If I Leave

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Though I may be sad I’ve got to live, because I feel sad so I must go on living. I know that I will understand when I’m gone, the reason why I came to live in this world. If I leave, please remember me, and tell me you even love my sorrow.” –Jo Sumi, If I Leave (OST. Empress Myeongseong) [translated lyrics]

"Empress Myeongseong" official poster - source: en.wikipedia.org


Lee Kyung Sup adalah salah satu komposer kebanggaan industri musik Korea Selatan. Pencipta lagu legendaris ini tidak hanya berhasil mengorbitkan para penyanyi pada dekade 1990-an dengan lagu-lagu ciptaannya, bahkan hingga memasuki era 2000-an, ia menghasilkan karya-karya soundtrack yang turut menyukseskan berbagai serial drama. Salah satunya adalah sebuah lagu yang ia tulis untuk serial drama populer yang ditayangkan oleh stasiun televisi KBS, “Empress Myeongseong” (2001), berjudul “If I Leave”. Lagu yang dipopulerkan oleh penyanyi soprano terkenal, Jo Sumi, ini menjadi salah satu lagu yang ditampilkan pada program acara musik “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend” episode 161, di mana Lee hadir sebagai legenda. Episode ini mengudara di stasiun televisi KBS pada tanggal 16 Agustus 2014, serta pada tanggal 6 September 2014 di channel KBS World. Pada edisi spesial Lee tersebut, “If I Leave” dibawakan oleh Shin Young Jae, salah satu personel grup vokal 4MEN.


Shin Young Jae ketika membawakan lagu "If I Leave" pada program "Immortal Songs 2" episode 161


As mentioned in the previous post that this month’s theme is broken heart, therefore I choose this heart-breaking song to be reviewed. “If I Leave” was written as a soundtrack, therefore its lyrics portrayed the story of the drama series’ main character. It’s a song about the sadness of life; the sadness that makes someone wondering about the reason why they were born into this world; when this world that they live in is so harsh and cruel. “When I can see my shadow lying there, underneath the lonely cold moonlight, shall I just tell you? So that you can hear how I feel inside my heart. When the wind blows at the breaking dawn, telling me again that another day has passed, should I just give out a sigh and ask myself, why am I still living my life?” It’s a song about the loneliness in life; the loneliness that makes someone wondering whether they have lived their life in vain; when in the every end of the day they find themselves all alone. “When all my memories fade away, just like the fading evening lights, will I still hold on to the joy that’s left in my heart from long past days? When I wonder if the star in the sky knows the loneliness that I feel, perhaps that is why it’s here with me and can’t leave. It just there all through the night.”
No matter what, it’s everyone’s wish to be remembered when they have passed away. Therefore they understand, despite all sadness and loneliness, they’ve got to live and go on living this life. Therefore they realize, that someday they will understand all the reason why, even though that ‘someday’ might be the day when they have gone. “Though I may be sad I’ve got to live, because I feel sad so I must go on living. I know that I will understand when I’m gone, the reason why I came to live in this world. If I leave, please remember me, and tell me you even love my sorrow.” The saddest thing from the sadness and loneliness someone feels is that it has drifted them away from their love. And they could do just nothing about that. In the end they could only wish that they will be remembered, and that they will be loved, even their sadness and loneliness too. “I hope that some day if I leave, you would be sad for me, and believe that I was happy despite all my pain and sadness.” They wish that the person they love will remember and love them just the way they are; that the person they love will remember and believe that they were happy.


Jo Sumi - source: www.hkphil.org


Dirilis pertama kali pada tahun 2001 sebagai main theme song untuk serial drama “Empress Myeongseong” (yang terkenal juga dengan judul "The Lost Empire"), “If I Leave” menuai popularitas luar biasa seiring kesuksesan serial drama tersebut, serta berkat popularitas Jo Sumi sebagai penyanyi soprano kaliber internasional. Menariknya, setelah berhari-hari tidak berhasil menemukan inspirasi untuk menulis lagu ini, inspirasi datang begitu saja pada Lee Kyung Sup ketika ia sedang mencuci mobil. Setelah itu, lagu “If I Leave” lahir hanya dalam waktu lima menit saja. Lee bahkan menyatakan bahwa lagu ini merupakan salah satu lagu ciptaan favoritnya. Pada program “Immortal Songs 2”, Shin Young Jae menampilkan yang terbaik dengan lagu ini. He showed the sorrowful love song of the best ballad musician. Anyway, I love Jo Sumi’s version so much, mainly because it’s sang in female vocal so it expresses the women’s heart-breaking emotions very well. Indeed, it’s one of the best broken heart soundtracks that I’ve ever heard; a truly immortal song.

I hope that some day if I leave, you would be sad for me, and believe that I was happy despite all my pain and sadness.” –Jo Sumi, If I Leave (OST. Empress Myeongseong) [translated lyrics]





“Sseulsseulhan dalbit arae nae geurimja hana saenggi geodeun
(When I can see my shadow lying there, underneath the lonely cold moonlight)
Geuttaen marhae bolkkayo i maeum deureo na jurago
(Shall I just tell you? So that you can hear how I feel inside my heart)
Mundeuk saebyeokeul arrineun geu param hanaga jina geodeun
(When the wind blows at the breaking dawn, telling me again that another day has passed)
Geujeo han sumswi deut mureo bolkkayo naneun wae salgo itneunji
(Should I just give out a sigh and ask myself, why am I still living my life?)

Na seulpeodo saraya hane na seulpeoseo saraya hane
(Though I may be sad I’ve got to live, because I feel sad so I must go on living)

I salmi da hago naya altende naega i sesangeun da nyeogan geu iyul
(I know that I will understand when I’m gone, the reason why I came to live in this world)
Na gago gieokhaneuni na seulpeum kkajido saranghaetta marhaejugil
(If I leave, please remember me, and tell me you even love my sorrow)

Heuteo jin noeul cheoreom nae apeun gieokdo baraejimyeon
(When all my memories fade away, just like the fading evening lights)
Geuttaen useojilkkayo i maeum geuriun yesillo
(Will I still hold on to the joy that’s left in my heart from long past days?)
Jeogi hollosein byeol hana naui wiroumeul aneun geonji
(When I wonder if the star in the sky knows the loneliness that I feel)
Chama nal dugoneun tteonaji mothae bamsae ge jarieman
(Perhaps that is why it’s here with me and can’t leave, it just there all through the night)

I salmi da hago naya altende naega i sesangeun da nyeogan geu iyul
(I know that I will understand when I’m gone, the reason why I came to live in this world)
Na gago gieokhaneun i nae seulpeumkkajido saranghagil
(If I leave, please remember me, and love me even my sorrow)

Budi meon hut nal
(I hope that some day)
Na gago seulpeohaneun i nae seulpeum sokedo haengbokhaetta mitgehae
(If I leave, you would be sad for me, and believe that I was happy despite all my pain and sadness)”

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