Jive Monkey Playlist: 12/1/14

Besides the fact that their music tends to be catchy, I love that 10cm’s lyrics can be amusing or make the ordinary seem extraordinary.  The tracks I’ve selected from their latest album may not be one of the title tracks but I can’t help but be in a good mood every time it comes up on my playlist.

After two reasonably successful albums, I think many listeners have gotten to know and used to the 10cm recognizable sound.  I love that “3집에 대한 부담감 (Stress Over the 3rd Album)” expresses things that artists almost never really talk about.  “Americano” was such a big hit that you wonder if they could reach those same heights again.

In a way, I hope they do because a lot of K-Pop music tends to have the same droll lyrics over and over again.  It’s not that I can’t stand listening to the same topics of falling in and out of love but it certainly makes it a lot more interesting to translate about something different than that.

10cm – 3집에 대한 부담감 (Stress Over the 3rd Album)

10cm – 3집에 대한 부담감

3집에 대한 부담감

어떤 노랠 만들어야 하나
아메리카노 같은 거면 되나
사실은 소 뒷발로 쥐 잡은 듯이
얻어 걸린 거라 더는 못 만들지
야한 노랠 만들어야 하나
막 끈적하고 더럽고 그럼 되나
솔직히 내 생활은 너무 순진해서
주워 들은 이야기도 바닥났네
아 좋은 차도 타고 싶고
아 좋은 옷도 입고 싶고
아 인정받고 멋있는
아티스트 되고 싶지만

대충대충 넘어가면 안될까요
스리슬쩍 묻어가면 안될까요
노력 없이 부자 되면 안될까요
쉽게 쉽게 살면 안되나요

나레이션)
음악이요? 음악에 대한 제 마음은
도자기를 굽는 장인의 마음과 똑같습니다.
어머니가 아이를 잉태하는 것처럼
저도 힘들게 제 음악을 탄생시키고 있죠.
그 고통과 번뇌의 사간…
이런게 지짜 음악이죠.
상초받고 외로운 영혼을 달래고
위로해주는 마음이랄까?
뭐 그런게 담겨있는것 같아요.
상업적으로 생각하는것 보다는
우선 감동이 있어야되지 않을까요?
듣는이와의 소통, 사랑,
그리고 평화

대충대충 넘어가면 안될까요
스리슬쩍 묻어가면 안될까요
노력 없이 부자 되면 안될까요
쉽게 쉽게 살면 안되나요
안되나요 안 되나요 그렇다면
최선을 다해 모시겠습니다

Stress Over the 3rd Album

What kind of song should we be making?
Is it fine if it’s like Americano?
Honestly it’s like my back foot is caught on the So
It’s something we’ve earned so we can’t make more
Should we be making sexy songs?
If it’s tacky and dirty, is that fine?
Honestly, my lifestyle is really innocent
I’ve reached the bottom of the stories I picked up
Ah, I want to drive a nice car
Ah, I want to wear nice clothes
Ah, I want to receive recognition
I want to become an artist but

Can’t we just roughly, roughly get past it?
Can’t we just secretly bury 3?
Can’t we get rich without any effort?
Can’t we just live easily, easily?

Narration)
Music? My feelings towards music is
Like how a potter feels about baking his pottery.
Like how a mother conceives her child
I also try to give birth to my music.
That time spent with pain and anguish…
This is real music.
Getting hurt and soothing a lonely spirit
Consoling that feeling?
Well, I think it’s filled with that.
Rather than thinking commercially
First, don’t you have to be emotionally moved?
For the listeners, communication, love
And peace

Can’t we just roughly, roughly get past it?
Can’t we just secretly bury 3?
Can’t we get rich without any effort?
Can’t we just live easily, easily?
Can’t we? Can’t we? If that’s the case,
We’ll try our best and escort you

Ha, I can’t help but chuckle when I see the title of this song, “여자는 왜 화를 내는 걸까 (Why Do Women Get Mad?)”. I’m sure women are a big mystery to men. Yeah sure, men often blame it on periods or passive aggressiveness which just makes us women even angrier when we hear that. There are all sorts of thing that make women angry and there’s no simple answer for it but I rather love how the song accurately expresses how anxious it makes them feel.

10cm – 여자는 왜 화를 내는 걸까 (Why Do Women Get Mad?)

10cm – 여자는 왜 화를 내는 걸까

미운 털이라도 박혔나요* – Literally translates as “Do I have a ugly feather stuck in me?” but meant to express being picked on for no reason.

여자는 왜 화를 내는 걸까

여자들은 왜 화를 내는 걸까
그대는 왜 화를 내는 걸까
아마도 내가 아마도 바보이니까
여자는 왜 여자는 왜 여자는

글쎄요 오늘이 그대가
힘든 그런 날인가요
아니면 나에게
미운 털이라도 박혔나요*
사실은 그댈 위해
막상 준비한 것도 많았지만

자꾸만 이러시면
내 입장이 곤란하잖아요
할말 있으면 지금 해요
욕을 할라면 욕을 하고
당최 도무지 알 수가 없어 미치겠네

여자들은 왜 화를 내는 걸까
그대는 왜 화를 내는 걸까
만날 때마다 나는 왜 이러나
아마도 내가 아마도 남자 이니까

어젯밤 긴 통화
너보다 먼저 끊어서 인가요
아니면 밥 먹을 때
수저를 챙기지 않았군요
아니면 그댈 보는 눈빛에
초점이 흔들렸나요

자꾸만 이러시면
날더러 뭘 어떡하라구요
할말 있으면 그냥 해요
한 대 칠려면 한대 치고
당최 도무지 알 수가 없어 미치겠네

여자들은 왜 화를 내는 걸까
그대는 왜 화를 내는 걸까
만날 때마다 나는 왜 이러나
아마도 내가 아마도 남자 이니까

왜 오늘은 날씨조차 도와주지 않는데
왜 비는 오고 우산은 니가 가져갔는데
왜 돌아오는 길이 이리도 허무하다니
전화를 받던가 왜
집 앞에 나와 주던가 왜
오늘 우리 집 비는데

