Unbloomed Flower

Thursday, June 18, 2015



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Some people say that, the most beautiful flower isn’t the one that could stand out among the other, but, the most beautiful flower is the one that could bloom during the hardest time of the season. While some other say, that the strongest flower isn’t the one that could bloom first before all other, but, the strongest flower is the one that could bloom in the hardest time of the season, even it blooms as the last among other. A hope is like a flower. The most beautiful ones are rising during the hardest time in our lives; the strongest ones are emerging in the hardest time of our lives. Even at the toughest moment, we could have hope. Even at the roughest moment, we could make hope. The unbloomed flower will eventually bloom. The hope is always there; it’s whether we believe and have faith in it or not.

Will that one last leaf get sick and tired of the bird calls all night, then fall? Even if you’re far away, I’ll make it bloom. I’ll make the unbloomed flower blooming to the fullest.” –Kim Soo Chul, Unbloomed Flower (못다 송이)

Korean classic hits titled “Unbloomed Flower (못다 송이)” is our today’s song for Moments Of Our Lives. The ballad track with elements of pop and rock orchestra was performed by Korean legendary singer, Kim Soo Chul. It was first released in 1983 as the title song of Kim’s first solo album. The song became Kim’s megahit, winning 16 awards from many prestigious music awards in South Korea, including the Grand Prize at 1984 KBS Music Awards, and making the album sold 200,000 copies in just four months after its release. Brilliant melody, which was a new-styled melody back then, and the portrayal of great sorrow stood out in this masterpiece. Kim thought it would be his last album because his parents were against him becoming artist, but the success of this song was that brought him back to the music industry. The English translation title of this song is also known as “The Flower that Stopped Blooming”.


Kim Soo Chul's 1st album cover - source: maniadb.com

There are moments in life that make us feel lonely, maybe lonelier than ever, perhaps the loneliest time we’ve ever felt. The lyrics of “Unbloomed Flower (못다 송이)” speak about the sorrow of loneliness, but also, the spirit that even in the loneliest time of our lives, we could have hope, still. “You still haven’t come back yet after all this time. You left me behind with only a leaf. You left the branches wet with tears. You left with the sound of the wind blowing. There’s only one leaf left on a thin branch. Even the moonlight is shrouded by the clouds now, makes me feel even more lonesome.” At some point in life, we lose someone so precious for us. Someone that, when they leave, we realize everything is not gonna be the same anymore. “You still haven’t come back yet after all this time, have you forgotten your way back? You steep the tender petals, what am I going to do with the cold wind? There’s one leaf sobbing on a thin branch. Is it crying alone for the sake of unbloomed flower to bloom?”
There are moments in life that make us feel lonely, like the moment when someone we hold most dear is leaving us, with nothing but emptiness. And when that someone leaves, they bring along all hopes that we put on them all this time, hopes that somehow they’ll come back, hopes of love. But after a long time has passed, we finally realize, the hopes are fading away, the love has gone. “Will that one last leaf get sick and tired of the bird calls all night, then fall? Even if you’re far away, I’ll make it bloom. I’ll make the unbloomed flower blooming to the fullest.” A hope is like an unbloomed flower. We cherish it, take care of it, until it can bloom beautifully. Some flowers are destined to bloom, yet some other are destined to fall before it can bloom. However, when a hope dies, we can always make another hope. In the end, we can keep the new hope, to move forward and go on. “Even the birds that cried by my side all night together have left, I will stay at the place where you left. I’ll make the unbloomed flower blooming to the fullest.”


Lee Hae Ri performed "Unbloomed Flower" on episode 16 of "Immortal Songs 2"

Bada performed "Unbloomed Flower" on episode 153 of "Immortal Songs 2"

JK Kim Dong Wook performed "Unbloomed Flower" on episode 200 of "Immortal Songs 2"

Up until this date, “Unbloomed Flower (못다 송이)” has been performed three times in the South Korea’s entertainment music program, “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend”. The first one was on episode 16, during the first part of two-episodes “Vocalists Special”, when the song performed by Lee Hae Ri, a member of Davichi. The episode was broadcasted by KBS television station on September 17th 2011 and by KBS World channel on August 8th 2011. The second one was during “3rd Anniversary Special” when it was performed by Bada. The episode 153 was aired on KBS television station on June 21st 2014 and on KBS World channel on July 12th 2014. The latest one was on episode 200 when JK Kim Dong Wook performed the song featuring pansori singer, Min Eun Kyung. The first part of two-episodes Kim Soo Chul special was broadcasted by KBS television station on May 23rd 2015 and by KBS World channel on June 13th 2015.

Even the birds that cried by my side all night together have left, I will stay at the place where you left. I’ll make the unbloomed flower blooming to the fullest.” –Kim Soo Chul, Unbloomed Flower (못다 송이)







“Eonje gasyeotneunde anosina han ip dugo gasin nima
(You still haven’t come back yet after all this time, you left me behind with only a leaf)
Gaji wie nunmul jeoksyeo nogo ineun baram sori namgyeo nogo
(You left the branches wet with tears, you left with the sound of the wind blowing)
Angsanghan gaji wie geu ipsaeneun han ip
(There’s only one leaf left on a thin branch)
Dalbitmajeo gureume garyeo oeroumman deohaegane
(Even the moonlight is shrouded by the clouds now, makes me feel even more lonesome)

Bamsae sae sorie jichyeobeorin hanipmajeo tteoreojiryeona
(Will that one last leaf get sick and tired of the bird calls all night then fall?)
Meon gose gyesyeoseodo piurira motdapin kkot hansongi piurira
(Even if you’re far away, I’ll make it bloom, I’ll make the unbloomed flower blooming to the fullest)

Eonje gasyeotneunde anosina gasidaga ideusyeotna
(You still haven’t come back yet after all this time, have you forgotten your way back?)
Goun kkotip biro jeoksyeo nogo gingin chanbarame eoihari
(You steep the tender petals, what am I going to do with the cold wind?)
Angsanghan gaji wie heuneukkineun ipsae
(There’s one leaf sobbing on a thin branch)
Kkot hansongi piuryeo hollo antakkawo tteolgoitna
(Is it crying alone for the sake of unbloomed flower to bloom?)

Hamkke ureojudeon saedo jichyeo eodironga tteonagan dwi
(Even the birds that cried by my side all night together have left)
Nim tteonan geu jarie dugo dugo motdapin kkot hansongi piurira
(I will stay at the place where you left, I’ll make the unbloomed flower blooming to the fullest)”

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