Love is Such a Common Word

Tuesday, February 24, 2015



Real life celebrity couple, Ji Sung and Lee Bo Young, wedding pictorial for Grazia Korea - source: grazia.co.kr

Love; one word four letters, and a very common one, indeed. When we want to replace the word ‘love’, then what word could that be? Would it be ‘care’? Would it be ‘like’? Would it be ‘need’? Well that might work. Now try to put ourselves in as the other person, would we want to hear ‘I care for you’, ‘I like you’, or ‘I need you’ coming out from the person we love? Well I don’t think so. ‘I love you’; three words, and a very common sentence, indeed, yet there is no other sentence that is more powerful than that. Love, a very common word, indeed, yet there is no other word that is more powerful than that. It’s alright to be common, when one common word is more than enough to say it all. Never hesitate to use the word ‘love’ to express the feeling, because that one common word could mean the whole world for someone; It’s Okay, This Is Love.

Love is such a common word, so I’d rather say something else to you. I try to think of another word, but I can’t come up with anything. I really want to say something else, but I have no choice.” –Im Byung Soo, Love Is Such A Common Word (사랑이란 말은 너무 너무 흔해)

It’s getting near to the end of this month of love, and now I will present you a song titled “Love Is Such A Common Word (사랑이란 말은 너무 너무 흔해)”. Performed by Im Byung Soo, written and composed by Lee Jang Hee, it’s a Korean classic that was first released in 1985 as a part of Im’s second studio album. The pop song with upbeat tempo was a megahit. In order to get this song, Im personally sought out Lee in America and asked him to write it. The tempo is exceptionally fast and goes well with his trembling vocals and fancy old-style rap. Up to this date, “Love Is Such A Common Word (사랑이란 말은 너무 너무 흔해)” had been performed twice in the Korean entertainment music program, “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend”. The first one was on episode 33, the “Duet with Legends” special, when this song was performed by male balladeer Huh Gak, featuring Im Byung Soo himself. It was broadcasted by KBS television station on January 14th 2012, and later by KBS World channel on February 4th 2012.

Im Byung Soo's second album cover - source: maniadb.com

“Love Is Such A Common Word (사랑이란 말은 너무 너무 흔해)” is a song about a man who wants to confess his feeling towards the woman he loves. It tells about his concern and anxiety of how to put the word that would make his feeling reaches her heart. Because somehow, he thinks that ‘love’ itself is such a common word already. “Whenever I spend my time with you, all my worries disappear, I think of ways to make you feel excited and laugh. If my heart was a book, I’d give it to you as a gift, it would show you what I fail to express from my heart.” The feeling that brings comfort, that makes him wanting to make happiness. The feeling that is overwhelming, that is indescribable, that is written in all over his heart. The feeling that makes him afraid of separation, that is too much to bear, that can’t be helped. If ‘love’ is way to cheesy to describe that kind of feeling, then he would die trying to find any other word. “I love you too much until the point that it scares me, I’m nervous that you’ll leave me somehow. I know that I’m a fool worrying over probably nothing, but I can’t help it because of this love I have for you.” Yet, as hard as he tries to find the replacement of the word ‘love’, he can’t find any other that fits. He can’t express it in any other way than through ‘love’. There is no other word that would represent it better than ‘love’. More than anything in this world. It’s inevitable. Because after all, he’s in love, indeed. “You are that I love, I love you. You are that I love, I love you. Nobody else but you, I love you.”

Huh Gak (left) and Im Byung Soo (right) performed "Love Is Such A Common Word" in "Immortal Songs 2"

No Brain performed "Love Is Such A Common Word" in "Immortal Songs 2"

Three years later after its first appearance on “Immortal Songs 2”, “Love Is Such A Common Word (사랑이란 말은 너무 너무 흔해)” was performed by Korean punk rock band, No Brain, during the 183rd episode, when Lee Jang Hee appeared as the legend. The first part of two-episodes Lee Jang Hee special was broadcasted on January 24th 2015 by KBS television station, and later on February 14th 2015 by KBS World channel. Huh Gak and Im Byung Soo performed the song with a pop ballad arrangement, which was mesmerizing, especially with their amazing vocal harmony. Meanwhile, No Brain’s punk rock ballad rendition of “Love Is Such A Common Word (사랑이란 말은 너무 너무 흔해)” was tearing down the stage; it’s over the top! They showed the quintessence of Korean punk rock. Those joyful men surely knew how to have fun, and their performance just got rid of all the stress, indeed, since the original song itself was very lovingly mood-boosting.

You are that I love, I love you, I love you, I love you. You are that I love, I love you, I love you, I love you. Nobody else but you, I love you, I love you, I love you.” –Im Byung Soo, Love Is Such A Common Word (사랑이란 말은 너무 너무 흔해)







“Sarangiran mareun neomuneomu heunhae neoegemaneun sseugosipji anjimaneun
(Love is such a common word, so I’d rather say something else to you)
Dalli mareul chadjeulyeo haedo mattanghan marieobseo sseugosipji anjimaneun eojjeolsuga eobseo
(I try to think of another word, but I can’t come up with anything, I really want to say something else, but I have no choice)
Geudaegyeote itneunsungan modeungeokjeong sarajigo eojjihamyeon geudaereul jeulgeobge haejulkka hane
(Whenever I spend my time with you, all my worries disappear, I think of ways to make you feel excited and laugh)
Naemaeumi chaekiramyeon geudaeege seonmulhayeo mallo pyohyeon mothan imam ikhyeojugo sipne
(If my heart was a book, I’d give it to you as a gift, it would show you what I fail to express from my heart)

Saranghaeneoreul neoreul saranghae saranghae saranghae
(You are that I love, I love you, I love you, I love you)
Saranghaeneoreul neoreul saranghae saranghae saranghae
(You are that I love, I love you, I love you, I love you)
Eoneunugudo anin neoreul saranghae saranghae saranghae
(Nobody else but you, I love you, I love you, I love you)

Neomunado saranghani eungeunhi geobinago ireodaga eojjeodaga doraseolkka tteollyeoogo
(I love you too much until the point that it scares me, I’m nervous that you’ll leave me somehow)
Gwaenhangeokjeong handasipeo babogatda saenggakjiman neoreul naega saranghani eojjeolsuga eobne
(I know that I’m a fool worrying over probably nothing, but I can’t help it because of this love I have for you)”

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