The Way to Live

Although I also had too many memories about a woman I once loved, it should have long gone by my side already. Even though I’m sad at this time, I’m not a person who gives up easily.” –Kim Young Bae, Ways to Live Like a Man [translated lyrics]


The talented idol boy group, B1A4, memenangkan salah satu episode dalam program acara musik “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend”, yaitu episode 78. B1A4 yang pada waktu itu diwakili oleh vokalis utama, Sandeul, dan rapper, Baro, membawakan lagu bertajuk “Ways to Live Like a Man”. Lagu tersebut adalah lagu ciptaan Kim Bum Ryong, legenda yang hadir dalam episode tersebut. “Ways to Live Like a Man” sendiri dipopulerkan oleh Kim Young Bae, aktor Korea Selatan. Through this song, Kim Young Bae fulfilled his dream as a singer. And also through this song, B1A4 fulfilled their dream to win it all on “Immortal Songs 2”. Dirilis pertama kali pada tahun 1994, “Ways to Live Like a Man” menjadi lagu nasional bagi seluruh kaum pria di Korea Selatan pada waktu itu.
Kim Bum Ryong menulis lagu ini setelah terinspirasi dari serial drama “The Moon of Seoul”, di mana Kim Young Bae berperan sebagai tokoh utama di dalamnya. Kim Bum Ryong made this song with Kim Young Bae’s drama character in mind. Lagu ini menggambarkan emosi-emosi yang dirasakan oleh tokoh utama yang diperankan Kim Young Bae tersebut. And then, Kim Young Bae ended up singing this song too. Seperti judulnya, lirik lagu “Ways to Live Like a Man” merupakan gambaran resolusi seorang pria atas hidupnya. Tentang seorang pria yang mencoba bangkit dari keterpurukannya, yang menghadapi kesendiriannya. Tentang seorang pria yang berusaha bertahan atas segala sakit hati dan kegagalan cintanya di masa lalu. Tentang seorang pria yang menyadari bahwa cinta itu bukan menyerah, tetapi melindungi. Bahwa cinta itu bukan menyakiti, tetapi memperjuangkan.

B1A4 Sandeul dan Baro ketika membawakan lagu "Ways to Live Like a Man" pada program "Immortal Songs 2" Episode 78

B1A4’s efforts are shown through their performance of “Ways to Live Like a Man”. Para MC, penampil lainnya, bahkan sang legenda pun dibuat terkejut dengan penampilan mereka sebagai grup termuda dalam episode tersebut. Penghayatan Sandeul dan Baro atas lagu tersebut luar biasa di usia mereka yang masih sangat muda. They mature each and every day, and also it was amazing for arousing those kinds of emotions when they’re so young. Kim Bum Ryong berkomentar, “You guys are so cute but your singing is so mature.” Sementara itu, Jung Dong Ha yang juga tampil dalam episode tersebut mengatakan, “Sandeul is great with his delivery. He has a way of really moving you.” Indeed, B1A4’s “Ways to Live Like a Man” was worth the win.

I look straight at the front and walk ahead. I think it’s time for me to successfully shine, and it’s not too late for love. I look away at the front with a big smile one more time. And it does not matter how you think about myself, this is the way a man lives.” –Kim Young Bae, Ways to Live Like a Man [translated lyrics]




“Ojumssaji ahngi neudjamjaji ahngi namjadabge geureohge
(Don’t be easy to get pissed off, don’t get overslept, that’s the way a man lives)
Malsseongpiji anhgi heopungtteolji anhgi namjadabge geureohge
(Don’t cause any trouble, don’t exaggerating, that’s the way a man lives)
Keuge hanbeon useobwa meolli apeul barabwa
(I look away at the front with a big smile one more time)
Na honjamyeon eottaehago saenggakhae namjadabge geureohge
(And it does not matter how you think about myself, this is the way a man lives)

Sulmasiji angi banghwanghaji angi dajimhaetdeon najiman
(Although I promised to not drink alcohol and not wandering around)
Apeganeun yeonin neomu dajeonghaeseo naemaeumi heundeullyeo
(A lover came right in front me, her sweetness makes my heart shaken)
Naegedo hanttae sarang haetdeonyeoin chueokdeuldo manjiman
(Although I also had too many memories about a woman I once loved)
Naegyeoteseo imi tteonaganji oraeya
(It should have long gone by my side already)

Jigeumisigan naega seulpeohandago haedo
(Even though I’m sad at this time)
Nuguhana wirohaejul saram eobjana
(I’m not a person who gives up easily)

Apmanbogo georeohga meolli apeul barabwa
(I look straight at the front and walk ahead)
Naemoseubi seonggongeulo bitnalttae saranghaedo neudjineun ana
(I think it’s time for me to successfully shine, and it’s not too late for love)
Keuge hanbeon useobwa meolli apeul barabwa
(I look away at the front with a big smile one more time)
Na honjamyeon eottaehago saenggakhae namjadabge geureohge
(And it does not matter how you think about myself, this is the way a man lives)”

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