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So…back in January, I attempted to translate this after watching Roy Kim’s cover of it on Superstar K Season 4. (He went on to win the American Idol-like show and release quite a few songs; how time has flown by!) But I got stuck along some of the lyrics (mainly the repeated chorus), which I hopefully have correctly translated here.

I feel that both the original by Yoon Gun and the cover by Roy Kim are worth giving a listen to; they’re different, but have nice, unique qualities in the style of each respective artist.

Yoon Gun:

Roy Kim:

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Seeing as I had some time one my hands, I wanted to post something on this blog; as I have been pretty away from the Korean scene recently, I couldn’t really think of posting anything but a translation. I previously heard that Ailee would be collaborating with Yiruma, and upon giving it a listen earlier today, the song isn’t bad. It isn’t exactly amazing or anything, but it truly isn’t bad. The message behind the lyrics kind of remind me of Epik High’s “Up” and are overall, as the title of the song suggests, uplifting.

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Normally songs post-breakup tend to be negative and pitiful and dreary like I Want to Meet You Once, so it’s nice to have an optimistic song like It’s Been a Long Time by Ra.D to somewhat balance the score between bitter post-breakup songs and sweet(-ish) post-breakup songs.

This song came to mind when thinking about some people (not necessarily [ex-]lovers) who seem to come in and out of life in an unpredictable way: some unexpectedly draw away, some unexpectedly become close friends. Sometimes, like today, I find myself regretting not approaching an individual and starting a conversation out of fear that the individual may have forgotten me or that things will be awkward, although I realize more often than not, feelings and conversations end up more sweet than bitter; today I find myself regretting my actions and mulling over the thought that I lost the opportunity to have an “It’s Been a Long Time“-like encounter/experience. (Lyrics below.)

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[*I’m not sure if there’s any music video, so I just posted the audio above, and a performance below.]

This track is a bit hard to translate in the sense that it omits a lot of pronouns or antecedents that are necessary in English, even as it’s easy to understand. Yoon Minsoo‘s voice is pleasantly deep and emotional, as always. Where pronouns or antecedents are omitted in the literal Korean version, I will use [ ] brackets.

This song can seem like a bore because it’s so slow and repetitive, but I feel that the combination of such a slow tempo, repetitive parallel structure-type lyrics , and Yoon Minsoo’s solemn and resonant voice really contribute to make the piece feel meaningful, sincere, and *sad*. I think the parallel structure – as almost each line of the lyrics has some variation of “[I] want to meet . . . the/that girl” – really serves to emphasize that the speaker of the song is practically just rattling off a list of reasons or articulations of why he thinks he should be able to meet “that girl” or why he wants to meet her. It seems as if the speaker is so caught up in his sadness that he deliberately doesn’t make any attempt to give the repetitive dryness any exciting (or at least intriguing) changes or mix-ups or color; making the song interesting seems so unnecessary to the speaker in light of his main purpose of conveying such sadness. Thus, I thought it best to try to stick to the literal in my translation and indicate where I inserted pronouns or phrases. This song is dull, but only purposefully so. (I’ll admit, though, that I got a little bored of it after trying to put it on repeat. Not quite the music you want to listen to to brighten your day or to encourage yourself to do work.)

Below is a performance of the piece, along with another piece, at a Vibe showcase:

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It has been quite a while since I last posted on this blog, and I suspect I will never revive it back to its glory/peak days, but I always love to come back to this blog whenever there’s a song that I like [so much that I want to translate it].

I’ve been listening to this song a lot recently; I really love the heavy guitar instrumental and the overall melody. Moreover, a big plus is always being able to understand most of the lyrics without even having to look at a translation or the Korean hangul for that matter. :) Continue reading

Davichi – Song of Sad Love [KOR/ENG]

And yet another Davichi song that I like! Even as Davichi has veered more into upbeat or more pop-sounding songs recently, their more sad ballad-y tracks are also enjoyable to revisit and listen to. Translation below:

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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.

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