Heartless Blues



There is no point in begging you now, you have already changed. I can’t ask you to stay by my side, so I must leave with a broken heart. Lights that remind me of our memories are flickering before my eyes tonight. If you were going to leave me with scars in the end, why did you come to me in the beginning?” –Kang Seung Mo, Heartless Blues [translated lyrics]

"Best 1" album cover by Kang Seung Mo - source: www.maniadb.com


Episode 73 program acara musik “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend” merupakan edisi spesial peringatan 33 tahun “Korea Sings”. Sebagai catatan, “Korea Sings” adalah program variety legendaris di Korea Selatan. Dalam episode tersebut hadir sebagai bintang tamu spesial adalah Song Hae, MC legendaris yang merupakan pembawa acara “Korea Sings”. Episode 73 tersebut mengudara pada tanggal 3 November 2012 di stasiun televisi KBS, serta pada tanggal 24 November 2012 di channel KBS World. Salah satu penampil dalam episode tersebut adalah Jung Dong Ha, yang pada waktu itu masih merupakan vokalis dari band rock legendaris, Boohwal. Ia tampil membawakan salah satu lagu yang paling sering ditampilkan dalam program “Korea Sings”, yaitu “Heartless Blues” milik Kang Seung Mo. Dalam penampilannya, Jung Dong Ha membawa serta leader sekaligus gitaris Boohwal, Kim Tae Won. Ia menggubah lagu slow rock ballad tersebut menjadi sebuah lagu rock. A strong start with head banging, plus the unique entrance of Kim Tae Won, Jung Dong Ha won the final trophy of that episode with his rock rendition of “Heartless Blues”.

Jung Dong Ha ketika membawakan lagu "Heartless Blues" pada program "Immortal Songs 2" episode 73 menampilkan Kim Tae Won - source: www.youtube.com


“Heartless Blues” is a song the deep resentment of a heartbroken man, a man’s desperate and grief-stricken emotions. This song’s lyrics depict the feeling of someone who has to leave their lover who doesn’t love them anymore without regrets. “There is no point in begging you now, you have already changed. I can’t ask you to stay by my side, so I must leave with a broken heart.” Ketika hati tak lagi sama, ketika cinta tak lagi ada, apalah daya. Yang tertinggal pun hanya kenangan dan sebait pertanyaan. Apabila pada akhirnya kau harus pergi dan meninggalkanku dalam rasa sakit, mengapa pada awalnya kau harus datang padaku? “Lights that remind me of our memories are flickering before my eyes tonight. If you were going to leave me with scars in the end, why did you come to me in the beginning?” Tak ada jiwa yang kuat di hadapan cinta. Meski hati tak ingin berpaling, meski rasa tak sanggup mengakhiri, pada waktunya cinta harus pergi. Meski hati babak belur dihajar luka, meski rasa hancur lebur dihantam duka, pada akhirnya cinta harus mundur teratur. Selagi kenangan itu masih terasa indah, tanpa ternodai oleh rasa benci yang terus membayangi, tanpa terkontaminasi oleh penyesalan yang terus menghantui. “I would end up hating you if I keep looking at you, you whom I used to trust. Keeping back my tears with a broken heart, I turn around from you. Memories of our love are stopping me from leaving you. But I should leave without looking back when the memories are still beautiful.”

Kim Jong Seo ketika membawakan lagu "Heartless Blues" pada program "Immortal Songs 2" episode 140 - source: www.youtube.com


Dikenal juga dengan judul “Cold Blues”, “Heartless Blues” adalah lagu legendaris milik Kang Seung Mo yang menjadi lagu terpopuler pada tahun 1980-an. It’s Kang Seung Mo’s hit song that stirred the heart of many and became the nation’s most beloved song in the mid 1980s. “Heartless Blues” is the Korea’s representative 1980s’ song and it was sold more than one million copies. Lagu ini dirilis pertama kali pada tahun 1984, dengan lyricist legendaris, Park Geon Ho, sebagai penulis liriknya. Pada program “Immortal Songs 2” episode 140, almarhum Park Geon Ho ditampilkan sebagai legenda dan lagu “Heartless Blues” kembali ditampilkan dalam acara tersebut. Kali itu, lagu ini dibawakan oleh rocker legendaris, Kim Jong Seo. Episode ini ditayangkan di stasiun televisi KBS pada tanggal 15 Februari 2014, serta di channel KBS World pada tanggal 8 Maret 2014. Of all version I’ve heard, I love Jung Dong Ha’s version the most. Not to mention that I adore him so much, I personally think that his husky voice is the most suitable for “Heartless Blues”. Moreover, the rock arrangement is through the roof. And yes, the song itself is such a legendary song. A great song met a great singer, so no wonder that Jung Dong Ha got a back-then-record-breaking score, 438, for his phenomenal performance of “Heartless Blues”.

I would end up hating you if I keep looking at you, you whom I used to trust. Keeping back my tears with a broken heart, I turn around from you. Memories of our love are stopping me from leaving you. But I should leave without looking back when the memories are still beautiful.” –Kang Seung Mo, Heartless Blues [translated lyrics]







“Ijeneun aewonhaedo soyongeobgetji byeonhae beorin dangsinigie
(There is no point in begging you now, you have already changed)
Nae gyeote itseo dalla maldo mothago tteonaya hal i maeum
(I can’t ask you to stay by my side, so I must leave with a broken heart)

Chueok gateun bulbitdeuri heuneukkyeo uneun i bame
(Lights that remind me of our memories are flickering before my eyes tonight)
Sangcheoman namgyeo dugo tteona gal gireul mueothaleo watdeonga
(If you were going to leave me with scars in the end, why did you come to me in the beginning?)

Jakkuman bara bomyeon miwojigetji mitdeo watdeon dangsinigie
(I would end up hating you if I keep looking at you, you whom I used to trust)
Ssotajyeo heureun nunmul gaseume ango doraseoneun i balgil
(Keeping back my tears with a broken heart, I turn around from you)

Saranghaetdeon gieokdeuri gal giri makaseojiman
(Memories of our love are stopping me from leaving you)
Chueoki areumdabge nama itseul ttae milyeon eobsi gayaji
(But I should leave without looking back when the memories are still beautiful)”

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