It Isn't Love If It Hurts Too Much

Friday, February 28, 2014

Letting you go felt like saying goodbye to autumn birds far away. After letting you go, I sit with drinks poured in front of me, tears fill up my eyes. Letting you go felt like seeing the setting starlight for the last time. Unfinished time of hurting love is coming down from my eyes, could I ever erase it?” –Kim Kwang Seok, It’s Not Love If It Hurts Too Much [translated lyrics]

Kim Kwang Seok's 4th album cover - source: www.maniadb.com

Episode 136 program acara musik “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend” merupakan edisi spesial peringatan 19 tahun meninggalnya salah satu legenda musik Korea Selatan, Kim Kwang Seok. He’s a singer who used to sing about our lives and our youth with an acoustic guitar and a harmonica. Episode tersebut ditayangkan pada tanggal 18 Januari 2014 di stasiun televisi KBS, serta pada tanggal 8 Februari 2014 di channel KBS World. Solois wanita, Ailee, menjadi salah satu penampil dalam episode tersebut dan membawakan salah satu lagu hits almarhum Kim Kwang Seok yang bertajuk “It’s Not Love If It Hurts Too Much”.
On his last television appearance in 1995, Kim Kwang Seok said this before performing “It’s Not Love If It Hurts Too Much”, “You might want to argue that it wasn’t love. You might feel the pain because of all the time and effort you put into that love. Or maybe you feel hurt because your lover doesn’t understand how you feel. If it’s not painful, it isn’t love. Love demands sacrifice.” I can’t agree more with his statement. At some point, maybe it’s true that it’s not love if it hurts too much, but I think love that hurts too much is also love. This song is about someone who has just had a breakup and he wants to remember the past love just as good memories.
It’s about someone who’s just let go of their beloved person. It hurts so much and they’re not sure whether they could get over it. “Memories are like the falling rain one day, they scatter on this street. I become a lonely person and hang my head low, and then I hear your voice. A love that hurts too much, then it isn’t love.” But one day, it will all become memories. “One day when the wind passes on my wet shoulder. When my exhaustion reflects in the window, I resent you. A love that hurts too much, then it isn’t love.” Memories that we will cherish as the part of our lives. Even though there were anger, hate, and resentment, it will be buried as the time passes. And there will be only good times to be remembered. The love will be buried as well as the hurt.

Ailee ketika membawakan lagu "It's Not Love If It Hurts Too Much" pada program "Immortal Songs 2" Episode 136 - source: www.youtube.com

“It’s Not Love If It Hurts Too Much” dirilis pertama kali pada tahun 1994 sebagai bagian dari album keempat almarhum Kim Kwang Seok. With this song, Kim Kwang Seok proved his talent as a singer-songwriter. Sentimental lyrics written by poet Ryu Geun and Kim Kwang Seok’s unique voice makes this song sorrowful. This song was used as background music in various movies and dramas, including “Classic”, a 2003 movie which starred Son Ye Jin and Jo In Sung. Ailee’s performance amazed everyone with her singing skill. It was a breath-taking performance and Ailee took the trophy as she won the Kim Kwang Seok’s special episode.

Let’s never come back to the world as lovers. Let’s bury those words that I longed for in this unfinished love. A love that hurts too much, then it isn’t love.” –Kim Kwang Seok, It’s Not Love If It Hurts Too Much [translated lyrics]



“Geudae bonaego meolli gaeulsaewa jakbyeolhadeut
(Letting you go felt like saying goodbye to autumn birds far away)
Geudae tteona bonaego dorawa suljan ape aneumyeon nunmul nanuna
(After letting you go, I sit with drinks poured in front of me, tears fill up my eyes)

Geudae bonaego aju jineun byeolbit barabol ttae
(Letting you go felt like seeing the setting starlight for the last time)
Nune heulleo naerineun motdahan maldeul geu apeun sarang jiul su iseulkka
(Unfinished time of hurting love is coming down from my eyes, could I ever erase it?)

Eoneu haru birado chueokcheoreom heutnallineun georieseo
(Memories are like the falling rain one day, they scatter on this street)
Sseulsseulhan sarangdoeeo gogaesukimyeon geudae moksori
(I become a lonely person and hang my head low, and then I hear your voice)
Neomu apeun sarangeun sarangi aniyeotseumeul
(A love that hurts too much, then it isn’t love)
Neomu apeun sarangeun sarangi aniyeotseumeul
(A love that hurts too much, then it isn’t love)

Eoneu haru barami jeodeun eokkae seuchimyeo jinagago
(One day when the wind passes on my wet shoulder)
Nae jichin sigandeuli change eorimyeon geudae miwojyeo
(When my exhaustion reflects in the window, I resent you)
Neomu apeun sarangeun sarangi anieotseumeul
(A love that hurts too much, then it isn’t love)
Neomu apeun sarangeun sarangi anieotseumeul
(A love that hurts too much, then it isn’t love)

Ije uri dasineun sarangeuro sesange oji malgi
(Let’s never come back to the world as lovers)
Geuribdeon maldeuldo muteo beorigi motdahan sarang
(Let’s bury those words that I longed for in this unfinished love)
Neomu apeun sarangeun sarangi anieotseumeul
(A love that hurts too much, then it isn’t love)
Neomu apeun sarangeun sarangi anieotseumeul
(A love that hurts too much, then it isn’t love)”

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