Lion Heart

Saturday, April 30, 2016




Why girls are always attracted to bad boys? Hmmm, or to put it in another way; why do bad boys always seem so attractive for girls? The problem is whether on the girls side or the bad boys side. Well, that’s if there is a problem after all. But what if there’s actually no problem at all? What if that’s just how girls’ mind works? What if that’s just the mechanism of girls’ mind to always seem attracted to bad guys. What is “bad” anyway? Is it “cannot stay loyal to just one girl”? What is “loyal” anyway? Is it “being monogamous”? Well, the funny thing is, boys always say that they are monogamous when it comes to love, when actually nobody is. Okay, the thing about girls is that most of the times we’re easily attracted by bad boys. Let’s define it as easy going yet caring, not giving a shit yet clever, independent, free-spirited, and, yeah, all other cool acts. Let’s call it “lion heart”, a guy with a heart like lion that always jump around here and there looking for preys. Now, the next thing is that, that kind of guy really is attractive. And the trouble with love is, when a girl falls for a guy like this, there’s no stopping her for trying to tame the lion heart; not even her parents, not even her friends, not even her consciousness; nothing.

Tell me why, why can’t your heart just stay in one place? I’m right here by your side. Get your act together, lion heart. I’m so anxious; so that my heart doesn’t get cold, your heart that jumps around here and there, I’ll try to tame it, lion heart.” –Girls’ Generation, Lion Heart

 “Lion Heart” is the title song of Girls’ Generation’s fifth Korean studio album of the same name. It marks the group’s first album with eight members, after the departure of Jessica Jung back in September 2014. The album was released on August 19th 2015, with the song released a day before on August 18th 2015 as the second single from the album. “Lion Heart” is a bubblegum pop track with 1960s American retro sound and jazzy melody. The lyrics were written by Jam Factory and Joy Factory, while Sean Alexander, Darren ‘Baby Dee Beats’ Smith, and Claudia Brant composed the music. It was arranged by Avenue 52, Darren ‘Baby Dee Beats’ Smith. The music video for “Lion Heart” was premiered on Mnet on August 17th 2015. Just like the song’s lyrics, the video narrates a story where the members of Girls’ Generation fall in love with a male protagonist, who later turns out to be an eight-timing player.


"Lion Heart" album cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

Lyrically, “Lion Heart” talks about women falling in love with men who have a cheating heart and how they try to tame him like taming a lion. Well, as I said above, bad guys really are attractive. And somehow, despite knowing already that they’re ‘bad’, we just can’t help falling for them. “When we first met, like a lion making circles around me, you waited for a chance and then stole my heart. You haven’t changed, you’re still the same, and I get anxious and anxious inside. Your eyes keep wandering around, looking for your next prey. Though I should’ve pushed you away hundreds of times, though I should’ve left you hundreds of times.” Though our common sense has told us to snap out of it, somehow it only triggers us more and more to get his heart. Though we are fully aware of all the consequences, somehow we feel challenged more by that. “You’re a free soul; you’re still the same. You always stay true to your instincts; can’t you see me now right next to you? I think about it hundreds of times, but even after thousands of times, the answer is you.”
Yeah, maybe that’s just the answer. Those guys with a wild lion heart are somehow challengingly intriguing. Therefore, it has aroused our curiosity to tame them. And when a woman got challenged, then this is serious. That guy is in trouble, like, seriously in trouble. “When I was peacefully sleeping, you poked my nose, and now I’m getting mad.” Nothing can get in between a woman who falls like crazy for a man. And everything is fair in love and war. Well, love is like a war, indeed. We can be more rigolous than Sherlock Holmes. We can be more frugal than Detective Conan. We can be more precise than Hawkeye. That’s the only way we can get our self-fulfillment. We want to see this thing through right until the end. In the end, it’s better failed trying than doing nothing at all, right, girls? “Tell me why, why can’t your heart just stay in one place? I’m right here by your side. Get your act together, lion heart. I’m so anxious; so that my heart doesn’t get cold, your heart that jumps around here and there, I’ll try to tame it, lion heart.”
What are we actually expected from it? What are we hoping to achieve? At times, we even question ourselves why we keep doing this. Most of the times, we even have countless doubts and fears regarding to it. However, in the end, the answer is him. Even when the world surrounds us says no, what can we do when our own heart says yes? I bet all girls have been through thing like this. “Ladies y’all know what I’m talking about right? Sometimes you still like someone when everyone tells you that he’s bad; it’s only my heart that is important. Faster than the wind but with a steaming heart; with warmer words than the sun but also a clear mind, I want to tame your lion heart.” Not only with a warm heart, but also using a cold head, love will always find its way through intelligence, patience, and sincerity. By using all of that, we will tame the lion heart, so that it won’t bounce around here and there anymore. “From today on, come and sit here. From today on, only stay by my side. From today on, don’t look elsewhere, lion heart.”
So here is the message for all men out there, particularly for you who think that you have a wild heart like a lion; don’t mess with a woman unless you are really into her. Because, well, you never know what a woman is able to do in order to get you on her knees. They say that love could make us blind, well, that has a point too. However, women nowadays know how to put their head before their heart. We might do anything for love, but we would do everything to make it right. We might be losing all of our senses, but we would make sure that we get something in return. This doesn’t make us being insincere or demanding. On the other hand, this is what makes us worth fighting for; a woman who has her own value toward everything. This doesn’t make us being weak in front of love. On the contrary, this is what makes us being brave to fight for what we need. And I believe, eventually, a woman like this is the kind of woman who will get to tame the lion heart. And eventually, the lion heart will fall for this kind of woman.

