On An Empty Street



Even though I asked you to stay by my side, you left me with nothing but pain. I will never be able to let you go, even after a long time has passed. When I miss you on a cold windy night, I dial your number on the phone, but I can’t seem to let the call go through. Can you feel the pain I go through?” –015B, On An Empty Street [translated lyrics]

First album cover by 015B - source: www.maniadb.com


Program acara musik “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend” episode 117 merupakan edisi spesial “The Heartthrob is Back!” bagian kedua. Episode tersebut mengudara pada tanggal 7 September 2013 di stasiun televisi KBS, serta pada tanggal 28 September 2013 di channel KBS World. Dalam edisi spesial tersebut, para legenda musik yang berjaya pada dekade 1990-an tampil berkolaborasi dengan para penampil dalam program “Immortal Songs 2”. Salah satu legenda yang hadir adalah salah satu anggota grup 015B, Jang Ho Il. 015B adalah duo produser musik dan song-writer yang terdiri dari gitaris Jang Ho Il dan komposer Jung Suk Won. Dalam penampilannya, Jang Ho Il berkolaborasi dengan Kim Yong Jin, salah satu anggota grup vokal, Bohemian. Mereka berdua menampilkan salah satu lagu hits 015B yang bertajuk “On An Empty Street”.
“On An Empty Street”is a song about loneliness. It’s about someone’s desperate longing for the one they love. The one who left although they’ve told them to stay. The one who couldn’t be forgotten although time has gone by. The one who’s been engraved so deep within their heart. “Even though I asked you to stay by my side, you left me with nothing but pain. I will never be able to let you go, even after a long time has passed.” There are times when the longing can’t be helped. Those are times when their desperation leads them to call that person. And so, they end up dialing up that person’s phone number. Hence, no matter how hard they try, they can’t bring themselves to make that one phone call. Simply yet deeply because the pain is still there. And it’s killing them. “When I miss you on a cold windy night, I dial your number on the phone, but I can’t seem to let the call go through. Can you feel the pain I go through?” As much as they want to avoid, that longing gets deeper instead. And finally, after a long thinking and wondering, they gather up their courage to call that person. “Even though the reflection of me on the window looks hopeless as ever, I want to hear your voice tonight, so I promise myself to call you.” While saying that they love that person, they tremble and tears fall. But in the end, there’s no answer. And here they are, left in despair and loneliness, on a cold empty street, in a cold windy night. “As I pick the phone up, I tremble to say that I love you with tears falling down on my face, but no one answers me back, and I’m left with just two lonely coins in my hands.”

Kim Yong Jin ketika membawakan lagu "On An Empty Street" bersama gitaris 015B, Jang Ho Il, pada program "Immortal Songs 2" episode 117 - source: www.youtube.com


Dirilis pertama kali pada tanggal 15 Juli 1990 sebagai debut song sekaligus title song dari album perdana 015B, versi original lagu “On An Empty Street” menampilkan Yoon Jong Shin sebagai vokalisnya. 015B was a producer group that invited guest singers. Made their debut in 1990 with Yoon Jong Shin as their first vocalist, they sang with stylish arrangements and beautiful lyrics. And now, the emotional song is reborn with the powerful ballad vocalist, Kim Yong Jin. His husky and sweet voice goes well with the song’s melancholic melody. And also, it’s nostalgic lyrics bring back old memories. Jang Ho Il dan Kim Yong Jin adalah penampil pertama dalam episode 117 program “Immortal Songs 2” yang terpilih melalui undian. Meskipun tidak memenangkan satu round pun, penampilan mereka sangat memukau dan meninggalkan kesan yang mendalam. Indeed, the song “On An Empty Street” itself is a classic that hard to resist its charm.

Even though the reflection of me on the window looks hopeless as ever, I want to hear your voice tonight, so I promise myself to call you. As I pick the phone up, I tremble to say that I love you with tears falling down on my face, but no one answers me back, and I’m left with just two lonely coins in my hands.” –015B, On An Empty Street [translated lyrics]




“Naegyeote meomulleojwoyo mareul haetjiman sumaneun apeummaneul namginchae
(Even though I asked you to stay by my side, you left me with nothing but pain)
Tteonagan geudaereul ideulsuneun eobseoyo ginagin sewori heulleodo
(I will never be able to let you go, even after a long time has passed)
Ssaneulhan bam baramsoke geudae geuriwo suhwagireul deureobojiman
(When I miss you on a cold windy night, I dial your number on the phone)
Ttodasi kkeuneobeorineun yeorin gaseumeul geudaen ijen alsu itnayo
(But I can’t seem to let the call go through, can you feel the pain I go through?)

Yurichang sairo bichineun chorahan moseubeun oneuldo byeonhameobjiman
(Even though the reflection of me on the window looks hopeless as ever)
Oneureun kkok deutgoman sipeo geudaeui moksori naege dajimeul hamyeo
(I want to hear your voice tonight, so I promise myself to call you)

Tteollineun suhwagireul deulgo neoreul saranghae nunmureul heullimyeo malhaedo
(As I pick the phone up, I tremble to say that I love you with tears falling down on my face)
Amudo daedabhaji ango yawin dusone oeroun dongjeon dugaeppun
(But no one answers me back, and I’m left with just two lonely coins in my hands)”

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