You're Just a Memory Now

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Don’t ask me why I have to leave you, I was a very foolish person. When everything has been erased in the passing of time, you will understand what I feel then.” –Joo Hyun Mi, You Are Just a Memory Now [translated lyrics]

"'91 Joo Hyun Mi" album cover by Joo Hyun Mi - source: www.maniadb.com


Trot is the only music genre that originally born and raised in Korea. The Queen of trot, Joo Hyun Mi, was appeared as the legend in the 139th episode of a music television program, “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend”. Edisi spesial Joo Hyun Mi ini mengudara di stasiun televisi KBS pada tanggal 8 Februari 2014, serta ditayangkan oleh channel KBS World pada tanggal 1 Maret 2014. Salah satu penampil yang hadir untuk membawakan lagu hits dari ‘the trot diva of the 80s and 90s’ tersebut adalah solois wanita, Park Ji Yeon, yang terkenal dengan nama panggung Gummy. Episode tersebut adalah pertama kalinya Gummy tampil dalam program “Immortal Songs 2”. Ia membawakan lagu hits Joo yang bertajuk “You Are Just a Memory Now”. First released in 1991, it’s a retro style trot song with elements of a ballad song. Joo cherishes this song because it was different from her previous songs. Moreover, this song was written by her husband, Im Dong Shin, as a present when she was pregnant. Nevertheless, “You Are Just a Memory Now” was being reborn by Gummy in “Immortal Songs 2”.

Gummy ketika membawakan lagu "You Are Just a Memory Now" pada program "Immortal Songs 2" episode 139


“You Are Just a Memory Now” tells about a heartbreaking love story; about the pain of letting go of someone you love deeply. Therefore, this song suits this month’s theme well. When you love someone so much, and you can feel it too that the person loves you, but you have to let that person go, then that’s the most painful feeling. Knowing that there’s no other way out than saying goodbye, because that person is no longer belong to you, then that’s the most hurtful feeling. When time passes, can we understand then? Can we say that our choice is the right choice then? But for now, everything will be a memory. “I understand, how much love you have given to me. You’re that kind of person who will be weeping in loneliness without me. Don’t ask me why I have to leave you, I was a very foolish person. When everything has been erased in the passing of time, you will understand what I feel then. You’re the person whom I loved too much, you’re the person whom I will never forget. You’re the person who just a memory now.”
When you love someone so much, that much that you know you have to leave when the time comes, then that’s the most painful feeling. Knowing that there’s no other way out than letting go of that person, because that person belongs to someone else, then that’s the most hurtful feeling. When tears are gone, will we understand then? Will we feel that our choice is the right choice then? But for now, everything is just a memory. “I understand, the day that you leave me will eventually come. You’re that kind of person who will be weeping in loneliness without me. I acknowledge that the person who needs your love is not me, but someone else. When everything has been erased in the tears, you will understand what I feel then. You’re the person whom I loved so much, you’re the person whom I will never forget. You’re the person who just a memory now.” I used to think that, if you love someone so much, then why you let go of that person? I used to think that letting go doesn’t make any sense. But after I experienced it myself, then I understand. When you love someone so much that you can let go of that person, then that’s the sincere love. Because letting go is not giving up, it’s protecting; and true love is not giving up, it’s protecting.

G.O ketika membawakan lagu "You Are Just a Memory Now" pada program "Immortal Songs 2" episode 7

Hadirnya Joo Hyun Mi sebagai legenda pada episode 139 adalah kedua kalinya bagi penyanyi yang sekaligus berprofesi sebagai seorang pharmacist itu tampil dalam program “Immortal Songs 2”. Yang pertama adalah pada episode 7. Episode ini mengudara pada tanggal 16 Juli 2011 di stasiun televisi KBS, serta ditayangkan di channel KBS World pada tanggal 6 Agustus 2011. Pada episode tersebut, lagu “You Are Just a Memory Now” dibawakan oleh G.O, vokalis utama dari boy group MBLAQ. G.O membawakan lagu ini dengan aransemen modern pop yang berhasil menonjolkan kemampuan vokalnya. Setelah hampir tiga tahun berselang, Joo kembali menjadi legenda pada program “Immortal Songs 2”, dan lagu “You Are Just a Memory Now” pun terlahir kembali.
Episode 139 adalah salah satu episode paling bersejarah dalam perjalanan program “Immortal Songs 2”. Mengapa? Karena dalam edisi spesial Joo Hyun Mi tersebut, rekor untuk poin tertinggi berhasil terpecahkan sebanyak dua kali, setelah selama enam bulan lamanya rekor poin tertinggi dipegang oleh Jung Dong Ha dengan 439 poin. Pertama adalah penampilan Kim Jong Seo dengan 442 poin. Kedua adalah penampilan Gummy dengan 445 poin yang ia peroleh lewat lagu “You Are Just a Memory Now”. With her explosive voice, she captivated the audiences. With her delicate sensibility, she moved the audiences. With her jaw-dropping performance, she even got the best compliment from the legend herself. Therefore, in her first visit and appearance on “Immortal Songs 2”, she rewrote the history of the show. Indeed, Gummy is one of the best R n’ B female singers of South Korea. She has the power to bring out the soul in the music. Her performance itself is legendary, and yes, she deserve the win.

 “I acknowledge that the person who needs your love is not me, but someone else. When everything has been erased in the tears, you will understand what I feel then.” –Joo Hyun Mi, You Are Just a Memory Now [translated lyrics]





“Naneun arayo dangsini nareul eolmana saranghaneunji
(I understand, how much love you have given to me)
Naega eobseumyeon oeroum soke joyonghi heuneukkil geu saram
(You’re that kind of person who will be weeping in loneliness without me)
Tteonayahal kkadakillang mutjimarayo naega neomu baboyeotseoyo
(Don’t ask me why I have to leave you, I was a very foolish person)
Modeun geotsi sewolsoke jiwojilttaemyeon geuttaen naemam algedoelgeoya
(When everything has been erased in the passing of time, you will understand what I feel then)

Neomuna saranghan dangsin yeongwonhi motideul dangsin
(You’re the person whom I loved too much, you’re the person whom I will never forget)
Chueokeuro ganeun dangsin
(You’re the person who just a memory now)

Naneun arayo dangsineul tteonal geu nalri naege on geotseul
(I understand, the day that you leave me will eventually come)
Naega eobseumyeon oeroum soke joyonghi heuneukkil geu saram
(You’re that kind of person who will be weeping in loneliness without me)
Jinjeong geudae salangi pilyohan geoteun naega anin ttodareun saram
(I acknowledge that the person who needs your love is not me, but someone else)
Modeun geotsi nunmulsoke jiwojilttaemyeon geuttaen naemam algedoelgeoya
(When everything has been erased in the tears, you will understand what I feel then)

Neomudo saranghan dangsin yeongwonhi motideul dangsin
(You’re the person whom I loved so much, you’re the person whom I will never forget)
Chueokeuro ganeun dangsin
(You’re the person who just a memory now)”

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