Dear Name

Monday, May 01, 2017



Welcome to May; the month of possibilities (if you know what I mean)! I don’t mean to bring up the gloomy mood to start this month, but this one song I would like to discuss about today is quite melancholic. Well, on the other hand I believe that though this is a melancholic, this song actually brings hope for love. Hope, I believe, is one of the significant things that could make us stay alive. For some people, they have their own reason for keeping a hope, even when they know that it is almost impossible for their hope to come true. They have their own reason for having faith towards their hope, even when they understand that it is so difficult to be true. Moreover, when it comes to a hope for love, people cannot just let it go like that. Once they have been touched by love, a true and real and sincere one, they would stick to it even if it would take a very long time. No matter how far the love has gone, they would risk anything to find it. No matter how long the love has left, they would afford everything to wait for it. Even if it takes a lifetime, it won’t matter.

The child who suddenly stands in front of me, his head is hanging down low but he won’t ever cry. When I sadly reach out my hand, he runs away, so I hold onto the empty air by myself. Even if it’s heartbreakingly painful, I won’t ever forget it this time; the words I’ve been waiting for a long lonely time.” –IU, Dear Name (이름에게)

This song I would like to discuss today is a new Korean song titled “Dear Name (이름에게)”, performed by singer-songwriter Lee Ji Eun, famously known by her stage name, IU. This ballad track was released on April 21st 2017 as a part of the singer’s latest album, “Palette”. The album is her fourth studio album in Korean language. The lyrics were written by IU herself along with the notable lyricist, Kim Eana, while the music was composed and arranged by Lee Jong Hoon. A special clip for the song was released through the official YouTube account of 1theK on April 26th 2017, featuring IU performing live with a band in a studio. “Dear Name (이름에게)” served as the last track in the album, and there was obviously a reason why she put this song as the ending song for the album. In my humble opinion, it is a brave move for IU to perform a ballad material and include it in this album that defines her process of growing up from a girl-IU to a woman-IU. Lyrically, “Dear Name (이름에게)” follows a story of someone who once lost hope in a painful heartbreak, but she eventually is able to keep her faith and hold onto a hope she keeps deep down in her heart. And that is why she put this song as the last track; it concludes her journey of growing up with a hint of hope for the love in the future.


IU recording "Dear Name" | source: 1theK

The funny thing about living is that we won’t understand what we desire until we have the taste of it. We won’t know what we really long for until we have seen it with our own eyes, touched it with our own hands, and felt it with our own heart. We won’t realize what we want and need until we meet it. Once we have the taste of it, we will never forget. Once we see, touch, and feel it, we will long for more. Once we meet it, we will want and need for more. Hence no matter how cold the waiting is, we are willingly doing it. No matter how lonely the waiting is, we keep doing it though we know that it is so far from our reach. We keep holding onto it though it is painful. Since we know, deep inside, that it would come back somehow, someday. “The voice I long for even in my dreams, I call out the name but there is no answer. Only a tearful echo returns, and I listen to that sound all alone by myself. Even if it’s so cold that it feels like it might break, I won’t ever let go this time; the two hands of the day that has gotten so far away.”
The second verse is actually the part where I start to begin to understand what this song is really about. This is where I understand that it is about the feeling of finding something we truly cherish for in this life but having that thing slipped off from the palm of our hands. I understand because I feel related to it somehow. One day in our life, someone came and made us feel the way we never felt before. That person came and everything was never being the same again. That person came and left us in a painful heartbroken, yet it made us realize that we finally found what we always look for in this life. Hence we decide to keep our faith to wait for that person. Hence when that person finally comes back, we never let go again this time. “The child who suddenly stands in front of me, his head is hanging down low but he won’t ever cry. When I sadly reach out my hand, he runs away, so I hold onto the empty air by myself. Even if it’s heartbreakingly painful, I won’t ever forget it this time; the words I’ve been waiting for a long lonely time.”
One day in our life, someone comes and makes us understand. Someone comes and makes us discover the answer to all our wonder and question. Someone comes and makes us realize our purpose in life; that person makes us feel what love is and how love supposed to be. When that person leaves, we will be willing to walk a thousand miles just to find that person. When that person leaves, we will be willing to wait a thousand years just to be with that person. “Through the night that is endlessly long and thick and dark, I always know your wish that has silently disappeared within. I’ll wait for a long time. I will definitely find you, even if you’re so far that I can’t see you. Let’s go to the place where the dawn ends.” When that person is away, they’re the only name we can remember. “Through the endlessly cold and cruel days where I lost my way countless times, I know your name that has silently been forgotten. I won’t stop. I’ll shout out several times, even if you’re so far that I can’t believe it. Let’s go to the place where the dawn ends.”


