Jive Monkey Playlist: 3/24/17

CN Blue and Beast, sorry Highlight, are finally back.  They’ve been busy with their own individual project but it’s nice to see them performing together as a group again.  The weather may be chilly but seeing them again makes it feel like it’s Spring.

A few weeks ago, I had randomly looked up Lee Ki Kwang’s profile online.  The first thing that caught my eye was that his profile said that he was part of the idol group, Highlight.  Immediately, I started freaking out because I had missed articles saying that the group lost their battle to retain their name and they’ve now re-branded as Highlight.  Part of me was relieved to learn that the members didn’t go their separate ways but another part of me was a bit bummed that they had to change their name.  I get that the trademark belongs to Cube Entertainment but I can’t see how Cube could proceed with using that name without these members.

I feel like Be… Highlight’s title track, “얼굴 찌푸리지 말아요 (Don’t Scrunch Up Your Face),” was written for those fans like me.  Watching the music video, it’s clear that the name change certainly doesn’t have these boys down and reveling in the fact that they are out there producing music for us.  And hopefully having a good time doing it.  With the song’s fierce EDM sound and electro-pop-rock track, the boys are just doing what these boys do best.  Having fun and lookin’ darn cute.

하이라이트(Highlight) – 얼굴 찌푸리지 말아요

얼굴 찌푸리지 말아요

오늘따라 유난히 웃지 않는
네가 왠지 슬퍼 보여
무슨 일이 있냐는 나의 말에
괜찮다며 고갤 돌려

너의 눈물 한 방울에
내 하늘은 무너져 내려
깊게 내쉬는 한숨이 내 맘을 찢어
난 너의 빛이 될게 그림자를 거둬줘 이제
그 천사 같은 얼굴에

작은 상처 하나도
너에겐 생기지 않기를 원해
너의 슬픔 조차도
나에게 모두 맡겼으면 해 Ma Baby

얼굴 찌푸리지 말아요
Baby 넌 웃는 게 더 예뻐
그렇게 슬픈 표정하지 말아요
널 보면 내 맘이 너무 아파 Oh Oh

그래 그렇게 날 보며 웃어줘
그 예쁜 얼굴 찌푸리지 말아줘

숨기지 말고 내게 말해줘
아무 말 없이 널 안아줄게
내 품 안에서 네 상처 다 아물 수 있게

늘 아름다운 것만 담아주고 싶어 예쁜 두 눈에
미소만 짓게 해줄게 그 입술에
난 너의 빛이 될게 그림자를 거둬줘 이제
그 천사 같은 얼굴에

작은 상처 하나도
너에겐 생기지 않기를 원해
너의 슬픔 조차도
나에게 모두 맡겼으면 해 Ma Baby

얼굴 찌푸리지 말아요
Baby 넌 웃는 게 더 예뻐
그렇게 슬픈 표정하지 말아요
널 보면 내 맘이 너무 아파 Oh Oh

그래 그렇게 날 보며 웃어줘
그 예쁜 얼굴 찌푸리지 말아줘

모두가 떠나도 난 너만 있으면 돼
그렇게 내 안에서 행복하길 원해
널 지킬 수만 있다면
아깝지 않아 내 세상마저도

얼굴 찌푸리지 말아요
Baby 넌 웃는 게 더 예뻐
그렇게 슬픈 표정하지 말아요
널 보면 내 맘이 너무 아파 Oh Oh

그래 그렇게 날 보며 웃어줘
그 예쁜 얼굴 찌푸리지 말아줘

Don’t Scrunch Up Your Face

Somehow today of all days, particularly not laughing
Somehow you look sad
With words asking if there’s something wrong
Saying that you’re fine and turning your head

With the drop of one of your tears
The skies feeling like they’re falling
With your deep sigh, it rips my heart out
I’ll be your light, withdraw those shadows now
On your angelic face

Not even one small scratch
Is something that I want happening to you
Even your sadness
Want you to leave it all to me, Ma Baby

Don’t scrunch up your face
Baby, you’re more pretty when you smile
Don’t wear a sad expression like that
When I see you, my heart hurts, Oh Oh

Yeah, smile like that when you look at me
Don’t scrunch up that pretty face

Don’t hide but tell me
Without any words, I’ll hug you
So that all your scars can heal by being in my arms

Always want to fill your pretty eyes with beautiful things
Make sure that you’re always smiling, with those lips
I’ll be your light, withdraw those shadows now
On your angelic face

