Jive Monkey Playlist: 11/2/15

This week’s playlist, I’m featuring female singer-songwriters.  They’re young but they’re talented.

It’s no secret that IU is talented at the ripe age of 23.  When the news of her dating Jang Ki Ha came out, sure, I was surprised, but the couple just made sense to me.  As a musician, IU seems to be wise beyond her years and I could see that they would have a lot in common.  At first, I wasn’t going to feature her title song, “스물셋 (Twenty Three)”.  I guess I found the melody commonplace so I largely ignored the track without really listening to the lyrics.  However, once I actually had the time to sit with the lyrics, it began to dawn on me how fitting the song is for her.

Although people (me) say that she’s wise beyond her years, the fact of the matter is that she is 23.  I love that the song is trying to embrace what that means.  It means that you chase after this and that depending on the day since you’re still trying to figure things out.  It’s not that she’s indecisive but there’s something about that age when you want to be enigmatic and just experience a lot of different things.  Frankly, she just wants to keep people on their toes and she continues to do so with her music.

아이유(IU) – 스물셋

자기 머리 꼭대기 위에서 놀아도 돼요 = Literally translates as, ‘Can I play on top of your head?’ but it’s an idiom expressing messing with someone’s head or in this case, their heart.

스물셋

I’m twenty three
난 수수께끼 (Question)
뭐게요 맞혀봐요
I’m twenty three
틀리지 말기 Because
난 몹시 예민해요
맞혀봐

한 떨기 스물셋 좀
아가씨 태가 나네
다 큰 척해도
적당히 믿어줘요

얄미운 스물셋
아직 한참 멀었다 얘
덜 자란 척해도
대충 속아줘요

난, 그래 확실히 지금이 좋아요
아냐, 아냐 사실은 때려 치고 싶어요
아 알겠어요 나는 사랑이 하고 싶어
아니 돈이나 많이 벌래
맞혀봐

어느 쪽이게?
얼굴만 보면 몰라
속마음과 다른 표정을 짓는 일
아주 간단하거든
어느 쪽이게?
사실은 나도 몰라
애초에 나는 단 한 줄의
거짓말도 쓴 적이 없거든

여우인 척, 하는 곰인 척,
하는 여우 아니면
아예 다른 거

어느 쪽이게?
뭐든 한 쪽을 골라
색안경 안에 비춰지는 거
뭐 이제 익숙하거든
Check it out

겁나는 게 없어요
엉망으로 굴어도
사람들은 내게 매일 친절해요

인사하는 저 여자
모퉁이를 돌고도 아직 웃고 있을까
늘 불안해요

난, 영원히 아이로 남고 싶어요
아니, 아니 물기 있는 여자가 될래요
아 정했어요 난 죽은 듯이 살래요
아냐, 다 뒤집어 볼래
맞혀봐

어느 쪽이게?
얼굴만 보면 몰라
속마음과 다른 표정을 짓는 일
아주 간단하거든
어느 쪽이게?
사실은 나도 몰라
애초에 나는 단 한 줄의
거짓말도 쓴 적이 없거든

여우인 척, 하는 곰인 척,
하는 여우 아니면
아예 다른 거

어느 쪽이게?
뭐든 한 쪽을 골라
색안경 안에 비춰지는 거
뭐 이제 익숙하거든

난 당신 맘에 들고 싶어요
아주 살짝만 얄밉게 해도 돼요?
난 당신 맘에 들고 싶어요
자기 머리 꼭대기 위에서 놀아도 돼요?
맞혀봐

어느 쪽이게?
얼굴만 보면 몰라
속마음과 다른 표정을 짓는 일
아주 간단하거든
어느 쪽이게?
사실은 나도 몰라
애초에 나는 단 한 줄의
거짓말도 쓴 적이 없거든

여우인 척, 하는 곰인 척,
하는 여우 아니면
아예 다른 거

어느 쪽이게?
뭐든 한 쪽을 골라
색안경 안에 비춰지는 거
뭐 이제 익숙하거든

Twenty Three

I’m twenty three
I’m a riddle (Question)
What is it? Try to guess it
I’m twenty three
Don’t get me wrong, Because
I’m very sensitive
Guess

A bunch of twenty threes, a bit
Becoming lady-like
Though I pretend I’m old
Please trust me moderately

Cunning twenty three
Still a long way to go, girl
Though I pretend I’m not old enough
Just roughly play along

I’m, yeah, certainly I like how things are now
No, no, really I just want to give it all up
Ah, I know, I want to fall in love
No, I want to earn a lot of money
Guess

Which one is it?
Don’t know just by looking at my face
How I really feel and making different facial expressions
Is really simple
Which one is it?
Actually, I don’t even know
At first, even a single line of
lies is something I’ve never written

