Do You Love Me?

Monday, March 09, 2015


"Do You Love Me" promotional photo - source: 2NE1 Official Facebook

Falling in love; it’s been so long since the last time I had that, but I remember it as a bitter-sweet sensation. From the butterflies you have inside your stomach, the warm fuzzy feelings you feel creeping underneath your skin, the tingling sparks you feel tickling beneath your chest; and those little details that could light you up in the air. Until the anxiety that makes you hard to fall asleep at night, the restlessness that makes you don’t feel like eating, the longing you have for that person; and those little details that could shrink you down in desperation. And don’t forget the one little thing that bothers you the most; does that person feel the same like the way you feel for them? Yup, love can work in one-way, but relationship can’t. It takes two to tango. And the fear of unrequited love always comes in the way when people fall in love. Indeed, nobody wants their feeling to be wasted anyway.

Since the day I first met you, my prediction was right. You captivated my heart, which no one was able to do before.” –2NE1, Do You Love Me

I think it’s time to heat up the atmosphere with an upbeat song. Well, a song titled “Do You Love Me” will be great for today’s My Choices: Continue Living song. The electro dance pop song was performed by South Korea’s prominent girl group, 2NE1. It was released digitally as a single on August 7th 2013, with the music video released on the following day.

"Do You Love Me" single cover - source: en.wikipedia.org

During the prologue, I talked about one thing that people-fall-in-love can’t deny; wondering whether the person they love loves them back. It’s basically what the lyrics of “Do You Love Me” tell about. Believe it or not, we can feel it coming when we’re going to fall in love with a certain someone; an intuition, since the first time we met that person. Just one look at the eyes, and just like that, our heart was captivated, unlike before with anyone else. “Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, I only think of you. Morning, lunch time, evening, dawn, all day you burn me up. In the end, love is what I say. I think I have fallen into the ocean of you.” Just one meeting, and just like that, everything changed and we’re got head over heels, unlike before with anyone else. And just like that, we fall so hard and can’t seem to see anybody but that person, unlike before with anyone else. “I hope our amazing encounter is not just a typical misunderstanding. You shake up my tightly jammed heart, rock n’ roll. Since the moment I first saw you, my heart was already K.O. No matter how hot someone is, if they want me, I say no.”
We were born with our hearts locked, and as we live, we will meet some people who have a hold of the key to unlock them. When we fall in love, we believe that that person is the one who holds the key. We believe that that’s for good, that the meeting is a fate, a destiny, that it’s meant to be. “Feels like we can be together till the end of our lives. Let’s be together till the end of the universe, don’t let go of my hand.” No matter how dreamy and cheesy it is, it is what being in love called. But the reality will hit soon. Is it just us who feel it? Or does that person feel the same way as we feel about it? “Is it only my misunderstanding? I want to believe that you feel the same. No one could understand, but I want to ask you.” And here we are, gather up our courage to speak up one question that we always want to ask that person since the beginning, “Do you love me? Do you love me like the way I love you?” Do you?

"Do You Love Me" artwork - source: here

“Do You Love Me” was written, composed, and arranged by YG Entertainment’s well-known composer, Teddy Park. It became one of 2NE1’s representative electro-pop songs, along with their 2011 hits, “I Am The Best (내가 제일 나가)”. I got addicted to this song as soon as I heard it for the first time. It could pump up your mood just like a fireworks.

You’re the key to my heart, I only open up to you. This is my last love, don’t leave me.” –2NE1, Do You Love Me




“D.O.Y.O.U.L.O.V.E.M.E D.O.Y.O.U.L.O.V.E.M.E
D.O.Y.O.U.L.O.V.E.M.E D.O.Y.O.U.L.O.V.E. Do you?

Do you love me? Do you love me? Do you love me like the way I love you, babe?
Do you love me? Do you love me? Do you love me like the way I love you, babe?

Yegami ttak majadeureosseo neol mannatdeon cheotnalbuteo
(Since the day I first met you, my prediction was right)
Amudo gajil su eobseotdeon nae mameul sarojabasseo
(You captivated my heart, which no one was able to do before)
Nan wol hwa su mok geum to il geudaeman saenggakhae
(Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, I only think of you)
Achim jeomsim jeonyeok saebyeok onjongil aetage
(Morning, lunch time, evening, dawn, all day you burn me up)
Gyeolloneun gyeolguk, L O V E is what I say
(In the end, L O V E is what I say)
Nan neoran badae puk ppajin geot gatae
(I think I have fallen into the ocean of you)

Na honjamanui chakgagilkka neon nawa gatda mitgo sipeo
(Is it only my misunderstanding? I want to believe that you feel the same)
Nugudo hearil sun eobtjiman neoege mutgo sipeo
(No one could understand, but I want to ask you)

Gimakhin uriui mannami ppeonhan chakgageun anigetjyo
(I hope our amazing encounter is not just a typical misunderstanding)
Kkwak makhin dapdaphan nae mameul heundeureojwoyo, rock n’ roll
(You shake up my tightly jammed heart, rock n’ roll)
Neol cheom bon sunganbuteo imi nae simjangeun K.O
(Since the moment I first saw you, my heart was already K.O)
Amuri meotjin nuga nal wonhandaedo, I say no
(No matter how hot someone is, if they want me, I say no)
Neon naui mamui yeolsoe neoegeman nal yeolge
(You’re the key to my heart, I only open up to you)
Ibeoni majimak sarangiya nal tteonagajima
(This is my last love, don’t leave me)

Sarmui kkeutkkaji gachi hal su isseul geot gata
(Feels like we can be together till the end of our lives)
Uju kkeutkkaji hamkke hae soneul nochima
(Let’s be together till the end of the universe, don’t let go of my hand)”

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