Not even one small scratch
Is something that I want happening to you
Even your sadness
Want you to leave it all to me, Ma Baby

Don’t scrunch up your face
Baby, you’re more pretty when you smile
Don’t wear a sad expression like that
When I see you, my heart hurts, Oh Oh

Yeah, smile like that when you look at me
Don’t scrunch up that pretty face

Even if everyone leaves, I only need you
Hope that you’re happy like that in my arms
If I can only protect you
Won’t regret even my world

Don’t scrunch up your face
Baby, you’re more pretty when you smile
Don’t wear a sad expression like that
When I see you, my heart hurts, Oh Oh

Yeah, smile like that when you look at me
Don’t scrunch up that pretty face

For a change in pace, there’s “아름답다 (Beautiful)”. This was the first song on the album that touched me when I first listened to the entire album. The song itself is simple as it only backed by a piano but the emotion and pain comes through the member’s emotionally heartbreaking rendition. Despite the sadness, I love that they are trying to put their best face forward and find something positive about their situation. In that way, perhaps you can then begin to hope of a better future. If that’s not beautiful, if that doesn’t warm your heart, then I don’t know what will.

하이라이트(Highlight) – 아름답다

아름답다

그대가 없는 나란 걸
이 거리도 안다는 듯이
나를 감싸 주네요
낯설어질까 두려웠지만
이젠 괜찮아요
내 걱정은 하지 마세요

그대가 남긴 이별은 쓰라리지만
사랑만큼 또 소중하죠
아픔마저도 너라서 난 웃을 수 있어

떠나가던 모습조차 내겐 추억인 거죠
어쩔 수 없는 상처는 언젠가 아물 거예요

머물렀던 모든 곳에 그대는 떠났지만
비어버린 빈 자리조차 그대였기에
그대로 아름답다

환하게 웃어보아도
어딘지 슬퍼 보인대요
어쩔 수 없는 걸까요
잘 숨겨놓으려 했지만
어느새 새어 나와요
작지 않은 그대라서

그대가 남긴 이별은 쓰라리지만
사랑만큼 또 소중하죠
아픔마저도 너라서 난 웃을 수 있어

떠나가던 모습조차 내겐 추억인 거죠
어쩔 수 없는 상처는 언젠가 아물 거예요

머물렀던 모든 곳에 그대는 떠났지만
비어버린 빈 자리조차 그대였기에
그대로 아름답다

아파할 자격조차 없지
난 뒤돌아보면
소중하단 말 사랑한단 말만큼
잘해준 것조차 없기에

처음부터 내가 가지기엔
너무 아름다운 네 맘이었다고
너와 함께 했던 시간 모든 게 아름다웠어

그대가 찾아 왔죠 내 꿈에
꿈인걸 알면서도 내 뺨엔
뜨거운 눈물이 흐르네요
그댄 여전히 아름답네요

그대가 찾아 왔죠 내 꿈에
꿈인걸 알면서도 내 뺨엔
뜨거운 눈물이 흐르네요
그댄 여전히 아름답네요

Beautiful

Me, without you
Even recognizing this street
It protects me
Afraid that it’ll become unfamiliar but
now it’s okay
Don’t worry about me

The goodbye you left me with is painful but
it is just as important as love
Even pain, because it’s you, I can still smile

Even the sight of you leaving is a memory to me
The scar that you can’t avoid will heal someday

All the places we stayed at, you might have left but
Even the empty space, because it was you
As it stands, beautiful

Even though I try to smile broadly,
they say somewhere I look sad
Is it because I can’t help it?
Though I tried to hide it,
at some point it seeps out
Because it’s you who is not small

The goodbye you left me with is painful but
it is just as important as love
Even pain, because it’s you, I can still smile

Even the sight of you leaving is a memory to me
The scar that you can’t avoid will heal someday

All the places we stayed at, you might have left but
Even the empty space, because it was you
As it stands, beautiful

Even without the right to be hurt,
when I look back
The precious words, as much as saying I love you,
which you’ve said often, because I don’t even have that

The fact that I had it from the beginning
was that it was your very beautiful heart
All that time spent with you, it was all beautiful

You came to find me in my dreams
Even knowing it was a dream, on my cheek
Hot tears fell
You are still beautiful

You came to find me in my dreams
Even knowing it was a dream, on my cheek
Hot tears fell
You are still beautiful

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Similar to Highlight’s “아름답다 (Beautiful),” “마니또 (Manito)” is the first song that I fell in love with when I first heard CN Blue’s latest album.  Whether it’s the lovely lyrics or the pleasant acoustic melody, the song, co-written by Lee Jung Shin and Jung Yong Hwa, reflects their romantically sweet side.

