Empty

Friday, October 24, 2014

My reflection in the mirror looks so empty, as if there’s nothing there. Even when I walk along on the street by myself, this vacant street feels so empty. Da ra dat dat dat dat dat dat, baby don’t worry. After I wake up from the dream of you, this morning of reality feels so empty.” –WINNER, Empty (공허해) [translated lyrics]

One of the biggest entertainment company in South Korea, YG Entertainment, has finally introduced their new boy group in 2014. This group is named WINNER, which originally is derived from the reality-survival program created by YGE, “Who is Next: WIN”. The now-so-called WINNER consists of the Team A of the program that has won over the other team, Team B, in order to debut as YGE’s new boy group. WINNER’s leader is no other than the talented Kang Seung Yoon, the former finalist of another reality-survival program, “Superstar K2”, and later signs contract with YGE as a solo artist. Therefore, Kang is joined by Lee Seunghoon, Nam Taehyun, Song Mino, and Kim Jinwoo in the Team A, and now WINNER. On August 12th 2014, WINNER released their debut album titled “2014 S/S”, along with a music video (MV) of their lead single, “Empty (공허해)”. As soon as it was being released, this track received an instant ‘all-kill’ for conquering the number one position on 10 real-time music charts, including Soribada, Daum, Naver, etc.

"2014 S/S" album cover by WINNER - source: en.wikipedia.org


“Empty (공허해)” is a perfect track for this autumn; a season of broken heart. This ballad R n’ B song tells about the cruel reality that someone faces after a breakup; that everything now is not the same anymore and it all feels so empty now, unlike before. “My reflection in the mirror looks so empty, as if there’s nothing there. Even when I walk along on the street by myself, this vacant street feels so empty. Da ra dat dat dat dat dat dat, baby don’t worry. After I wake up from the dream of you, this morning of reality feels so empty.” The morning after the breakup is always the hardest part. It’s when we realize that everything has changed; no morning call and just an empty space on the bed. “I greet the morning and realize once again, I wake up to the alarm bell instead of your voice. Why is this damn bed so big? In my vast desert of a heart, only a cold wind blows. I’m just an empty shell coward without you, people around me look at me with pity. It kills me. No, what a day! Before starting my day, I just look without thinking.” The morning after the breakup is always the worst part. It’s when we realize that everything is really over; no more love and just an empty spot on the mirror. “Those good days and those sad days, those hard days and those happy days; now they’ve become memories of the past as time goes by. The me and you who were stuck in the past are now over. It feels like I finally return to reality, my reason to live has gone, my mind is in complicated mess. When I open my eyes in the morning, my heart feels empty, it’s the same emptiness that I felt before I met you.”
After the breakup, just an emptiness remains, like a big hole in our heart. Every morning after the breakup is the hardest part of the day. As we look at our reflection in the mirror, we’re getting more afraid that we’ve changed and been weaker. As we start the day by walking down the street, we’re getting scared that we’ve seen everything so empty and quite. As we wake up, we have to face the harsh reality once and all over again. “I’m getting more and more afraid that I’m not like myself before. There’s no smile on my face. I’m scared of looking at myself who’s getting weaker. It’s so quiet just like my heart. Without you here, even the air around me feels so heavy Da ra dat dat dat dat dat dat, baby don’t worry. After I wake up from the dream of you, this morning is reality.” Perhaps we just feel so lost. Perhaps we just long for that person too much. Perhaps we just feel too sad. Perhaps it will get better as the time passes by. “It’s still haunting me whenever I close my eyes, I guess it will fade away as time goes by. I don’t regret it, I’m just a bit sad, I don’t want to see you, I’m just longing for you.” Though it’s over now, we were so happy back then. Though it’s just a memory now, we don’t want to forget it. Though we don’t know where that person is right now, deep in our heart, we know we want to meet that person again. “It’s over, my love. Where are you? Now we are just a memory, but we were happy, so don’t forget me. Let’s meet again.”

"2014 S/S" album jacket photo by WINNER - source: www.allkpop.com


Through their debut album, “2014 S/S”, WINNER has proven themselves as more than just a rookie group but more of a group of talented musicians by writing lyrics and composing the majority of the album’s songs. They have fulfilled people’s expectation for this long-awaited debut. Moreover, they achieved their first win on television music show during their debut stage with “Empty (공허해)”, making them the fastest male rookie group to achieve number one on the music shows. It was a great achievement that even the now-very-infamous boy group, EXO, couldn’t achieve during their debut stage back then. “Empty (공허해)” was composed by B.I and PK and arranged by PK himself. Meanwhile, the lyrics were penned by one of WINNER members, Song Mino, along with B.I and Bobby. I fell in love with this song since the first time I heard it. It was so smooth, sounds so beautiful yet so sad. The melody is so addictive. The lyrics are so heart-wrenching. We can find the epitome of emptiness in this song. Indeed, “Empty (공허해)” is a perfect choice for WINNER’s grand debut. Besides, it’s also a perfect choice to be listened on this month of broken heart.

