North Korean Situation “A Tragedy,” Psy Says Before Performing His Newest Single, “Gentleman”

Psy unveiled his newest single, “Gentleman,” at midnight on Thursday, then christened it on Saturday at a solo concert at Seoul’s World Cup stadium in front of 50,000 fans. That should tell you exactly how worried the people of South Korea are about its neighbor’s threats, and offers more context for the phrase “heightened tension.”

Before the concert, Psy, i.e. Park Jae-sang, was asked about the situation on the Korean peninsula. As reported by the Los Angeles Times:

“It’s a tragedy. We are the only countries divided right now,’’ Psy said somberly.

His single has amassed 53 million views so far, by the way. It’s not Gangnam Style, but then again, nothing is.

Sina has so very helpfully transcribed the new song’s lyrics:

Lyrics of ‘Gentleman’

Alagamun-lan, weh, wakun, heya, hanun, gon

Alagamun-lan, weh, makun, heya, hanun, gon

Alagamun-lan, ari, gari, hanon, kari, he

Alagamun-lan, we-like, we like party, hey

Ichiba, varriya, is hara moru, mashi sondori, yama, varriya

Yougun, pegi, tur, equa, machen, varriya

Noga, onku, pega, haga, kunge, nande, varriya

Damn girl, you’re so freakin sexy

I-I-I I’m a, I-I-I I’m a

I-I-I I’m a, mother-father-gentleman

I-I-I I’m a, I-I-I I’m a

I-I-I I’m a, mother-father-gentleman

I-I-I I’m a, I-I-I I’m a

I-I-I I’m a, mother-father-gentleman

Alagamun-lan, weh, mikuneya, hana, gon

Alagamun-lan. weh, sikuneya, hana, gon

Alagamun-lan, pali, pali, wasa, nelly, neh

Alagamun-lan, nali, nali, nasa, pali, hee

Ichiba, varaniya, nori, moli, holy, daddy, chunga, ri

Varriya, get feeling, feeling good, brutake

Varriya, gachu, gunya, sorinage, sorinage

Varriya, damn girl, i’mma party, morphine

I-I-I I’m a, I-I-I I’m a

I-I-I I’m a, mother-father-gentleman

I-I-I I’m a, I-I-I I’m a

I-I-I I’m a, mother-father-gentleman

I-I-I I’m a, I-I-I I’m a

I-I-I I’m a, mother-father-gentleman

Gonna make you sweat

Gonna make you wet

You know who I am, west side

Gonna make you sweat

Gonna make you wet

You know who I am, west side

I-I-I I’m a, I-I-I I’m a

I-I-I I’m a, mother-father-gentleman

I-I-I I’m a, I-I-I I’m a

I-I-I I’m a, mother-father-gentleman

I-I-I I’m a, I-I-I I’m a

I-I-I I’m a, mother-father-gentleman

Psy - Gentleman
Image via Sina, h/t Alicia

‘Gangnam’ singer Psy rocks South Korea with new song (LA Times)

4 Responses to “North Korean Situation “A Tragedy,” Psy Says Before Performing His Newest Single, “Gentleman””

  1. Jonathan Alpart

    I guess I’m the first to comment? My first reaction to the song itself without watching the video was that it was structurally the exact same song as Gangnam Style, which is pretty disappointing. Obviously GS wasn’t a breakthrough in music, but you’d hope this guy would try to prove all the success he had by trying to step it up, but he just went with the exact same formula.

    The video seems to follow the same line of thinking, although it was pretty entertaining watching PSY pull pranks on all those girls. Maybe we’ll see some kind of copycat action going on with bros all over the world if this video has a fraction of the success that GS did.

    The dance was awful. I’m not even sure what it was. Thinking hard about something? Definitely not as visual, or as fun, as the invisible horse dance.

    Not sure what PSY’s play is here. Is he poking fun at his own success? The song and the video almost seems like a parody of himself. Either it’s a embarrassing attempt at a follow up of Gangnam Style, or hopefully PSY is playing a joke on all of us and laughing his way to the bank?

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  2. King Baeksu

    “‘It’s a tragedy. We are the only countries divided right now,’ Psy said somberly.”

    Um, really? I can think of several others. Shamrock Style, anyone?

    What’s truly tragic is self-pitying Korean myopia.

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  3. Crabzilla Crab Killa

    Psy’s an entertainer, he’s not an artist. Don’t confuse the two!

    I think making music for music’s sake went out sometime in the 1970s. But I could be wrong?

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