The Farewell Story

Saturday, March 21, 2015


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I know that I haven’t been living for so long. Twenty-something years, well, that long is long enough for me to understand some things in life. People might say that I’m still young, yet that young is old enough for me to be a grown up now. And that long, it’s long enough for me to have some past moments that I can look back at. Whenever we reminisce the past, or take a look back into our life so far, it can’t be helped to think about the goodbyes that we have. From the goodbye we have with the people that left us behind, or the people that we left behind, with the the stories that we made with those people, until a goodbye with the feelings we build for them. Whether it’s a place or the people, it’s always hard to say goodbye, moreover with the memories of it. To close one chapter in our life, to move on from it, indeed it’s not easy to say goodbye. However, a chapter must end in order for us to be able to start a new one. For you who haven’t noticed, there’s a “good” in “goodbye”. So I believe, for a reason that we might haven’t realized it yet, all of the goodbyes that we had must be for our own sake. And I also believe, that someday we will understand the meaning behind the “good” in “goodbye".

We have to break up like this, but neither of us can say a thing about it. Over the last cup of tea, we memorize each other’s scent, as we want to leave with our unforgettable memories.” –Lee Moon Sae & Go Eun Hee, The Farewell Story (이별 이야기)

A song titled “The Farewell Story (이별 이야기)” is going to be today’s song for My Choices: Continue Living. The ballad song was a duet hits of Korean legendary male soloist, Lee Moon Sae, with Go Eun Hee. First released in 1987 as a part of Lee’s fourth studio album, this song made him well-known and became one of his signature songs. Unlike any other classic duet songs, “The Farewell Story (이별 이야기)” –just like its title– was a duet song about a sad break up. The beautiful sad song was written by the late Lee Young Hoon, a prominent Korean composer who frequently worked with Lee before he passed away in 2008. It’s also known as “Goodbye, My Love” as its translated title.

Lee Moon Sae's 4th album cover - source: maniadb.com

I choose this song because its lyrics are talking about goodbye; the story of a farewell. It portrays two lovers who are breaking up; before and during. It depicts how a goodbye is indeed not an easy decision to make and definitely is a difficult thing to do; doesn’t matter whether it’s the greatest choice right now for those two people. The fact that this is a duet song proves that goodbye is actually hard for both sides, indeed, whether it’s the person who leave or the one who is being left. Because eventually, in the end, they both leave each other. “We have to break up like this, but neither of us can say a thing about it. Over the last cup of tea, we memorize each other’s scent, as we want to leave with our unforgettable memories.” In this song, the lovers seem like they know that it will be the last time they meet, that they have to say goodbye, that they’re breaking up. However, it’s not that easy to say the words.
Well, I guess knowing that it’s the last time is not making it easier to say goodbye. On the contrary, it’s making it worse, because we realize that it’s the last time we can see that person. We might be sure that we’re not crying, but who guess that it would be this hard to speak up our mind for the last time? We might be sure that we won’t regret, but who guess that it would be this painful to see that person for the last time? “Let’s not shed tears today, since we have the same words in our minds. I won’t regret it, but seeing you for the last time gives pain in my heart.” In the end, it’s natural if we shed tears during a farewell. It doesn’t mean that we’re not sure about the goodbye, it’s just that we’re feeling sad about it. Indeed, there’s no goodbye that doesn’t hurt. “You can’t say that last word to me, so you write it down with water on the table. I just break down in sorrowful tears like this. My dear, it’s time to say goodbye.”

Davichi performed "The Farewell Story" in "Immortal Songs 2"

During the 186th episode of Korean entertainment music program, “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend”, “The Farewell Story (이별 이야기)” was performed by Davichi, the infamous female vocal duo. The late Lee Young Hoon special episode was broadcasted by KBS television station on February 14th 2015, and later was aired by KBS World channel on March 7th 2015. Lee Hae Ri and Kang Min Kyung performed the male-female duet song as female-female duet with such a heavenly harmony, as they always show. Though the arrangement was a simple acoustic, they successfully portrayed the subtle sadness through their sweet-sorrow rendition.

You can’t say that last word to me, so you write it down with water on the table. I just break down in sorrowful tears like this. My dear, it’s time to say goodbye.” –Lee Moon Sae & Go Eun Hee, The Farewell Story (이별 이야기)



“Ireohge urin heeojyeoya haneungeol seoroga mareul mothago
(We have to break up like this, but neither of us can say a thing about it)
Majimak chatjansoke seoroui hyanggiga doeeo jinhan chueokeul namgigopa
(Over the last cup of tea, we memorize each other’s scent, as we want to leave with our unforgettable memories)

Urineun seoro nunmul heullijimayo seoroga mareun gatado
(Let’s not shed tears today, since we have the same words in our minds)
Huhoeneun aneulgeoya hajiman geudae moseubeun naui maeumeul apeuge hae
(I won’t regret it, but seeing you for the last time gives pain in my heart)

Geudae naege malloneun mothago takjawie mullo sseusin majimak geu hanmadi
(You can’t say that last word to me, so you write it down with water on the table)
Seoreowo ireohge nunmulman geudaeyeo ijen annyeong
(I just break down in sorrowful tears like this, my dear, it’s time to say goodbye)

Geudaeyeo ijen annyeong
(My dear, it’s time to say goodbye)”

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