Lyrical Friday: Tiger JK ft. Jinsil - Reset (School 2015 OST)

Friday, May 01, 2015


This week saw the beginning of a new drama series - School 2015: Who Are You?

I greatly enjoyed the first episode of School 2015 and I was impressed with the dark but honest representation of bullying in the drama. And as you might expect, the drama's first official OST "Reset" by Tiger JK and Jinsil (of Mad Soul Child) also focuses on the bullying issue.

The song immediately captured my interest because of it's beautiful piano intro, Jinsil's haunting vocals and Tiger JK's distinct rapping style. But I was even more pleased with the song when I read the lyrics and realized how well they capture the desperation of a bullied child.


Through the lyrics we are given a heartbreaking insight into what it's like to be bullied. We can sense the speaker's hopelessness and sorrow as they hope for a way to "reset" the situation they're in and go back to happier days. But the bullies trample on the speaker confidence, trapping the speaker in an eternal darkness from where they cannot escape. While they try to hold on to a memory of a smile from someone dear to them, it is not enough to take away the pain of being rejected and abused. 

Perhaps the most gut-wrenching part is the second verse, where the speaker says: "I try shouting at the person next to me, but only silence is looking at me". There's nobody the speaker can turn to because others either don't care or are too afraid to help. Even though the speaker knows they are alone, they still hope for one person, just this once, to stand up for them. 

Indeed,  it is a rather depressing picture the lyrics are painting in "Reset", but I believe the song still offers some solace to those who've experienced bullying and have ever felt similarly.  

English translation of the lyrics:

There’s an empty world deep in my heart, save me
I wanna reset , I wanna reset , I wanna reset
Lonely eyes trapped in darkness
Is there anyone to hold my hand?
I wanna reset , I wanna reset , I wanna reset

Someone somewhere will know my miserable heart
It’s right in front of me but I can’t find it like a oriole bird
I’m flying around by myself in this darkness, in my lonely night
I’m flying around by myself in this darkness, with a miserable heart
Why don’t you know? Even if I’m a small existence
Don’t trample on me but go with me
Your careless words and actions break me down
It corners me, though you deny it
I’m hiding behind the ridicule, don’t look for me

There’s an empty world deep in my heart, save me
I wanna reset , I wanna reset , I wanna reset
Lonely eyes trapped in darkness
Is there anyone to hold my hand?
I wanna reset , I wanna reset , I wanna reset

It’s just a passing wind
I try shouting at the person next to me
But only silence is looking at me
I am walking too but why are they getting farther apart?
Why am I standing here alone?
Why is only my world stopping?
I see them fading away farther and farther
I don’t care if it’s just one person, please look back, please hold my hand
I don’t care if it’s just one time, please hold my hand
Someone please stop for a moment

There’s an empty world deep in my heart, save me
I wanna reset , I wanna reset , I wanna reset
Lonely eyes trapped in darkness
Is there anyone to hold my hand?
I wanna reset , I wanna reset , I wanna reset

Your smile that’s not ridiculing me
Finds me again from disappearing
In the darkness, your smile
Shines brightly into my heart
I wanna reset , I wanna reset , I wanna reset
Your smile that’s not ridiculing me
Finds me again from disappearing
In the darkness, your smile
Shines brightly into my heart
I wanna reset , I wanna reset , I wanna reset

How about you
I`m all about you
I wanna go back to the beautiful days
reset

I’m left alone like this, loneliness
Please hold my hand right now
I wanna reset
I wanna reset
I wanna reset
The truth is hidden by scars
I wanna go back to the happy place
I wanna reset
I wanna reset
I wanna reset

(Credit for the translation goes to pop!gasa)

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2 comments

  1. Hey! Finally found someone who talks about songs! ;)
    Like you, I was also captured by piano entrance of this song at first, and then the lyrics grew on me...
    Your blog is neat and pretty, by the way. Good job~♡

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    1. Thank you! I'm also glad that I've found someone who actually cares when I talk about songs, lol :D

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