, because I’ll get hurt. My mom might be right, because whenever I see you, my heart is getting hot; because rather than fear, my attraction to you is much bigger.”
To be exact, it is young love that is like a fire. Young love; in terms that it is the love we experienced when we were young, or, it is the love the love that we experience in every early stage of a relationship. I was young once; that’s when I experience the first kind of young love. And it was only last year the last time when I felt the second kind of young love. Hence I still can feel it in the tip of my heart. Young love is a burning fire. When we’re not careful, it might burn us. Young love is a flaming fire. However, instead of being afraid, it makes us excited. And that’s the essence of a young love. It allows us to experience the thrill. “Oh no, I’ve already come too far. Suddenly, none of this feels like a joke anymore. Love is like red fire; let the wind blow, so that the fire will grow. Is this medicine or poison? Not even my mom knows. There’s a robber in my heart but why don’t the police know? Pour out your oil in my burning heart. Kiss him, will I diss him? I don’t know, but I miss him. This is past addiction. This love is crack. The color of my heart is black.”
Being in a young love is like playing with fire. You will think that take it way too far when you actually get nowhere. You will think that it isn’t a joke when you actually play a very tricky game. You will think that it is so complicated that you feel so confused when you actually just enjoy the emotional ride. You will think that you’re being addicted when you actually get burnt by the excitement. And without realizing, your heart has been scorched black. “I can’t stop this trembling, on and on and on. I want to throw my all into your world. I want to throw my all into your fiery path. Look at me now, you are burning me up like this, I can’t turn it off; our love that’s like playing with fire.” Young love will open your way to reality. It’s so natural if you want to give it all, since it is your first time. If you can’t turn it off, then don’t. If you can’t stop it, then don’t. Control is overrated; because you will stop by yourself when you know you cannot take it. “I can’t control it; this path of fire is spreading too quickly. Don’t stop me, so that this love can burn up this night.”


BLACKPINK on "Playing With Fire" music video | source: soompi.com

You will be able to learn about love by letting be. As an experienced one, I have only one message for all teenage girls out there who happen to have their first love or first relationship now: do not have regrets. By all means, do not do anything reckless that you might regret it in the future; or in other way, if you’ve already done every possible reckless thing, then do not regret it; make it as a lesson instead. Yes, love is like a fire, it might burn you. However, that way you would learn about love.  “My love is on fire, now burn baby burn; playing with fire. My love is on fire, so don’t play with me boy; playing with fire.” Yes, playing the game of love is like playing with fire, you might get burnt. However, that way you would be able to understand about love and relationship. Do not be afraid to play with fire. It’s so natural to make mistakes. Some people may say that it is alright to make as many mistakes as possible rather than having regrets for not trying at all. Well, for me personally, we can learn by mistakes, not only ours but also other people’s mistakes. So, listen to as many stories as you can. And in the end of the day, I prefer to fail many times rather than not trying at all. I prefer to get burnt into ashes and learn the lesson so that I can be born again into a better me rather than not experiencing anything at all. That’s why people say that the smooth sea doesn’t make good sailors. Life is too short and precious to not learning anything.

Oh no, I’ve already come too far. Suddenly, none of this feels like a joke anymore. Love is like red fire; let the wind blow, so that the fire will grow. Is this medicine or poison? Not even my mom knows. There’s a robber in my heart but why don’t the police know?” –BLACKPINK, Playing With Fire (불장난)




우리 엄만 매일 내게 말했어 언제나 남자 조심하라고
(Uri eomman maeil naege malhaesseo eonjena namja josimharago)
((My mom told me every day that I should always be careful of guys))
사랑은 마치 불장난 같아서 다치니까 eh
(Sarangeun machi buljangnan gataseo dachinikka eh)
((That love is like playing with fire, because I’ll get hurt))
엄마 말이 맞을지도 몰라 보면 맘이 뜨겁게 달아올라
(Eomma mari kkok majeuljido molla neol bomyeon nae mami tteugeopge daraolla)
((My mom might be right, because whenever I see you, my heart is getting hot))
두려움보단 향한 끌림이 크니까 eh
(Duryeoumbodan neol hyanghan kkeullimi deo keunikka eh)
((Because rather than fear, my attraction to you is much bigger))

