Jive Monkey Playlist: 5/12/14

It’s been 15 years since god’s debut and they are back. Their latest release is a single called “미운오리새끼 (Ugly Duckling)” which is a ballad written by Danny Ahn and Second Class Sidekick (이단옆차기).

I wasn’t really a fan of god when they first came out as they debuted just around the time I started phasing K-Pop out of my life. K-Pop and I had an off and on relationship throughout the years. But I have been following many of the members through their individuals endeavors especially Yoon Kye Sang. So I was delighted to hear that Yoon Kye Sang would be rejoining with the group for this reunion, after all he was the last holdout.

“미운오리새끼 (Ugly Duckling)” is a ballad and while they lyrics are simplistic, considering the subject matter of the song, I’m okay with that. Since the Ugly Duckling is a children’s fairy tale, there’s something about the lyrics that makes it read like children’s book. Plus, the harmony of the members’ voices make up for simplistic nature of the lyrics.

I think I can make out most of the voices. Certainly, Kim Tae Woo, Son Ho Young and Yoon Kye Sang’s voice pop out the most to me. And while the narration at the beginning made my sarcastic heart chuckle a bit, upon hearing the song a few more times the narration grew on me. Perhaps it’s the power of Yoon Kye Sang’s acting ability to recognize the heartfelt message of the track.

god – 미운오리새끼(Ugly Duckling)

지오디(god) – 미운오리새끼

미운오리새끼

새벽 한 시 길을 걷는다
저 강가에 오리 한 마리
왜 내 모습 같은지

시린 바람이 부는 강가에
아주 작은 오리 한 마리가
길 잃은 것처럼
어디를 또 도망가듯이
뒤뚱뒤뚱 아무 소리 없이

안녕 작은 오리야
제발 부탁이야
내 앞에서 울진 말아줘
하늘만 보다가
너 있는 연못을 보니까
비틀비틀 넘어질 듯이

날지 못하는 너를 보며
(자꾸만 내가 보여서)
혼자서 우는 너를 보며
(왼쪽가슴이 아려와 자꾸)

저 강물에 비친 내 모습 같아서
미운오리새끼 마냥 이렇게 난 혼자
울고 있어

옛날에 미운오리새끼 이야기 듣고
나 엄청 울었었지
겉모습이 다르다는 이유로
언제나 너는 혼자였지
근데 지금 내가 그래
그녀가 이젠 날 떠나간대
나 어떡하라고 날 버려두고
그렇게 잘 가 내 가슴이 아파

미치겠다 살아갈 수가 있을까
미치겠다 내가 살 수나 있을까
이 고인 물에 비친 지금
내 모습 너무 서러워
더 보기 싫어
내가 백조로 변한다 해도 소용없어
집어치워 네가 없으니까

괜찮을 거야 저 해는 다시 뜰 거야
괜찮을 거야 너도 곧 하늘을 날 거야
난 미운 오리 같은지
왜 이리 너와 같은지
아픈 상처 뭐가 이리 너무 깊은지

이별이 아직 서툴러
(널 볼 때 마다 서러워)
내일이 너무 두려워
(그녀가 자꾸 보여서)
비틀비틀 넘어질 듯이

날지 못하는 너를 보며
(자꾸만 내가 보여서)
혼자서 우는 너를 보며
(왼쪽 가슴이 아려와 자꾸)

저 강물에 비친 내 모습 같아서
미운오리새끼 마냥 이렇게 난 혼자
울고 있어

시간이 지나 다시 너를 만나면
잊지 못하고 그리워하고
나 떠나가지 못해서
그냥 살아가다가
그냥 살아가다가

자꾸만 내가 보여서
(널 보면 내가 보여서…
보여서…보여서…)
왼쪽가슴이 아려와 자꾸 (너무 아파 와)
저 강물에 비친 내 모습 같아서
미운오리새끼 마냥 이렇게 난 혼자
울고 있어

Ugly Duckling

Walk along the street at 1 in the morning
A duck along the riverbank
Why does it seem like me

A cold wind blows along the banks of the river
A really, small duckling
Like it has lost its way
And again like it’s running away somewhere
Teetering along without making a noise

Goodbye, little duckling
Please, this is my request
Don’t cry in front of me
After just staring up at the heavens
Seeing the pond where you’re at
Staggering along like you’re about to fall

When seeing that you’re unable to fly
(It keeps reminding me of myself)
When seeing that you’re crying alone
(My left chest keeps throbbing)

It looks like me reflected in that water
Ugly ducking, I’m forever alone like this
crying

When I heard the Ugly Duckling story a long time ago
It made me cry a lot
Because it looked different on the outside
You were always alone
But now that’s how I feel
She said that she’s now leaving me
What am I gonna do after being dumped?
Just like that farewell, it pains my heart

Going out of my mind, can I go on?
Going out of my mind, can I live on?
Now reflected in these stagnant waters
I look very sad
Don’t want to see it anymore
Even if I were to turn into a swan, there’s no use
Forget it, since I don’t have you

It’ll be alright, that sun will rise again
It’ll be alright, you will soon be able to fly
Wonder if I’m like an ugly duckling
Wonder why I’m like you
How did these painful wounds get so deep?

I’m still bad at goodbyes
(I’m sad whenever I see you)
I dread tomorrows
(Because I keep seeing her)
Staggering along like you’re about to fall

When seeing that you’re unable to fly
(It keeps reminding me of myself)
When seeing that you’re crying alone
(My left chest keeps throbbing)

It looks like me reflected in that water
Ugly ducking, I’m forever alone like this
crying

As time passes, if I meet you again
Can’t forget, still long for
Because you were unable to leave me
Just surviving
Just surviving

It keeps reminding me of myself
(When I see you, reminds me of myself…
reminds me… reminds me…)
My chest keeps throbbing (It keeps hurting)
It looks like me reflected in that water
Ugly ducking, I’m forever alone like this
crying

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