Footsteps

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Who says a man can’t be deeply hurt? Who says a man tends to move on easily? Who says a man can’t have any resentment? A man can have them all. They’re human too, after all. It’s just the matter of how they deal with their resentments. One of my closest friends, he tends to hide his resentments. He keeps it, seals it, for only him to feel, though the look in his eyes tells everything, since I’ve known him for a long time. While my other friend, he tends to drain his resentments toward something else; sports, music, and those are for productive examples. As for other friend of mine, he tends to stream it towards less productive things, such as drinking, smoking, chasing random girls, or even just wasting time staring at the ceiling on his bedroom. Emerald Castle shed it through a song titled “Footsteps (발걸음)”. And this is our today’s song for Male Special Part 2: Ways of Being A Man.

I believe time would heal everything, that kind of belief, is that a foolish one? Now, I want to just go with the flow of things, it doesn’t have anything to do with you anymore.” –Emerald Castle, Footsteps (발걸음)

Okay, first thing first, Emerald Castle was a Korean band. Therefore, here I beg your pardon because it’s not a song performed by solo male singer according to this month’s theme. However, since its first release in 1997, “Footsteps (발걸음)” has been covered by many solo male singers. The most popular cover perhaps is the one performed by JYJ member (then a member of DBSK), Jaejoong. Meanwhile, my most favorite cover is the one performed by Park Shi Hwan, runner-up of Mnet’s Superstar K5.
Lyrically, “Footsteps (발걸음)” tells about a feeling of resentment, which is caused by a deep sadness and disappointment from a broken heart, and a will to erase the resentment. When a heart breaks, it’s every man for himself. I mean, when we got a heartbroken, we have to deal with it on our own. Sometimes it takes some times. At times, even after a long time has passed, the pain that has been buried deep down inside can come up to the surface again. And we eventually want to be free from it. Time heals; we got nothing left but to believe in that. “That day when the sun set, my footsteps took me, opened my eyes to a place I thought I had forgotten. Whether I still have some hatred left towards you, I want to be free now. I believe time would heal everything, that kind of belief, is that a foolish one? Now, I want to just go with the flow of things, it doesn’t have anything to do with you anymore.”
As much as we try to forget, we can’t help but keep on reminiscing and wondering when everything did go wrong. As much as we try to understand, we can’t help but realize that perhaps everything did start on a wrong foot. “From the beginning, for a person like you, I never existed, the way you didn’t to me. Remember, one day you’ll get hurt as much as I did. From someone other than me, you’ll get to feel the same pain. I’m sorry, this is all I can do, really, it’s the only way I can be. For that day to come, when I can start over like you. For me, who can’t love you, and can’t help but hate you.” We’re choked up but they’re okay. We’re barely breathing but they’re already moving on. It’s funny how the deepest love can turn into the greatest hatred as time passes. People change, eventually. As karma does exist, yet we can’t please all people, the least we can do is trying the best to continue living. Even if it means we forgive but not forget.
The first time I recognize “Footsteps (발걸음)” was on an episode of “Running Man”, when actor Kang Ha Neul sang it during a karaoke game. I didn’t know whether it was the charm of gorgeous Kang Ha Neul or the song itself, one way or another, I fell for it. The song was served as lead single from Emerald Castle’s first studio album, “Invitation”. Since then, it has become Korean men’s favorite song to sing in a karaoke. It’s a heartfelt rock ballad, my kind of songs, actually; gorgeous.

I’m sorry, this is all I can do, really, it’s the only way I can be. For that day to come, when I can start over like you. For me, who can’t love you, and can’t help but hate you.” –Emerald Castle, Footsteps (발걸음)






“Hae jilmuryeob nal kkeulgogan balgeoreum nun ddeoboni ijeun jul aratdeon gose
(That day when the sun set, my footsteps took me, opened my eyes to a place I thought I had forgotten)
Ajikdo neoye daehan miumi nama itneunji ijen jayureopgo shipeo
(Whether I still have some hatred left towards you, I want to be free now)
Shiganeun haegyeorhae jurira nan mideotji keugeotjocha eoriseogeosseulkka
(I believe time would heal everything, that kind of belief, is that a foolish one?)
Ijen heulleoganeundero nal matgillae neowa sanggwaneopjanhni
(Now, I want to just go with the flow of things, it doesn’t have anything to do with you anymore)

Cheoeumbuteo noran jonjaeneun naegen eopseosseo niga naegen haetdeushi
(From the beginning, for a person like you, I never existed, the way you didn’t to me)
Kieoghae naega apahaetdeon mankeum onjengan neodo
(Remember, one day you’ll get hurt as much as I did)
Na anin nuguege ireon apeum gyeokkeul teni
(From someone other than me, you’ll get to feel the same pain)
Mianhae ireohke bakke halsu eopjanhni cheongmal ireol su bakke
(I’m sorry, this is all I can do, really, it’s the only way I can be)
Neocheoreom dashi shijakhal su itneun geu nari yeogil
(For that day to come, when I can start over like you)
Neoreul saranghal su eopgo neoreul miwohaeya haneun nal wihae
(For me, who can’t love you, and can’t help but hate you)”

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  1. Just like you I first noticed this song thru the running man episode where the amazing Kang Ha Neul sang it. His is my favorite version... that moment when it was all chaotic, sudden, raw and authentic and yet it was mesmerizing and so pleasant... aghhh that was the time that i became a fan of Kang Ha Neul. The song itself is brilliant ... the simple yet impacting melody plus the meaning and emotion behind it makes the song immortal.

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