Lying on the Sea

Monday, May 11, 2015

Sea is the greatest place on the Earth for a runaway. Well, mountain is the second place. Anyway, there’s this something about the sea that could drown people in, well, both literally and metaphorically. There’s something strange that could free every strangled feeling; something charming that could mend every burdened mind; something heartwarming that could soothe every broken soul. Sea is the safe haven for the empty feelings, for the daunted minds, for the lost souls. When the whole world shakes you and breaks you and tears you apart and crumbles you down, go to the sea. Perhaps you’ll find yourself again there. Or at least, you’ll find peace, or anything you need to free yourself from everything.

The ten thousand dazzling lights wane, while the tide keeps rising. Even the stars fall asleep on their own, and my mind flows along like water.” –The Treble Clef, Lying on the Sea (바다에 누워)

Today’s song for Free Spirit is a Korean classic, titled “Lying on the Sea (바다에 누워)”, which was performed by the legendary folk duo, The Treble Clef. It was first released in 1985 when The Treble Clef received the Grand Prize at MBC College Music Festival with this song. Because the song was easy to sing, with the exciting rhythm and amazing vocals, it instantly became a huge hit. By raking number one position on K-Pop Top 10 for five consecutive weeks, this song made The Treble Clef win the Golden Cup.
The sea breeze brings a strange atmosphere toward people. For some people, who are lost, whose soul is broken, it could soothe them; give them a warmness they don’t even understand where it does come from. It’s what the lyrics of “Lying on the Sea (바다에 누워)” tell about. “I was born as one self. I lie down on the sea, and look at the sun going down. The waves are drenched in the sun, and they are washed away like tears.” For some people, going to the sea gives a peace for their mind somehow. For them, breathing the air of the sea gives a warmth for their heart some way. For them, being on the sea washes away their pain and loneliness. “The ten thousand dazzling lights wane, while the tide keeps rising. Even the stars fall asleep on their own, and my mind flows along like water.” For some people, the sea is freedom, to let it all go and worry about nothing. For them, the sea is home, to let it all free and do not bother about anything. “Should I lie down on the sea and become a lonely bird? Does the port know how deep the water is?
Until this article is written, “Lying on the Sea (바다에 누워)” had been performed three times in the South Korea’s entertainment music program, “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend”. The first one was during the “Duet Mission” on the 6th installment of “Immortal Songs 2”, when this song was performed by Changmin, member of male vocal group 2AM, who collaborated with Lee Hyun, member of vocal group 8eight (the two later formed a vocal duo called Homme). They left a great impression by literally lying on the stage floor during the opening of their performance. The episode was broadcasted by KBS television station on July 9th 2011, and later was aired on KBS World channel on July 30th 2011.
The second time “Lying on the Sea (바다에 누워)” performed on “Immortal Songs 2” was during the second part of the “K-Pop Top 10 Summer Hits” special episodes, approximately a year after the first one. It was performed by Ryeowook, one of the main vocalists of Korean prominent idol group, Super Junior. His performance stood out because of the opera rock ballad arrangement. The 60th installment of “Immortal Songs 2” was broadcasted by KBS television station on July 28th 2012, and later was aired on KBS World channel on August 18th 2012.
The latest one, about two years after that, “Lying on the Sea (바다에 누워)” was performed by JK Kim Dong Wook on the 156th installment of “Immortal Songs 2”. It was the “Summer Special Part 1 with Guest”, when the male soloist brought over the Korean prominent rapper, MC Sniper, to perform along with him. Their performance was on my list of 7 Most Fantastic Winning Performances on “Immortal Songs 2” of 2014. The episode was broadcasted by KBS television station on July 5th 2014, and later was aired on KBS World channel on July 26th 2014. All of the three performances were taking place during summer, well, indeed, a song about sea and free spirit suits very well with the summer season.

Should I lie down on the sea and become a lonely bird? Does the port know how deep the water is?” –The Treble Clef, Lying on the Sea (바다에 누워)






“Na hanaui moseubeuro taeeona badae nuwo haejeomun noeureul barada bonda
(I was born as one self, I lie down on the sea, and look at the sun going down)
Seolikeun haetsale jeodeun padoneun nunmurindeut jjidgiwo ganda
(The waves are drenched in the sun, and they are washed away like tears)

Ilmanui nunbusimi gara ango milmurui umjikim soke
(The ten thousand dazzling lights wane, while the tide keeps rising)
Mulgyeoldo jegakgi nuwo jamjanda maeumeun mulgyeolcheoreom heulleoman ganda
(Even the stars fall asleep on their own, and my mind flows along like water)

Jeobadae nuwo oeroun mulsaedoelkka mulsarui gipeun sokeul hangguneun alkka
(Should I lie down on the sea and become a lonely bird? Does the port know how deep the water is?)”

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