Jive Monkey Playlist: 9/2/16

With the start of September, it feels like summer is now coming to an end.  It wasn’t too long ago when Rosy-Cheeked Adolescence (aka Bolbbalgan4) released their mini album.  I was taken by Ahn Ji Young’s husky but cute vocals and Woo Ji Yoon’s rap.  When I first introduced them on this playlist post back in May, their sound seemed playful even though some of their lyrics referenced hardships within relationships.  This time, the new songs and its lyrics have a whole new depth.

One of the title tracks on their full album, “나만 안되는 연애 (Relationships That Only I Can’t Have)”, is about a failed relationship and the pain that remains.  The thing that this song captures is that sometimes a breakup can be bearable if both sides end it with fighting.  However, I get the sense that in this case the significant others was kind and attentive but at some point, they lost interest.  And the person who gets left just feels foolish and harbors lingering affections.  So it’s quite sad when she sings, “Please come back to me.”  There’s nothing worse than the feeling of unresolved feelings.

Rosy-Cheeked Adolescence -나만 안되는 연애 (Relationships That Only I Can’t Have)

볼빨간사춘기 – 나만 안되는 연애

나만 안되는 연애

왠지 오늘따라 마음이 아픈지 했더니
오늘은 그대가 날 떠나가는 날이래요
왜 항상 나는 이렇게 외로운 사랑을 하는지
도무지 이해가 안가는 이상한 날이에요

왜 그랬는지 묻고 싶죠
날 사랑하긴 했는지
그랬다면 왜 날 안아줬는지
그렇게 예뻐했는지

나만 이런 세상을 살고 있는 것 같아요
바라보기만 하다 포기할 수는 없겠죠
근데도 이렇게 아픈 마음만 가지고 사는 건
도무지 불공평해서 견딜 수가 없어요

Please come back to me
Yeah yeah umm yeah

왠지 오늘만은 그렇게 보내기 싫은지
오늘은 그대와 나 마지막인가 봐요
왜 항상 나는 이렇게 아무 말도 못하는지
도무지 이해가 안가는 이상한 날이에요

시작부터 사랑하지 않았다고
내게 말했었다면
그랬다면 나의 마음은
이렇게 굳게 닫혔을까요

나만 이런 세상을 살고 있는 것 같아요
바라보기만 하다 포기할 수는 없겠죠
근데도 이렇게 아픈 마음만 가지고 사는 건
도무지 불공평해서 견딜 수가 없어요

Please come back to me
(그대는 아무렇지 않겠죠)
Please come back to me
(내 눈물로 더 이상 붙잡을 수는 없겠죠)
Yeah Oh
(근데도 이렇게)
(아픈 마음만 가지고 사는 건)
(도무지 불공평해서 견딜 수가 없어요)

Please come back to me
Yeah yeah umm yeah

Please come back to me
Yeah yeah umm yeah

나는 사실 이성적인 게 참 싫어요
그래서 우린 헤어져야만 했으니까
아무렇지 않게 살아가도
매일 밤이 고통스럽겠죠
그대가 정이 많은 사람이었다면
날 안아주진 않았을까요?

Relationships That Only I Can’t Have

Somehow, today of all days, thought I was in pain
Today is the day that you leave
Why is it that I always have lonely relationships
It’s a strange day where I can’t make sense of things

I want to ask why you did that
Did you even love me
If you did, why did you embrace me
Why did you dote on me

Feels like I’m the only one who is living in a world like this
It might be hard to give up after just looking on
But just living with this pain in my heart
It’s so unfair that I can’t take it

Please come back to me
Yeah yeah umm yeah

Somehow today, I don’t want to send you off like that
Today might be the last for you and I
Why is it that I can’t ever speak up about this
It’s a strange day where I can’t make sense of things

From the start, saying you didn’t love me
If you had said that
If you did, my feelings
Won’t be as closed off like this

Feels like I’m the only one who is living in a world like this
It might be hard to give up after just looking on
But just living with this pain in my heart
It’s so unfair that I can’t take it

Please come back to me
(You must be totally fine, right?)
Please come back to me
(I can’t just hold on with my tears)
Yeah Oh
(But like this)
(Living with pain in my heart)
(It’s so unfair that I can’t take it)

Please come back to me
Yeah yeah umm yeah

Please come back to me
Yeah yeah umm yeah

Honestly, I hate being rational
That’s why we needed to break up
Though I live like nothing’s happened
Every night must be agonizing
If you were a person that had a lot of affection
Wouldn’t you have embraced me?

