Gee

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Let’s put everything else aside, we can’t deny that falling in love is indeed the best feeling in the world. Well, it’s supposed to be the best. Somehow I wonder how different it feels to fall in love when we were teenagers in compare to when we are adults. First love was always the best, isn’t it? Everything seemed so easy back then. There was just a fluttering heart without anxiety. There was just a butterfly-in-the-stomach without burden. No matter how hard I’ve tried to recall that kind of feeling, it seems so hard now. It makes me wonder even more; was that really a first love, or just a first crush? Well, well, no matter which one it was, there’s one thing I know for sure: it felt great. Several days ago, my partner made me remind of this one song: “Gee”, performed Korean front-runner girl group, Girls’ Generation a.k.a SNSD. He made me dance, and suddenly the dance routine of “Gee” was the one that came up in my mind. I used to sing and dance to this song in a karaoke with my friends. And when he saw me dance to it, he just threw a pillow towards me. And I just couldn’t stop laughing, seeing him all embarrassed like that. Gee, I miss him.

What should I do? Because I’m so shy, because I’m very shy. No, I don’t know why but every day I long for you only. My closest friends tell me that I’m really a helpless fool.” –Girls’ Generation, Gee

Released on January 5th 2009, “Gee” is the title song of Girls’ Generation’s first EP, as well as its lead single. The bubblegum dance pop track became SNSD’s breakthrough megahit since the group’s debut in 2007. It gained popularity not only among Korean citizens but also internationally. The song eventually set a record for longest-running number one song on KBS music show “Music Bank” for nine consecutive weeks.
Lyrically, “Gee” is a song about a girl who has fallen in love for the first time. Its title is an exclamation of surprise, in which expressing the tingling feeling comes from falling in love. There’s no such thing as ‘love at the first sight’, I believe that. However, I also believe that there’s ‘crush at the first sight’. And that kind of crush always comes from the eyes, or in other word: looks. “You’re so handsome, my eyes are blinded. I can’t breathe because I’m trembling. Oh, I feel so embarrassed, I can’t look at you. I feel shy because I’ve fallen in love.” He’s so gorgeous; makes you want to die and disappear in an instant. And there’s nothing can compare to the feeling when your glance meets his; like there’s something starting to flame and burning inside you: excitement. “Oh, your heart is so pretty. I was captured from the first glance, caught so closely. I can’t touch it because it’s so hot. I’m completely engulfed by the fire of love.”
From the eyes, it will go deeper to the heart when you got to know him, and realize that he’s the person you always imagine him to be. And when that moment comes, there’s nothing can compare to the fluttering heart you feel whenever you look at him, even only from a distance. And there’s nothing can stop your heart from beating faster and faster. “What should I do about my trembling heart? My heart keeps thumping, so I couldn’t fall asleep at night. I guess I’m a fool; a fool that knows only you, yes, as I look at you.” And there’s no stopping you from thinking of him every day and night, wanting to meet him all the time, staying up because you keep missing him. And before realizing it, you’ve already become a fool for him; a fool for love. “What should I do? Because I’m so shy, because I’m very shy. No, I don’t know why but every day I long for you only. My closest friends tell me that I’m really a helpless fool, but as I look at you.”
And you just don’t know what to do. Since it’s your first time, you’ve never felt like this before. So you don’t know how to deal with all the butterflies in your stomach. You know you want it but you understand well enough that you’re too shy to make a move. Geez, it’s so hard being a female-teenager-in-crush, right? Been there, done that. I always enjoy the thrill though, of having a kind of puppy crush like that. “So bright, my eyes are blinded, no. So surprising, I’m shocked, oh. So tingled, my body is trembling, gee. Oh, glittering eyes, oh yeah. Oh, sweet scent, oh yeah.” Everything about him just feels so right; his eyes, smile, dimple, eyebrows, scent, everything. Every inch of his could numb our senses. You’re so excited so much it scares you. What would you do about your first love? “I can’t even say anything, I’m too embarrassed. Do I not have any courage? What would be the right thing to do? My heart is anxious as I’m looking at you.”
“Gee” was composed and arranged by Korean music producer E-Tribe, with lyrics written by Ahn Myung Won and Kim Young Deuk. On January 7th 2009, SM Entertainment released a music video of the song with the storyline, featuring Minho from SHINee, playing a handsome store employee. As I’ve mentioned above, I really love the dance routine of this song. Not only it’s easy to follow, but it’s also cheering me up in every move.

