Some

Thursday, July 31, 2014

These days, it feels like you’re mine, it seems like you’re mine but you’re not. It feels like I’m yours, it seems like I’m yours but I’m not. What kind of relationship are we in? I’m confused, don’t be aloof. It feels like we’re lovers, it seems like we’re lovers but we’re not. Whenever you see me, you act so vague to me. These days, I hate to hear that I’m just like a friend for you.” –Soyou & Jung Gigo feat. Lil Boi, Some [translated lyrics]

"Some" single cover by Soyou & Jung Gigo - source: en.wikipedia.org


Back in the beginning of the year, there was a sweet duet song released in South Korea. This song is called “Some”, a collaboration of Soyou –a member of girl group Sistar– and hip hop singer, Jung Gigo. This song also features rapper Lil Boi from the hip hop duo, Geeks. It was released as a digital single on February 7, 2014, and received an all-kill as it ranked 1st on all major music real-time charts, such as Melon, Soribada, Daum, Naver, Olleh, Mnet, and Genie. This song’s English title, “Some”, is only the anglicized version of its Korean title pronounciation, “” (“Sseom”). Meanwhile, the meaning of the song doesn’t have correlation with “some” as in English meaning, but it has to do with “sseom” as in Korean meaning instead.
In Korean, ” (“Sseom”) refers to two people who have a special relationship more than just friends, but less than lovers. In Indonesian terms, it sometimes refers to “gebetan”, or in a more frankly term, it’s some kind like “hubungan tanpa status” or “teman tapi mesra”. In English term, sometimes it’s simply called as “it’s complicated”. It’s a situation where both of the man and the woman are dating with each other, obviously having a feeling for each other, but none of them are eager to say the “L” word first, or ask the other person to be their lover first, which makes the status of their relationship is still unclear because of this condition. There are many causes behind this “sseom” status, but mostly is because the man is still waiting for the right opportunity to confess the love and ask the woman to be his girlfriend. Or, on the other hand, the man is still in doubt whether to confess or not because the woman’s attitude towards him is still so ambiguous, whether she really likes him too or just being nice.

Soyou & Jung Gigo celebrated their win during the encore in Mnet M! Countdown on February 27, 2014


“Some”, just like what its title meant to be in Korean term, is a song about two people who are “sseom”. In this song, these two people are feeling frustated and desperate with this unclear relationship status between them, while in some ways, they’re still holding hopes that it would work out for them somehow. Sometimes, I get annoyed without even knowing, but my feelings for you haven’t changed. Maybe I’m the weird one, I thought as I struggled by myself. While tossing and turning alone in an empty room, the TV plays reruns of yesterday’s drama, as I hold my phone that doesn’t ring until I sleep.” Actually, what they want is just simple; to end this complicated situation and just be in a relationship for real. “I want to open my eyes to your text every morning, I want to fall asleep with your voice at the end of the day. On the weekends, I want to hug you in front of a lot of people as if I’m showing off.” As those days pass by, their curiousity toward each other’s true feeling is getting bigger, but so is the comfort they feel toward each other. Too afraid to destroy the comfort, yet too frustated to keep the distance. “Pretending that we’re just friends, acting like we’re lovers, don’t do that. The more I think about it, I get more curious about your real feelings, girl you’re so ambiguous. I can’t do anything or maybe I’m expecting a miracle. I want a clear sign but I forget all about it when I see your smile.
The man is too hesitant to ask, while the woman is too shy to confess, that’s the main and biggest problem. “These days, it feels like you’re mine, it seems like you’re mine but you’re not. It feels like I’m yours, it seems like I’m yours but I’m not. What kind of relationship are we in? I’m confused, don’t be aloof. It feels like we’re lovers, it seems like we’re lovers but we’re not. Whenever you see me, you act so vague to me. These days, I hate to hear that I’m just like a friend for you.” As a result of the problem, they’re confused. This confusion then leads them to begin feeling frustated and annoyed. At this stage, they need to draw a clear line between them, whether to be lovers for real or just end it all as friends for good. “I don’t like you, don’t like you these days, but I only have you, I only have you. Clearly draw the line for me, don’t pull out but confess your love to me.” But for these two people, the conclusion is obvious, actually; that they love and need each other; that they don’t have anybody else as special as each other, and they can’t be just friends afterall. So, all they have to do is just firmly ask and bravely confess. Because when it comes to love, an action only is not enough; it also needs to be spoken up. Words; though it seems simple, it’s actually a difficult act if you say it with sincerity; though it seems easy, it’s definitely a hard thing to do if those words come from the bottom of your heart. “These days, it feels like you’re mine, it seems like you’re mine but you’re not. It feels like I’m yours, it seems like I’m yours but I’m not. Don’t just laugh like you don’t know and stop this now, be real with me. Put me in your heart and don’t look elsewhere. Why don’t you stop acting like you don’t know when you do know? Don’t give excuses that you’re tired, but hurry and tell me that you love me.