Sometimes you still like someone when everyone tells you that he’s bad; it’s only my heart that is important. Faster than the wind but with a steaming heart; with warmer words than the sun but also a clear mind, I want to tame your lion heart.” –Girls’ Generation, Lion Heart




~ 너와 만났을 ~ 마치 사자처럼 맴돌다 기회를 노려 뺏은
(Oooh neowa na cheom mannasseul ttae oooh machi sajacheoreom maemdolda gihoereul noryeo nae mam ppaeseun neo)
((Oooh when we first met, oooh like a lion making circles around me, you waited for a chance and then stole my heart))
~ 달라진 없어 여전해 애가 타고 사냥감 찾아 파는
(Ah neon dallajin ge eopseo yeojeonhae nan aega tago tto ta sanyanggam chaja han nun paneun neo)
((Ah, you haven’t changed, you’re still the same, and I get anxious and anxious inside, your eyes keep wandering around, looking for your next prey))
수백 밀어내야 했는데 수천 떠나야 했는데
(Subaek beon mireonaeya haeneunde sucheon beon neol tteonaya haeneunde)
((Though I should’ve pushed you away hundreds of times, though I should’ve left you hundreds of times))

Tell me why 맘이 맘이 자꾸 흔들리니 여기 여기 옆에 있잖니
(Tell me why, wae mami mami jakku heundeullini nan yeogi yeogi ne yeope ijanhni)
((Tell me why, why can’t your heart just stay in one place? I’m right here by your side))
정신 차려 lion heart
(Jeongsin charyeo lion heart)
((Get your act together, lion heart))
애가 맘이 맘이 더는 식지 않게 여기저기 뛰노는 너의
(Nan ae ga ta nae mami mami deoneun sikji anhge nan yeogijeogi ttwinoneun neoui mam)
((I’m so anxious, so that my heart doesn’t get cold, your heart that jumps around here and there))
길들일래 lion heart
(Gildeurillae lion heart)
((I’ll try to tame it, lion heart))

~ 자유로운 영혼 여전해 충실해 본능 앞에 지금 옆에 보이니
(Oooh neon jayuroun yeonghon yeojeonhae chungsilhae bonneung ape jigeum ne yeope nan an boini)
((Oooh you’re a free soul, you’re still the same, you always stay true to your instincts, can’t you see me now right next to you?))
수백 고민 고민해봐도 수천 결국 답은 너인데
(Subaek beon gomin gominhaebwado sucheon beon gyeolguk dabeun neoinde)
((I think about it hundreds of times, but even after thousands of times, the answer is you))

Tell me why 맘이 맘이 자꾸 흔들리니 여기 여기 옆에 있잖니
(Tell me why, wae mami mami jakku heundeullini nan yeogi yeogi ne yeope ijanhni)
((Tell me why, why can’t your heart just stay in one place? I’m right here by your side))
정신 차려 lion heart
(Jeongsin charyeo lion heart)
((Get your act together, lion heart))
애가 맘이 맘이 더는 식지 않게 여기저기 뛰노는 너의
(Nan ae ga ta nae mami mami deoneun sikji anhge nan yeogijeogi ttwinoneun neoui mam)
((I’m so anxious, so that my heart doesn’t get cold, your heart that jumps around here and there))
길들일래 lion heart
(Gildeurillae lion heart)
((I’ll try to tame it, lion heart))

큰일 났어 큰일 났어) [/] 곤히 잠자는 나의 코끝을 Baby
(Keunil nasseo keunil nasseo gonhi jamjaneun naui kokkeuteul baby)
((This is serious, this is serious, when I was peacefully sleeping, baby))
큰일 났어 나볼래) [/] 네가 건드려 나도 화가
(Keunil nasseo hon jom nabollae nega geondeuryeo nado hwaga na baby)
((This is serious, you’re in trouble, you poked my nose, and now I’m getting mad, baby))

Tell me why 맘이 맘이 자꾸 흔들리니 여기 여기 옆에 있잖니
(Tell me why, wae mami mami jakku heundeullini nan yeogi yeogi ne yeope ijanhni)
((Tell me why, why can’t your heart just stay in one place? I’m right here by your side))
정신 차려 lion heart
(Jeongsin charyeo lion heart)
((Get your act together, lion heart))
애가 맘이 맘이 더는 식지 않게 여기저기 뛰노는 너의
(Nan ae ga ta nae mami mami deoneun sikji anhge nan yeogijeogi ttwinoneun neoui mam)
((I’m so anxious, so that my heart doesn’t get cold, your heart that jumps around here and there))
길들일래 lion heart 길들일래 lion heart
(Gildeurillae lion heart )
((I’ll try to tame it, lion heart))

Ladies y’all know what I’m talking about right? Yeah
모두 아니라 해도 좋을 있지 않아? 사실 나만 좋음 됐지
(Modu da anira haedo joheul ttae itji anha? Sasil naman joheum dwaetji mwo)
((Sometimes you still like someone when everyone tells you that he’s bad, it’s only my heart that is important))
바람보다 빠른 눈치로 맘은 뜨겁게 햇살처럼 따뜻한 말로 머린 차갑게
(Baramboda ppareun nunchiro mameun tteugeopge haessalcheoreom ttatteushan mallo meorin chagapge)
((Faster than the wind but with a steaming heart, with warmer words than the sun but also a clear mind))
길들일래 너의 lion heart 사자 같은 너의 lion heart
(Gildeurillae neoui lion heart saja gateun neoui lion heart)
((I want to tame your lion heart, your lion-like lion heart))
오늘부터 여기 와서 앉아 오늘부터  곁에만 있어 오늘부터 팔지 lion heart
(Oneulbuteo yeogi waseo anja oneulbuteo nae gyeoteman isseo oneulbuteo han nun palji mara lion heart
((From today on, come and sit here, from today on, only stay by my side, from today on, don’t look elsewhere, lion heart))

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