Manito is quite hard to explain as I can’t think of an English equivalent of it.  It’s type of game that often played around Christmas time in which you anonymously pick a name, probably played with your group of friends or even work colleagues, and you do good deeds for them or give them gifts.  I guess we do have Secret Santa but the Manito game can be played year-round.  And the doing good deeds part doesn’t really correlate to Secret Santa.

I love how they use the word Manito as a metaphor for how he would react when it comes to a friend that he has feelings for.  As a woman, there’s nothing more romantic than little expressions of love indicating that that person is thinking about you all day long.

CN Blue – 마니또 (Manito)

씨엔블루(CNBLUE) – 마니또 (Manito)

*마니또 = A game, typically with your friends, in which you anonymously do good deeds or give gifts for the person you’ve been assigned to, similar to Secret Santa.

마니또 (Manito)*

오늘 하루도 힘내 잘하고 있어
이 노래 듣고 웃길 바라
말로 전하진 못했지만
맘은 너에게 갈 거야

가끔은 우울할 땐
편히 기대도 돼
너에겐 아직 그냥 친구지만
그거 알아 나에겐
이미 넌 내 여자란 걸

내 사랑아 멈춰 돌아봐
놀라겠지만 나
사실 그동안 힘들었었어
늘 웃는 널 우는 널 봐도
말도 못하는 그런 마니또가 된 것처럼

또 멀리서 바라보기만
지켜보길 원하면
그렇게 할게 근데 이건 알아줘
웃는 널 우는 널
가장 사랑할
사람은 나뿐이란 걸 알아줬음 해

오늘 하루도 힘내 잘하고 있어
아침 든든히 챙겨 먹고
밤 되면 추워진다니까
겉옷 하나 더 챙겨가

가끔 지친 모습도 예쁘니까
걱정 말고 나에게 다 털어놔
오늘 밤이 다 가도
너와 함께면 돼

내 사랑아 멈춰 돌아봐
놀라겠지만 나
사실 그동안 힘들었었어
늘 웃는 널 우는 널 봐도
말도 못하는 그런 마니또가 된 것처럼

또 멀리서 바라보기만
지켜보길 원하면
그렇게 할게 근데 이건 알아줘
웃는 널 우는 널
가장 사랑할
사람은 나뿐이란 걸 알아줬음 해
woo yeah
Oh baby stay with me woo

너를 사랑해 너를 사랑해 매일 이렇게
Tell me love you oh baby
늘 많이
또 너를 또 보고 또다시 봐도
정말 이젠 못 참을 것 같아

외로웠던 지난날들을
녹여주는 네 눈빛
너에게 가서 살며시 입 맞출게
웃는 널 우는 널 항상 지켜줄
사람은 나뿐이라는 걸 알아줬음 해
Woo no no no no

Manito*

Even today, stay strong, you’re doing well
Hope you smile listening to this song
Even though I didn’t say it with words to you
My heart is going to go to you

Occasionally when you’re down,
you can comfortably lean on me
To you, I might still be a friend
I know that with me
That you’re already my woman

My love, stop and turn around
You might be surprised but I
Honestly, it has been hard all the while
Always seeing the smiling you, crying you
That I can’t say it, it’s like I’ve become your manito

Again looking at you from afar
If you want to wait and see
I’ll do that but know this
The smiling you, crying you
Really loving you,
there’s only me, hope you know that

Even today, stay strong, you’re doing well
Be sure to have a hearty breakfast
They say that it’ll get cold at night
Take another overcoat

Even your tired images is pretty
Don’t worry and vent it all to me
Even if this whole night passes
I only need to be with you

My love, stop and turn around
You might be surprised but I
Honestly, it has been hard all the while
Always seeing the smiling you, the crying you
That I can’t say it, it’s like I’ve become your manito

Again looking at you from afar
If you want to wait and see
I’ll do that but know this
The smiling you, crying you
Really loving you
there’s only me, hope you know that
woo yeah
Oh baby stay with me woo

I love you, I love you, every day like this
Tell me love you oh baby
Always, a lot
again, I look at you again and again
Really, now I don’t think I can hold back anymore

The past, lonely days
Your stare that makes me melt
I’m going to go to you and gently kiss you
The smiling you, the crying you, always protect you
there’s only me, hope you know that
Woo no no no no

When it comes to idol music, the topic of love often seems to play a big part of their repertoire. However, I love that when Lee Jong Hyun writes, he doesn’t limit himself to songs about love and relationships. There are so many other things about life and the human experiences that can explored through music. When a song like “When I Was Young” comes along, it’s incredibly refreshing to hear.

