Gingham Style Lyrics

Remember that Korean music video from 2012 that got like four-and-a-half bazillion views? Of course you do. But do you know what it's really about? Some have said it was making fun of the excesses in Seoul's wealthiest district. Turns out, that's not true. The song is actually about gingham. That's right, it's a song about a fabric pattern!

We tried to hire a translator, but couldn't find one (within our budget) that spoke both Korean and English. We did, however, find several semi-literate volunteers who were willing to help. They helped us to translate the lyrics from Korean to German, from German to Icelandic, Icelandic to Japanese, Japanese to Swahili, and, finally, from Swahili to English.

The translated lyrics tell a story of a charming man named Oppa who is completely in love with his gingham. Read for yourself:

Gingham Style Lyrics

Oppa has gingham style
Gingham style

A girl wears the right pattern
A classy girl, no plaid or seersucker
A girl who never ever wears paisley or damask
That's the kind of girl for me

I'm a guy
A guy who loves one cotton fabric pattern more than the rest
A guy who wore pinstripes in the 80's but regrets it
A guy whose heart dreams of ordered, controlled patterns
That kind of guy

Beautiful, lovable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Beautiful, lovable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Now let's go until the end

Oppa has gingham style, gingham style
Oppa has gingham style, gingham style
Oppa has gingham style

Hey, sexy lady, Oppa has gingham style
Hey, sexy lady. Oh oh oh oh

A girl who looks quiet but never wears chevron
A girl who wouldn't be caught dead wearing ikat threads
A girl who considered polka dots once, then realized it was crazy
A sensable girl like that

I'm a guy
A guy who buys my fabric in bulk and then sews it myself
A guy who could use his jacket as a tablecloth in a pinch
A guy who is reminded of picnics each morning when he gets dressed
That kind of guy

Beautiful, lovable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Beautiful, lovable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Now let's go until the end

Oppa has gingham style, gingham style
Oppa has gingham style, gingham style
Oppa has gingham style

Hey, sexy lady, Oppa has gingham style
Hey, sexy lady. Oh oh oh oh

At the heart of the woven cotton is the pattern, baby baby
Make sure it's the right pattern
At the heart of the woven cotton is the pattern, baby baby
If you choose wrong, it'll be a disaster

You know what I'm saying
Oppa has gingham style

Hey, sexy lady, Oppa has gingham style
Hey, sexy lady. Oh oh oh oh