White Night

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

On a rainy night, I walk towards my long-held memory. Make the rain falls harder, so that it could hide these tears falling down my face, these tears.” –Jeon Young Rok, White Night (하얀 밤에) [translated lyrics]

"'87" album cover by Jeon Young Rok - source: www.maniadb.com

Back on 2013, the South Korean entertainment music program, “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend”, was broadcasting special edition for celebrating the Lunar New Year. The special broadcast was divided into three parts of “Heartthrob Special”, which showcasing heartthrobs who represented the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. The first installment was on episode 116, where Jeon Young Rok was appeared as the legend, and also as a representative heartthrob of the 1980s. This episode was broadcasted by KBS television station on August 31st 2013, and then continued by an airing on KBS World channel on September 21st 2013. In this episode, one of Jeon’s biggest hits, “White Night (하얀 밤에)”, was performed by female vocalist and rapper of hip-hop group, Clover, Gilme. The now-is-going-solo female singer performed this song with a modern pop R n’ B arrangement that awed everyone. She showed a sexy yet heartwrenching performance with her mesmerizing husky voice.


Gilme performed "White Night" on the 116th episode of "Immortal Songs 2"

It feels good when you hear this song when the rain falls on a sleepless night. Because that’s what this song is about. When the rain falls at night, anything can happen. In “White Night (하얀 밤에)”, someone finds it’s hard not to get drown in the deep of memories; memories about farewell. The rain does its magic in here. As the rain falls, tears can’t help but streaming down, the misery can’t help but coming right through into our heart. “On a rainy night, I walk towards my long-held memory. Make the rain falls harder, so that it could hide these tears falling down my face. On a windy night, I walk towards my long-held memory. Make the wind blows harder, so that no one would notice my messy hair.”
However, the rain has its charming twist of magic. It could make us feeling miserable inside, but at the same time, it could hide our misery outside. The raindrops hide and sweep away our tears. On that night when the one we used to love was leaving us alone behind in tears, rain helped us to cover ourselves; being drown alone in sadness but it feels fine as long as anyone can’t see. Just us and ourselves, and the cold wind of rainy night, and the sound of raindrops. No one needs to see how miserable we are, no one needs to know how lonely we are, because no one is there for us, only the rain. “Even if a thunderstorm is about to sweep up everything, it’s just the sound of a rainfall that surrounds me. Even if I cry my heart out on the night when you left, it’s just the sound of a rainfall that surrounds me, surrounds me.”


Hong Kyung Min performed "White Night" on the 21st episode of "Immortal Songs 2"

Gilme’s performance on the 116th episode was not the first time “White Night (하얀 밤에)” performed in this program. The first time was on episode 21, where this song was performed by a male soloist, Hong Kyung Min. This episode was aired by KBS television station on October 22nd 2011, and followed by a broadcasting on KBS World channel on November 12th 2011. Hong performed this song with a rock ballad arrangement. His rendition was amazed everyone, even the legend, Jeon Young Rok, himself. It made Hong won the “Immortal Songs 2” trophy of that very episode. Jeon was popular for his upbeat song, but this song created his style of singing ballad songs. Although it’s the song that made Jeon won the Grand Prize on KBS Music Awards, he never fond of performing this song since it was first released on 1987. But watching Hong’s performance was a life-changing experience for him. Indeed, this song is a classic. Even until now, many people request this song on radio during rainy days.

Even if a thunderstorm is about to sweep up everything, it’s just the sound of a rainfall that surrounds me. Even if I cry my heart out on the night when you left, it’s just the sound of a rainfall that surrounds me, surrounds me.” –Jeon Young Rok, White Night (하얀 밤에) [translated lyrics]






“Bi ssotajineun bame meon chueokeuro naneun gari
(On a rainy night, I walk towards my long-held memory)
Bi sechage naeryeodao nae ppyamwie heureuneun nunmureul gamchudorok nunmureul
(Make the rain falls harder, so that it could hide these tears falling down my face, these tears)

Baram bureooneun bamemeon chueokeuro naneun gari
(On a windy night, I walk towards my long-held memory)
Baram sechage bureodao heongkeureojin meoriga amudo moreuge amudo
(Make the wind blows harder, so that no one would notice my messy hair, no one)

Bibarami bureowa modeun geotsi naraga beoriljirado bitsoriman hayage nareul gamssane
(Even if a thunderstorm is about to sweep up everything, it’s just the sound of a rainfall that surrounds me)
Geudae tteonan i bame hayeomeobsi nunmuri heulleo naeryeodo bitsoriman hayage nareul gamssane gamssane
(Even if I cry my heart out on the night when you left, it’s just the sound of a rainfall that surrounds me, surrounds me)

Geudae tteonan i bame
(On the night when you left)”

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