Pretending to be a fox that’s pretending to be a bear
That’s pretending to be a fox, or
Something completely different

Which one is it?
Everyone chooses one side
Seen through colored glasses
Well, I’m used to it now
Check it out

Not afraid of anything
Though I act messed up
People are always kind to me

That woman greeting me
Will she still be smiling after turning the corner?
Always anxious

I want to remain a child forever
No, No, I want to be a steamy woman
Ah, I made a choice, I want to live as if I’m dead
No, I want to turn everything upside down
Guess

Which one is it?
Don’t know just by looking at my face
How I really feel and making different facial expressions
Is really simple
Which one is it?
Actually, I don’t even know
At first, even a single line of
lies is something I’ve never written

Pretending to be a fox that’s pretending to be a bear
That’s pretending to be a fox, or
Something completely different

Which one is it?
Everyone chooses one side
Seen through colored glasses
Well, I’m used to it now

I want you to like me
Can I be a bit nasty?
I want you to like me
Can I play with your head?*
Guess

Which one is it?
Don’t know just by looking at my face
How I really feel and making different facial expressions
Is really simple
Which one is it?
Actually, I don’t even know
At first, even a single line of
lies is something I’ve never written

Pretending to be a fox that’s pretending to be a bear
That’s pretending to be a fox, or
Something completely different

Which one is it?
Everyone chooses one side
Seen through colored glasses
Well, I’m used to it now

“푸르던 (Blue)” is a song that IU sampled on Infinity Challenge and while I love the song they ended up singing for the festival, I was glad that she kept this song for her album. Although blue tends to have a negative connotation in the English language, meaning sad and somber, it has a positive connotation in Korean as signifies the sense of feeling calm and brings about celestial imagery.

Although some fans may have said that “스물셋 (Twenty Three)” is a song talking about IU’s relationship with Jang Ki Ha, and while that may be true, I also think this song could reflect how they got together.  There were a lot of reports saying that they became close when they first met on his radio program and I could imagine that someone like IU has good intuition.  Her soft voice and tender melody brings on feelings of warmth and feels lovely.

IU –푸르던 (Blue)

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아이유(IU) – 푸르던

푸르던

그날 알았지 이럴 줄,
이렇게 될 줄
두고두고 생각날 거란 걸
바로 알았지

까만 하늘 귀뚜라미 울음소리
힘을 주어 잡고 있던 작은 손

너는 조용히 내려
나의 가물은 곳에 고이고
나는 한참을 서서 가만히
머금은 채로 그대로
나의 여름 가장 푸르던 그 밤,
그 밤

너의 기억은 어떨까
무슨 색일까
너의 눈에 비친 내 모습도
소중했을까

머리 위로 연구름이 지나가네
그 사이로 선바람이 흐르네

너는 조용히 내려
나의 가물은 곳에 고이고
나는 한참을 서서 가만히
머금은 채로 그대로
나의 여름 가장 푸르던

빗소리가 삼킨 사랑스런 대화
조그맣게 움을 트는 마음
그림처럼 묽게 번진 여름 안에
오로지 또렷한 너

너는 조용히 내려
나의 가물은 곳에 고이고
나는 한참을 서서 가만히
머금은 채로 그대로
나의 여름 가장 푸르던 그 밤,
그 밤

그날 알았지 이럴 줄

Blue

That day, knew it’d be like this,
it would turn out like this
That I’d think about it for a long time
Knew it right away

Black sky, the sound of crickets chirping
Tightly holding a small hand

You silently drip down
And quench my drought
I hold still for a long time
Holding onto you like that
When my summer was most blue, that night
That night

What is your memory like?
What color is it?
And your eyes reflecting me
Was it important?

Above my head, light clouds pass by
In between, the cool breeze flows

You silently drip down
And quench my drought
I hold still for a long time
Holding onto you like that
When my summer was most blue

A lovely chat the raindrops swallowed
A tiny sprouting heart
Like a painting, in a lightly diffusing summer
Solely, you are apparent

You silently drip down
And quench my drought
I hold still for a long time
Holding onto you like that
When my summer was most blue that night,
That night

That day I know, that we’d be like this

_____________________________________________________

eSNa (otherwise known as Esna Yoon) is a Korean-American singer from Los Angeles and only 22 years old. I’ve heard her collaborate with other artists but this might be the first time I’m listening to her as a solo artist. “Me, Today” is a breakup song but it exudes a positive message. She thanks the person for being with them even though they’re not together anymore. She’s become the person that she is today because of them and it seems like she is genuinely wishing them well even through the pain of missing them.

There are two versions of the song, one in Korean and the other in English.  San E raps on the Korean track, while Flowsik, formerly from the group Aziatix, features on the English version.

eSNa – Me, Today (feat. San E)

에스나(eSNa) – Me, Today (feat. San E)

Me, Today (feat. San E)

If you’re listening to this song
너의 얘기란 걸 알까?
If you’re listening to this song
자랑스럽다며 노래를 들을까?

