Jive Monkey Playlist: 4/29/16

Rookie girl group, TWICE, has been making waves on the music charts with their latest title song, “CHEER UP”.  They are a group that was formed under JYP through the variety music competition, Sixteen.  It’s the first girl group that has come out of the company since Miss A debuted in 2010.  They are a 9 member group made of Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese members.

Their debut title track, “Like OOH-AHH,” was released late last year and while I like the upbeat poppy sound of the track, I’m finding that I like their 2nd mini album much, much better.  “CHEER UP” does have the same poppy vibes as their previous release but the “PAGE TWO” album as a whole does experiment with different sounds and genres.

“소중한 사랑 (Precious Love)” is a song that Park Jin Young wrote for Park Ji Yoon back in 1998.  To be completely honest, I had forgotten that she sang this song but it dawned on me that I knew this song because the lyrics and melody sounded so familiar.  For TWICE, the song was rearranged with electronic instruments and a hip-hop beat.  First and foremost, I’m drawn to the retro sound of the track.  Even though the song is laced with a hip-hop backing track, the beat itself is very retro but the electronic sounds and the rap give it a fresh, modern sound.  It’s a great blend of old and new.

TWICE – 소중한 사랑 (Precious Love)

TWICE – 소중한 사랑

소중한 사랑

I’m so sorry Please come back
그대 아직도 그대론 가요
아직도 날 용서 못하나요
내가 준 그 상처가
아직도 아물지 않았나요
아니면 이제 다른 사람을
내 자리에 들여놓았나요
그대 맘속에 나의 자리는
이제 없나요

그대를 보내고 얼마나
후회했는지 몰라요
다시 내게 와요 날 용서해요
다신 그런 일 없을 테니까요
그대의 사랑을
너무 쉽게 생각 했었나 봐요
다시 내게 와요 나의 이 품으로

그대를 아프게 하다니
내가 눈이 멀었었나 봐요
나만을 바라보던 눈에
눈물 맺히게 하다니
그대여 나 그대의 사랑을
받을 자격이 없었나 봐요
소중했던 사랑을 그때는 몰랐어요

그대를 보내고 얼마나
후회했는지 몰라요
다시 내게 와요 날 용서해요
다신 그런 일 없을 테니까요
그대의 사랑을
너무 쉽게 생각 했었나 봐요
다시 내게 와요 나의 이 품으로

그대가 떠나고 어둠이 밀려왔고
그대가 필요하단 걸 알았죠

그대를 보내고 얼마나
후회했는지 몰라요
다시 내게 와요 날 용서해요
다신 그런 일 없을 테니까요
그대의 사랑을
너무 쉽게 생각 했었나 봐요
다시 내게 와요 나의 이 품으로

Boy listen 너를 만나고
눈이 부어 아플 때까지 울어 보고
배가 찢어지게 웃어도 봤어*
다시는 안 볼 것처럼 싸우기도 하고
떠난 사람처럼 그리워 해봤어

몰랐어 널 향한 내 마음
네 마음 속엔 이미 가득 찬 미움
먼저 다가와줘 날 보고 웃어줘
포근히 안아줘 평생 내 옆에 있어줘

그대의 사랑을
너무 쉽게 생각 했었나 봐요
다시 내게 와요 나의 품에
다시 내게 와요 나의 품안에
다시 내게 와요 나의 이 품으로

Precious Love

I’m so sorry Please come back
Are you still the same?
Are you still not able to forgive me?
The scar that I’ve given you
Has it still not closed up?
If not, has a different person now
Been positioned in my place?
In your heart, my place is
No longer there

Letting you go, how much
I’ve regretted it, don’t know
Come back to me again, forgive me
Because it’s not gonna happen like that again
Your love is
Something I must have regarded too casually
Come back to me again, to me, this embrace

That I hurt you
My eyes must have been farsighted
The eyes that must have been watching just me
That tears have formed on it
Dear, your love is something I
Have no right to step on
Back then, did not recognize that love is precious

Letting you go, how much
I’ve regretted it, don’t know
Come back to me again, forgive me
Because it’s not gonna happen like that again
Your love is
Something I must have regarded too casually
Come back to me again, to me, this embrace

When you left, the darkness has surged
Knew that you were someone I needed

Letting you go, how much
I’ve regretted it, don’t know
Come back to me again, forgive me
Because it’s not gonna happen like that again
Your love is
Something I must have regarded too casually
Come back to me again, to me, this embrace

Boy list, after dating you
I’ve cried until my eyes got puffy and it hurt
Even tried laughing until my stomach hurt*
Fought like I would never see you again
Longed for you like a person who has left

Didn’t know my feeling for you
In your heart, it was already filled with hate
Come to me first, smile when you see me
Cozily embrace me, always be by my side

Your love is
Something I must have regarded too casually
Come back to me again, to my embrace
Come back to me again, within my embrace
Come back to me again, to me, this embrace

I think my favorite song on the album is “Headphone 써 (Put on Headphones)” as it was a track that caught me off-guard. It partly sounds like a retro 80’s bubblegum track with its “Mickey” style of chanting and I could almost imagine someone like f(x) or Gwen Stefani doing a song like this. As the song is about a breakup, the lyrics reflect a split personality of emotions. On the one hand, they are defiant as they chant that goodbyes are okay and they are going to block out all the negativity by putting on their headphones. However, this act of putting the headphones on is because they are in denial of the hurt. It feels like an honest reflection of emotional breakups and yet the girls comes off so strong that it almost seems like an anthem.

