Run Devil Run



As a human, we are gifted with the ability to use both of our brain and heart. We have mind and soul and we should use them well. However, most of the time, our brain and heart are not in sync with one another. Sometimes, our heart just won’t admit what our head already knows. Sometimes our heart just feels things that our head cannot explain. However, as we are gifted with the ability to use our brain, then we should use it to think and analyze about what our heart is feeling. And if there are feelings that are hard to explain, for me they are anger, disappointment, and resentment. These days, I keep on feeling those feelings somehow. I know that I should get it off of my system, but I just cannot. It is not that easy. I know that my brain already understood, but my heart just cannot accept it, still. No matter how I did in the past, every time I find out that my significant other is having another lover, the first wave of emotions that comes storming me contains of anger, disappointment, and resentment: a sense of betrayal. All of my body and even my heart too are shivering. And this devil inside me keeps talking.

I’ll become a more impressive person. And on that day, I’ll get my revenge. Don’t forget that. You better run.” –Girls’ Generation, Run Devil Run

This sense of betrayal makes me in the mood of writing about this song titled “Run Devil Run”, performed by the front-runner Korean girl group, Girls’ Generation (also well known as SNSD). It was released on March 17th 2010 as a single from the album of the same name, which was the reissue of their second studio album, “Oh!”. The cover of the repackage version of the album features one of SNSD’s member as well as the face of the group, Yoona. “Run Devil Run” is an electropop track written by Busbee, Alex James, and Kalle Engstrom, with the lyrics penned by Hong Ji Yoo for the Korean version. Before the song’s right were then sold to SM Entertainment, a demo guide version of the song was originally recorded by American singer Kesha. The music video for “Run Devil Run” was premiered on March 18th 2010, with a story version of the MV released on March 31st 2010. Lyrically, it depicts the feeling of a woman who feel fed up towards her lover as he keeps on lying and cheating on her all over the time. And in the end, she has enough of it, and tells the boy to run away from her since she won’t tolerate anymore.


"Run Devil Run" single cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

Unfaithful boys are bad. However, do you what is worse than unfaithful men? They are unfaithful men who also happen to be liars. I often wonder what do bastards like them search for in this life? I often wonder whether they have feelings; and by that I mean a true and sincere and real feeling. But it was not until I met one of them that I finally understand. “Do it right! You’re really a bad boy. It’s just curiosity rather than love. All this time I have been blindly fooled by you. So many men in your phone are girls with only one letter changed. The smell of perfume that is disgusting my nose, tell me whose it is.” They find pleasure in conquering those girls. “So you still haven’t fixed that terrible habit of seeing other people behind my back? No matter how far you run, you’re still in the palm of my hands.” Moreover, they find pleasure in deceiving their own partner. That’s just their fucking patriarchal mind works. “Even when you’re next to me, you stealthily flirt with another girl, when I’m not around, you’re super playboy, raise your head and answer me.”
If they do it once and it’s successful, it’s a hundred percent for sure that they will do it again. It is the same old repeated circle of devil. Meanwhile for us, as women, it is hard living in this patriarchal world. However, we must not forget that we are human too. And we need to be treated as human, instead of just an object of lust and desire. Hence, don’t ever degrade yourself just for some man who treats you like a toy. “You better run, I can see you no more; I’m going to kick you out. You better run, even if you cling onto me I’m going to ignore.” Don’t ever think that you are less precious just because some man treats you like a shit. Take the rage and pain as a weapon to be a better person. “Hey, I’ll become a more impressive person. And on that day, I’ll get my revenge. Don’t forget that. You better run.” And it’s okay to take some revenge; since revenge is sweet. You are not the one who supposed to run away; it’s them instead. “You got caught red-handed, you provoked me; run devil run. You’re no fun, you have no manners; run devil run.”
The problem with this patriarchal world (well there are lots of problem actually) is that when men have some affairs, the society tend to see it as a common thing. Moreover, sadly, the system of the society has made the women are the ones who feel insecure and anxious when their men are unfaithful. Actually, it’s not the women’s fault. “There is no other girl like me. I’m disappointed that you tried to trick me out. I’m much more incredible than all of them. What are you going to be later on if you keep acting like that? I told you not to fool around. I told you to do well while I loved you.” When our partner is cheating on us, it’s not because we are lacking. It’s just because they think with their penis; that’s all. And don’t worry to let go. When you’ve had enough feeling like being treated as a shit, then you must not afraid to let go. It doesn’t matter; you will find someone new who won’t treat you as a shit. “Half of this wide world is men; it makes no difference if you’re out. For an awesome man who will look at me only, I’m going to wait by myself.”


"Run Devil Run" repackage album cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

I’m a woman after all. No matter how open-minded I am, a woman thinks with both of her head and heart. I know that I cannot generalize my experience and my feelings for all women in this world. However, as a woman I feel sympathy towards my kin; towards other women in this world. Perhaps some of them are not having any problems in letting their men having temporary (or even permanently) affairs with other women (I know because I belong to this category). However, for me personally, I cannot help but being sympathized towards the “other women”. No matter what the reasons that they are willing to be the “other women”, they must understand that in the process of doing that, they hurt another women’s feeling. Moreover, they degrade their own selves. And that is what matters the most for me. I don’t know why but I find that I have the need to empower my own kin: women. Just for the sake of temporary pleasure, please don’t degrade yourself by being an object of sex, lust, and desire; and by that it means that you are treated like a shit. We are not created to fulfill the pleasure of men. When you begin to feel like you’re being treated as a shit, then that is the alarm which tells you to take action: let go, and find happiness somewhere else. You only live once. Hence, live it well.

