K-Song Review: TXT’s We Lost the Summer

Isha Singh, New Delhi

“We sing what our generation feels”- TXT

Tomorrow X Together pronounced as Tomorrow by Together or TXT is a fourth-generation K-pop group; with members Soobin, Yeonjun, Beomgyu, Taehyun, and Huening Kai; that focuses on uniting together to make a better tomorrow. On October 26, 2020, this Gen-Z group released their third mini-album titled, Minisode 1: Blue Hour, which consists of 5 songs comprising different genres like Indie-Rock, Disco, R&B, etc., and depicts different stories in each song.

This album is a bridge between the Dream Chapter series and the next era Chaos Chapter. The main focus of this album is to narrate the feelings of loneliness, uncertainty and homesickness experienced by the youth during the Covid-19 pandemic. The speciality of this mini-album was that the concept photos were based on the scenario of an online centric society and the fact that each member had individual parts, they were able to express their different sides and evolution since their debut.

Out of all the five tracks, the song which especially stands out during the current times is ‘We Lost the Summer’ as it explains the situation of how in a blink of an eye, people lost the normalcy in their lives. This song was inspired by another beautiful piece of 1998 “Arcade” by the legendary Han’s Band. Just how Arcade acted as a piece of hope and comfort for the Korean citizens during the financial crisis back then, TXT wanted their piece to act as a warm hug for everyone going through hard times during the pandemic. Some MOAs; fandom of TXT; also believed that this song is linked with the third track of ‘The Dream Chapter: STAR’, Our Summer. It describes the joyful moments spent together with closed ones, while ‘We lost the Summer’ explains the opposite.

The music video starts with the five members enjoying their time together by clicking mirror selfies in the bathroom, but just then a warning of “public safety alert” pops up in Choi Yeon-jun‘s phone, and in the next scene, all are seen being connected through a familiar screen in their respective isolated rooms. As the song starts, Huening Kai and Kang Tae-hyun are seen reminiscing the happy memories of them chatting, sharing earphones, and vibing on popular songs in their classroom. 

First day on my calendar, then countless more first days, 

left alone on the evening of an endless 1st of March.

As Choi Soo-bin is seen being idle, going down the memory lane, he sings these lines to reflect the mood of each day feeling the same with March being a never-ending month. Choi Beom-gyu being playful with a Golden Retriever; sings Our clock lost the weather, stuck in the winter, comparing the cold weather with loneliness. The winter here also explains how the relationship had turned cold between friends and close ones. Along with that, a sense of loneliness or melancholy is expressed as the winter seems endless, with people getting disconnected and showing true colours of themselves.

We lost the summer when we lost each other,

Give me back my season, oh it’s all gone,

Endless winter, now I just miss ya,

Give us back ourselves.

The song also dons a choreography by members in their respected isolated rooms where we see pink mullet Yeon-jun with fake tattoos and a leopard printed coat making TikTok video just like any other teenager. The fake tattoo on his neck reads Blue Hour, but when inverted, it reads R u ok. Tae-hyun expresses how masks hide all our emotions and Soo-bin is shown with a lethargic expression, displaying the feeling of aggression.

Hiding my sigh behind a stifling mask,

I hate my face drained of expression.

As the next verse starts, we see the significance of flying high despite the hard times as they are shown playing with a drone; wearing masks and walking in separate lanes to deliver the message of social distancing and self-care. The song ends on a positive note, giving hope to the members who are stuck in the winter, along the lines:

Want to see you again, our shining summer,

Long gone we lost the summer.

I love how this song isn’t too fancy, doesn’t have complicated beats or tunes but it’s still emerges beautifully and has a impact on anyone who listens to it. From connecting through screens to being frustrated with the endless vacation, each moment represents our daily lives during the pandemic. The song also gives us hope that we’ll go on, as no winter lasts forever. You can watch the music video here:

Have you heard this song? What do you think, let us know in the comments?

29 Comments Add yours

  1. Woww I really love the concept of their album😍

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  2. I like this song a lot. I like the fact that we can relate with the lyrics of the song. Very well written article👏

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  3. suhasini17 says:

    Very Well Explained!!! MOA Hwaiting

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  4. Nehal tambe says:

    I need to listen to this one properly now

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  5. smitiyer says:

    After knowing the actual meaning of this song it made me in awe🥺 Thank you for writing🙌

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    1. anishanath says:

      I just love this song so much and the article had explained the song so well. I love it.

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  6. Jasmine says:

    This song very well depicts the life in the pandemic and how we are losing seasons after seasons just how time is flying by!

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  7. I love this song so much. It makes me wanna groove with the beats but looking at the lyrics it’s hits home. The article so very well summarized the meaning behind the song.

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  8. saumya7897 says:

    Woah… beautifully written article 💜☘️

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  9. The song conveys a relatable message, i love the song and the MV, also this ksong review covers every aspect of the song clearly💙

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  10. kylemyoxin78 says:

    It’s overwhelming to see how they are growing day by day.!

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  11. shwets007 says:

    I love this song so much! The whole album was sooo good!

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  12. Anushka Gupta says:

    Works like these are therapy.

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  13. Prerna Tiwari says:

    K-pop songs are always a level up as compared to others. ❤️

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  14. subumurugan1236264 says:

    well explained and thanks for this article 😍
    After reading this, I can understand the deep meaning of this song (✯ᴗ✯) and I’m loving it ❤️

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  15. Smriti. L says:

    The article conveys the essence of song very well!

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  16. Piyush Mandal says:

    After listening “We Lost The Summer” and saw Yeonjun I became MOA and attracts me towards TXT as this song soothe my mood. Feeling pinkish vibe whenever I see Yeonjun with pink hair bcoz he look so cute. ^^

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  17. ojashreya27 says:

    TXT is really a wonderful group with amazing concepts that deserves more praise. I really love this group. Well written article 💜

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  18. mehaksharma2803 says:

    Well written 💙

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  19. rupalikujur says:

    This is my favourite song from this album 💕
    I feel that, this song is quite relatable with the situation everyone is going through right now, where we can hardly enjoy any season by travelling somewhere. Everything has come to a standstill. I hope that the pandemic ends soon and all of us can travel to freshen up our mood. ♡

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  20. This song is one of my favorite summer song.. This article explained it very well! Loved everything ~

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  21. Preeti says:

    I really Like the song so much and the review makes it much better truly loved the article.

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  22. itsdiyajain says:

    Aaj kal ke songs are soooo goood

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  23. SHEFALI SINGH says:

    Summer vibes ☀️🎶
    Really love the article

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  24. dailyani14 says:

    Being a part of their fandom I feel really blessed rn….this album is actually something I will always remember and specially this song….the music, choreography and every single thing about this song attracted my attention and then why I understood the lyrics I felt so good….the feeling can’t be explained but I can say that this feeling is better than any other feelings….this song is just too good! And speaking of which I really appreciate the writting of the one who wrote this! It is explained in such a way that even a non k-pop lover can feel your words! All I could say is that your words are expressed really well! Whenever I wish to talk about this song with my friend I would surely share this article with them! It’s really noice~

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  25. I love this song and I love this article

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  26. sriadita says:

    TXT BROUGHT SUMMER EARLY !!
    I reay loved their album, blue hours specifically!!

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  27. sriadita says:

    VERY WELL WRITTER ISHA ❤

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  28. ekta1927 says:

    I really love the melody of this song.

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