The Meaning Behind The Song: Taekwondo by Walk Off the Earth
As a DJ, I have come across countless songs that have left a lasting impression on me. However, there are a few that have truly touched my heart and resonated with me on a deeper level. One such song is “Taekwondo” by Walk Off the Earth. I remember stumbling upon this song at a friend’s house and being captivated the moment I heard it.
The lyrics of “Taekwondo” are simple, yet powerful. It speaks about the lengths one is willing to go for the person they love, showcasing their unwavering support and loyalty. The song starts with the introspective question, “What is bravery but the body’s wisdom of its strength? The coward and the hero march together within every man.” These lines set the tone for the rest of the song, delving into the sacrifices and actions the protagonist is willing to make.
The first verse talks about learning guitar just to play the loved one a song and going beyond their comfort zone by learning a new language to broaden their partner’s world. The lyrics further mention questionable actions like stealing a car and using a worn-out paddle while playing ping-pong. These lines show the extremes the protagonist would go to in order to please their loved one, even if it means bending the rules.
The refrain highlights the unconditional love and support the protagonist has for their partner. It reassures them, “Don’t you ever worry ’bout a t’ing, ’bout a t’ing, no. ‘Cause I’m gonna give you everything, everything. I got your back.” These lines convey a sense of protection and security, emphasizing that the protagonist will always be there for their loved one.
The chorus takes an interesting turn with the title of the song itself, “Taekwondo.” It symbolizes the protagonist’s determination to protect their partner. Just like the swift kicks and punches in the martial art, the protagonist promises to defend their loved one if anyone messes with them. They promise to kick them with their toe and handle the situation under control. The lyrics even express a long-lasting commitment with the line, “You know I’ll always be your lifelong beau.”
The post-chorus reiterates the protagonist’s devotion to their partner, emphasizing their importance with the line, “I said ’cause you’re my number one, you’re my number one. I got your back for sure. You know I’ll always be your lifelong beau.” These lyrics cement the idea that no matter what challenges arise, the protagonist will have their partner’s back.
The bridge of the song adds a fun and unexpected twist, incorporating a rap part that reinforces the theme of protection and strength. The lyrics describe the protagonist’s readiness to battle anyone who tries to harm their loved one. Lines such as “My tiger claw will knock your socks off” and “Any tough chopper wants a death scrap will be lying flat on the back in a dirt nap” paint a vivid picture of the protagonist’s unwavering dedication.
Finally, the song concludes with the outro, “The coward and the hero march together within every man.” It reminds us that within each individual, there exists the potential to be both courageous and fearful, but it is the choices we make that define us.
“Taekwondo” by Walk Off the Earth is a beautiful and heartfelt song that captures the essence of unconditional love and loyalty. It serves as a reminder that true strength lies not only in physical prowess but in the determination to protect and support those we love. It is a song that resonates with listeners and reminds them of the power of love and devotion.
Album title: Taekwondo (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2017)
- Engineer: Mike Wise, Thomas “Tawgs” Salter, Tokyo Speirs & Gianni Luminati
- Vocals: Sarah Blackwood & Gianni Luminati
- Author, Composer: Thomas “Tawgs” Salter, Ryan Marshall, Sarah Blackwood & Gianni Luminati