Grandfather's Camera

I will go and capture everything in a picture for you. Putting in all the fragrances that you wanted to see, I want to share it with you tonight.” –Roy Kim, Grandfather’s Camera [translated lyrics]

The winner of talent competition “Superstar K 4”, Roy Kim, released his first studio album titled “Love Love Love” on June 25th 2013. Out of nine tracks in the album, my favorite is the sixth track called “Grandfather’s Camera”. Although it hadn’t been released as a promotional single, this song got me so since the first time I heard it. Roy Kim, whose birth name is Kim Sang Woo, also stated in  an interview that this song meant so much for him. It was written, composed, and arranged by Roy Kim himself along with the producer, Jung Ji Chan. In the same interview, Roy Kim stated that he had been inspired to write this song after seeing a grandfather took a selca (self-camera) photo all by himself, and so it’s titled “Grandfather’s Camera”.
“Grandfather’s Camera” is a song about someone who wants to share everything precious with their beloved one through photos. “Today, after taking the old camera that was by the window shining with the morning sunlight, I say the same words that I always say as I look at you, with a proud smile, I love you. The things you couldn’t see, the people you wanted to meet, again today, I will go out for you, to this street.” People say that a single picture can tell so many things. And it’s natural for us, the human being, for wanting to share every precious moments we have with the special people we love. Thus, a picture is a tool, a very meaningful one, to memorize and share those feelings. “Again today, with the pictures, I sit next to you, the most beautiful person in the world. The trees here and the ocean behind me, I captured it all for you. The places you couldn’t go, the nature you wanted to feel, again tomorrow, I will go out for you, to this street.
The things we dreamed of, the people we wanted to meet, again today, I will go out for you, to this street.Time is passing by so fast more than we could ever imagine. In just a blink of an eye, moments fade away, people come and go. But memories stay forever. Through a picture, a moment that we cherish with all our heart could be eternal. In a world where everything will be gone for sure, in a life where everything will pass away when it’s time, love and sincerity are the greatest gifts we could ever give to the precious people. Even in the smallest amount, happiness is real when it’s shared. Even just through a single picture, sincerity is real when it’s shared. I will go and capture everything in a picture for you. Putting in all the fragrances that you wanted to see, I want to share it with you tonight. I will put all of our remaining days into your heart. Putting in the fragrances of the times we spent together, I want to share it with you tonight.
With the dominance of acoustic guitar sound, “Grandfather’s Camera” successfully pulled up the musical character of Roy Kim. It has a calm yet exciting and peaceful yet sweet melody, with the feeling of country folk pop within. The melody goes along so well with Roy Kim’s tender voice. Moreover, the well-written beautiful lyrics adds the beauty of this song. I can’t help but thinking of my grandparents and parent while listening to this song. Somehow it brings this kind of strange feeling between happiness and sadness as I reminiscing my childhood with those elders whom I love, especially my late grandfather. Well I guess that is the main strength of this song; it brings back the precious memories. Indeed, the greatest art comes from the deepest humanity, and overall, “Grandfather’s Camera” is a masterpiece from a great musician, and I hope Roy Kim could be back soon with another piece of art.

I will put all of our remaining days into your heart. Putting in the fragrances of the times we spent together, I want to share it with you tonight.” –Roy Kim, Grandfather’s Camera [translated lyrics]



“Oneul achim haessari bichuneun changga yeope nohyeojin nalgeun kameral deulgoseo
(Today, after taking the old camera that was by the window shining with the morning sunlight)
Yeoneu ddaewa gateun mallo geudaereul barabomyeonseo heumuthan misoro saranghao
(I say the same words that I always say as I look at you, with a proud smile, I love you)

Geudaega mot bon geotdeul geudaega mannago sipeotdeon saramdeul
(The things you couldn’t see, the people you wanted to meet)
Oneuldo nan ojik geudaemaneul wihae nagalgeyo i georiro
(Again today, I will go out for you, to this street)

Geuraeyo nan geudael wihae modeun geotdeureul dallyeoga sajin soge dameul geoeyo
(Yes, I will go and capture everything in a picture for you)
Geudaega bogo sipeotdeon sumanheun hyanggireul dama oneul bam geudaewa hamgge nanullaeyo
(Putting in all the fragrances that you wanted to see, I want to share it with you tonight)

Sesangeseo gajang areumdaun geudae yeope oneuldo geu sajindeulgwa anjatjyo
(Again today, with the pictures, I sit next to you, the most beautiful person in the world)
Yeogi inneun i namudeul geurigo nae dwie badado modu da geudael wihae damawasso
(The trees here and the ocean behind me, I captured it all for you)

Geudaega mot gan geotdeul geudaega neuggigo sipeotdeon jayeondeul
(The places you couldn’t go, the nature you wanted to feel)
Naeildo nan ojik geudaemaneul wihae nagalgeyo i georiro
(Again tomorrow, I will go out for you, to this street)

Uriga ggum ggun geotdeul uriga mannago sipeotdeon saramdeul
(The things we dreamed of, the people we wanted to meet)
Oneuldo nan ojik geudaemaneul wihae nagalgeyo i georiro
(Again today, I will go out for you, to this street)

Geuraeyo nan nama inneun modeun naldeureul geudaewa maeum soge dameul geoeyo
(Yes, I will put all of our remaining days into your heart)
Uriga hamgge haesseotdeon sigane hyanggireul dama oneul bam geudaewa hamgge nanullaeyo
(Putting in the fragrances of the times we spent together, I want to share it with you tonight)
Oneul bam geudaewa hamgge nanullaeyo

(Tonight, I want to share it with you)”

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