Up and Down

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


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Truth to be told, when I was younger, I loved to play the games. I’ve played with many hearts before (and I feel so very much sorry about that, I mean it), giving them hope of love just to bring them down again and leaving them with nothing but desperation, and maybe hatred, towards me. Well, that was back then; the younger, wild, dangerous, careless, and (not so) innocent me. As I’m growing up, lessons learnt. In the beginning of a relationship, or whatever they call it, you know, when two people are having interest with each other and they begin to get to know and be closer with each other, that’s a crucial stage that will determine where their relationship goes; more (read: lover), or just a friend. There is always a push-and-pull during that stage, whether it’s the man who does the push and the woman who does the pull or vice versa. For grown-up women, like me, we need no games anymore, but certainty. We prefer not being taken up and down, though life and love are indeed full of ups and downs.

I don’t know whether your eyes pretend to be innocent, you put me up and then bring me down as you please. Then I feel loco, you drive me crazy as if I were being forced to ride a roller coaster, such a monster.” –EXID, Up & Down (위아래)

For today’s song in My Choices: Continue Living, let’s keep the upbeat mood with this song, titled “Up & Down (위아래)”. The dance pop song was performed by South Korea’s rookie girl group, EXID. It was released as a digital single on August 27th 2014, with a music video directed by Digipedi released on the same day. It was written, composed, and arranged by Korean prominent composer and music producer, Shinsadong Tiger, along with Namking Nang, and a member of EXID, Ahn Hyo Jin, who’s well-know with her stage name as LE.


"Up & Down" single cover - source: k2nblog.com

The lyrics of “Up & Down (위아래)” talk about a woman who feels uncertain about the feeling of a man whom she is close with right now. Just like I’ve mentioned before, the tricky yet confusing push and pull between a woman and a man during the approach time. Feels like they’re together sometimes, but feels like they’re not some other times. Feels like he likes her sometimes, but feels like he doesn’t some other times. It’s exciting yet confusing, like a roller-coaster, a monstrous one. “Hey, stop spinning me around and around. Hey, stop being so risky. Stop touching me. Stop vaguely touching me.” It’s not clear whether he’s just innocent, or he purposely playing games with her. Anyway, those games are driving her crazy, spinning her head around. And it’s just a matter of time until she has enough with the uncertainty.
The way he acts, the way he talks, the way he behaves around her, it feels like more than just a friend. However, he doesn’t come clear with all that. “Your words, your face, they make me feel so confuse. You leave traces all over me. Pretending it’s not there, pretending you don’t know, you keep playing games with me. You flirt and flirt with me.” The uncertainty makes her feel so anxious. She doesn’t need those lame jokes and useless words, all she need is the truth about his feeling and where is all of this thing going to lead them. She has enough of teasing and joking, all she wants is for him to clarify everything that’s going on between them. Man, please, don’t make a woman stands in confusion at the crossroad and cries. Make your certain move, don’t shake her feeling up and down. Every woman needs certainty, indeed. “I keep shaking up and down. Why don’t you know? Clearly show me your heart. Why don’t you know?”


"Up & Down" official single jacket photo - source: dkpopnews.net

“Up & Down (위아래)” made headlines for its belated chart run in the middle of November. Despite its belated popularity, the song took over South Korea and re-entered the chart after falling off in September. In December, it topped several music charts, making it EXID’s first number one song in television music shows. Well, what can I say? The song is so addictive! And after all, EXID deserves the rising popularity with this groovy amazing song.

Stop teasing me and give me some clarity. I don’t need those useless words. I need your truth, not your jokes. Don’t make me stand at a crossroad, don’t make me cry.” –EXID, Up & Down (위아래)








“Wi arae wi wi arae wi arae wi wi arae wi arae wi wi arae up
(Up and down, up up and down, up and down, up up and down, up and down, up up and down, up)
Wi arae wi wi arae wi arae wi wi arae wi arae wi wi arae down
(Up and down, up up and down, up and down, up up and down, up and down, up up and down, down)

Nan molla sunjinhan cheok haneun ne donggong nal ne mamdaero deureotdaganeun noko
(I don’t know whether your eyes pretend to be innocent, you put me up and then bring me down as you please)
Then I feel loco oh oh, nal michige mandeureo gangjetapseunghan
(Then I feel loco, oh oh, you drive me crazy as if I were being forced to ride)
A roller coaster, such a monster, such a monster, such a monster

Hey baby boy binggeul binggeul binggeul dolliji malgo neon
(Hey baby boy, stop spinning me around and around, you)
Hey baby boy aseul aseulhage seuchiji malgo neon
(Hey baby boy, stop being so risky, you)
Geuman jom geondeuryeo geondeuryeo aemaehage geondeuryeo neon
(Stop touching me, stop vaguely touching me, you)
Neon neon wae wae neon neon wae wae wi arae wi wi arae
(You you, why why, you you, why why, up and down, up up and down)

Jakku wi araero heundeullineun na
(I keep shaking up and down)
Why don’t u know, don’t u know, don’t u know
Hwaksilhage naege mameul boyeojwo
(Clearly show me your heart)
Why don’t u know, don’t u know, don’t u know, yeah ey

Wi arae wi wi arae wi arae wi wi arae wi arae wi wi arae
(Up and down, up up and down, up and down, up up and down, up and down, up up and down)
Up up down down

Ne maltu ne pyojeongdeul nal hetgallige hamyeonseo neon
(Your words, your face, they make me feel so confuse)
Heulliji tto heulliji heundeul heundeul heundeul heundeul
(You leave traces all over me, shake shake shake shake)
Eomneun cheok moreuneun cheok deureotda nwatda hamyeonseo neon
(Pretending it’s not there, pretending you don’t know, you keep playing games with me)
Buriji kki buriji heundeul heundeul heundeul heundeul
(You flirt and flirt with me, shake shake shake shake)

Just do what you wanna, do what you wanna
Yagolliji malgo naege hwaksineul jwoneon
(Stop teasing me and give me some clarity)
Sseuldeeomneun mareun bulpillyohae pillyohae
(I don’t need those useless words)
Jangnananin jinsim nal seontaegui giroe
(I need your truth, not your jokes)
Seogehajima nal nunmul jeotge hajima
(Don’t make me stand at a crossroad, don’t make me cry)
Wi arae wi wi arae wi arae wi wi arae
(Up and down, up up and down, up up down)”

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