On the Street

Friday, April 10, 2015


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On the previous post, I wrote that in love, as well as in separation, ones indeed find and lose themselves at the same time; Lost and Found. In love, ones find and lose themselves, from the way they are when they’re with the love. They find who they are, and perhaps, who they want to be. They lose who they used to be, and perhaps, who they might be. In separation, ones find and lose themselves, from the way they’re without the love. They find who they are, and perhaps, who they have to and must be. They lose who they used to be, and perhaps, who they could have might be. After separation, ones lose a part of them, leaving them with an emptiness. In emptiness, ones find another part of them, forcing them to choose between moving forward or moving on.

I put up my collars against my neck and even try to smile. As I still see the picture of the way you were leaving, I’m looking back again and tears are falling.” –The Zoo, On the Street (거리에서)

A song titled “On the Street (거리에서)” is a Korean classic as today’s song for Lost and Found. This folk pop song was originally performed by Korean folk band, The Zoo (known as동물원in Korean, literally read as Dongmulwon), and was first released on 1988 as the lead single of the band’s first album. Later, it was released by former The Zoo’s vocalist, the late Kim Kwang Seok (he was the member of The Zoo until 1989), on 1993 as a part of his first remake album. The late Kim’s rendition of this song had a rock arrangement in it, making it a folk rock version of the heart-wrenching song that told about emptiness, longing, and loneliness.
A place has its own memories. And sometimes, a certain place could bring up some certain memories from the depth of our minds. For the man in this song’s lyrics, that kind of place is on the street; on this one particular street. “The streetlamps on the street light up one by one. When another day comes to an end over the burnt red twilight, somehow everything feels like a dream.” Sometimes, it only takes a little corner on the side of a street to wake up the memories of that long gone person. Sometimes, it only takes a sunset on a cold windy day to bring back the memories of that long lost love. “The deep darkness piles up on the street like dead leaves. When only the cold wind breeze passes by me, somehow everything feels like a dream.” When those memories come up, somehow we feel like there’s an inexplicable emptiness inside. The wind seems colder, the night seems darker, it’s because of the emptiness. And we wonder, what are we looking for? “I wonder what my reflection on the mirror is trying to find. Even if I try to say something, even if I try to remember it, only empty gaze, it’s all that returns.”
When those memories surface, somehow we realize that the emptiness comes from the longing feeling we have toward that person who has left. The street seems more quiet, the streetlamps seem dimmer, it’s because of the longing. And that’s what we wonder, we’re looking for that person’s presence. “I put up my collars against my neck and even try to smile. As I still see the picture of the way you were leaving, I’m looking back again and tears are falling.” The deeper we got into the memories, the more we understand that we have to get out. Yet, still, after all of those times, it makes the unstoppable tears shed. “You, the one I deeply long for, with your beautiful presence, as if nothing had happened, after leaving for a far away place that I do not know.” Time is moving forward, and we know we have to move along. Time is moving forward, but have we moved on yet? “Sad memories of love scatter silently. Now, even the way you looked, even the love we shared, are slowly being forgotten in times.” But in some other times, from the deep of our hearts we know that we will remember whenever we’re on that street.
Sung Hoon, a member of Korean prominent male vocal group Brown Eyed Soul, performed “On the Street (거리에서)” on an entertainment music program “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend”. It was during the 39th episode, when Kim Chang Gi appeared as the legend in the show. He was a guitarist and singer of The Zoo, along with the late Kim Kwang Seok. The Kim Chang Gi special episode was broadcasted by KBS television station on February 25th 2012, and also by KBS World channel on March 17th 2012. The song was written by Kim Chang Gi, yet it left a big impression about the late Kim Kwang Seok, as he was the one who sang it. Sung Hoon performed a ballad rendition of this song, with his outstanding piano accompaniment. As this song was originally beautiful, Sung delivered a different beautiful side of the sad love song.

Sad memories of love scatter silently. Now, even the way you looked, even the love we shared, are slowly being forgotten in times.” –The Zoo, On the Street (거리에서)





“Georie garodeung bulri hana dulssik kyeojigo
(The streetlamps on the street light up one by one)
Geombukeun noeul neomeo tto haruga jeomul ttaen waenji modeun geotsi kkumgyeol gatayo
(When another day comes to an end over the burnt red twilight, somehow everything feels like a dream)
Yurie bichin nae moseubeun mueol chadgo itneunji
(I wonder what my reflection on the mirror is trying to find)
Mwora malharyeo haedo gieokharyeo hayeodo heohan nungilmani doedorawayo
(Even if I try to say something, even if I try to remember it, only empty gaze, it’s all that returns)

Geuriun geudae areumdaun moseubeuro machi amu ildo eobdeon geotcheoreom
(You, the one I deeply long for, with your beautiful presence, as if nothing had happened)
Naega alji mothaneun meonameon geugotseuro tteona beorin hu
(After leaving for a far away place that I do not know)

Sarangui seulpeun chueokeun sori eobsi heuteojyeo
(Sad memories of love scatter silently)
Ijen geudae moseubdo hamkke nanun sarangdo deodin sigan soke idjhyeojyeo gayo
(Now, even the way you looked, even the love we shared, are slowly being forgotten in times)

Georie jiteun eodumi nakyeobcheoreom ssaigo
(The deep darkness piles up on the street like dead leaves)
Chagaun barammani naui gyeoteul seuchimyeon waenji modeun geotsi kkumgyeol gatayo
(When only the cold wind breeze passes by me, somehow everything feels like a dream)
Otgitseul sewo georeumyeo utseum jiryeo hayeodo
(I put up my collars against my neck and even try to smile)
Tteonagadeon geudaeui moseub boil geot gata dasi dorabomyeo nunmul heullyeoyo
(As I still see the picture of the way you were leaving, I’m looking back again and tears are falling)”

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