Winter Rain

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The sad song that is like the winter rain, should I sing it at this moment? The farewell song of January, under the gloomy sky and clouds.” –Sinawe, Winter Rain (겨울비) [translated lyrics]

I know, it’s not winter yet, and it’s still November and the January is still two months to go. But since this song is about the rain, which is suited well with this month’s theme, therefore I put this song’s review in this month. It’s a song titled “Winter Rain (겨울비)”, performed by one of South Korean most infamous rock bands, Sinawe. Formed by Shin Dae Chul, the son of Shin Jung Hyun (who is acclaimed as the godfather of Korean rock music), in 1986, Sinawe is credited as the first heavy metal band in South Korea. “Winter Rain (겨울비)” was first released in 1990, as a part of Sinawe’s fourth studio album titled “Four”. This song is composed and penned by Shin Dae Chul and Kim Jong Seo, who was Sinawe’s vocalist at that time.

"Four" album cover by Sinawe - source: www.maniadb.com


Rain in the winter, what would it be like? Cold. Very cold. “Winter Rain (겨울비)” tells about someone who feels the coldness of being alone; the loneliness that comes after a cold separation with a lover. “The sad song that is like the winter rain, should I sing it at this moment? The farewell song of January, under the gloomy sky and clouds.” In the loneliness, there’s always this kind of song for every person; a certain song in which we remember every time we feel lonely. When the rain falls, under the gloomy sky and dark clouds, we feel like singing that song; a song of farewell. As we feel the coldness seeps into our hearts, we wonder, where is the love? “In those stars and through the moonlight, is there any love in there? Inside my anxious heart and through the time that has stopped.”
As we feel the coldness goes deep into our hearts, we wonder, will we ever feel the love again? As we realize that we’re all alone on this street in this rainy winter day, we wonder, has the loneliness ever felt so cold like this before? “On the street along the winter rain, there’s only a gray smile. What is this kind of sadness that keeps seeping through my heart?” As the rain keeps falling, as the sad song keeps playing, we wonder, will those happy moments ever come again in our life? Will the already gone person whom we love ever come back again? Will we ever be able to fall in love again? As the rain keeps falling, as the sad song keeps playing, we can’t help but find ourselves travel back in time, through the deep of cold loneliness. “Will those happy moments of love ever come back again? My love, you are who have left me, now far away from me.”

"PETSDN2" album cover by Kim Jong Seo - source: www.maniadb.com


Back in 1992, following his departure from Sinawe, Kim Jong Seo started going solo. He re-released “Winter Rain (겨울비)” with new arrangement and put the song into his second album titled “PETSDN2”, which was released on 1993. Although this classic rock ballad had not been sung yet in ma favorite entertainment music program, “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend”, I discovered this song for the first time through this program. It was on episode 153, which was the “3rd Anniversary” special edition of “Immortal Songs 2”, when Kim appeared as one of the performers and performed Kim Soo Hee’s hit song titled “Affection (애모)”, he inserted the chorus part of “Winter Rain (겨울비)” into his arrangement as the bridge part. The arrangement turned out really well-suited. Thanks to the wonderful program, I was being able to find the Korean classic hits once more.

On the street along the winter rain, there’s only a gray smile. What is this kind of sadness that keeps seeping through my heart?” –Sinawe, Winter Rain (겨울비) [translated lyrics]




“Gyeoulbi cheoreom seulpeun noraereul isungan bureulkka
(The sad song that is like the winter rain, should I sing it at this moment?)
Uulhan haneulgwa gureum ilworui ibyeolnorae
(The farewell song of January, under the gloomy sky and clouds)
Byeoldeulgwa jeo dalbitsokedo sarangi itseulkka
(In those stars and through the moonlight, is there any love in there?)
Aetaneun inae maeumgwa meomchwojin i sigandeul
(Inside my anxious heart and through the time that has stopped)

Saranghae haengbokhan sungandeul ije dasi oji anneunga
(Will those happy moments of love ever come back again?)
Naege tteonagan meolli tteonagan sarangui yeoina
(My love, you are who have left me, now far away from me)

Gyeoulbi naerin jeo gilwieneun hoesaekbit misoman
(On the street along the winter rain, there’s only a gray smile)
Naegaseum soke seumineun i seulpeum mueolkka
(What is this kind of sadness that keeps seeping through my heart?)”

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