There is no other girl like me; I’m disappointed that you tried to trick me out. I’m much more incredible than all of them; what are you going to be later on if you keep acting like that? I told you not to fool around. I told you to do well while I loved you.” –Girls’ Generation, Run Devil Run




똑바로 정말 bad boy 사랑보단 호기심뿐 그동안 땜에 깜빡 속아서 넘어간 거야
(Ttokbaro hae neon jeongmal bad boy sarangbodan hogishimppun geudongan nan neo ttaeme kkamppak sogaseo neomeogan geoya)
((Do it right! You’re really a bad boy, it’s just curiosity rather than love, all this time I have been blindly fooled by you))
재미없어 매너 없어 devil devil
(Neon jaemieopseo maeneo eopseo neon devil devil neon neon)
((You’re no fun, you have no manners, you’re a devil, a devil you are, you))
핸드폰 수많은 남잔 글자만 바꾼 여자 코까지 역겨운 perfume 누구 건지 설명해
(Ni haendeupon sumaneun namjan han geuljjaman bakkun yeoja nae kokkaji yeokkyeoun perfume nugu kkeonji seolmyeonghae bwa)
((So many men in your phone are girls with only one letter changed, the smell of perfume that is disgusting my nose, tell me whose it is))
몰래 누굴 만나는 끔찍한 버릇 고쳤니 뛰어 봐도 손바닥 안인걸
(Neon na mollae nugul mannaneun kkeumjjikan geu beoreut mot gocheonni ttwieo bwado sonppadak aningeol)
((So you still haven’t fixed that terrible habit of seeing other people behind my back? No matter how far you run, you’re still in the palm of my hands))

You better run run run run run 더는 걷어차 줄래
(You better run run run run run deoneun mot bwa geodeocha jullae)
((You better run run run run run, I can see you no more, I’m going to kick you out))
You better run run run run run 붙잡아도 관심 둘래 hey
(You better run run run run run nal butjabado gwanshim kkeo dullae hey)
((You better run run run run run, even if you cling onto me I’m going to ignore, hey))
멋진 내가 되는 갚아 주겠어 잊지 you better run run run run run
(Deo meotjin naega dweneun nal gapa jugesseo itji ma you better run run run run run)
((I’ll become a more impressive person, and on that day, I’ll get my revenge, don’t forget that, you better run run run run run))
걸렸어 올렸어 run devil devil run run
(Ttak geollyeosseo yak ollyeosseo run devil devil run run)
((You got caught red-handed, you provoked me, run devil devil run run))

곁에서 살며시 흘깃 다른 여잘 훑어봐 없을 super playboy 고개 들어 ah 대답해
(Nae gyeoteseo salmyeoshi heulgit dareun yeojal kkok hulteobwa na eopseul ttaen neon super playboy gogae deureo ah daedapae bwa)
((Even when you’re next to me, you stealthily flirt with another girl, when I’m not around, you’re super playboy, raise your head and answer me))
재미없어 매너 없어 devil devil
(Neon jaemieopseo maeneo eopseo neon devil devil neon neon)
((You’re no fun, you have no manners, you’re a devil, a devil you are, you))

You better run run run run run 더는 걷어차 줄래
(You better run run run run run deoneun mot bwa geodeocha jullae)
((You better run run run run run, I can see you no more, I’m going to kick you out))
You better run run run run run 붙잡아도 관심 둘래 hey
(You better run run run run run nal butjabado gwanshim kkeo dullae hey)
((You better run run run run run, even if you cling onto me I’m going to ignore, hey))
멋진 내가 되는 갚아 주겠어 잊지 you better run run run run run
(Deo meotjin naega dweneun nal gapa jugesseo itji ma you better run run run run run)
((I’ll become a more impressive person, and on that day, I’ll get my revenge, don’t forget that, you better run run run run run))
걸렸어 올렸어 run devil devil run run
(Ttak geollyeosseo yak ollyeosseo run devil devil run run)
((You got caught red-handed, you provoked me, run devil devil run run))
재미없어 매너 없어 run devil devil run run
(Neon jaemieopseo maeneo eopseo run devil devil run run)
((You’re no fun, you have no manners, run devil devil run run))

같은 어디도 없어 잔머리 굴려서 실망했어
(Yae na gateun ae eodido eopseo janmeori gullyeoseo shilmanghaesseo)
((There is no other girl like me, I’m disappointed that you tried to trick me out))
걔네들보다 대단해 그렇게 커서 될래
(Nan gyaenedeulboda deo daedanhae neo geureoke keoseo mweo dwellae)
((I’m much more incredible than all of them, what are you going to be later on if you keep acting like that?))
까불지 말랬지 사랑해 잘하랬지
(Kkabulji mallaetji neol saranghae jul ttaen jalharaetji)
((I told you not to fool around, I told you to do well while I loved you))

You better run run run run run 더는 걷어차 줄래
(You better run run run run run deoneun mot bwa geodeocha jullae)
((You better run run run run run, I can see you no more, I’m going to kick you out))
You better run run run run run 붙잡아도 관심 둘래 hey
(You better run run run run run nal butjabado gwanshim kkeo dullae hey)
((You better run run run run run, even if you cling onto me I’m going to ignore, hey))
멋진 내가 되는 갚아 주겠어 잊지 you better run run run run run, you better run run run
(Deo meotjin naega dweneun nal gapa jugesseo itji ma you better run run run run run, you better run run run)
((I’ll become a more impressive person, and on that day, I’ll get my revenge, don’t forget that, you better run run run run run))
넓은 세상 반은 남자 하나 빠져 봤자 나만 멋진 남자 기다릴래 혼자
(I neolbeun sesang baneun namja neo hana ppajeo bwatja kkok naman bwa jul meotjin namja nan gidarillae honja)
((Half of this wide world is men, it makes no difference if you’re out, for an awesome man who will look at me only, I’m going to wait by myself))

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