Alone in Love

Monday, March 31, 2014



Shall we date? I was single for such a long time, that I might be bad at dating. But, more than your ex-boyfriend, more than any guy that you’ve met, I will love you the most. Shall we date?” –Lee Seung Gi, Alone in Love (feat. Ra.D & Han Hyo Joo) [translated lyrics]

"Alone in Love" single cover by Lee Seung Gi - source: www.maniadb.com


South Korea’s all around multi-talented entertainer, Lee Seung Gi, released his fifth studio album on October 27th, 2011. This album was entitled “Tonight”, with a song titled “Alone in Love” was released as promotional single from this album. “Alone in Love”, or also known as “Time for Love”, was released as lead single on October 14th, 2011. This pop R n’ B song featured talented singer-songwriter Ra.D and actress Han Hyo Joo, who acted along with Lee Seung Gi in 2009 SBS drama, “Brilliant Legacy”. The drama was a big hit and rediscovered Lee Seung Gi’s great talent in acting. His co-star, Han Hyo Joo, filled the narration part in this song, which told about a man who’s expecting for love and relationship.
“Alone in Love” is a song about a man’s confession, a man who’s been alone and expecting for love and relationship with the woman he love. “This isn’t a movie. I’m not that guy from that drama. Now, I can’t treat you differently from how I feel. I like you. Will you please listen to my honest heart?” He honestly confesses that he’s just an ordinary man; a man who sincerely falls in love with her. He wants her to see him just the way he is, neither a character in a drama nor a guy from a movie. With all his might, he bravely takes a step forward and confesses to her. “I wondered if maybe I should just turn away, but no, I can’t. I’m not being a man if I just turn away like that.” It took a long way for him to reach this point. He’s been single for a while so he’s afraid that he might be not good at dating. Hence, with all his might, he bravely shows his sincere love and convinces her; that he will try his best, that he will love her more than anyone before him, that he has this sincerity. “I was single for such a long time, that I might be bad at dating. But, more than your ex-boyfriend, more than any guy that you’ve met, I will love you the most. Shall we date?”

"Tonight" album cover by Lee Seung Gi - source: www.maniadb.com


Later on 2012, the Japanese version of “Alone in Love” was released as Lee Seung Gi’s debut song in Japan. Actress Park Shin Hye joined him as the model for Japanese version’s music video. It was released on March 6th, 2012 under the label Universal Music Japan. Personally, I love the original Korean version much better than the Japanese, simply because I’m more familiar with Korean language. In the same year, Lee Seung Gi performed “Alone in Love” along with now-his-girlfriend, Yoona of Girls’ Generation. Yoona did the narration part in which done by Han Hyo Joo in the album version. I really love this song. It sounds pure with honest lyrics and sweet melody. Moreover, performing it with Yoona added the perfection of this song. It sounded like Lee Seung Gi really confessed to her back then when they performed it together. Indeed, this sweet love song song is mood-boosting.

I don’t think it’s because I didn’t have time or my standards are high. I have waited alone for a long time to become a prisoner of a woman whom I don’t even know. I am telling you that woman is you. Can I tell you what I told you before again?” –Lee Seung Gi, Alone in Love (feat. Ra.D & Han Hyo Joo) [translated lyrics]






“Eonjena geochimeopdeon naega jogeumssik nunchireul bogo isseo
(I always used to be unstoppable, but little by little, I am getting cautious)
Geoteuron gwansim eomneun cheok chagaun dosiui namjain cheok
(On the outside, I pretend to don’t have interest, I pretend to be a cold city man)
Aesseo oemyeonhago natseoreun malturo neol mannawasseo
(With efforts to turn away and with strange words, I met you)
Yeonghwaga anijanha geu deuramaui geu namjaga anijanha
(This isn’t a movie, I’m not that guy from that drama)

Ije deo isang nae mamgwa dareuge neol daehal sun eobseo
(Now, I can’t treat you differently from how I feel)
Niga joha soljikhan nae mam deureobwa jullae
(I like you, will you please listen to my honest heart?)

Uri yeonaehalkka na oraetdongan solloyeoseo yeonaega seotulji moreujiman
(Shall we date? I was single for such a long time, that I might be bad at dating)
Ne jeon namjachinguboda nega mannan modeun namjaboda
(But, more than your ex-boyfriend, more than any guy that you’ve met)
Gajang neol saranghalge uri yeonaehalkka
(I will love you the most, shall we date?)

Naega meomutgeorineun dongan neoege ssodajineun dareun namjadeurui
(While I was hesitating, there were so many other guys looking at you)
Gwansim gadeukhan nunbit chinjeolhan taedo nan jeongmal michigesseo
(With great interest, and they were treating you nice, I think I’ll go crazy)
Aesseo oemyeonhalkka saenggakdo haetjiman no geureol sun eobseo
(I wondered if maybe I should just turn away, but no, I can’t)
Namjaga anijanha ireoke heomuhage doraseondamyeon
(I’m not being a man if I just turn away like that)
 
Uri kiseuhalkka, I love you, ireon dalkomhan mal maeil haejugo sipeunde
(Shall we kiss? I want to tell you sweet words like “I love you” every day)
Na yonggi inneun namja doeeo kkok neoreul gajigo sipeunde
(I need to be a man of courage, I really want you)
Nae gyeote isseojullae
(Would you stay by my side?)

Sigani eopgeona nae nuni nopajin geotmaneun anin geo gata
(I don’t think it’s because I didn’t have time or my standards are high)
Oraetdongan hollo nugunjido moreul han yeojaui poroga doeeo nareul
(I have waited alone for a long time to become a prisoner of a woman)
Gidaryeo wasseo jigeum geuge neorago malhago isseo
(Whom I don’t even know, I am telling you that woman is you)
Akka haetdeon yaegi han beon deo haedo doelkka
(Can I tell you what I told you before again?)

Uri yeonaehalkka
(Shall we date?)”

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