Let's Not Fall in Love

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


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We’re human and it’s natural for us to have fears. It’s reciprocal with hopes and it’s inevitable. We have fears because we have hopes; we have hopes therefore we have fears; yeah, something like that I guess. Even when it comes to love. In particular, when it comes to love. Love is hope, as well as fear. It’s complicated. And even though people are searching for simplicity, they’re also subconsciously attracted to complexity. What can give people more complexity than love? I guess there’s nothing. This leads to today’s song for Male Special Part 1: Band of Brothers, which is also the last selected song of Big Bang, titled “Let’s Not Fall in Love (우리 사랑하지 말아요)”. Well, even superstars and those people on top are having their fears toward love. Even those people under the spotlight are just human.

Let’s not fall in love, we don’t know each other very well yet. Actually, I’m a little scared, therefore I’m sorry. Let’s not make promises, you never know when tomorrow comes. But when I say that I like you, I really mean it.” –Big Bang, Let’s Not Fall in Love (우리 사랑하지 말아요)

On August 5th 2015, Big Bang released “E”, the last single album before releasing the full album “MADE”. “Let’s Not Fall in Love (우리 사랑하지 말아요)” was released as the second single from “E” (eighth single in total from “MADE” series). The pop hip-hop ballad track was written by G-Dragon and Teddy. GD and Teddy put a narration part near the end of the song, where there’s a female voice saying words in Korean means “You’re always like this, a selfish bastard.” In the middle of it, there’s an unclear male voice. The fascinating thing is, we can clearly hear what the male voice is saying if we play the song backwards, and he says in English, “It’s not you. It’s me.

"Let's Not Fall in Love" single cover - source: en.wikipedia.org

I really love the lyrics of “Let’s Not Fall in Love (우리 사랑하지 말아요)”. It is so, hmmm, how do I put it, real? Yeah, I guess everybody has ever felt things written in these lyrics at some point in their lives. It is when you feel attracted to someone, you get closer to that person each day, you feel excited yet at the same time you feel scared too. You don’t want to spoil the moment, the present time, therefore you repress all kinds of attachment that might harm the future. “Don’t ask me anything, I can’t give you any answer. We are happy just as we are right now. Don’t try to own me, let’s just stay like this for a while. Why should we make it more painful?” Hence, who are we trying to deceive here? Everyone else, that person, or just ourselves? Love hurts at some point, it is inevitable. Yet that can’t be a reason to push everyone away, just because we feel like we don’t deserve to fall in love. We can’t keep anyone from harm. “Don’t smile at me. If I get attached to you, I’ll get sad, because I’m afraid that pretty smile will turn into tears. Don’t try to trap us in the word of love, because it is greed that can’t be fulfilled.”
Love brings not only happiness but also sadness, it is known. Like two sides of a coin, they both come together in one package called love. People are aware of the risks, yet they just can’t live without it. It’s like eating spicy food; you know your stomach will get sick, yet you eat it anyway, since it’s delicious. It’s like watching horror movie; you know you will get scared, yet you watch it anyway, since it’s exciting. “Goodbyes after our frequent meetings, repetition of broken hearts, I can’t find a purpose in these foolish feelings. Mistakes with the mask of love, all the feelings are the same now. But in this moment, I want you to stay.” No matter how tired people get with the game of love, they will never get enough of it, it is given. No matter how many times people say that they have had enough of complication, they will always look for it, it is in their subconscious. We need someone to stay, after all. “At first, it was half excitements and half worries. But in the end, it became an obligation, trials and errors. Day by day, I get nervous, your innocence is too much pressure on me. But tonight, I want you to stay.”

