Jive Monkey Playlist: 2/10/17

Zion.T has finally released his first album since joining YG Entertainment as part of The Black Label.  At first glance or listen rather, the album is quite excellent with a mix of classic music genres (such as bossa nova) with Zion.T’s uniquely charming and poetic flavor.  I think what I was really taken by in regards to this album is Zion.T’s personal voice about life, love and his own career.  It’s that kind of intrinsic honesty that makes him so relatable to a lot of listeners.

As the album’s title track, “노래 (Song)” is a song that could be seen on multiple levels.  In a sense, the song is a love song about a guy who is confessing his most intimate feelings.  He doesn’t want it publicized but his only concern is making her happy.

However, in a different sense, the song also seems to be about himself as an artist.  He wants to be that guy who creatives beautiful things.  For him, it’s not about attaining fame and creating that catchy hit no one can get out of their head.  Rather, it seems to be about gifting a personal and emotional song that the listener could enjoy.  In that way, I wonder if that’s his love song to his fans.

Zion.T – 노래

노래

이 노래는 유명해지지 않았으면 해
이 노래는 유명해지지 않았으면 해
사람들이 가사를 못 외웠으면 해
에라라라 에베베베
일주일 전 욕조에서
나 혼자 흥얼거리던 노래
이제는 너 혼자 듣고 있고
곧 사람들도 듣게 되겠지
피아노 하나로는 심심해
베이스도 넣게 되었지
하루 종일 널 생각하다 쓴 노래
별 내용은 없지만
그냥 내 마음이다 생각하고 들어줬으면
이 노래는 유명해지지 않았으면 해
이 노래는 유명해지지 않았으면 해
사람들이 가사를 못 외웠으면 해
에라라라 에베베베
다른 내 노래들처럼 오
유명해지지 않았으면 해
유명한 어떤 곡들처럼
금방 잊혀지지 않기를
하루 종일 붙어 다니자
길 고양이들처럼
너는 매일 설레야 돼
처음 만난 것처럼
난 저 다른 놈들처럼
가방,귀걸이,목걸이,반지
그딴 건 뻔해서
이 노래를 선물하지 워,
잘 맞아 우린 난리 났지 워,
안 닳아 내 마음
계속 새것 같지
하루를 마치고 자기 전에
자장가 대신 틀어줬으면 해
성급해 보일까 걱정돼
주머니 속에 꼭꼭 숨겨놓았던
이 노래는 유명해지지 않았으면 해
이 노래는 유명해지지 않았으면 해
사람들이 가사를 못 외웠으면 해
에라라라 에베베베
Clap your hands ya’ll
Clap your hands for her
Clap your hands for her
Clap your hands for her
It’s your song
It’s your song
It’s your song
It’s your song

Song

Wish this song doesn’t become famous
Wish this song doesn’t become famous
Wish people didn’t memorize the lyrics
Eh-ra-ra-ra eh-beh-beh-beh
A week ago in the tub
A song I hummed to myself
Now you listen to it by yourself
People will get to listen to it soon, won’t they
With a single piano, it sounds plain
So I put in the bass, too
A song I wrote thinking of you all day long
Even though there’s not much content
Wish you keep thinking that it’s just my feelings
Wish this song doesn’t become famous
Wish this song doesn’t become famous
Wish people didn’t memorize the lyrics
Eh-ra-ra-ra eh-beh-beh-beh
Like my other songs, oh
Wish it didn’t become famous
Like certain famous melodies
Hope that it doesn’t get forgotten right away
Stick with it all day long
Like a street cat
Your heart has to flutter every day
Like when we first met
Like those other guys, I’m
Bag, earrings, necklace, rings
Because those things are obvious,
Gift you this song woah,
We match well and make a commotion woah,
Won’t wear out, my feelings,
like it’s continuously new
End the day and before I sleep
Instead of a lullaby, wish you’d turn this on
Worried that it might seem impetuous
Hidden deeply in my pockets
Wish this song doesn’t become famous
Wish this song doesn’t become famous
Wish people didn’t memorize the lyrics
Eh-ra-ra-ra eh-beh-beh-beh
Clap your hands ya’ll
Clap your hands for her
Clap your hands for her
Clap your hands for her
It’s your song
It’s your song
It’s your song
It’s your song

I think when I look back over Zion.T’s career, his most career-defining track is probably “양화대교 (Yanghwa Bridge)”. There was something quite emotional about him relaying the story about his father from his perspective as a child. Following that song, he has a number of other hits as well but I guess artists always fear that their good fortunes are going to run out.  “바람 (2015) (Wish (2015))” is quite an interesting title for a song in that it means “wish” and also means “wind”.  In a way, I guess the wind can be a good metaphor for fame as you never know which way it will blow.

However, Zion.T wrote this song in 2015 when he was busy touring the world, working with the Infinity Challenge crew on their concert special and releasing songs like “꺼내 먹어교 (Take It Out and Eat It)” and “No Make Up”. Both are songs in which he encourages people to find their own confidence. It’s quite interesting to see that at the same time, he himself was struggling. It’s quite an insightful and emotional song which are the qualities that made us his fans to begin with.

Zion.T – 바람 (2015)

Zion.T – 바람 (2015)

바람 (2015)

창가에 서 있네
밖에 비 오네
계속 잡음 같은 게 들려서 귀가 피곤해
타박타박 타박*
어린아이들이 뛰노네
물웅덩이를 파고
그 안에서 수영해

손잡고 다니던
우리 동네 기억해
난 요즘 시도 때도 없이 걱정해
가끔 보면 나는 어리석고 멍청해
너처럼 나도 겉만 봐선 멀쩡해

저 사람들은
내가 노래하길 바라
뭐든 이야기하길 바라
나는 나는 할 말이 없어, 없는데
위로 되어주길 바라
내가 뭔가가 되어주길 바라
나는 나는
아무것도 아닌 놈인데

입술을 모으고 휘파람을 불려 해
어떤 멜로디를 원하는지 궁금해

노래하길 바라
뭐든 이야기하길 바라
나는 나는 할 말이 없어
위로 되어주길 바라
내가 뭔가가 되어주길 바라
나는 나는
아무것도 아닌 놈인데

아무것도 아닌데
아무것도 아닌데

내가 노래하길 바라
뭐든 이야기하길 바라
나는 나는 할 말이 없어
위로 되어주길 바라
내가 뭔가가 되어주길
나는 나는
아무것도 아닌 놈인데

Wish (2015)

Stand by the window
The rain is falling outside
Sounding like continuous static, my ears are tired
Ploddingly*
The young children are running around
Digging a water ditch
They swim in it

Holding hands, going around
I remember our neighborhood
Nowadays I get worry regardless
If you look at me at times, I’m immature and stupid
Like you, looking at me on the outside, I’m normal

Those people
Wish that I sing
Wish that I tell any story
I, I have nothing to say, nothing
Wish that I comfort them
Wish that I be something for them
I, I
Am just a nobody

Gathering my lips, I whistle
Wonder what kind of melody they want

Wish that I sing
Wish that I tell any story
I, I have nothing to say
Wish that I comfort them
Wish that I be something for them
I, I
Am just a nobody

Just a nobody
Just a nobody

Wish that I sing
Wish that I tell any story
I, I have nothing to say
Wish that I comfort them
Wish that I be something for them
I, I
Am just a nobody

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