“Spring Day” is BTS’ single from their 2017 album “You Never Walk Alone” it was a repackage of their second Korean-language studio album, Wings (2016). The song was written by “Hitman” Bang, RM, Suga, Adora, Arlissa Ruppert, Peter Ibsen, and its producer Pdogg. “Spring Day” is the longest-charting song on Melon’s digital chart to date.
Speaking about the concept and meaning behind “Spring Day” during a V Live broadcast, RM stated that he wrote the lyrics when thinking of his middle and high-school mates, from whom he hadn’t heard in a long time. RM compared the song’s mood to that of the band’s 2015 singles, “I Need U” and “Run”. Lyrically, the song uses a seasonal metaphor to compare the longing and separation from loved ones to “internal winter.”
The verses use “snow-y imagery” to explore themes of loss, yearning, grief, and moving on: “I wanna hold your hand/ And go to the other side of the earth/ Wanna put an end this winter/ How much do I have to long for you like snow piles up on the ground/ Until the spring days come?” The line, “Like a snowpiercer, I was left alone” is a reference to Bong Joon-ho’s movie Snowpiercer, while “I hate even this moment that is passing by” is a line used to suggest the “ephemerality” of life.
The track’s lyrics also speak of “a mature society that can embrace the wounds of others,” and they touch upon themes of mental health and depression. During the chorus, the line “I want to see you” is repeated several times. Towards the end of the song, the band relay comfort and warmth to the listener by being hopeful of a reunion: “No darkness, no season/ Can last forever.”
“Spring Day” won the Song of the Year award at the 2017 Melon Music Awards. It won the Digital Bonsang at the 32nd Golden Disc Awards. The song also achieved the top spot on various South Korean weekly music programs, garnering a total of four awards. It also achieved a Melon Weekly Popularity Award for the week of February 20, 2017, due to the substantial success of the song on digital platforms.
“Spring Day” was a commercial success in South Korea. Upon release, it topped eight of the major South Korean online music charts including Melon, Mnet, Genie Music and Olleh.
BTS performed “Spring Day” live for the first time on February 18, 2017, as part of their setlist for the band’s two-day stop during The Wings Tour at Gocheok Sky Dome, Seoul. They also performed at M! Countdown on February 23, 2017, On Music Bank, Show! Music Core, and Inkigayo, At the 2017 Melon Music Awards on December 2, 2017, On December 29 2017 at the KBS Song Festival, At the 32nd Golden Disc Awards on January 10, 2018, During YouTube’s Dear Class of 2020 online graduation ceremony on June 7, 2020, at the National Museum of Korea, At the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Festival on September 18 and At NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert on September 21 2020.
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