The Distance Between Us

Friday, January 31, 2014

Though I reach out my hand, though I reach it out with all my strength, I can’t reach you. It seemed like I got closer, so I called you with a fluttering heart. But there’s no answer, I guess I can never reach you.” –SHINee, Selene 6.23 [translated lyrics]

Repackage album cover "The Misconceptions of Us" by SHINee - source: en.wikipedia.org

One of the most shining Korean boy groups, SHINee, released the repackage version of their third studio album called “The Misconceptions of Us: Repackage”. This album featured a title song called “Selene 6.23”, which is also known as “The Distance Between Us” and “The Distance Between You and Me”. The repackage album was released on August 8th, 2013. With SHINee’s main vocalist, Kim Jonghyun, as the lyricist, “Selene 6.23” is a pop ballad that expresses the ache someone experiences when their love isn’t reciprocated by the one they care for.
“Selene 6.23” is a song that tells about one-sided love. “Look at my eyes, I’m whispering alone as I look at you from far away. Just smile for me once, I can endure it just by seeing your face. If you were standing at the end of my life, if I could get closer to you, I would throw away everything and run to you.” Its lyrics express the feeling of someone who holds their unrequited love. Someone that would do anything for the one they love. Someone that could give away everything to the one they love. But unfortunately, whatever they do, that one person never realizes their feeling. “Every day changes so quickly as you’re warmly and brightly shining. I’ve never seen your back turn around, is curiosity also part of my greed? Since when did I start being with you? From the moment I opened my eyes and started to breathe, we were together every night, but I can’t approach you.” They’re maybe close physically, but it always feels like that one person is out of reach. No matter what people say, they can’t stop their feeling. “Even if you tease me by saying that it’s foolish, I can’t turn this heart around.” They’re maybe close physically, but it always seems like that one person is unreachable. And so, no matter what happens, they can’t stop loving. “I guess I can never reach you.

SHINee's 3rd album official photo - source: www.soompi.com

For the first time in SHINee’s musical history, they collaborated with the most famous pianist in South Korea, Yiruma, through “Selene 6.23”. Moreover, “Selene 6.23” was arranged by the famous composer and arranger Kim Tae Sung a.k.a Ted Kim and 2Face. Indeed, Yiruma’s touch is on a different level. Unlike SHINee’s other ballad songs, “Selene 6.23” somehow has this kind of fatal melancholic feeling, which is the signature of every Yiruma’s pieces. A beautiful lyric integrated with elements of modern orchestra makes “Selene 6.23” one of the most beautiful ballad songs I’ve ever heard. Shawol must be so proud, and I have my four thumbs up for SHINee for this beautiful song.

I shout out loud, shout out loud and call you, I get angry but it’s no use. To you, I’m just one out of the many people who just pass by. To you, I’m not special.” –SHINee, Selene 6.23 [translated lyrics]



“Nuneul matchwojwo meolliseo neoreul bomyeo honjatmallo soksagyeo
(Look at my eyes, I’m whispering alone as I look at you from far away)
Geujeo han beon useojwo ne eolgulman bwado nan gyeondil su isseo
(Just smile for me once, I can endure it just by seeing your face)

Hoksi sarmui kkeute nega seoitdamyeon jogeum deo gakkawojil su itdamyeon
(If you were standing at the end of my life, if I could get closer to you)
Nan modeun geol da beorin chaero neoege dallyeogal tende
(I would throw away everything and run to you)

Soneul deo ppeodeodo on himeul dahae ppeodeodo neon dachi anha
(Though I reach out my hand, though I reach it out with all my strength, I can’t reach you)
Gakkawojin deutae seollen mame bulleobwado
(It seemed like I got closer, so I called you with a fluttering heart)
Daedap eobseo neon jeoldaero daheul su eomnabwa
(But there’s no answer, I guess I can never reach you)

Haruga dalli byeonhaneun ne moseubeun pogeunhi barkge bitna
(Every day changes so quickly as you’re warmly and brightly shining)
Bonjeok eomneun dwitmoseup hogisimmajeodo nae yoksimilkka
(I’ve never seen your back turn around, is curiosity also part of my greed?)

Eonjebuteo neowa hamkke haewasseulkka nuneul tteugo sumeul swin sunganbuteo
(Since when did I start being with you? From the moment I opened my eyes and started to breathe)
Maeil bameul hamkke haenneunde dagagal su eobseo
(We were together every night, but I can’t approach you)

Babogateun sorirago nal nollyeodo dollil su eobseo i mameun
(Even if you tease me by saying that it’s foolish, I can’t turn this heart around)

Sorichyeodo sorichyeo bulleobwado bunhan mame hwanaebwado soyongeobseo
(I shout out loud, shout out loud and call you, I get angry but it’s no use)
Neoege nan geujeo sumanheun saram jung hana
(To you, I’m just one out of the many people)
Seuchyeogajanha negen teukbyeolhaji anha
(Who just pass by, to you I’m not special)

Jeoldaero daheul su eomnabwa
(I guess I can never reach you)”

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