TWICE – Headphone 써 (Put Headphones On)

TWICE – Headphone 써

Headphone 써

Goodbye라도 괜찮아 내 헤드폰 써
나 혼자인 게 어때서 난 또 헤드폰 써

어디든 같이 가고 싶다고 해서
음 yeah yeah 음
너는 내 목소릴 들어야
맘 놓인다 해서 음 yeah yeah 음

헤어지는 상상을 먼저 하진 않았어
좋았으니까 안 그런척해도 널 좋아했어
차가워진 인사가 사실 조금 아팠어
슬펐으니까 눈물이 나는걸 꾹 참았어
Goodbye라도 괜찮아 내 헤드폰 써
나 혼자인 게 어때서 난 또 헤드폰 써
Goodbye라도 괜찮아 내 헤드폰 써
사랑 안 하면 어때서 난 또 헤드폰 써

As long as I got my headphones on
그냥 덤덤한 게 나도 내가 신기해 like
wha wha wha wha wha wha what
다들 밥도 못먹고 잠도 못 잘 거라고 난
nah nah nah nah nah nah nah

울 엄마 아무 눈치 못챈듯
나도 아무렇지 않은듯 Cause I don’t care
난 오히려 잘 됐어 끝나가는 느낌은
며칠 모른척했어 싫었으니까
모른척했지만 다 알았어

네가 먼저 내 맘을 흔들고 날 떠난 건
나빴으니까
나처럼 너도 좀 슬펐으면

Goodbye라도 괜찮아 내 헤드폰 써
나 혼자인 게 어때서 난 또 헤드폰 써
Goodbye라도 괜찮아 내 헤드폰 써
사랑 안 하면 어때서 난 또 헤드폰 써
Goodbye라도 괜찮아 내 헤드폰 써
나 혼자인 게 어때서 난 또 헤드폰 써

Nothing gets me down
Nothing gets me down
You can’t hurt me now
넌 이제 모르는 사람이 된 거야

Goodbye라도 괜찮아 내 헤드폰 써
나 혼자인 게 어때서 난 또 헤드폰 써
Goodbye라도 괜찮아 내 헤드폰 써
사랑 안 하면 어때서 난 또 헤드폰 써
Goodbye라도 괜찮아 내 헤드폰 써
나 혼자인 게 어때서 난 또 헤드폰 써

Put Headphones On

Even a goodbye is okay, put on my headphones
What’s wrong with being alone? Put on my headphones again

Because I said I wanted go everywhere together
Um yeah yeah um
Because you said hearing my voice
Makes you relieved, um yeah yeah um

Wasn’t the first one to imagine breaking up
Because I liked you, even though I pretend not, I liked you
Your cold hello, honestly hurt me a bit
Because it was sad, held back the tears that were forming
Even a goodbye is okay, put on my headphones
What’s wrong with being alone? Put on my headphones again
Even a goodbye is okay, put on my headphones
So what if you don’t love me? Put on my headphones again

As long as I got my headphones on
Just being composed is amazing for me, like
wha wha wha wha wha wha what
Think everyone might not be able to eat or sleep, but I
nah nah nah nah nah nah nah

My mom has even noticed
Even I pretend nothing’s wrong, Cause I don’t care
If anything, it’s a good thing, that ending feeling
Pretended not to notice for days, because I didn’t like it
Though I pretended not to notice, I knew it

First, moved my heart and then leaving
Because that was bad
If you were sad like how I was

Even a goodbye is okay, put on my headphones
What’s wrong with being alone? Put on my headphones again
Even a goodbye is okay, put on my headphones
So what if you don’t love me? Put on my headphones again
Even a goodbye is okay, put on my headphones
What’s wrong with being alone? Put on my headphones again

Nothing gets me down
Nothing gets me down
You can’t hurt me now
Now you’ve become a person I don’t even know

Even a goodbye is okay, put on my headphones
What’s wrong with being alone? Put on my headphones again
Even a goodbye is okay, put on my headphones
So what if you don’t love me? Put on my headphones again
Even a goodbye is okay, put on my headphones
What’s wrong with being alone? Put on my headphones again

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