Celebrating Two Years of Midnight Sun

In honor of the anniversary of Midnight Sun’s publication, I wanted to give you all a gift. Some
of you have probably already discovered this gift, but for those of you who haven’t, I hope you
enjoy it as much as I do.

The book playlists are fluid things. One of the hazards of putting them together is that a month or a year after you’ve revealed all the perfect songs for any given book, you will suddenly hear a new, MORE perfect song that absolutely has to be on the list. Luckily, anniversaries are a great time to make additions. When I heard this song for the first time, I wept Edward tears—it so perfectly encapsulates his emotional struggle throughout the first third of Midnight Sun. Most of the lyrics are in Korean, so I will include an English translation (this is my favorite English translation, but there are lots of other versions if you’re interested). Please enjoy: The Truth Untold by BTS.

“The Truth Untold”
Translation by Wisha at doyoubangtan.wordpress.com

blooms all through this garden,
bristling with thorns
To this sandcastle, I’ve chained myself

What is your name
Do you even have a place to go
Oh could you tell me?
I saw you, who hid away in this garden

And I know
that all your warmth is real
The hand that snaps the blue flower,
I want to hold but

that’s my fate
Don’t smile on me
Light on me
because I can’t approach you
there’s no name for me to call

You know that I can’t
Show you me
Give you me
I can’t show you such a weak self, so
I wear my mask again and go to see you
But I still want you
That which blossomed in the garden of loneliness,
the flower that resembles you,
I wanted to give to you
having taking off this dumb mask

But I know
that I can’t be like that forever,
that I must hide,
because I’m so ugly

You see, I’m afraid,
I’m so afraid
In the end, you too will leave me, and so
I wear my mask again and go see you

The only thing I can do is
in the garden,
in this world,
after I have grown this flower that so resembles your pretty self,
to live he one that you know
But I still want you
I still want you

Perhaps, if at that time,
just a little,
just that much,
I had gathered courage and stood in front of you,
would everything have been different now

I’m crying by this
sandcastle, the only thing left,
as I gaze on the shattered mask
And I still want you
But I still want you

But I still want you
But I still want you

Footnotes… If you are new to BTS:
–BTS is made up of seven members: RM, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, Jin, V and Jungkook. However, only four of them sing this song: Jimin, Jin, V and Jungkook.
–You can find the song on their album Love Yourself: Tear.

via @haru130613_