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“Euphoria” is a feel-good song, depicting the happiness associated with young love and new beginnings, there are some underlying tones of feelings of how love is fake and not based on attraction.
The track was teased and released as a theme of 起 ‘Wonder,’ a part of the LOVE YOURSELF series under Bangtan Universe—a story incorporated through out many of BTS’ music videos. “Euphoria” is crucial to Jung Kook’s storyline.
The title, “Euphoria,” derives from Ancient Greek and means a feeling of extreme happiness.
The song was also featured as the soundtrack to HBO’s Euphoria tv series season one finale.
I specifically like “Euphoria” among many BTS songs because it has a voice that’s between a very young boy and a very mature man. And that’s why I had a tough time recording it. I had to translate those emotions into the recording, and I went into it thinking that I have lost my original voice and I really didn’t know how to sing. And I think those emotions I felt translated well into the recording. After listening to the whole thing, I was like, “Wow, I really did a good job.”
—Jung Kook via Rolling Stones
I wanted to write the lyrics of “Euphoria,” but I didn’t take part a lot in the them. I was all over the place during “FAKE LOVE” promotion, and I was too busy to write the lyrics. I kept putting it off. Turns out a lot of people helped finishing the song. I supervised and changed a few words for pronunciation. I wrote the bridge part. And “When I’m with you I’m in utopia”—utopia and euphoria sound similar, so I added that line. As for the line “I hear the far-away ocean,” the original line was “I hear the far-away waves.” There is an animation film called The Ocean Waves. It’s a very romantic animation. I thought the vibe of the animation and the emotions of the song fit together. “I hear the ocean” is something you learn at school. Synaesthetic imagery. So I changed it to “I hear the ocean” and I’m happy with the result. […] Jung Kook worked on the song with great affection. He has re-edited the song so many times. He kept letting me listen to the new version. The first time I heard the guide version of “Euphoria”—the lyrics and Jung Kook’s recording—was almost a year ago. […] When I first heard “Euphoria” I loved the song and beat, and the lyrics were beautiful, but when I first heard Jung Kook’s guide version, he did really great, but it was a bit boring. I wanted him to put more emotion while singing the song. […] That is why Jung Kook recorded this song for revisions five or six times. As a result, as you can hear, it turned out to be a perfect song.
—RM via V Live
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