With Smile



Don’t cry for me, don’t be sad for me. Don’t stare at me like that, it looks as if you’ve lost the meanings of life. Don’t love me, it’s too late now. Don’t wait for me with a yearning, because our love is over.” –Lee Eun Ha, The Image Of You Letting Me Leave With A Smile [translated lyrics]

"86" album cover by Lee Eun Ha - source: www.maniadb.com


Lee Eun Ha, adalah penyanyi legendaris asal Korea Selatan. Solois wanita penuh talenta ini adalah salah satu diva yang menguasai industri musik Korea Selatan pada dekade 1980-an. She’s a singer who represents the 1980s. She has so many hit songs of different genres and also initiated the disco craze in the 1980s. With her husky voice, she seized the hearts of men. Beliau tampil sebagai legenda dalam program acara musik “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend” episode 45. Episode ini mengudara pada tanggal 7 April 2012 di stasiun televisi KBS, serta pada tanggal 28 April 2012 di channel KBS World. Dalam episode tersebut, salah satu personel vocal group Brown Eyed Soul, Sung Hoon, hadir sebagai penampil. Ia membawakan salah satu lagu hits Lee Eun Ha yang bertajuk “The Image Of You Letting Me Leave With A Smile”, atau yang dikenal juga dengan judul “Sending Me Off With That Smile” dan “Just Like The Way You Smiled and Sent Me Off”.
“The Image Of You Letting Me Leave With A Smile” is a song about a woman who breakups with her boyfriend she almost married. This story was based on Lee Eun Ha personal experience. Their relationship didn’t work because the family opposed, yet this man tried to get back with her after letting her go and being separated. “Don’t cry for me, don’t be sad for me. Don’t stare at me like that, it looks as if you’ve lost the meanings of life. Don’t love me, it’s too late now. Don’t wait for me with a yearning, because our love is over.” It’s sad and anger at the same time. It’s satisfaction and disappointment at the same time. And one question hits her hard, why did you leave me when you’re going to regret it like this? Why did I have to go through all those pains? But it’s too late now, because it’s all over. There’s no point in begging now, because there’s no more love that left. As much as it hurts back then, as much as she wants to live happily now. “Why did you just let me leave like that back then? If only I know that you would regret it like this, I wouldn’t have been lost in that painful time. Now there’s no more love left in me. I can’t feel anything at all anymore, just like the image of the way you let me leave with a smile.”

Sung Hoon ketika membawakan lagu "The Image of You Letting Me Leave with a Smile" pada program "Immortal Songs 2" episode 45 - source: www.youtube.com


Ditulis liriknya oleh Lee Eun Ha sendiri berdasarkan pengalaman pribadinya, “The Image Of You Letting Me Leave With A Smile” dikomposisi dan diaransemen musiknya oleh almarhum Jang Deok. Jang Deok was a talented singer-songwriter that was gone too soon, a fallen star at the age of 28 who passed away in 1990. At the age of 15, she became the youngest songwriter, and she was also the first-ever woman singer, songwriter, and producer. Program “Immortal Songs 2” episode 92 merupakan tribut bagi almarhum Jang Deok. Episode ini ditayangkan di stasiun televisi KBS pada tanggal 16 Maret 2013, serta di channel KBS World pada tanggal 6 April 2013. Dalam episode tersebut, lagu “The Image Of You Letting Me Leave With A Smile” dibawakan oleh aktor panggung teater musikal, Kim Da Hyun.

Kim Da Hyun ketika membawakan lagu "The Image of You Letting Me Leave with a Smile" pada program "Immortal Songs 2" episode 92 - source: www.youtube.com


Puncaknya, “The Image Of You Letting Me Leave With A Smile” dibawakan oleh Bada pada program “Immortal Songs 2” episode 134, yang mengudara di stasiun televisi KBS pada tanggal 4 Januari 2014, serta pada tanggal 25 Januari 2014 di channel KBS World. Episode ini merupakan bagian pertama dari edisi spesial memperingati Tahun Baru 2014, “The Rival”. Dalam episode ini diterapkan sistem kompetisi yang berbeda dengan episode lainnya, di mana dua penampil akan beradu secara head-to-head untuk membawakan lagu dari dua legenda yang juga merupakan rival pada masanya. Bada, the popular female singer, berhadapan dengan Moon Myung Jin, the popular male singer. Mereka merefleksikan Hyeeuni dan Lee Eun Ha, the ultimate two rivaling divas who represent the 1980s. Bada, solois wanita bernama asli Choi Sung Hee ini mewakili Lee Eun Ha dengan lagu “The Image Of You Letting Me Leave With A Smile”.
“The Image Of You Letting Me Leave With A Smile” is known as the most beloved of all Lee Eun Ha’s ballad. It’s considered as the late Jang Deok’s masterpiece. While Lee Eun Ha wrote the lyrics based on her true experience, Jang Deok composed the music and gave it to Lee Eun Ha. The original version of this song is a slow rock ballad with blues feeling within. It was first been released in 1986, only four years before Jang Deok passed away. Since then, it was remade by many famous junior artists. On episode 45, Sung Hoon reenacted this song with refined jazz arrangement. Meanwhile Kim Da Hyun showed a short musical performance with rock ballad rendition of this song on episode 92. And finally on episode 134, Bada did a modern pop arrangement with medium upbeat tempo.

Bada ketika membawakan lagu "The Image of You Letting Me Leave with a Smile" pada program "Immortal Songs 2" episode 134 - source: www.youtube.com


Dari seluruh penampilan yang ada, kesemuanya menunjukkan warna dan karakter mereka masing-masing sebagai penyanyi, which was so great. Personally, I prefer Kim Da Hyun’s arrangement because rock ballad is my favorite genre. In term of performance, no doubt that Bada was fantastic. Even an amazing occasion happened on episode 134. For the second time in “Immortal Songs 2” history after Im Tae Kyung and Taemin on episode 40, Bada and Moon Myung Jin got tied points with 392. Therefore they won the part 1 of “The Rival” special edition together. Indeed, “The Image Of You Letting Me Leave With A Smile” is an immortal song that won’t be lasted by time.

Why did you just let me leave like that back then? If only I know that you would regret it like this, I wouldn’t have been lost in that painful time. Now there’s no more love left in me. I can’t feel anything at all anymore, just like the image of your way letting me leave with a smile.” –Lee Eun Ha, The Image Of You Letting Me Leave With A Smile [translated lyrics]









“Nal wihae ulji marayo nal wihae seulpeo marayo
(Don’t cry for me, don’t be sad for me)
Geureoge baraboji marayo uimireul ireobeorin geu pyojeong
(Don’t stare at me like that, it looks as if you’ve lost the meanings of life)
Nal saranghaji marayo neomu neudeun yaegijanayo
(Don’t love me, it’s too late now)
Aetage gidariji marayo sarangeun kkeutnatseunikka
(Don’t wait for me with a yearning, because our love is over)

Geudae wae nareul geunyang tteonagage haetnayo
(Why did you just let me leave like that back then?)
Ireoge dasi huhoehal jul aratdamyeon
(If only I know that you would regret it like this)
Apeun siryeon soke banghwanghaji anatseultende
(I wouldn’t have been lost in that painful time)
Sarangeun ije naege namaitji anayo
(Now there’s no more love left in me)
Amureon neukkim gajil su eobseoyo
(I can’t feel anything at all anymore)
Misoreul ttuiumyeo nareul bonaen geu moseubcheoreom
(Just like the image of the way you let me leave with a smile)”

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