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

There are many reasons why people have those fears and give up any possible way of expecting something. One of them is the past. Perhaps they’ve been hurt before, and been broken, which in result they tend to run away when things get hard or complicated, or deep. Perhaps they’re just afraid of themselves. “Don’t expect too much from me, I don’t wanna lose you either. Before things get too deep, before you get hurt, don’t trust me.” People find it hard to open up their hearts, so they tend to choose an easy way by repressing any needs regarding to love; sublimation. No strings attached, no promises, but is it no cry, really? “Let’s not fall in love, we don’t know each other very well yet. Actually, I’m a little scared, therefore I’m sorry. Let’s not make promises, you never know when tomorrow comes. But when I say that I like you, I really mean it.” Love takes courage. We can’t promise forever happiness, yet we can effort to fight together even during the sadness. It’s the essence of life anyway, right? Despite all fears that it brings, we can’t just give up hopes. And the question is, when will you stop being a selfish bastard?

Taeyang in "Let's Not Fall in Love" music video

A music video for “Let’s Not Fall in Love (우리 사랑하지 말아요)” was premiered on Mnet on August 4th 2015. The video showcased personal stories of all Big Bang’s members, where they’re getting cozy and comfortable hanging out with a certain girl yet unwilling to take the relationship into the next level of commitment. Usually, I’m not a music-video person. However, I can’t help but falling in love with this one. All members look so gorgeous and unbearably cute! Well, all four of the promised single albums had already released. We’re still waiting for the full studio album to be released, soon, hopefully. And I’m willing to bet anything that it will turn out magnificent!

Don’t expect too much from me, I don’t wanna lose you either. Before things get too deep, before you get hurt, don’t trust me.” –Big Bang, Let’s Not Fall in Love (우리 사랑하지 말아요)






“Uri saranghaji marayo ajigeun jal moreujanhayo
(Let’s not fall in love, we don’t know each other very well yet)
Sasil jogeumeun duryeoun geoya geudae mianhaeyo
(Actually, I’m a little scared, therefore I’m sorry)
Uri yaksokhaji marayo naeireun tto moreujanhayo
(Let’s not make promises, you never know when tomorrow comes)
Hajiman i mal maneun jinsimiya geudae johahaeyo
(But when I say that I like you, I really mean it)

Amugeotdo mutji marayo daedaphal su eopseoyo
(Don’t ask me anything, I can’t give you any answer)
Jigeum ireohge duri haengbokhande wae
(We are happy just as we are right now)
Nal gajiryeo haji marayo geujeo idaero jogeumman isseoyo
(Don’t try to own me, let’s just stay like this for a while)
Galsurok deo maeum apajige wae
(Why should we make it more painful?)

Jajeun mannam dwien ibyeol gyesok banbokdoeneun siryeon
(Goodbyes after our frequent meetings, repetition of broken hearts)
Deoneun uimireul chajeul su eopseo eoriseogeun miryeon
(I can’t find a purpose in these foolish feelings)
Sarangui tareul sseun, mistake, neukkineun gamjeongeun da biseuthae
(Mistakes with the mask of love, all the feelings are the same now)
Hajiman i sunganmankeumeun, I want you to stay
(But in this moment, I want you to stay)

Nareul bomyeo utji marayo jeongdeulmyeon seulpeojyeoyo
(Don’t smile at me, if I get attached to you, I’ll get sad)
Yeppeun geu misoga nunmuri doelkka bwa
(Because I’m afraid that pretty smile will turn into tears)
Sarangiran du geulja soge uril gaduryeogo haji marayo
(Don’t try to trap us in the word of love)
Chaeuji mothal yoksiminikka
(Because it is greed that can’t be fulfilled)

Cheoeumen seollemeul ango baneun gomineul ango
(At first, it was half excitements and half worries)
Kkeuten seoro uirironama jinae sihaengchago
(But in the end, it became an obligation, trials and errors)
Nan haruharuga buranhae ne geu sunsuhami budamdwae
(Day by day, I get nervous, your innocence is too much pressure on me)
Hajiman oneul bammankeumeun, I want you to stay
(But tonight, I want you to stay)

Naege neomu manheun geol barajima nado geudael ilhgo sipjin anha
(Don’t expect too much from me, I don’t wanna lose you either)
Gipeojigi jeone sangcheo ipgi jeone nal mitji marayo
(Before things get too deep, before you get hurt, don’t trust me)

Neon hangsang geurae, igijeogin saekki
(You’re always like this, a selfish bastard)”

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