When Time Passes By

Friday, April 24, 2015


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Time is a significant independent variable that influences many dependent variables in life. Time will eventually keep going by, and everything will always pass. As a human, we will eventually keep growing old, but we will not always be a grown up. Some people say that being old is definite, while being a grown up is a matter of choice. Even now, though I think that I’ve matured enough for my age, at some point I still feel like I’m being childish for no reason. However, there’s one thing that I understand; as we grow up into an adult, the depth of our sensitivity gets matured. That’s why I begin to feel it when I become childish. And actually, having that thought itself is a sign that I’m growing up. In the process, with the passage of time, there are some things that build the matured sensitivity; it’s the Lost and Found.

I already know that this is the end of our love, that this is the last time for our love. Even if we want each other, we don’t have forever. In front of time that keeps ticking, it won’t last forever.” –Choi Ho Seob, When Time Passes (세월이 가면)

Today’s song for Lost and Found is a Korean classic track by Choi Ho Seob, titled “When Time Passes (세월이 가면)”. The rock ballad song was first released on March 30th 1988 as the title song of Choi’s debut album. The lyrics were written by Choi’s older brother, Choi Myung Seob, while the melody was composed and arranged by his little brother, Choi Gwi Seob, which made this song is so meaningful for Choi himself. “When Time Passes (세월이 가면)” was a huge hit and remade by many other singers. This song has been beloved by people for its sorrowful emotions, sadness, and longing sipped through time. It became more popular as it was often used in various television dramas and movies. Even until now in South Korea, it’s still a lot of people’s favorite song to sing in karaoke.

Choi Ho Seob's first album cover - source: maniadb.com

Even when time passes by, there’s a love that cannot be forgotten. The lyrics of “When Time Passes (세월이 가면)” tells about that love; the old love and its lingering scent in the faded memories; the love that was so beautiful yet so sorrowful, because it had to come to an end. “Even if you give out a smile for the sake of me, you can’t hide your sad face from me. I’m looking at you in these streaming tears, as you’re helplessly turning your back away.” A separation is always hurtful, whether you’re the one leaving or being left. It’s hurt for both parties. As a human, we’re helpless in front of time and fate. At some point, for whatever reason, even a true love has an end when it doesn’t meant to be. “I already know that this is the end of our love, that this is the last time for our love. Even if we want each other, we don’t have forever. In front of time that keeps ticking, it won’t last forever.” However, there’s one thing that time cannot control, or at least doesn’t have much power of it; memory. Memories stay, no matter how deep they’re buried. “When time passes, although you would forget the feeling of aching longing in your heart, don’t forget that there was a person you once loved with all your heart. Please remember.”
“When Time Passes (세월이 가면)” was performed in South Korea’s entertainment music program, “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend”. It was during the “Sing the Season of Autumn” special episode, when the song was performed by Bada, the former member of legendary girl group, S.E.S. The 167th episode was aired on KBS television station on October 4th 2014, and later was broadcasted by KBS World channel on October 25th 2014. Her rendition was a sentimental ballad arrangement, which went well with her sincere voice that deeply touched the audience. One other remake that catched my attention was the one performed by rocker Park Wan Kyu on a music program aired by MBC television station, “Music Travel: Yesterday”. It was a rock ballad arrangement, with not many changes from the original one, but with a more modern vibe, which suited well with Park’s husky voice. As the original version was already memorable, “When Time Passes (세월이 가면)” didn’t lose its charms when it was remade.

When time passes, although you would forget the feeling of aching longing in your heart, don’t forget that there was a person you once loved with all your heart. Please remember.” –Choi Ho Seob, When Time Passes (세월이 가면)






“Geudae nareul wihae utseumeul boyeodo heotarhan pyojeong gamchul sun eobseo
(Even if you give out a smile for the sake of me, you can’t hide your sad face from me)
Himeobsi dwidoraseon geudaeui moseubeul heurin nuneuro baraman bone
(I’m looking at you in these streaming tears, as you’re helplessly turning your back away)
Naneun algo itseoyo uriui sarangeun igeotsi majimakiraneun geotseul
(I already know that this is the end of our love, that this is the last time for our love)
Seoroga wonhanda haedo yeongwonhal suneun eobseoyo jeo heulleoganeun sigan apeseoneun
(Even if we want each other, we don’t have forever, in front of time that keeps ticking, it won’t last forever)

Sewori gamyeon gaseumi teojildeuthan geuriun maeumiya idneunda haedo
(When time passes, although you would forget the feeling of aching longing in your heart)
Haneobsi sojunghaetdeon sarangi itseotseumeul idjimalgo gieokhaejwoyo
(Don’t forget that there was a person you once loved with all your heart, please remember)”

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