All I Need is You

Monday, July 07, 2014

I met you after going through several breakups. Maybe that’s why I was more scared to start with you. But getting to know someone and loving someone, how great would it be if you were the last person to do so? Like me. Even during my busy day, when I hear your voice for a moment, I wonder if you feel like you’re here with me too. If only you were there when I come home every night, then your heart could rest in my embrace after a long day.” –ECO, Happy Me [translated lyrics]

ECO is a female trio known as one of the most happening first generation South Korean girl groups. Trio yang terdiri dari Jiyoung, Jisun, dan Jungae ini melakukan debut mereka pada tahun 1996. Namun baru pada tahun 1997 mereka mencapai puncak popularitas dengan lagu hits bertajuk “Happy Me”, yang hingga kini dikenal sebagai signature song dari ECO. “Happy Me” termuat dalam album kedua mereka, “Voice of ECO”, dan menduduki peringkat lima besar sebagai lagu terpopuler pada tahun perilisannya. “Happy Me” adalah lagu pop R n’ B dengan medium-slow tempo yang menonjolkan kemampuan vokal ketiga personel ECO.
“Happy Me” is a song about a woman who convinces her man that despite all conditions and under any circumstances, all that she needs is him. “I met you after going through several breakups. Maybe that’s why I was more scared to start with you. But getting to know someone and loving someone, how great would it be if you were the last person to do so? Like me.” It took so long for her to finally open her heart for this man. But this man is different. He’s the only one who could break through her walls and make her falls in love again, believe in love again. “Even during my busy day, when I hear your voice for a moment, I wonder if you feel like you’re here with me too. If only you were there when I come home every night, then your heart could rest in my embrace after a long day.” He entered her life and her heart, and he became her everything now. And as much as she receives from him, she wants to give for him. “I want to throw away the love that the world decided upon with many expectations. Like your heart, I want to always stay at the same place, and be the other half of you, for the precious you.” And as hard he tried to convince her back then, she tries hard to convince him that the address of her happiness is him, is they being together, just like now. “Just love me like you love me now, as long as you don’t change. The person who could have all of me is you, I won’t be shaken. Sometimes, you feel sorry about your uncertain future. But don’t forget, I love you, as long as I’m with you, it’s a happy me.”
Pada tahun 2013, penyanyi wanita yang merupakan anggota dari grup Two Months, Kim Yerim, menyanyikan versi remake dari lagu “Happy Me”. Lagu ini dirilis untuk mengisi bagian dari soundtrack serial drama populer “Reply 1994”, pada tanggal 29 November 2013 sebagai single “Reply 1994 OST Part 5”. Lagu ini kemudian menjadi bagian dari album “Reply 1994 Director’s Edition OST” yang dirilis pada tanggal 27 Desember 2013. Versi yang dibawakan oleh Kim Yerim mengalami penggubahan aransemen musik dari versi original yang pop R n’ B menjadi pop rock dengan medium tempo dan band sound yang mendominasi melodi lagu ini. I love both versions of “Happy Me”. Indeed, it’s a beautiful song no matter how the arrangement is.

I want to throw away the love that the world decided upon with many expectations. Like your heart, I want to always stay at the same place, and be the other half of you, for the precious you. Just love me like you love me now, as long as you don’t change. The person who could have all of me is you, I won’t be shaken. Are you feeling sorry about your uncertain future? You’re not alone now. Just don’t forget that as long as I’m with you, it’s a happy me.” –ECO, Happy Me [translated lyrics]



“Myeot beoninga ibyeoreul gyeongheom hagoseo neol mannatji
(I met you after going through several breakups)
Geuraeseo deo shijagi duryeo wotneunji molla
(Maybe that’s why I was more scared to start with you)
Hajiman nugun gal algedoego saranghage doeneun geon
(But getting to know someone and loving someone)
Niga majimagiramyeon eolmana joheulkka na cheoreom
(How great would it be if you were the last person to do so? Like me)

Bappeun haru jungedo jamshi ne mogsori deureumyeon
(Even during my busy day, when I hear your voice for a moment)
Hamkke itneun geot cheoreom neodo neukkyeo jineunji
(I wonder if you feel like you’re here with me too)
Maeil bam jibeuro doragal ttae geu gose niga itdamyeon
(If only you were there when I come home every night)
Himdeun haru jichin ni maeumi nae pume angyeo shwil tende
(Then your heart could rest in my embrace after a long day)

Jigeum cheoreom man nal sarang haejwo nan neoman byeonhaji anhneun damyeon
(Just love me like you love me now, as long as you don’t change)
Nae modeun geol gajil sarameun neo ppuniya nan heundeulliji anha
(The person who could have all of me is you, I won’t be shaken)
Neon gakkeumeun jashini eobtneun miraereul mianhae
(Sometimes, you feel sorry about your uncertain future)
Hajiman itji mara jwo saranghae neowa hamkke ramyeon ijen haengboghan nareul
(But don’t forget, I love you, as long as I’m with you, it’s a happy me)

Nan manheun gidae deullo sesangi jeonghae noheun sarangeul beorigo
(I want to throw away the love that the world decided upon with many expectations)
Ni maeum cheoreom nan neul gateun jarie
(Like your heart, I want to always stay at the same place)
Tto hanaui niga doego shipeo sojunghan neol wihae
(And be the other half of you, for the precious you)

Jigeum cheoreom man saranghaejwo hangsang neoman byeon haji anheumyeon
(Just love me like you love me now, as long as you don’t change)
Nae jeonbul gajin sarameun neo ppuniya nan heundeulliji anha
(The person who could have all of me is you, I won’t be shaken)
Jashin eobtneun mirae neon mianhae hago itni neon ije honjaga aniya
(Are you feeling sorry about your uncertain future? You’re not alone now)
Ijen itjima neowa hamkkeramyeon eonjena haengboghan nareul

(Just don’t forget that as long as I’m with you, it’s a happy me)”

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