If you’re listening to this song
네 이름 안 불러도
너는 알 거야 나의 마음을
내 전부였던 널 위해
This song’s for you
Because of you

내가 처음 써봤던 사랑 노래
이별이 부르는 노래
너무 보고파서 눈물이 내 대신
불러준 노래
Because of you
I became who I am today

잊을 수가 없어
지워버리고 싶어도
내 노래는 아직 네가 필요 하다는데
I’m sorry baby

네 손길이 나의 melody
네 사랑이 나의 harmony
이별 했던 그 날이
Became the beat that drove my song

내가 처음 써봤던 사랑 노래
이별이 부르는 노래
너무 보고파서 눈물이 내 대신
불러준 노래
Because of you
I became who I am today

음악을 해서 가장 좋은 게 넌 뭔 줄 아니
그리운 누군갈 향해 노래 부르면 마치
그 시간이 다시 태엽처럼 감기고
사진 속 너 또한 느껴져 마지막 그 숨결까지
아름다운 노랠 나 선물하고 싶었어
잘 지내지 듣게 되면 웃었으면 기뻐서
지금의 날 니가 만들었듯
나로 인해 현재 너가 있길 바란다면
그건 너무 큰 욕심일까

우연히 이 노래를 들을 때 마다
우리 둘만의 추억 기억날까?

내가 처음 혼자 부르는 노랜
내 얘길 할거란 약속
지킬 수 있어서 지금 난 행복해
너도 그렇지?
Because of you I became who I am today
Because of you I became who I am today
Because of you I became who I am today
I became who I am today

Me, Today (feat. San E)

If you’re listening to this song
Will you know it’s about you?
If you’re listening to this song
Will it sound like boastful song?

If you’re listening to this song
Even if I don’t say your name
You’ll know my heart
That you’re my all, for you
This song’s for you
Because of you

My first time writing a love song
A song that calls for breaking up
Because I miss you so much, in my place my tears
Sing it for me
Because of you
I became who I am today

Can’t forget it
Though I want to erase it
My songs still need you
I’m sorry baby

Your touch is my melody
Your love is my harmony
That day we broke up
Became the beat that drove my song

My first time writing a love song
A song that calls for breaking up
Because I miss you so much, in my place my tears
Sing it for me
Because of you
I became who I am today

Do you know what the great thing about doing music?
Like when you sing a song for someone you long for
The time winds up again like a watch
Feel you again in the picture, like your last breath
I wanted to gift beautiful music to you
Smile happily, hearing that you’re doing well
This day that you’ve created
If I can see the present you on the account of me
Will that be too selfish of me?

Occasionally whenever I hear this song
Will I think of memories of us?

My first time singing a song by myself
Promise that I’ll talk about myself
Because I could look out for myself, I’m happy now
You are too, right?
Because of you I became who I am today
Because of you I became who I am today
Because of you I became who I am today
I became who I am today

eSNa – Me, Today (feat. Flowsik) (English Ver.)

에스나(eSNa) – Me, Today (feat. Flowsik) (English Ver.)

Me, Today (feat. Flowsik) (English Ver.)

If you’re listening to this song
I hope you know it’s about you
If you’re listening to this song
I hope you’re proud of me
I hope you really are

If you’re listening to this song
I hope that you won’t cry
Instead smile in your heart
Hope that’s where you kept me
In the first love’s special place

Because it’s you
Because of you

I was able to write my first love song
Able to write my first heartbreak
Able to miss someone so much
my tears would just speak on my behalf
Because of you I became who I am today

Won’t you please forgive me
I ain’t trying to cause no trouble
What can I do Cuz what I do
Won’t let me forget you I’m sorry baby

Cuz your touch became a melody
And your love became a harmony
And the way we said goodbye
became the beat that drove my song

I was able to write my first love song
Able to write my first heartbreak
Able to miss someone so much
my tears would just speak on my behalf
Because of you
I became who I am today

Dear love it’s been a minute
I know you’re doing well
I’ve seen your greatness
from the beginning
I can’t help but to be
jealous cuz you’re winning
I see you taking strides
You’re a star and I’m feeling
lost with both my eyes on the prize
Well prepared for what’s in store
You deserve the world I hope it’s yours
With our hearts wide open and
we’ve gone through separate doors
Girl as long as your smile
is shining bright Know I’ll be ok
Your direction is destinyAll faith

Everytime I remember what we used to be
I find a smile on my face because of you

I was able to write my first love song
Able to write my first heartbreak
Able to miss someone so much
my tears would just speak on my behalf
Because of you I became who I am today
Because of you I became who I am today
Because of you I became who I am today
I became who I am today

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