IU performing "Dear Name" | source: 1theK

Meeting our significant other is like dreaming a person into life; a person whose name we remember deep inside our heart. This is the person that would give light to our darkest day. This is the person that would give warmth to our coldest night. This is person that would make the loneliness in the time of waiting worth it. This is the person that would make the rough and harsh life worth to live. This is the person that would make the heartbreaking pain worth to feel. This is the person who brings hope. This is the person who brings love. This is the person who defines life. And once we have met that person, we would eventually find them again; no matter how far and how long they have gone. Once we have met that person, we would eventually find them again and would not let them go. Once we have met that person, we would always remember their name; it would be written in our heart and mind and soul. Once we have met that person, we would always recognize them; whether the memories are faded and vanished.

Through the night that is endlessly long and thick and dark, I always know your wish that has silently disappeared within. I’ll wait for a long time. I will definitely find you, even if you’re so far that I can’t see you. Let’s go to the place where the dawn ends.” –IU, Dear Name (이름에게)



꿈에서도 그리운 목소리는 이름 불러도 대답을 하지 않아
(Kkumeseodo geuriun moksorineun ireum bulleodo daedabeul haji anha)
((The voice I long for even in my dreams, I call out the name but there is no answer))
글썽이는 메아리만 돌아와 그 소리를 혼자서 들어
(Geulsseongineun geu meariman dorawa geu sorireul na honjaseo deureo)
((Only a tearful echo returns, and I listen to that sound all alone by myself))
깨어질 듯이 차가워도 이번에는 결코 놓지 않을게
(Kkaeeojil deusi chagawodo ibeoneneun gyeolko nohji anheulge)
((Even if it’s so cold that it feels like it might break, I won’t ever let go this time))
아득히 멀어진 그날의 손을
(Adeukhi meoreojin geunarui du soneul)
((The two hands of the day that has gotten so far away))

끝없이 길었던 짙고 어두운 사이로 조용히 사라진 소원을 알아
(Kkeuteopsi gireotdeon jitgo eoduun bam sairo joyonghi sarajin ne sowoneul ara)
((Through the night that is endlessly long and thick and dark, I always know your wish that has silently disappeared within))
오래 기다릴게 반드시 너를 찾을게 보이지 않도록 멀어도 가자 새벽이 끝나는 곳으로
(Orae gidarilge bandeusi neoreul chajeulge boiji anhdorok meoreodob gaja i saebyeogi kkeutnaneun goseuro)
((I’ll wait for a long time, I will definitely find you, even if you’re so far that I can’t see you, let’s go to the place where the dawn ends))

어김없이 앞에 아이는 고개 숙여도 기어이 울지 않아
(Eogimeopsi nae ape seon geu aineun gogae sugyeodo gieoi ulji anha)
((The child who suddenly stands in front of me, his head is hanging down low but he won’t ever cry))
안쓰러워 손을 뻗으면 달아나 허공을 혼자 껴안아
(Ansseureowo soneul ppeodeumyeon darana teong bin heogongeul na honja kkyeoana)
((When I sadly reach out my hand, he runs away, so I hold onto the empty air by myself))
에어질듯이 아파와도 이번에는 결코 잊지 않을게
(Eeojildeusi apawado ibeoneneun gyeolko ijji anheulge)
((Even if it’s heartbreakingly painful, I won’t ever forget it this time))
한참을 외로이 기다린 말을
(Hanchameul oeroi gidarin geu mareul)
((The words I’ve been waiting for a long lonely time))

끝없이 길었던 짙고 어두운 사이로 영원히 사라진 소원을 알아
(Kkeuteopsi gireotdeon jitgo eoduun bam sairo yeongwonhi sarajin ne sowoneul ara)
((Through the night that is endlessly long and thick and dark, I always know your wish that has silently disappeared within))
오래 기다릴게 반드시 너를 찾을게 보이지 않도록 멀어도 가자 새벽이 끝나는
(Orae gidarilge bandeusi neoreul chajeulge boiji anhdorok meoreodo gaja i saebyeogi kkeutnaneun got)
((I’ll wait for a long time, I will definitely find you, even if you’re so far that I can’t see you, let’s go to the place where the dawn ends))

수없이 잃었던 춥고 모진 사이로 조용히 잊혀진 이름을 알아
(Sueopsi ilheotdeon chupgo mojin nal sairo joyonghi ijhyeojin ne ireumeul ara)
((Through the endlessly cold and cruel days where I lost my way countless times, I know your name that has silently been forgotten))
멈추지 않을게 이라도 외칠게 믿을 없도록 멀어도 가자 새벽이 끝나는 곳으로
(Meomchuji anheulge myeot beon irado oechilge mideul su eopsdorok meoreodo gaja i saebyeogi kkeutnaneun goseuro)
((I won’t stop, I’ll shout out several times, even if you’re so far that I can’t believe it, let’s go to the place where the dawn ends))

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