멈출 없는 떨림은 on and on and on
(Meomchul su eopsneun i tteollimeun, on and on and on)
((I can’t stop this trembling, on and on and on))
전부를 너란 세상에 던지고 싶어
(Nae jeonbureul neoran sesange da deonjigo sipeo)
((I want to throw my all into your world))
Look at me, look at me now 이렇게 애태우고 있잖아 없어
(Look at me, look at me now, ireohge neon nal aetaeugo issjanha kkeul su eopseo)
((Look at me, look at me now, you are burning me up like this, I can’t turn it off))
우리 사랑은 불장난
(Uri sarangeun buljangnan)
((Our love that’s like playing with fire))

My love is on fire, now burn baby burn 불장난
(My love is on fire, now burn baby burn, buljangnan)
((My love is on fire, now burn baby burn, playing with fire))
My love is on fire, so don’t play with me boy 불장난
(My love is on fire, so don’t play with me boy, buljangnan)
((My love is on fire, so don’t play with me boy, playing with fire))

Oh no 이미 멀리 와버렸는걸 어느새 모든 장난이 아닌
(Oh no nan imi meolli wabeoryeossneungeol eoneusae i modeun ge jangnani anin geol)
((Oh no, I’ve already come too far, suddenly, none of this feels like a joke anymore))
사랑이란 빨간 불씨 불어라 바람 커져가는 불길
(Sarangiran ppalgan bulssi bureora baram deo keojyeoganeun bulgil)
((Love is like red fire, let the wind blow, so that the fire will grow))
이게 약인지 독인지 우리 엄마도 몰라 도둑인데 경찰도 몰라
(Ige yaginji doginji uri eommado molla nae mam doduginde wae gyeongchaldo molla)
((Is this medicine or poison? Not even my mom knows; there’s a robber in my heart but why don’t the police know?))
붙은 심장에 부어라 너란 기름 kiss him, will I diss him? I don’t know, but I miss him
(Bul buteun nae simjange deo bueora neoran gireum, kiss him, will I diss him? I don’t know, but I miss him)
((Pour out your oil in my burning heart, kiss him, will I diss him? I don’t know, but I miss him))
중독을 넘어선 사랑은 crack 심장의 색깔은 black
(Jungdogeul neomeoseon i sarangeun crack nae simjangui saekkkareun black)
((This is past addiction, this love is crack, the color of my heart is black))

멈출 없는 떨림은 on and on and on
(Meomchul su eopsneun i tteollimeun, on and on and on)
((I can’t stop this trembling, on and on and on))
전부를 너란 불길 속으로 던지고 싶어
(Nae jeonbureul neoran bulgil sogeuro deonjigo sipeo)
((I want to throw my all into your fiery path))
Look at me, look at me now 이렇게 애태우고 있잖아 없어
(Look at me, look at me now, ireohge neon nal aetaeugo issjanha kkeul su eopseo)
((Look at me, look at me now, you are burning me up like this, I can’t turn it off))
우리 사랑은 불장난
(Uri sarangeun buljangnan)
((Our love that’s like playing with fire))

My love is on fire, now burn baby burn 불장난
(My love is on fire, now burn baby burn, buljangnan)
((My love is on fire, now burn baby burn, playing with fire))
My love is on fire, so don’t play with me boy 불장난
(My love is on fire, so don’t play with me boy, buljangnan)
((My love is on fire, so don’t play with me boy, playing with fire))

걷잡을 수가 없는 너무나 빨리 퍼져 가는 불길
(Geotjabeul suga eopsneun geol neomuna ppalli peojyeo ganeun i bulgil)
((I can’t control it, this path of fire is spreading too quickly))
이런 멈추지 사랑이 오늘 밤을 태워버리게 whooo~
(Ireon nal meomchuji ma i sarangi oneul bameul taewobeorige whooo~)
((Don’t stop me, so that this love can burn up this night))

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