I’m getting more and more afraid that I’m not like myself before. There’s no smile on my face. I’m scared of looking at myself who’s getting weaker. It’s so quiet just like my heart. Without you here, even the air around me feels so heavy. Da ra dat dat dat dat dat dat, baby don’t worry. After I wake up from the dream of you, this morning is reality.” –WINNER, Empty (공허해) [translated lyrics]





“Geoul soge nae moseubeun teong bin geocheoreom gongheohae
(My reflection in the mirror looks so empty, as if there’s nothing there)
Honja gireul georeobwado teong bin geori neomu gongheohae
(Even when I walk along on the street by myself, this vacant street feels so empty)
Da ra dat dat dat dat dat dat, baby don’t worry
Neoran kkumeseo kkaen hyeonsirui achimeun gongheohae
(After I wake up from the dream of you, this morning of reality feels so empty)

Achimeul maji hamyeonseo dasi jagakhae nal kkaewojuneun geon nega anin alarm bell
(I greet the morning and realize once again, I wake up to the alarm bell instead of your voice)
Bireomeogeul chimdaeneun wae iri neolpjeokhae heoheobeolpan gateun mame sirin baramman bune
(Why is this damn bed so big? In my vast desert of a heart, only a cold wind blows)
Naneun bin kkeopdegi neo eopsin geopjaengi juwi saramdeurui dongjeongui nunbicci
(I’m just an empty shell coward without you, people around me look at me with pity)
Nal jukge mandeureo no what a day haru sijak hagi jeone musimko bon
(It kills me, no, what a day, before starting my day, I just look without thinking)

Geoul soge nae moseubeun teong bin geocheoreom gongheohae
(My reflection in the mirror looks so empty, as if there’s nothing there)
Misoga eopseo pyojeongen
(There’s no smile on my face)
Honja gireul georeobwado teong bin georin neomu gongheohae
(Even when I walk along on the street by myself, this vacant street feels so empty)
Nae maeumcheoreom joyonghae
(It’s so quiet just like my heart)
Da ra dat dat dat dat dat dat, baby don’t worry, da dat dat dat da ra
Neoran kkumeseo kkaen hyeonsirui achimeun gongheohae
(After I wake up from the dream of you, this morning of reality feels so empty)
Nae maeumi neomu gongheohae
(My heart feels so empty)

Kkeutji naneyo naui geudaeyeo eodi inayo ije urin
(It’s over, my love, where are you? Now we are)
Chueogi dwaejyo haengbok haesseoyo nal ijji marayo tto dasi mannayo
(Just a memory, but we were happy, so don’t forget me, let’s meet again)

Johadeon naldeulgwa seulpeodeon naldeul himdeureodeon naldeulgwa haengbokhaedeon naldeul
(Those good days and those sad days, those hard days and those happy days)
Ijen jina gabeorin sigan soge chueogi doeeo gwageoe meomulleo ineun geudaewa naneun over
(Now they’ve become memories of the past as time goes by, the me and you who were stuck in the past are now over)
Hyeonsillo doraon geot gata salmui iyuga sarajyeo meoriga bokjaphae
(It feels like I finally return to reality, my reason to live has gone, my mind is in complicated mess)
Achime nuneul tteumyeon gaseumi teong bin geot gati gongheohameul neukkyeo neoreul mannagi jeongwa ttokgata
(When I open my eyes in the morning, my heart feels empty, it’s the same emptiness that I felt before I met you)

Ajik areungeoryeoyo nuneul gameumyeon jeomjeom mudyeo jigejyo sigani jinamyeon
(It’s still haunting me whenever I close my eyes, I guess it will fade away as time goes by)
Huhoehajineun anhayo jom aswiul ppunijyo bogo sipjineun anhayo geudaega geuriul ppunijyo
(I don’t regret it, I’m just a bit sad, I don’t want to see you, I’m just longing for you)

Yejeon gatji anheun nae moseubi jeomjeom duryeowo
(I’m getting more and more afraid that I’m not like myself before)
Misoga eopseo pyojeongen
(There’s no smile on my face)
Yakhaejyeoman ganeun nae jasineul bogiga museowo
(I’m scared of looking at myself who’s getting weaker)
Nae maeumcheoreom joyonghae
(It’s so quiet just like my heart)
Nega eopsneun nae juwineun gonggi jocha mugeowo
(Without you here, even the air around me feels so heavy)
Da ra da ra ra ra ra dat
Neoran kkumeseo kkaen hyeonsirui achimi
(After I wake up from the dream of you, this morning is reality)”

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