Impossible Love

Sunday, June 28, 2015



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People say that there’s nothing impossible as long as we believe. Well then, how about an impossible love? A love that can’t be? A love that doesn’t meant to be? If you ask me, I will say that it does exist. Love is, still, human’s biggest mystery in this life after all. It feels like there’s no reason for someone to fall in love with somebody. They just do. And it’s whether the love is unrequited or the other way around. The unrequited ones, that’s the impossible ones. Have you ever had an impossible love? For people who have, having an impossible love is probably one of the most unforgettable moments for them. As deep and real as it feels, it cuts deep and real too. As everlasting as it feels, it lingers everlasting too. So if you still look back at that moment and wonder to yourself how did love slip away, perhaps you need to start realize, that some loves are destined to slip away, that they are meant to not be, that they are impossible ones.

My lips are getting dry from your silence, my footsteps are frozen by your cold look. Instead of ‘I love you’, you turn your back and tell me ‘goodbye, goodbye’ with a choked voice. It was love that was impossible.” –Yang Hee Eun, Impossible Love (이루어질 없는 사랑)

Today’s song for Moments Of Our Lives is a Korean classic hit titled “Impossible Love (이루어질 없는 사랑)”. It was performed South Korea’s legendary female singer-songwriter, Yang Hee Eun. Yang gained wide popularity with this song, though during the time of its release, it was banned for the lyrics that said love was impossible. However, it became popular again when actor Kwon Sang Woo sang it in a movie titled “Once Upon A Time In High School”. The English translation of the song’s title is also known as “Hopeless Love”. It was first released in 1971 as a part of a compilation album Yang made with her friends. It later served as the lead single for her third solo studio album released in 1973. “Impossible Love (이루어질 없는 사랑)” is a song that comforts a broken heart, with simple chord progression that made it popular among amateur guitarists.

Yang Hee Eun's 3rd album cover - source: maniadb.com

Have you ever had a moment of an impossible love? Have you ever looked back at that moment and wondered to yourself how did love slip away? The lyrics of “Impossible Love (이루어질 없는 사랑)” speak up about pain and sadness that come from having the impossible love. “My lips are getting dry from your silence, my footsteps are frozen by your cold look. Instead of ‘I love you’, you turn your back and tell me ‘goodbye, goodbye’ with a choked voice. It was love that was impossible.” People say that we can’t choose whom we fall in love with, but we can definitely choose what we want to do with our feelings. Well, for me, it’s the other way around. Because I personally think, that we actually can choose whom we fall in love with, but we can’t precisely choose what to do with our feelings. Therefore, when we fall in love with someone whom we know we can’t have, we can’t just switch the feeling off like that. It’s not that easy.
“I walk on the snowy road alone all night, where is the warm sight of you now? Dear rain, please just hit me harder on the face, please hit me harder on my sad face. So that you will hide my painful tears, for it was love that was impossible.” Indeed, love is the human being’s biggest mystery in this life. We fall in love with someone whom we know we can’t have or can’t love us back, yet we keep falling. We feel the love that can’t be or doesn’t meant to be, yet we can’t stop the feeling. Nothing is impossible as long as we believe, have hopes, keep on trying and don’t give up. But love is different. It can’t be forced. Yet having an impossible love could be a precious moment, that allows us to grow up as a person. “While I wait for you who walked away hating me, I keep building and destroying castles of you. The breaking waves are swallowing the words that I truly deeply love you. It was love that was impossible.”

Sunggyu performed "Impossible Love" on episode 56 of "Immortal Songs 2"

JK Kim Dong Wook performed "Impossible Love" on episode 178 of "Immortal Songs 2"

Until this date, “Impossible Love (이루어질 없는 사랑)” had been performed twice in the Korean entertainment music program, “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend”. The first one was on episode 56, during the second part of two-episodes of the first Yang Hee Eun special, when it was performed by idol group Infinite’s leader, Sunggyu. It was aired on KBS television station on June 23rd 2012 and on KBS World channel on July 14th 2012. About two and a half years later, the song was performed by the male soloist with majestic voice, JK Kim Dong Wook, during the second Yang Hee Eun special. That episode 178 was broadcasted by KBS television station on December 20th 2014 and by KBS World channel on January 10th 2015.

While I wait for you who walked away hating me, I keep building and destroying castles of you. The breaking waves are swallowing the words that I truly deeply love you. It was love that was impossible.” –Yang Hee Eun, Impossible Love (이루어질 없는 사랑)




“Neoui chimmuke memareun naui ibsul chagaun ne nungire eoreobuteun nae baljauk
(My lips are getting dry from your silence, my footsteps are frozen by your cold look)
Doraseoneun naege saranghandan mal daesine annyeong annyeong mokmein geu hanmadi
(Instead of “I love you”, you turn your back and tell me “goodbye, goodbye” with a choked voice)
Irueojil su eobneun sarangieotgie
(It was love that was impossible)

Bamsaewo hayan gireul nahollo georeoseotda budeureoun ne moseubeun jigeumeun eodie
(I walk on the snowy road alone all night, where is the warm sight of you now?)
Garangbiya nae eolgureul deo sege ttaeryeodao seulpeun nae eolgureul deo sege ttaeryeodao
(Dear rain, please just hit me harder on the face, please hit me harder on my sad face)
Seulpeun nae nunmuri gamchwojil su itdorok irueojil su eobneun sarangieotgie
(So that you will hide my painful tears, for it was love that was impossible)

Miwohamyeo doraseon neoreul gidarimyeo ssadaga busugo tto ssaeun neoui seong
(While I wait for you who walked away hating me, I keep building and destroying castles of you)
Buseojineun padoga samkyeobeorin geu hanmadi jeongmal jeongmal neoreul saranghaeteotdago
(The breaking waves are swallowing the words that I truly deeply love you)
Irueojil su eobneun sarangieotgie
(It was love that was impossible)”

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