Gangnam Style by Psy

While I was mopping the floor, hubby was playing some Youtube clips that got my attention.  Well, I’m not sure if any of you have heard of this song or seen the performance of Psy, the K-pop artist.  A while back I posted a vid of my nephew, Isaac, dancing to the song and also posted Psy’s official MTV video clip.  That clip garnered 300+ million views and is the most watched clip on Youtube.  It has spawn many parodies and one of them was made in Singapore’s own backyard.

Before I show the clips, maybe you’d like a little background to the song and the meaning of the lyrics.  Here’s something taken from Wikipedia:

“Gangnam Style” is a Korean neologism that refers to a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam district of Seoul, where people are trendy, hip and exude a certain supposed “class”. The term was listed in Time‘s weekly vocabulary list as a manner associated with lavish lifestyles in Seoul’s Gangnam district. Psy likened the Gangnam District to Beverly Hills, California, and said in an interview that he intended a twisted sense of humor by claiming himself to be “Gangnam Style” when everything about the song, dance, looks, and the music video is far from being such a high class. In another interview with CNN, Psy added that:

People who are actually from Gangnam never proclaim that they are — it’s only the posers and wannabes that put on these airs and say that they are “Gangnam Style” — so this song is actually poking fun at those kinds of people who are trying so hard to be something that they’re not.

The song talks about “the perfect girlfriend who knows when to be refined and when to get wild. The song’s refrain “오빤 강남 스타일 (Oppan Gangnam style)” has been translated as “Big brother is Gangnam style”, with Psy referring to himself; “Oppa” is a Korean expression used by females to refer to an older male friend or older brother.

Here’s a little information about the singer:

The artist, Psy or Park Jae-sang, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, rapper, dancer, and record producer who was born in the Gangnam district.  He is popular for his humorous videos and stage performances.

Ok, with the boring stuff out of the way, here is the parody I mentioned and it’s called Oppa Indian Style.  I couldn’t stop grinning as I watched the clip and thought it was brilliant the way they replaced the lyrics with something that is more stereotypically Tamil. It was shot in Singapore’s Little India, or what we call the Tekka Market.  As the name Little India implies, it is an area with a large concentration of Indian community.  If you want a taste of the Tamil culture, this is the place to visit while in Singapore 😉

 

This video shows Psy performing Live in New York in front of an American audience. See how far his name traveled with the right hit song?

 

From this next video, you can see the phenomenon that is the Gangnam Style song.  All 80,000 fans singing and dancing along with Psy.

 

I always like to have the lyrics to go along with the songs I feature here, so here it is, the English translation and the Romanized lyrics of Gangnam Style in case someone wants to sing along to the song 😉

PSY – Gangnam Style LyricsEnglish Translation:Oppa (Big Brother) is Gangnam styleGangnam style

A girl who is warm and humanle during the day

A classy girl who know how to enjoy the freedom of a cup of coffee

A girl whose heart gets hotter when night comes

A girl with that kind of twist

I’m a guy

A guy who is as warm as you during the day

A guy who one-shots his coffee before it even cools down

A guy whose heart bursts when night comes

That kind of guy

Beautiful, loveable

Yes you, hey, yes you, hey

Beautiful, loveable

Yes you, hey, yes you, hey

Now let’s go until the end

Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style

Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style

Oppa is Gangnam style

Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam style

Eh- Sexy Lady oh oh oh oh

A girl who looks quiet but plays when she plays

A girl who puts her hair down when the right time comes

A girl who covers herself but is more sexy than a girl who bares it all

A sensable girl like that

I’m a guy

A guy who seems calm but plays when he plays

A guy who goes completely crazy when the right time comes

A guy who has bulging ideas rather than muscles

That kind of guy

Beautiful, loveable

Yes you, hey, yes you, hey

Beautiful, loveable

Yes you, hey, yes you, hey

Now let’s go until the end

Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style

Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style

Oppa is Gangnam style

Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam style

Eh- Sexy Lady oh oh oh oh

On top of the running man is the flying man, baby baby

I’m a man who knows a thing or two

On top of the running man is the flying man, baby baby

I’m a man who knows a thing or two

You know what I’m saying

Oppa is Gangnam style

Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam style

Eh- Sexy Lady oh oh oh oh

 

Romanized:Oppan gang-namseutayilKang-namseutayilNaje-neun ttasaroun inkanjeo-gin yeojaKeopi hanjanye yeoyureuraneun pumkyeok i-nneun yeojaBami omyeon shimjangi tteugeowojineun yeojaKeureon banjeon i-nneun yeoja

Naneun sana-i

Naje-neun neomankeum ttasaroun geureon sana-i

Keopi shikgido jeone wonsyas ttaerineun sana-i

Bami omyeon shimjangi teojyeobeorineun sana-i

Keureon sana-i

Areumdawo sarangseureowo

Keurae neo hey keurae baro neo hey

Areumdawo sarangseureowo

Keurae neo hey keurae baro neo hey

Chigeumbu-teo kal dekkaji kabol-kka

Oppan gang-namseutayil

Kang-namseutayil

Oppan gang-namseutayil

Kang-namseutayil

Oppan gang-namseutayil

Eh- sexy lady

Oppan gang-namseutayil

Eh- sexy lady

O-oo-o

Jeongsu-khae boijiman nol ttaen noneun yeoja

Ittaeda shipeumyeon mukkeot-deon meori puneun yeoja

Karyeot-jiman wen-manhan nochulboda yahan yeoja

Keureon gamkakjeo-gin yeoja

Naneun sana-i

Jeomjanha boijiman nol ttaen noneun sana-i

Ttae-ga dwehmyeon wahnjeon michyeobeorineun sana-i

Keunyukboda sasangi ul-tungbul-tung-han sana-i

Keureon sana-i

Areumdawo sarangseureowo

Keurae neo hey keurae baro neo hey

Areumdawo sarangseureowo

Keurae neo hey keurae baro neo hey

Chigeumbu-teo kal dekkaji kabol-kka

Oppan gang-namseutayil

Kang-namseutayil

Oppan gang-namseutayil

Kang-namseutayil

Oppan gang-namseutayil

Eh- sexy lady

Oppan gang-namseutayil

Eh- sexy lady

O-oo-o

Ttwiineun nom keu wiie naneun nom

Baby baby

Naneun mwol jom aneun nom

Ttwiineun nom keu wiie naneun nom

Baby baby

Naneun mwol jom aneun nom

You know what i’m saying

Oppan gang-namseutayil

Eh- sexy lady

Oppan gang-namseutayil

Eh- sexy lady

Oppan gang-namseutayil

 

Translation Credits: pop!gasa

Romanizations by: kpoplyrics.net

Lyrics from http://www.kpoplyrics.net

 

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3 thoughts on “Gangnam Style by Psy”

  1. OMC! This song drives me crazy! LOL. They play it all the time here! I hate it, but I go around singing it! Hahaha. It gets stuck in your head and you have no choice! :P. now I’m gonna sing it all day! Hahaha.

    Thanks for the background info Judy. I didn’t know any of it. Now I understand Gangum Style! Not sure I like that I,m gonna sing it all day though. Hehehehe

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