Jive Monkey Playlist: 5/20/16

There are some weeks when it’s hard to find a newly released song to feature.  Although San E and Chancellor’s “안주거리 (Bar Food)” was released a few weeks ago, it wasn’t something I was eager to feature because while I like the song (a lot), it sounds a lot like San E’s other songs.  However, it’s been a long week and it’s time to embrace the weekend.

What I like about the song is that it’s not just about going out and partying.  Rather, it’s about the banality of life.  When you need to confide to a friend about your regrets, hardships and release some stress, there is no place better than with booze, food and in the company of the ones you trust.

The song itself is mostly about regret over relationship and I love the metaphors San E and co-lyricist and song’s producer XEPY relays.  I can imagine a hot pot of boiling, spicy soup with a green bottle of soju as the guy pours out his heart on the table.  While the alcohol acts as the solution that masks the pain, it’s the food that comforts you.  However, the table setting is just a gathering spot to make that connection with another human being and commiserate.  I think it’s that kind of drinking culture in Korean society that can easily go from il-cha (first stop) to ee-cha (second stop), sam-cha (third stop) and so on.

I’m not sure why they decided not to make a full length music video.  To be honest, I would have totally been fine with food porn shots of various anju.  I guess growing up in the States, I’m used to fried food for bar food but the older I get, I find myself gravitating towards soups and stews to settle your stomach during a night of drinking.  Go figure.

However, I was amused by the cover of this single.  Although it’s a drawing to emulate the old Korean paintings, I can’t help but notice that the two guys look like San E and Chancellor.  Anyhoo, here’s hoping that whatever stresses were faced this week will be alleviated with friends, booze and anju.

San E, Chancellor – 안주거리(Prod. by XEPY) (Bar Food (Prod. by XEPY)

*너란 의자를 스스로 찬 뒤 – Although it sounds like a weird metaphor, the line literally translates as, “after kicking a chair* like you for myself.”  I’m not sure if it is a Korean saying that I’m not familiar with but I could imagine that the chair was compared to the significant other to express how she was his constant.

**말라진 내 기억들을 – The interesting thing about this line is that he uses the word “dried out” to describe his memories.  Most often, drinkers will eat dried squid (말린 오징어) or dried filefish fillet (쥐포 – jwi-po) and because it’s tough you literally have to keep chewing on it.

안주거리 (Prod. by XEPY)

불 위에다가 사랑을 얹어
간을 보다가 뜨겁게 볶아
접시 위에 보기 좋게 얹는 일
한 번 해보고 두 번 해보고
식어 버리면 데워 보려고 애써 봤던
기억들 모두 다

아주 가끔씩 혹시란 희망을 등에 업지만
냉정하게 Too late 희망은 없지
우리 둘레를 걸고 돌아가던 룰렛
구슬이 멈춘 곳은
결국 미련이란 굴레
마음 편히 받쳐 주던
너란 의자를* 스스로 찬 뒤
나 외로움에 목 메어
can’t even breathe 어긋난 템포
잘 맞춰 볼랬지만 아 다 됐고
이별한 지금 서로 어쩌면 그저

안주거리 maybe 안주거리
안타깝지 every 너와 나의
현란했던 사랑들이
그저 이 접시 위에
안주거리 이젠 안주거리
잘 지내니 이젠 소용없지
동화 같던 약속들도
이젠 이 식탁 위에

입 맞추던 기억 한 입
다투었던 기억 한 입
함께 놀던 기억 한 입
한 입 한 입 (털어 놓으면)
가슴 아픈 기억 한 입
그저 이젠 추억 한 입
보고 싶은 너를 한 입
한 입 한 입 (보고 싶다 네가)

되감기 해 다시 보니
넌 잘못도 none
어쩜 그리 바보 같았니 난 참 못된 놈
잠깐만 Pause 이 날 역시
널 작게 만든 나의 큰 실수
다시 Play 빨리 넘기고파 Fast forward
널 그리는 건 쉬워 눈감으면 돼
근데 그리운 건 못 지워
눈 떠도 왜
상처 아문 딱지 다시 또 떼는지
이별 한 지금 서로 어쩌면 그저