One of the last tracks on the album is called “사랑에 빠졌을 때 (When I Fell in Love)”. Similar to the track above, I’m finding that some of the common themes is how they express their inability to control their feelings. Their mind wants to feel one thing but their heart leads them down another path.

It’s interesting how even she is surprised by her own feelings.  As soon as she uncovers that she’s in love, she approaches it with a sense of child-like wonderment and it feels like a great present that she doesn’t want to let go.  Even though pain can end up being the outcome if they breakup, love is a risk that she wants to take.  Because if you find the real thing, it feels like you have the whole world in the palm of your hand.  And suddenly, this song is a cheesy, love anthem that worms its way into your heart with its optimistic lyrics and catchy beat.

Rosy-Cheeked Adolescence -사랑에 빠졌을 때

볼빨간사춘기 – 사랑에 빠졌을 때

*fabular – Although Ahn Ji Young pronounces the word as “fabular”, I believe this word is actually supposed to be fabulous.

사랑에 빠졌을 때

All my girls 언제나 남자를 조심해
넌 너무 어리숙해서
누구든 마음을 열어주잖아
꽃 피는 것도 세상이
좀 어둡더라도 어린 소녀처럼
환하게 웃어 주니까

Oh gosh, 근데 이상해 마음이 자꾸 흔들려
나 말 잘 듣는 착한 앤데
안되는데, 안되는데, oh 되는데

Like fire 불빛이 켜지면
온 세상이 따뜻해져서 견딜 수 없어
Like fabular* 소설처럼 나
사랑에 빠진 것 같아 Woo Yeah

Let me love all day
Let me Let me love all day
이렇게 좋은 건가요
이런 기분이었던가요 Oh god!
Let me love all day
Let me Let me love all day
Can’t breathe 나 사랑에 빠져 볼래요
Oh Oh Oh

You break my heart and that’s so painful
맘이 좀 아파도
난 누구에게도 상처받고 싶진 않아

Oh gosh,
근데 이상해 마음이 자꾸 흔들려
나 말 잘 듣는 착한 앤데
안되는데, 안되는데, oh 되는데

Like fire 불빛이 켜지면
온 세상이 따뜻해져서 견딜 수 없어
Like fabular 소설처럼 나
사랑에 빠진 것 같아 Woo Yeah

Let me love all day
Let me Let me love all day
이렇게 좋은 건가요
이런 기분이었던가요 Oh god!
Let me love all day
Let me Let me love all day
Can’t breathe 나 사랑에 빠져 볼래요

My flashlight 빛나는 너처럼
온 세상이 따뜻해져서 견딜 수 없어
Like fabular 소설처럼 나
사랑에 빠진 것 같아 Woo Yeah

Let me love all day
Let me Let me love all day
이렇게 좋은 건가요
이런 기분이었던가요 Oh god!
Let me love all day
Let me Let me love all day
Can’t breath 나 사랑에 빠져 볼래요
Oh Oh Oh

When I Fell in Love

All my girls, always be careful of guys
You’re very naïve
You open your heart to everyone
Even the world of blooming flowers
Is a bit murky, like a young girl
You smile brightly

Oh gosh, but my heart is strange, it keeps wavering
I’m a well-behaved, kind kid but
Shouldn’t do it, shouldn’t do it, oh but I can

Like fire, when I turn on the flame
The whole world becomes warm, I can’t take it
Like fabular* novel, I
Must have fallen in love, Woo Yeah

Let me love all day
Let me Let me love all day
Is it wonderful like this
Did it feel like this? Oh god!
Let me love all day
Let me Let me love all day
Can’t breathe, I want to fall in love
Oh Oh Oh

You break my heart and that’s so painful
My heart hurts a bit
I don’t want to get hurt by anyone

Oh gosh,
But my heart is strange, it keeps wavering
I’m a well-behaved, kind kid but
Shouldn’t do it, shouldn’t do it, oh but I can

Like fire, when I turn on the flame
The whole world becomes warm, I can’t take it
Like fabular novel, I
Must have fallen in love, Woo Yeah

Let me love all day
Let me Let me love all day
Is it wonderful like this
Did it feel like this? Oh god!
Let me love all day
Let me Let me love all day
Can’t breathe, I want to fall in love

My flashlight, like the brightly shining you
The whole world becomes warm, I can’t take it
Like fabular novel, I
Must have fallen in love, Woo Yeah

Let me love all day
Let me Let me love all day
Is it wonderful like this
Did it feel like this? Oh god!
Let me love all day
Let me Let me love all day
Can’t breathe, I want to fall in love
Oh Oh Oh

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