I just read an English translation of Rain’s Japanese single (the one paired with Move On; wow, that is one awesome CD single, I’m so glad I bought one), Up In The Club. One part that made me go was the last verse:
It’s not over yet, baby girl, this moment has finally arrived
Come with me to the top floor, begin this party that that only belongs to the two of us, enjoy to our heart’s content
Do you feel me that I want you? My thirst for you is flowing through my body
Shorty I’m not letting you go back. You can’t turn back now. Wanna lose myself in you, It’s on tonight.
Maybe Sam had a typo or something. But when I browsed back to the previous page, the original Japanese lyrics were posted and apparently, the lyric really was “shorty”.
(credits: cloud-taiwan.net, jinlees for posting it at soompi)
What the heck was that? Is that a term to describe the girl (as in the girl was short???)?
First, the Move On lyrics. Now this one. Don’t give me any more ideas.
PS: I’ve just been to Sam’s blog, it turns out she’s weirded out by that Shorty thing, too (though most probably for an entirely different reason. haha! )
Edit: Just to show how I got totally affected by that “shorty” word, I asked the Crazy Japanese Dude if that word has a particular meaning in their country. Of course, he won’t understand unless I showed him the complete lyrics (and he’s probably going, “dang it, I got tricked into looking at Rain stuff again!” ). He said it’s probably a typo, coz the word came out of nowhere and it doesn’t make sense at all when connected with the rest of the song (the dude’s a musician/songwriter, btw, so he knows what he’s talking about). Now if we substitute “shorty” with “shortly” (the nearest possible word), it still doesn’t make sense, but it will have more sense than using the word “shorty”.
In addition, there is a Japanese word chibi, referring to someone short and cute, or a kid. It’s somewhat the direct Japanese translation of “shorty”. However, the word was not referred at anywhere in the song, so it really doesn’t make sense. And besides, both “shorty” and “chibi” are not exactly 100% positive especially when you refer it to a girl…
See, it’s just one word and I had to create a huge fuss out of it. I so need a life.