안주거리 maybe 안주거리
안타깝지 every 너와 나의
현란했던 사랑들이
그저 이 접시 위에
안주거리 이젠 안주거리
잘 지내니 이젠 소용없지
동화 같던 약속들도
이젠 이 식탁 위에
오늘은 왜 이리도 사랑이 부질없지
말라진 내 기억들을
입안에 꼭 씹어 보며
그래도 먹을 만한 추억을
맛보았네
이별한 지금 너와 나
서로 어쩌면 그저 그저

안주거리 maybe 안주거리
안타깝지 every 너와 나의
현란했던 사랑들이
그저 이 접시 위에
안주거리 이젠 안주거리
잘 지내니 이젠 소용없지
동화 같던 약속들도
이젠 이 식탁 위에

입 맞추던 기억 한 입
다투었던 기억 한 입
함께 놀던 기억 한 입
한 입 한 입 (털어 놓으면)
가슴 아픈 기억 한 입
그저 이젠 추억 한 입
보고 싶은 너를 한 입
한 입 한 입 (보고 싶다 네가)

안주거리 이젠 안주거리
잘 지내니 이젠 소용없지

Bar Food (Prod. by XEPY)

On top of the flame, lay on some love
Tasting the seasoning, stir fry it hotly
The work you put in so that it looks good on the plate
Do it once, do it twice
When it cools, strive to warm it up again
All of the memories

Occasionally, put the uncertainty of hope on your back
Coldly, Too late, there’s no hope
Risk it on the circumference of the turning roulette
The point where the marble stops
Eventually, just stupid restraints
Contentedly give your heart
After kicking a chair* like you for myself
My throat gets choked up from loneliness
can’t even breathe, out of step tempo
Tried to match it, ah, forget it
Now broken up, we’re both just

Bar food, maybe, bar food
Regretful, every, yours and mine
Splendid romance
Just on this plate
Bar food, now, bar food
Are you well? Now there’s no use
Also, like a fairy tale promise
Now on top of this table

Memories of our kiss, one bite
Memories of our fights, one bite
Memories of us playing around, one bite
One bite, one bite (when you confide)
Memories of the pain, one bite
Reminiscing just now, one bite
Missing you, one bite
One bite, one bite (Miss you)

Makes me rewind again, are you watching?
Your wrong deeds, none
How is it that I was such an idiot, I’m a bastard
Hold it, Pause, surely this day
It was my fault for making you seem small
Again Play, quickly pass it, Fast Forward
It’s easy to do, just close your eyes
But the thing I miss, can’t erase it,
even if I open my eyes, why
A closed wound scab, again do I pick at it
Now broken up, we’re both just

Bar food, maybe, bar food
Regretful, every, yours and mine
Splendid romance
Just on this plate
Bar food, now, bar food
Are you well? Now there’s no use
Also, like a fairy tale promise
Now on top of this table
Today why does love feel so futile
My memories are all dried out**
Seeing me chew it thoroughly in my mouth
But they are recollections worth eating,
have you tasted it?
Now broken up, you and i
we’re both just, just

Bar food, maybe, bar food
Regretful, every, yours and mine
Splendid romance
Just on this plate
Bar food, now, bar food
Are you well? Now there’s no use
Also, like a fairy tale promise
Now on top of this table

Memories of our kiss, one bite
Memories of our fights, one bite
Memories of us playing around, one bite
One bite, one bite (when you confide)
Memories of the pain, one bite
Reminiscing just now, one bite
Missing you, one bite
One bite, one bite (Miss you)

Bar Food, now bar food
Are you well, now there’s no use

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2 thoughts on “Jive Monkey Playlist: 5/20/16

  1. Thanks for highlighting this song – I didn’t know that he had a new release. San E is one of my favorite singers. One thing about his music is that he enunciates very clearly so his verses have a very crisp sound. I’ve always imagined that was because of how much time he’s spent in the United States. Even my son (who speaks even less Korean than me!) sings along. Anyway, that might be why you think it sounds so much like his other music. Also, I love that his music is usually about a more adult life – relationships, sorrows, work, etc. – than a typical kpop song.

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