The switched up lyrics in BTS’ “I’ll Be Missing You” cover is so beautiful

On July 27, BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge aired BTS’ pre-recorded interview and performances, which included live renditions of Dynamite,” “Permission To Dance,” and a cover of “I’ll Be Missing You.”

The latter is a song by American rapper Puff Daddy (aka Sean Combs/P. Diddy), with Faith Evans & 112, released in 1997.

It was a tribute to Notorious B.I.G., also known as “the greatest rapper that ever lived” according to Rolling Stone Magazine and one of RM’s favorite artists, who was murdered in a drive-by shooting that same year.

The melodic hip-hop track samples the original song “Every Breath You Take,” released in 1983 by British rock band The Police.

In BTS’ cover version of “I’ll Be Missing You,” some of the lyrics were changed to make it more appropriate to the times and convey a message of comfort for people who have been separated, whether temporarily or permanently, from their loved ones during this pandemic.

RM’s edits

RM sang the first part in English, which was almost to a tee with the original lines by Puff Daddy, but with some words and phrases replaced or removed to match their new message.

Here’s the original intro and first verse:

Yeah, this right here (tell me why)
Goes out, to everyone, that has lost someone
That they truly loved (c’mon, check it out)

Seems like yesterday we used to rock the show
I laced the track, you locked the flow
So far from hangin’ on the block for dough
Notorious, they got to know that
Life ain’t always what it seem to be (uh-uh)
Words can’t express what you mean to me
Even though you’re gone, we still a team
Through your family, I’ll fulfill your dream (that’s right)
In the future, can’t wait to see
If you open up the gates for me
Reminisce some time, the night they took my friend (uh-huh)
Try to black it out, but it plays again
When it’s real, feelings hard to conceal
Can’t imagine all the pain I feel
Give anything to hear half your breath (half your breath)
I know you still living your life, after death

Here’s RM’s verse:

Yeah, this right here
Goes out, to everyone, that can’t see someone
That they truly love
(check it, yo)

In the future, can’t wait to see
If you open up the gates for me
Reminisce some time, the night they took my chance
Try to black it out, but it plays again
When it’s real, feelings hard to conceal
Can’t imagine all the pain I feel
Give anything to see half your face
I know we’re still living our lives after this

SUGA and j-hope’s Korean lyrics

SUGA and j-hope took us all by surprise when they rapped their verses in Korean.

In a rough translation that circulated on Twitter right after the performance, it appears that both SUGA and j-hope addressed their thoughts and feelings to ARMY during this tough time.

SUGA’s verse:

We’re now used to our routines taken away
But still can’t give up living on
We’re more worn out because we don’t know where this ends
We’re an island we made ourselves because we couldn’t trust each other
Hope an end comes for this tiring pandemic virus
Negative thoughts can sometimes be a minus
I knew it wasn’t the end so I couldn’t say bye
When that day comes, will say “hi” like nothing happened

j-hope’s verse:

I hate this world, our traces became memories
I just empty my mind, trust without conditions
I fill it every day with just loneliness
Not like the longing that encircles me
We miss you, baby
Whenever it may be
Here’s hoping we meet again, I promise

The vocal line and Ghost band

The vocal line (composed of V, Jimin, Jung Kook, and Jin) sang through the chorus parts in well-meshed harmonies, with Jung Kook taking on a lower register, while V rocked out his wide vocal range.

Jimin and Jin also took their signature high vocals to the next level in the bridge part, which was really impressive and gave the song a new flavor.

Their performance also featured their seasoned collaborator Ghost band, who also joined them in their live performance for NPR Tiny Desk Home Concert last year.

When asked by BBC Radio 1 host Adele Roberts why they chose to cover “I’ll Be Missing You,” RM said, “It’s a tribute to the legend Notorious B.I.G., but the lyrics and the vibe just felt so right for us. It’s kind of like a message to all the ARMYs all over the world.”

Watch the full performance BTS’ “I’ll Be Missing You” cover here:

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