ROSÉ – On The Ground | Lyrics Meaning & Song Review
ROSÉ is the second BLACKPINK member to go solo after JENNIE, and aren’t we all glad she did. ROSÉ’s first solo material released in 2021, is a two-track single album titled ‘R.’ And in this article, we are taking a closer look at one of the songs titled “On The Ground.”
ROSÉ released her debut solo project, a two-single album on March 12, 2021. The two tracks on the album are “On The Ground” and “Gone.” Both tracks are in English and have their own music videos. In a press release, ROSÉ spoke about working on this album; “I wanted to put my most honest self into the album. As I prepared for the album, I got to take a look back at myself quite a lot. I learned I’m a person who heals through music.”
In “On The Ground,” we find a humbled ROSÉ talking about being grounded. As a member of the KPOP supergroup BLACKPINK, ROSÉ has achieved heights, not most artists can in their lives. Whilst ROSÉ is extremely happy about where she is right now, she also realizes that what she looks for in life is not up in the clouds, but was within her all along.
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“On The Ground” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
In a promotional interview, ROSÉ spoke about the inspiration behind the song;
Basically, the song is kind of about looking for answers in life for a purpose in life, and I feel like people especially these days, can relate to it, sometimes when you’re always kind of on that roll, you kind of forget to take care of what actually matters to you most, and it’s just a song that says everything we need is already within us.
In the first verse of the song, ROSÉ gives a peek into her life before the fame. She says that she used to live in cheap and run-down apartments with wholes in the walls, and only a mattress in the room. But she always had a vision for her life. And envisioning your goals is the first step in manifesting them.
BLACKPINK’s debut in 2016 was not the most groundbreaking news in music. However, the group gained traction quite fast and broke out as international artists by around 2020. And their debut studio album ‘THE ALBUM’ peaked at #2 in the USA and UK, and Australian music charts. By 2020, BLACKPINK as a group is estimated to be worth around $35 million, and ROSÉ is estimated at a net worth of $8 million.
However, in the lyrics, ROSÉ says that “You find out that your gold’s just plastic.” When you do have enough of riches, you do tend to realize that these riches only have a very little shelf-life. They can only do so much to make you happy. The real goal in any person’s life should be to be happy. Although in today’s world, money does play a big part in achieving this goal, it is definitely not everything. How many global superstars have ended their lives abruptly is proof of this.
Self-care is more important than anything in the world.
I worked my whole life
Just to get high, just to realise
Everything I need is on the
Everything I need is on the ground
In the chorus of the song, ROSÉ sings how she poured everything she has to become the superstar she is today. She is on top of the world. But ‘happiness’ is right at where she started-on the ground!
In the second verse of the song, ROSÉ mentions a ‘you’ that she does not want to part from. This is most likely a reference to herself–that girl with big dreams. She says that she does not want to part from this person-not for the shiniest diamonds the world can offer.
This is an important message that all of us should hold near and dear to ourselves!
Let us hear what you think about this song in the comments below. Check out the complete lyrics on Genius.