I recently heard Kim Taeyeon (I know, she has the same name as SNSD’s leader – and such a good voice too!!) cover Lim Jeonghee’s “Tears Didn’t Fall” (literally “Tears Didn’t Come/Appear“) on KPOPSTAR Season 2 (performance above, starts around 0:33). I immediately became a fan of both the song and her.

Seeing how I haven’t translated any songs recently, I found myself yearning to translate this song (along with a few others) for its pretty straightforward lyrics and nice melody.

Below is the original song:

Korean:

생각도 못했던 말
내게 니 모습은 항상 웃는 얼굴
변함없는
저 햇살같이 나를 따뜻하게 비춰주는 그런 존재였는데
날 떠나야 한다고 이해해 달라고
갑자기 뭐라고 말을 해

너무 슬퍼서 눈물이 안 났어
그냥 그 자리에 서서 알겠다고 했어
시간이 멈추고 심장도 멈췄어
모든게 내겐 그냥 꿈만 같은 일이라서

항상 영원히 나를
사랑 할 거라고
그 말 그대로 믿고 있었어
날 너무 사랑해서
다른 사람은 상상도 할 수 없단 말 믿었어
넌 어저께 까지도 내게 그 따뜻한 눈빛으로 얘길했는데

너무 슬퍼서 눈물이 안 났어
그냥 그 자리에 서서 알겠다고 했어
시간이 멈추고 심장도 멈췄어
모든게 내겐 그냥 꿈만 같은 일이라서

혼자 돌아서서 한참을 걷고 나서
그제서야 다 실감이 났어
눈물이 한 방울씩 나기 시작하더니
숨을 쉴 수가 없이 끝없이 쏟아졌어 oh

너무 슬퍼서 눈물이 안 났어
그냥 그 자리에 서서 알겠다고 했어
시간이 멈추고 심장도 멈췄어
모든게 내겐 그냥 꿈만 같은 일이라서

꿈만 같은 일이라서…

English:

You said words I couldn’t even imagine;
Whenever I saw you, I always saw your smiling face,
Unchanging
You had a sunshine-like existence to me, as you warmly shone on me.
Saying that you had to leave me, asking me to understand-
What were you suddenly saying?

Because I was so sad, tears didn’t fall
I just stood at that place, and said I understood
As time stopped, my heart stopped too
Everything that happened just seemed like something from a dream

Always and forever,
You said you would love me
I believed that in those exact words
Because you said you loved me so much
I believed words that other people couldn’t even imagine
Even up to yesterday, you spoke to me with that warm expression in your eyes

Because I was so sad, tears didn’t fall
I just stood at that place, and said I understood
As time stopped, my heart stopped too
Everything that happened just seemed like something from a dream

When I went back alone, after a while passed,
Only then did all the feelings sink in
One by one, tears started falling,
I couldn’t breath as tears poured on without end, oh~

Because I was so sad, tears didn’t fall
I just stood at that place, and said I understood
As time stopped, my heart stopped too
Everything that happened just seemed like something from a dream

Because it just seemed like something from a dream…

Confidence Rating: 95% – the lyrics were overall straightforward, but I was unsure while translating the lines “Because you said you loved me so much / I believed words that other people couldn’t even imagine.