If You, If It's Not Too Late

Monday, September 28, 2015


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Big Bang is back, and they’ve taken us in a roller-coaster of emotions with the self-contemplation “Loser”, the sensual flirt “Bae Bae”, and the happy-go-lucky “We Like 2 Party”. Now, brace yourself, for all broken-hearted people, this next track is so far the saddest one that Big Bang has ever released in their entire career. Well, life is indeed going up sometimes and going down on another time. Sadly, people always say that we never know what we have until we lose it. But, is it really working that way? Because, if it really is, then life would feel so lonely, isn’t it? However, sometimes universe works in a funny way, because apparently, in the midst of loneliness, most people realize what they really need for life. So here it is, the fourth selected Big Bang’s hit for Male Special Part 1: Band of Brothers.

If you, if it’s not too late, can’t we get back together? If you, if you’re struggling like I am, can’t we make things a little easier? I should’ve treated you better when I had you.” –Big Bang, If You

“If You” got me since the first time I heard it. This pop ballad track was released on July 1st 2015 as the first single from “D” single album (the fifth single in total from the “MADE” series). For the song is the saddest Big Bang has ever released since their debut back in 2006, the group decided not to make a music video out of it, in order to make its listeners focus on the music and lyrics. The lyrics were single-handedly penned by the group’s leader G-Dragon, who also composed the music along with P.K and Dee.P.

"If You" single cover - source: en.wikipedia.org

Lyrically, “If You” is heartbreakingly melancholic. It speaks about the mixed feelings of a painful break-up: hurt, loneliness, regret, sadness, and all of those emotions we never known existed until we know how a true broken heart really feels. “She is leaving, and I can’t do anything about that. Love is leaving, like a fool, I’m only blankly standing here. I’m looking at her, getting farther away, she becomes a small dot and then disappears. Will this go away after time passes? I remember the old times, I remember you.” When a love is leaving, sometimes we just can do nothing in the state of shock. When a love has gone, most of the time we just can’t help but reminisce all those memories shared. Because when a heart breaks, it doesn’t break evenly. “How about you? Are you really fine? Guess our break up is setting, I should forget you but it’s not easy. I’m looking at her, getting farther away, she becomes a small dot and then disappears. Will I feel better if I meet someone else? I remember the old times, I remember you.”

"D" single album cover - source: en.wikipedia.org

A broken heart will lead us to a wonder that, whether we’ll be okay as time passes by, whether we should try to meet someone else. But I personally think that it’s better if we try to mend the broken heart alone, no matter how long it will take, before we meet someone new. Because, like people say, never knew what we had until we lost it. So it’s better to contemplate first before moving on. “On days where thin rain falls like today, I remember your shadow. Our memories that I secretly put in my drawer, I take them out and reminisce again by myself. Why didn’t I know, about the weight of sadness that comes along with breaking up?” And when it gets too hard, when the lingering feeling gets too much unbearable, when you feel like it’s killing you inside, but when it’s possible, try to negotiate. I personally believe that anything can be negotiated, even love. “If you, if it’s not too late, can’t we get back together? If you, if you’re struggling like I am, can’t we make things a little easier? I should’ve treated you better when I had you.”

Daesung during "If You" live performance in Bangkok "MADE Series World Tour"

Having touched everyone’s heart, “If You” gained critical acclaim, particularly for G-Dragon’s writing for its lyrics. Billboard stated that it was the group’s most instantly striking pieces in years. For me personally, “If You” is a breathtaking masterpiece, in which even T.O.P is literally singing in this song, instead of rapping. This song is going down in history. On September 19th 2015, female singer IU sang a cover version of “If You”, which went viral on YouTube and received positive reviews for her mesmerizing rendition.

On days where thin rain falls like today, I remember your shadow. Our memories that I secretly put in my drawer, I take them out and reminisce again by myself. Why didn’t I know, about the weight of sadness that comes along with breaking up?” –Big Bang, If You





“Geunyeoga tteonagayo naneun amugeotdo hal su eopseoyo
(She is leaving, and I can’t do anything about that)
Sarangi tteonagayo naneun babocheoreom meonghani seoitneyo
(Love is leaving, like a fool, I’m only blankly standing here)
Meoreojineun geu dwitmoseupmaneul baraboda jageun jeomi doeeo sarajinda
(I’m looking at her, getting farther away, she becomes a small dot and then disappears)
Sigani jinamyeon tto mudyeojilkka yet saenggagi na ni saenggagi na
(Will this go away after time passes? I remember the old times, I remember you)

If you, if you, ajik neomu neujji anhatdamyeon uri dasi doragal suneun eopseulkka
(If you, if you, if it’s not too late, can’t we get back together?)
If you, if you, neodo nawa gatji himdeuldamyeon uri jogeum swipge gal suneun eopseulkka
(If you, if you, if you’re struggling like I am, can’t we make things a little easier?)
Isseul ttae jalhal geol geuraesseo
(I should’ve treated you better when I had you)

Geudaeneun eotteongayo jeongmal amureohji anheun geongayo
(How about you? Are you really fine?)
Ibyeori jinabwayo geudael ijeoya hajiman swipjiga anhneyo
(Guess our break up is setting, I should forget you but it’s not easy)
Meoreojineun geu dwismoseupmaneul baraboda jageun jeomi doeeo sarajinda
(I’m looking at her, getting farther away, she becomes a small dot and then disappears)
Nugungal mannamyeon wiroga doelkka yet saenggagi na ni saenggagi na
(Will I feel better if I meet someone else? I remember the old times, I remember you)

Oneulgatji ganyeorin biga naerineun narimyeon neoui geurimjaga tteooreugo
(On days where thin rain falls like today, I remember your shadow)
Seorap soge mollae neoheodun uriui chueogeul dasi kkeonae hollo hoesanghago
(Our memories that I secretly put in my drawer, I take them out and reminisce again by myself)
Heeojimiran seulpeumui mugereul nan wae mollasseulkka
(Why didn’t I know, about the weight of sadness that comes along with breaking up?)”

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