First of all, let me apologize for being a WEEK LATE on this song
and for not posting for two weeks whoops. I’ve wanted to write about it since the day it came out, but life’s been hard.
I decided to cover this not so much because I like the song, but because it represents something very important. “Neverland” is the debut song from Holland: South Korea’s first openly gay idol.
The song in itself is not bad. It’s a really chill, RnB track. It’s not much upon first listen, but it’s infectious after a while. Lyrically it’s also a bit vague. As far as I can tell it’s about how he wants to be able to just be himself. Here’s the best translation I could find.
Given that Korea is a very conservative country and being gay (or any sort of queer) is not generally accepted—which is probably why it’s taken this long for an openly gay idol to appear—debuting as gay is incredibly brave. I will be the first to say that I’m not the biggest fan of this song, and I think his vocals could use a bit of work. But I believe that it’s important to support Holland as a brave and promising new talent and a potential catalyst for change.
BONUS: In case you haven’t seen it, here’s some INCREDIBLY CUTE behind-the-scenes footage that was released after the instant success of the music video’s debut.