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Dynamite
Song

Dynamite

BTS
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Song Meaning of Dynamite by BTS, and what it is about


In 2020, BTS landed their first-ever U.S. Number One, with their first full English-language song, “Dynamite” which was a major landmark for the all-conquering South Korean group.


The song was co-written by British producer-songwriter Dave Stewart and Jessica Agombar.

Stewart told Rolling Stone that Columbia Records had been looking for an English-language crossover hit for BTS: “It had to have tempo, be exciting.… one thing I’m good at is writing to brief.”


Intended to soothe listeners during the COVID-19 pandemic, the song talks about joy and appreciation for the little things that make life valuable.


"Dynamite" is one of the few songs to which the members did not contribute in songwriting or production.

In interviews with multiple media outlets, writers David Stewart and Jessica Agombar explained the song's creation.


Through their publisher Tim Blacksmith at Stellar Songs, they learned that BTS was searching for an English language single.


The duo wrote three songs over Zoom calls "at the start of lockdown."


Stewart and Agombar wanted to create a song which is "energetic, fun, hopeful, positive and just like a huge ball of energy." Agombar disclosed how the song was conceived:


"It needs to be explosive" -- and obviously explosive then became "Dynamite."

Any kind of word like that... I'm always thinking of fireworks, or "Firework," because I'm a massive Katy Perry fan.


I just wanted anything high-energy. It wasn't a particular lyric, it was a bundle of ideas: explosive,

fireworks, dynamite, party, fun, energetic, worldwide takeover. [...] So it just had to match the energy of everything surrounding BTS. It was less a line than a feeling.


Stellar Songs sent the track to Columbia's CEO Ron Perry and Big Hit in early April.


BTS initially chose another song, before taking "Dynamite" two weeks later.


The songs lyrics were tweaked alongside Jenna Andrews to make them more PG friendly.


Stewart told E! Online that the group and labels "wanted to make sure it was quite neutral and not offensive" and that "There was a couple of rap references that might've been a bit more just like in your face and a bit more like, you know, ballsy that wasn't quite right for them".


As well as reaching number 1 in the USA, the song peaked within the top ten of the charts in 25 countries.


Lyrics of Dynamite by BTS


Cause, ah-ah, I'm in the stars tonight

So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight

 

Shoes on, get up in the morn

Cup of milk, let's rock and roll

King Kong, kick the drum, rolling on like a rolling stone

Sing song when I'm walking home

Jump up to the top, LeBron

Ding dong, call me on my phone

Ice tea and a game of ping pong

 

This is getting heavy

Can you hear the bass boom? I'm ready

Life is sweet as honey

Yeah, this beat cha ching like money

Disco overload, I'm into that, I'm good to go

I'm diamond, you know I glow up

Hey, so let's go

 

'Cause, ah-ah, I'm in the stars tonight

So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight

Shining through the city with a little funk and soul

So I'ma light it up like dynamite, whoa

 

Bring a friend, join the crowd

Whoever wanna come along

Word up, talk the talk, just move like we off the wall

Day or night the sky's alight

So we dance to the break of dawn

Ladies and gentlemen, I got the medicine, so you should keep ya eyes on the ball, huh

 

This is getting heavy

Can you hear the bass boom? I'm ready

Life is sweet as honey

Yeah, this beat cha ching like money

Disco overload, I'm into that, I'm good to go

I'm diamond, you know I glow up

Let's go

 

'Cause, ah-ah, I'm in the stars tonight

So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight

Shining through the city with a little funk and soul

So I'ma light it up like dynamite, whoa

 

Dy-na-na-na, na-na, na-na-na, na-na, life is dynamite

Dy-na-na-na, na-na, na-na-na, na-na, life is dynamite

Shining through the city with a little funk and soul

So I'ma light it up like dynamite, whoa

 

Dy-na-na-na, na-na, na-na, eh

Dy-na-na-na, na-na, na-na, eh

Dy-na-na-na, na-na, na-na, eh

Light it up, dynamite

 

Dy-na-na-na, na-na, na-na, eh

Dy-na-na-na, na-na, na-na, eh

Dy-na-na-na, na-na, na-na, eh

Light it up, dynamite

 

'Cause, ah-ah, I'm in the stars tonight

So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight

Shining through the city with a little funk and soul

So I'ma light it up like dynamite

 

(This is ah)

 

'Cause, ah-ah, I'm in the stars tonight

So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight

Shining through the city with a little funk and soul

So I'ma light it up like dynamite, whoa

 

Dy-na-na-na, na-na, na-na-na, na-na, life is dynamite

Dy-na-na-na, na-na, na-na-na, na-na, life is dynamite

Shining through the city with a little funk and soul

I'ma light it up like dynamite, whoa

Release Date

2020

Songwriter/s

David Stewart, Jessica Agombar

Producer/s

David Stewart

Label/s

Big Hit, Columbia, Sony

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