Jive Monkey Playlist: 5/17/13

I loved Geeks’ debut album with their title song “Officially Missing You”.  True, the song is a cover of Tamia’s song but the hip-hop duo added their own vibe to the song beyond just changing the lyrics.  The song had a stronger backbeat and sounded less sultry than the original.

Since then, I’ve been an ardent listener of their music but it just didn’t strike the same chord as that first album.  The songs weren’t bad but they weren’t good either.  Truthfully, isn’t that typical of most artists?  Maybe that’s why they decided to release another version of their biggest hit, this time featuring Sistar’s Soyu.

Their latest album is titled “Backpack” and it feels like they’ve loaded up the backpack with a lot of stories of youth, hardships and love.  There’s a lot of great songs on the album that I’d recommend but I did take notice of their opening track.  So much of K-Pop music is about love: falling in love, breaking up, misunderstandings, happiness, etc.  Love can be explored to no end but it’s refreshing to find a song I like being about something other than love and the opening track does just that.

Geeks’ Louie and Lil Boi, Hwang Mun Seob and Oh Seung Taek respectively, wrote and composed the song, “Lights On” to explain how they got started in the music business and tells the listener not to get discouraged in pursuing their dreams.  It’s basically about the disaffected youth.

It’s kind of funny how older people looked at my generation and thought I had it so easy.  I look at kids today and sometimes have the same thought but the truth is they don’t.  Adolescence is hard no matter what generation you’re from.  Yes, there is that invincible feeling that you know everything and that once you graduate, things will somehow magically be different.  However, behind those hopes are also fears of what the future can hold.  Despite some poor English grammar, their point really does come across.  Sometimes it’s just about filtering out the noise and finding that source of hope and focusing on that.

Geeks – Lights On

긱스 (Geeks) – Lights On

Lights On

There’s no books on my backpack
Lights lights lights lights
Lights lights lights lights

살짝 풀려 있었던 어느 한 아이의 동공
얼굴 속엔 근심 가득히
이미 눈의 빛은 잃었고
반복되는 삶 속에
꿈은 잃은 지 오래
시간이 지나면 달라질 거라 입술을 깨무네
We are in the war

전쟁 같은 생활 더 이상은 지겨워
도망가고 싶은 마음에 3000원짜리
earphone을 끼웠고그렇게 밤새
음악과 함께 잠자리로
Can’t leave music alone cuz I need’em
음악은 내게 희망을 만들었고
나에겐 전부였기에
몰래 산 mic와
빌려 쓰던 Dre’s headphone
수능이 코앞이어도 all I did was rap

돌아가고 싶진 않아
아니 돌아간다 해도
다른 길은 안 가
I’m so into this life
깜깜했던 내 과거와 현재에
Ima put lights on

이 세상 누구보다
더 멋진 시간을 보내고 있는 넌 어떤지
혹 또 헷갈려도
절대 흔들리지는 마
like ooh ooh
I got to find my own
so Ima turn the lights on
ye Ima turn the lights on
Turn all the lights on

어디를 가도 공허해서
이기적이라도
내 마음 알아주길 원해서
상처도 많이 줬지
착한 너란 아이의 마음에
술보다 눈물을 더 삼켰어
떠나간 다음에
다 잠든 밤에
편지를 적고 구겨
수십 번 반복해서 맞춰도
어긋났었던 그녀
그래 관둬 우린 아니었네 처음부터
2년이 지난 전화로 넌 말했지
우린 어렸어
널 기다리던 밤처럼
불을 꺼도 잠은 안 오고
습관이 됐어 너에게 적던 편지들이
이젠 음악이 돼서
버틸만해 너 아니어도

돌아가고 싶진 않아
아니 돌아간다 해도
다른 길은 안가
Now 이제 내 길을 찾았지
깜깜했던 내 과거와 현재에
Ima put lights on

이 세상 누구보다
더 멋진 시간을 보내고 있는 넌 어떤지
혹 또 헷갈려도
절대 흔들리지는 마
like ooh ooh
I got to find my own
so Ima turn the lights on
ye Ima turn the lights on

이 세상 누구보다
더 멋진 시간을 보내고 있는 넌 어떤지
혹 또 헷갈려도
절대 흔들리지는 마
like ooh ooh
I got to find my own
so Ima turn the lights on
ye Ima turn the lights on

이 세상 누구보다
더 멋진 시간을 보내고 있는 넌 어떤지
혹 또 헷갈려도
절대 흔들리지는 마
like ooh ooh
I got to find my own
so Ima turn the lights on
ye Ima turn the lights on

Lights On

There’s no books on my backpack
Lights lights lights lights
Lights lights lights lights

Slightly unfocused, a kid’s pupils
Face full of worry,
their eyes have already lost their gleam
In their repetitious life,
been awhile since they lost their dream
Things’ll change with time, they bite their lip
We are in the war

Can’t take this wearisome, war-like life
Feel like running away, 3,000 won
earphone, put them on and stay up all night
Music together with my bed
Can’t leave music alone cuz I need’em
Music makes me have hope,
to me, that’s everything
A secretly bought mic and
Dre’s headphones borrowed
Though finals are almost here, all I did was rap

Don’t want to go back
No, even though I go back,
Won’t take a different path
I’m so into this life
Dark, my past, and present,
Ima put lights on

This life, more than anyone else,
living it magnificently, how are you doing?
And if you get confused again,
please don’t ever waver
like ooh ooh
I got to find my own
so Ima turn the lights on
ye Ima turn the lights on
Turn all the lights on

Emptiness no matter where I go
Though it’s selfish,
want ’em to understand where I’m coming from
Caused a lot of pain,
the heart of a nice kid like you
Swallowed more tears than booze
After you leave
While everyone is sleeping,
write a letter then crumple it
Though I tried countless times to match,
she mismatched
Alright, leave it, we weren’t it from the start
Two years have passed and you said by phone
We were young
Like the night I waited for you
Though I turn off the light, can’t sleep
Became a habit, the letters I wrote to you
Now since it’s become music,
I can bear it even if it’s not you

Don’t want to go back
No, even if we go back
Won’t take a different path,
Now, I found my path now
Dark, my past, and present,
Ima put lights on

This life, more than anyone else,
living it magnificently, how are you doing?
And if you get confused again,
please don’t ever waver
like ooh ooh
I got to find my own
so Ima turn the lights on
ye Ima turn the lights on

This life, more than anyone else,
living it magnificently, how are you doing?
And if you get confused again,
please don’t ever waver
like ooh ooh
I got to find my own
so Ima turn the lights on
ye Ima turn the lights on

This life, more than anyone else,
living it magnificently, how are you doing?
And if you get confused again,
please don’t ever waver
like ooh ooh
I got to find my own
so Ima turn the lights on
ye Ima turn the lights on

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