I can’t even say anything, I’m too embarrassed. Do I not have any courage? What would be the right thing to do? Thump thump, my heart is anxious as I’m looking at you.” –Girls’ Generation, Gee




“Aha! Listen boy, my first love story, ooh oh oh, ooh oh oh, yeah~
My angel and my girls, my sunshine, uh! Uh! Let’s go!

Neomu neomu meotjyeo nuni nuni busyeo sumeul mot swigesseo tteollineun girl
(You’re so handsome, my eyes are blinded, I can’t breathe because I’m trembling)
Gee gee gee gee baby baby baby, gee gee gee gee baby baby baby
Oh neomu bukkeureowo chyeoda bol su eobseo sarange ppajyeosseo sujubeun girl
(Oh, I feel so embarrassed, I can’t look at you, I feel shy because I’ve fallen in love)
Gee gee gee gee baby baby baby, gee gee gee gee be be be be be be

Eotteoke hajyo eotteok eottokhajyo teollineun naneun tteollineun naneunyo
(What should I do? What should I do about my trembling heart, this trembling heart?)
Dugeun dugeun dugeun dugeun dugeun georyeo bamen jamdo mot irujyo
(Thump thump thump thump, my heart keeps thumping, so I couldn’t fall asleep at night)
Naneun naneun babongabwayo geudae geudae bakke moreuneun
(I guess I’m a fool, a fool that knows you, only you)
Babo! Geuraeyo geudael boneun nan
(Fool! Yes, as I look at you)

Neomu banjjak banjjak nuni busyeo, no no no no no
(So bright, so bright, my eyes are blinded, no no no no no)
Neomu kkamjjak kkamjjak nollan naneun, oh oh oh oh oh
(So surprising, so surprising, I’m shocked oh oh oh oh oh)
Neomu jjarit jjarit momi tteollyeo, gee gee gee gee gee
(So tingled, so tingled, my body is trembling, gee gee gee gee gee)
Oh jojeun nunbit, oh yeah, oh joeun hyanggi, oh yeah yeah yeah
(Oh, glittering eyes, oh yeah, oh, sweet scent, oh yeah yeah yeah)

Oh neomu neomu yeppeo mami neomu yeppeo cheot nune banhaesseo kkok jibeun girl
(Oh, so pretty, your heart is so pretty, I was captured from the first glance, caught so closely)
Gee gee gee gee baby baby baby, gee gee gee gee baby baby baby
Neomuna tteugeowo manjil suga eobseo sarange tabeoryeo hukkeunhan girl
(I can’t touch it because it’s so hot, I’m completely engulfed by the fire of love)
Gee gee gee gee baby baby baby, gee gee gee gee be be be be be be

Eojjeomyeon joa eojjeomyeon joayo sujubeun naneun sujubeun naneunyo
(What should I do? What should I do? Because I’m so shy, because I’m very shy)
Molla molla molla molla molla molla hamyeo maeil geudaeman geurijyo
(No no no no no, I don’t know why but every day I long for you only)
Chinhan chingudeureun malhajyo jeongmalleoneun jeongmal mot malryeo
(My closest friends tell me that I’m really a helpless fool)
Babo! Hajiman geudael boneun nan
(Fool! But as I look at you)

Maldo mothaenneun geol neomu bukkeureowo haneun nan
(I can’t even say anything, I’m too embarrassed)
Yonggiga eomneun geolkka eotteokeya joeun geolkka
(Do I not have any courage? What would be the right thing to do?)
Dugeun dugeun mam jorimyeo barabogo inneun na
(Thump thump, my heart is anxious as I’m looking at you)”

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