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What Gangnam Style Actually Means

The song is a parody of life in the wealthy territory in the city of Seoul, South Korea

Sep 19, 2012

Over the past month, K-pop star PSY has been taking over America with his infectious song and dance "Gangnam Style". If you havent heard it by now, you must be living under a rock...in Guam. The song, video, and the famous dance that goes along with it has gone completely viral on the internet, on the airwaves, on national TV, and just about everywhere else. It seems everyone cant get enough. But what does the song mean exactly? Most of the lyrics are in Korean, apart from the part where he sings "Hey sexy lady". 

Business Insider has finally shed some light on what everyone cant seem to stop dancing to. PSY describes the song as a paraody of life in Gangnam, which is a wealthy neighborhood in Seoul, South Korea. The K-pop star describes the city as "noble" during the day, but a crazy party scene at night.

Still wondering what PSY is saying in his song? Lucky for us all, Business Insider has found the translated lyrics:

Oppa is Gangnam styleGangnam style

A girl who is warm and humanly during the dayA classy girl who know how to enjoy the freedom of a cup of coffeeA girl whose heart gets hotter when night comesA girl with that kind of twist

I’m a guyA guy who is as warm as you during the dayA guy who one-shots his coffee before it even cools downA guy whose heart bursts when night comesThat kind of guy

Beautiful, loveableYes you, hey, yes you, heyBeautiful, loveableYes you, hey, yes you, heyNow let’s go until the end

Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam styleOppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam styleOppa is Gangnam style

Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam styleEh- Sexy Lady oh oh oh oh

A girl who looks quiet but plays when she playsA girl who puts her hair down when the right time comesA girl who covers herself but is more sexy than a girl who bares it allA sensable girl like that

I’m a guyA guy who seems calm but plays when he playsA guy who goes completely crazy when the right time comesA guy who has bulging ideas rather than musclesThat kind of guy

Beautiful, loveableYes you, hey, yes you, heyBeautiful, loveableYes you, hey, yes you, heyNow let’s go until the end

Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam styleOppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam styleOppa is Gangnam style

Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam styleEh- Sexy Lady oh oh oh oh

On top of the running man is the flying man, baby babyI’m a man who knows a thing or twoOn top of the running man is the flying man, baby babyI’m a man who knows a thing or two

You know what I’m sayingOppa is Gangnam style

Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam styleEh- Sexy Lady oh oh oh oh

Could their be an english version in the works from PSY for his english-speaking fans? MTV reports that he will be leaving the song, as is in Korean. The K-pop star tells MTV, "The thing is, already like 160 something million people saw the video all over the world, so in that way if I change it now and then like 160 people getting confused. So for this song I think verbal is not that important, nonverbal, I think just the dance moves and how it sounds and how it looks I think that was the point of the story."

If you havent had enough Gangnam style yet, check out these three parody videos from KTU in New York City, and Wild 95.5 in Palm Beach, FL, and Radio Now 97.9 in Jacksonville, FL (with the owner of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars!):

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