여자들은 왜 화를 내는 걸까
그대는 왜 화를 내는 걸까
만날 때마다 나는 왜 이러나
여자는 왜 여자는 왜 여자는
왜왜왜왜왜
그대는 왜 여자는 왜 여자는
왜왜왜왜
아 왜

Why Do Women Get Mad?

Why do women get mad?
Why do you get mad?
Perhaps, I must perhaps be an idiot
Women, why do women, why do women

Let’s see, today, are you
Having a hard day?
If not, do I
Have an ugly feather stuck in me?
Honestly for you
There was a lot I did for you

If you keep on doing this?
It puts me in a hard position
If you have something to say then do it now
If you want to curse me our, then curse me out
Just can’t fathom what it is, it’s driving me crazy

Why do women get mad?
Why do you get mad?
Why do I get this way whenever we meet?
Perhaps, is it perhaps because I’m a guy?

Last night, during the long phone conversation
Is it because I hung up before you?
If not, is it when we eat
I don’t use my spoon
If not, within your stare
Did your focus waver?

If you keep doing this
What am I supposed to do?
If you have something to say, just say it
If you feel like hitting me, just hit me
Just can’t fathom what it is, it’s driving me crazy

Why do women get mad?
Why do you get mad?
Why do I get this way whenever we meet?
Perhaps, is it perhaps because I’m a guy?

Why does even the weather help me out?
Why is it raining and you’ve taken the umbrella?
Why is the road I’m returning on this futile?
Why don’t you answer the phone?
Or come to the front of your house?
Today, I wish for our house

Why do women get mad?
Why do you get mad?
Why do I get this way whenever we meet?
Women, why do women, why do women
Why, why, why, why, why?
You, why do women, why do women
Why, why, why, why?
Ah, why?

“아프리카 청춘이다 (Africa is Youth)” is a really fun song. Who doesn’t want to jet off somewhere beautiful and National Geographic-esque? The song doesn’t have a whole deeper meaning other than that but I can’t help but feel relaxed when I listen to it. The island, tiki drink, ukelele vibe of the song makes it feel like a summer vacation song so I hope that the track will make a revival when it gets warmer.

10cm – 아프리카 청춘이다 (African Youth)

10cm – 아프리카 청춘이다

아프리카 청춘이다

아프리카 나도 가고 싶으니까
코타키나발루 좋겠다
산토리니 근데 나는 뭐하고 있니
아마존의 눈물 슬프다

여행가고 싶다 여행가고 싶어
언제든 어디든 떠날 수 있어
도망가고 싶다 도망가고 싶어
언제든 어디든 떠날 수 있어

자메이카 진짜 가고 싶다니까
우즈베키스탄 예쁘다
사우디 아라비아 거긴 기름값 얼마야
브라질의 삼바 신난다

여행가고 싶다 여행가고 싶어
언제든 어디든 떠날 수 있어
도망가고 싶다 도망가고 싶어
언제든 어디든 떠날 수 있어

가방 샀고 모자 샀고
자외선 차단크림도 사고
캐리어 있고 카메라 있고
별의 별 것들이 다 있다고
젊음도 있고 열정도 있고
꿈도 패기도 다 있다지만
여권이 없고 비자가 없고 돈 없다고
두 다리 두 팔이
멀쩡하면 뭐하나
청춘이 뜨거워
타오르면 뭐하나
국제선 비행기 한번 타보지도 못하고
눈물이 흐르네

아프리카 나도 가고 싶다니까
알래스카 연어 맛 좋다
산토리니 근데 나는 뭐하고 있니
사하라의 폭풍 뜨겁다

아프리카 나도 가고 싶다니까
진짜 가고 싶다니까
나도 보내 달라니까

African Youth

Africa, I want to go
Kota Kinabalu seems nice
Santorini, but what am I doing?
Amazon’s tears are sad

I want to go on a trip, want to go on a trip
I can leave whenever, wherever
I want to run away, want to run away
I can leave whenever, wherever

Jamaica, really want to go there
Uzbekistan is pretty
Saudi Arabia, how much is the gas there?
Brazil’s samba is exciting

I want to go on a trip, want to go on a trip
I can leave whenever, wherever
I want to run away, want to run away
I can leave whenever, wherever

Pack my bag, pack my hat
Buy some UV sunscreen
Have my luggage carrier, have my camera
Have all sorts of things
Have my youth, have my passion
My dreams and my spirit, I might have it all
No passport, no visa, no money
With my two legs, my two arms,
what’s the use if it’s fine?
My youth is hot,
what’s the use if I’m burning up?
Not once have I been on an international flight
Shedding tears

Africa, I want to go
Alaska’s salmon tastes good
Santorini, but what am I doing?
Sahara’s windstorm is hot

Africa, I want to go too
Really want to go
Please send me too

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