Baro and Dasom in "Some" music video


A music video (MV) was released for “Some” on the same day as the digital single’s release date. Directed by Zany Bros, this MV starred a member of boy group B1A4, Baro, and Soyou’s group-mate fellow, Dasom, as lead male and female character respectively. The two portrayed a cute “sseom” couple who were planning to meet each other but through various push and pull tricks in the process. The MV’s storyline went well with the song’s sweet melody and cute lyrics. Both Baro and Dasom showed a great chemistry as well. Though Soyou and Jung Gigo didn’t appear in this MV, it’s truly entertaining. Especially, the big bear doll is making the point with its funny and exciting appearance. So cute and refreshing!
“Some” was composed and arranged by Kim Do Hoon, Xepy, and Esna, with the lyrics were penned by Min Yeon Jae, Xepy, Esna, Jung Gigo himself, and Lil Boi for the rap part. This song was on number one position for six weeks on Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100, makes the longest-running chart topper of 2014 up to this date. This song also won several first place awards in various music show broadcasts; five times in KBS Music Bank, double crown in Mnet M! Countdown and MBC Music Core, and also a single win in SBS Inkigayo and MBC Music Show Champion. Soyou and Jung Gigo performed this song live in those music shows. This smooth R n’ B track seized public attention with its sweet and ear-catchy melody, which combined with lyrics that captured the daily reality of Korean youth these days. You can’t help but fall in love since the first time you hear this song. Indeed, “Some” is really something!

These days, it feels like you’re mine, it seems like you’re mine but you’re not. It feels like I’m yours, it seems like I’m yours but I’m not. Don’t just laugh like you don’t know and stop this now, be real with me. Put me in your heart and don’t look elsewhere. Why don’t you stop acting like you don’t know when you do know? Don’t give excuses that you’re tired, but hurry and tell me that you love me.” –Soyou & Jung Gigo feat. Lil Boi, Some [translated lyrics]




“Gakkeumssik nado moreuge jjajeungina neoreul hyanghan mameun byeonhaji anhanneunde
(Sometimes, I get annoyed without even knowing, but my feelings for you haven’t changed)
Hoksi naega isanghan geolkka honja himdeulge jinaego isseosseo
(Maybe I’m the weird one, I thought as I struggled by myself)

Teong bin bang honja meonghani dwicheogida tibieneun eoje bon geot gateun deurama
(While tossing and turning alone in an empty room, the TV plays reruns of yesterday’s drama)
Jami deul ttaekkaji hanbeondo ulliji ahnneun haendeuponeul deulgo
(As I hold my phone that doesn’t ring until I sleep)

Yojeumttara naekkeoin deut naekkeo anin naekkeo gateun neo
(These days, it feels like you’re mine, it seems like you’re mine but you’re not)
Nikkeoin deut nikkeo anin nikkeo gateun na
(It feels like I’m yours, it seems like I’m yours but I’m not)
Ige museun saiin geonji sasil hetgallyeo muttukttukhage guljima
(What kind of relationship are we in? I’m confused, don’t be aloof)
Yeoninin deut yeonin anin yeonin gateun neo
(It feels like we’re lovers, it seems like we’re lovers but we’re not)
Naman bol deut aemaehage nal daehaneun neo
(Whenever you see me, you act so vague to me)
Ttaeroneun chingu gatdaneun mari gwaenhi yojeum nan deutgi sirheojyeosseo
(These days, I hate to hear that I’m just like a friend for you)

Maeil achim neoui munjae nuneul tteugo haru kkeuteneun ni moksorie jamdeulgo pa
(I want to open my eyes to your text every morning, I want to fall asleep with your voice at the end of the day)
Jumareneun manheun saram sogeseo boran deusi neol kkeureo ango sipeo
(On the weekends, I want to hug you in front of a lot of people as if I’m showing off)

Neo yojeum neo byeolloya neo byeolloya na geunde nan neoppuniya nan neoppuniya
(I don’t like you, don’t like you these days, but I only have you, I only have you)
Bunmyeonghage naege seoneul geueojwo jakku dwiro ppaeji malgo nal saranghanda gobaekhae jwo
(Clearly draw the line for me, don’t pull out but confess your love to me)

Yeojeonhi chinguincheok tto yeoninincheok haengdonghaneun moseubeul jeonbuda dorikyeo
(Pretending that we’re just friends, acting like we’re lovers, don’t do that)
Saenggak hal surok neoui jinsimi deo gunggeumhaejineun geol, girl you’re so ambiguous
(The more I think about it, I get more curious about your real feelings, girl you’re so ambiguous)
Nan motae mueotdo ani eojjeomyeon gijeogeul baraji lotto
(I can’t do anything or maybe I’m expecting a miracle)
Hwaksilhan pyohyeoneul wonhajiman neoui miso ttuin pyojeonge ijeobeoriji nan
(I want a clear sign but I forget all about it when I see your smile)

Yojeum ttara naekkeoin deut naekkeo anin naekkeo gateun neo
(These days, it feels like you’re mine, it seems like you’re mine but you’re not)
Nikkeoin deut nikkeo anin nikkeo gateun na
(It feels like I’m yours, it seems like I’m yours but I’m not)
Sunjinhan cheok utjiman malgo geuman jom hae neo soljikhage jom gureobwa
(Don’t just laugh like you don’t know and stop this now, be real with me)
Ni mam soge nal nwadugo han nun palji ma
(Put me in your heart and don’t look elsewhere)
Neoyamallo da almyeonseo ttancheong piuji ma
(Why don’t you stop acting like you don’t know when you do know?)
Pigonhage him ppaeji malgo eoseo malhaejwo saranghandan mariya

(Don’t give excuses that you’re tired, but hurry and tell me that you love me)”

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