When I first heard this song, I became drawn to the electronic rock sound.  There’s a hardline bass and synth beat but the lyrics itself is quite naïve.  You wouldn’t think that those two things would go together but it works for the track.  While reading the lyrics, I was reminded of my late 20’s and how life isn’t what you expect it to be.  As a kid, you have these wild dreams about what adulthood will be like and all you want to do is grow up so you can experience it all.  You grow up and suddenly, you’re having a quarter-life crisis.  Trust me, life gets better.  But life is also about getting over those initial hurdles and gaining experience.  And then, you find happiness in unexpected places and moments.  I can’t tell you what it feels like until you actually get there but I admit that there is something that’s very satisfying about this song.

CN Blue – When I Was Young

씨엔블루(CNBLUE) – When I Was Young

*유후후 = yoo-hoo-hoo – sniff, sniff; onomatopoeia for crying

When I Was Young

가끔 *유후후 돌아가고 싶어
유후후 잊혀져 버릴
유후후 When I was young
날 감싸 안던
Reminiscence

유후후 Reminiscence

혼자인 시간은 점점 늘어가고
하루에 몇 번을 외로워해
왜 이렇게 내 삶이 차가워졌나 차가워졌나

난 어릴 적 넓은 하늘을 보면
저 구름 위를 걷고 싶다 생각했는데
난 여전히 같은 하늘을 보며
한숨만 또 한숨만 oh no

가끔 유후후 돌아가고 싶어
유후후 잊혀져 버릴
유후후 When I was young
날 감싸 안던
Reminiscence

언제부턴가 내게
멀어져 가는 따스함
유후후 When I was young
붙잡아야지
잃어가던 것

어릴 땐 어른이 되고 싶었는데
지금은 그때가 너무 그리워
왜 이렇게 내 삶이 차가워졌나 차가워졌나

난 어릴 적 넓은 하늘을 보면며
저 구름 위를 걷고 싶다 생각했는데
난 여전히 같은 하늘을 보며
한숨만 또 한숨만 oh no

가끔 유후후 돌아가고 싶어
유후후 잊혀져 버릴
유후후 When I was young
날 감싸 안던
Reminiscence

유후후 돌아가고 싶어
유후후 잊혀져 버릴
유후후 When I was young
날 감싸 안던
Reminiscence

잃어가던 것
Reminiscence
잃어가던 것

가끔 유후후 돌아가고 싶어
유후후 잊혀져 버릴
유후후 When I was young
날 감싸 안던
Reminiscence
Reminiscence

유후후 Reminiscence

When I Was Young

Occasionally, sniff sniff, I want to go back
Sniff, sniff, forgotten
Sniff, sniff, When I was young
Embraced me
Reminiscence

Sniff, sniff, Reminiscence

Ever expanding, the time spent alone
Several times a day, I’m lonely
How did my life get so cold like this, so cold

Looking at the wide expanse of the heavens of my youth
Thought I’d want to walk on those clouds
Still looking at those same heavens
Just a sigh, again just a sigh, oh no

Occasionally, sniff sniff, I want to go back
Sniff, sniff, forgotten
Sniff, sniff, When I was young
Embraced me
Reminiscence

At some point, from me
Getting further away, the warmth
Sniff, sniff, When I was young
Need to hold on
To the things I’ve lost

When I was young, I wanted to be an adult
Now, I long for those times
How did my life get so cold like this, so cold

Looking at the wide expanse of the heavens of my youth
Thought I’ld want to walk on those clouds
Still looking at those same heavens
Just a sigh, again just a sigh, oh no

Occasionally, sniff sniff, I want to go back
Sniff, sniff, forgotten
Sniff, sniff, When I was young
Embraced me
Reminiscence

Sniff, sniff, I want to go back
Sniff, sniff, forgotten
Sniff, sniff, When I was young
Embraced me
Reminiscence

The things I’ve lost
Reminiscence
The things I’ve lost

Occasionally, sniff, sniff, I want to go back
Sniff, sniff, forgotten
Sniff, sniff, When I was young
Embraced me
Reminiscence
Reminiscence

Sniff, sniff, Reminiscence

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