Heartbreaking Wish

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Life is a never ending battle with ourselves. Every battle is worth fighting for, since it’s the way we get mature in the process. It’s not the matter of winning or losing, it’s about whether we could learn from the battle itself. Shannon L. Alder said that, the only real battle in life is between hanging on and letting go. Well I say, indeed that’s the toughest battle. Between hanging on and letting go; The Remembered and The Forgotten; sometimes we don’t realize that it’s not the person whom we’re hanging onto or letting go of, but it’s the feeling; our own feeling towards that person. Both have its own consequences, both aren’t easy path to walk on, yet in a battle, a man has to choose. It’s okay to hang on. It isn’t wrong to let go.

I can’t forget you, and you know that. With falling tears, I still remember you. I’m sorry that I couldn’t be patient and always put you down.” –Lee So Ra, Please (제발)

Hanging on is not losing. For you who choose to hang on with all of its consequences, I present you one of the saddest ballad songs, titled “Please (제발)”. Sung by one of the most beautiful vocals of Korea, Lee So Ra, it was first released on December 2000 as the lead single of Lee’s 4th studio album. The highlight of the song is Lee’s emotional voice, which blends so well with the sad melody of the song. It has been covered by many other great ballad singers, including Park Hyo Shin, Lee Soo Young, Lee Seung Gi, Kim Bum Soo, Lyn, and many more.
“Please (제발)” is a song about longing for the past lover; a heartbreaking wish to come back and start all over again. When there are so many things we’ve spent together with our past lover, those can’t be easily forgotten. Thus, that person can’t be easily replaced. “You said I was the only one you wanted. Therefore the memories of our laughter and tears, they shouldn’t be erased by another love. I don’t want our memories fade away.” The funny thing about love is, the person whom we love so much is the person who has the greatest chance to hurt us. And after growing apart with that person, that’s when we realized that there are so many things we’re sorry for. And then, there’s this feeling, a will to get back for good and fix everything. “It’s not like we can talk about everything, so listen to these last words I’m about to say. The more I loved you, the more I got upset with you, and I’m sorry for that.” If someone is really meant for us, no matter how far they’ve gone and how long you’ve been separated, I believe that they will find their way back to us. Yet, we are human. We have a limit and we can’t wait forever. “I hope you’ll find your way back to me somehow. I beg that we could start all over again from the beginning. I say that I’ll be waiting for you, but don’t take too long. Don’t go farther away from me, come closer, please.” If you really need them, then tell them. A wish-comes-true can’t be achieved just by praying, but it needs an effort too.
In the 168th installment of entertainment music program, “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend”, “Please (제발)” was performed as a duet collaboration between two prominent ballad male singers, Yoon Min Soo and Shin Young Jae. The episode was the “Best Duo Special: Singing the Love”, which was aired on KBS television station on October 11th 2014, and later was broadcasted by KBS World channel on November 1st 2014. With their breathtakingly heartwrenching rendition, Yoon and Shin were able to take home the winning trophy of that episode.

I hope you won’t forget and come back to me someday. Think about how painful our hearts will break if we stay apart. I say that I’ll be waiting for you, but don’t take too long. Don’t go farther away from me, come closer, please.” –Lee So Ra, Please (제발)






“Itjji mothae neoreul itjjanha ajik tto nunmul heullimyeo neol saenggakhae
(I can’t forget you, and you know that, with falling tears, I still remember you)
Neul chamji mothago tujeongburin geot mianhae
(I’m sorry that I couldn’t be patient and always put you down)
Naman weonhandago haetjjanha geureoke utkko ureottteon gieoktteuri
(You said I was the only one you wanted, therefore the memories of our laughter and tears)
Dareun sarangeuro ichyeojyeo jiweojineunge nan shireo
(They shouldn’t be erased by another love, I don’t want our memories fade away)

Eotteokedeun dashi doraogil butakhae cheoeumeuro dashi doragagil baralkke
(I hope you’ll find your way back to me somehow, I beg that we could start all over again from the beginning)
Gidarilge mareun hajiman neomu neujeojimyeoneun andwae meoreojijima deo gakkai jebal
(I say that I’ll be waiting for you, but don’t take too long, don’t go farther away from me, come closer, please)

Modeungeol maral su eopjjanha majimak yaegil halteni jom deureobwa
(It’s not like we can talk about everything, so listen to these last words I’m about to say)
Manhi saranghamyeon halsurok hwaman nae seo deo mianhae
(The more I loved you, the more I got upset with you, and I’m sorry for that)

Eonjenganeun dashi doraogil butakhae heeojimyeon gaseum apeulgeora saenggakhae
(I hope you won’t forget and come back to me someday, think about how painful our hearts will break if we stay apart)
Gidarilge mareun hajiman neomu neujeojimyeoneun andwae meoreojijima deo gakkai jebal
(I say that I’ll be waiting for you, but don’t take too long, don’t go farther away from me, come closer, please)”

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