As If It's Your Last



Love is the never ending psychological war between men and women. And romance is the battlefield. Why is that so? It needs tactic and strategy. It cannot be denied that men and women are different. Though we are human, we are different. Those differences are not only inherited by the embodied biological things, but also constructed by historical and social construction. Because of those differences, men and women mostly have differed perspectives regarding to love and romance. Hence, there are times when men and women find some misunderstandings when they are entangled in a romance relationship with one another. However, no matter how confusing it is for us, we keep on going to back craving for love and romance. We cannot live with it yet we cannot live without it. Why is that so? In my humble opinion, whether we are conscious about it or not, we are addicted to drama; no matter whether we are men or women. And only love and romance that could serve the great amount of drama for us. We know we only live once; hence we should live it well, with a fair amount of drama. However, life is just life. At times, there is no such thing as sufficient; it is whether too little or too much. And that is when everything gets problematic. At times like this, we just want for all problems to disappear; and grab the moment, feel it, enjoy it as if it is our last.

Who are you to make me keep thinking of you? My pride is bruised; I’m burning up. My face is hot, my heart keeps racing. I can’t control my body, I’m getting dizzy. You’re like a fistful of sand, it’s like I can hold you but I can’t. You’re not easy, that’s why I want you more. I can’t control my heart, it’s ridiculous.” –BLACKPINK, As If It’s Your Last (마지막처럼)

One of my dearest Korean girl groups, BLACKPINK, was making their comeback with a song titled “As If It’s Your Last (마지막처럼)”. It was released as a single on June 22nd 2017 and was said to be plotted for a part of the group’s upcoming mini album. The official accompany music video was premiered on Mnet channel on the same day. Two days later on June 24th 2017, the dance practice video of the song was released. “As If It’s Your Last (마지막처럼)” is described as BLACKPINK’s most exciting and upbeat song that they have released so far. Written by Teddy Park, Brother Su, Choice37, Future Bounce, and Lydia Paek, the song was described as a mixed genre of house, reggae, and moombahton music. The catchy sound of the song has caught me since the first time I heard it. And when I listened to the lyrics, I couldn’t help but falling in love deeply towards this song. For me personally, I think that lyrically this song brings a women-empowerment spirit though at the first glance it might seem like the other way around. It may seem like the girl is begging to be loved by her love interest. However, I see it as an encouragement that the girl gives towards her love interest in order to stop hesitating and take a step forward. Since nothing fucks us harder than life, we have to seize the day as if it is our last.


"As If It's Your Last" single cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

I guess it is true when women are emotional creatures who put feeling as the base of every act they do. However, it does not mean that they are incapable of rationalize what is going on with them when they are caught in the emotion. They know that their ego is hurting when some man keeps staying in their thoughts. How dare he?! They know they are more attracted because he isn’t easy to grasp. They cannot believe that their heart isn’t going the way they want to. They know it makes them anxious and worry because it feels like they lose control of their own body and heart. “Who are you to make me keep thinking of you? My pride is bruised; I’m burning up. My face is hot, my heart keeps racing. I can’t control my body, I’m getting dizzy. You’re like a fistful of sand, it’s like I can hold you but I can’t. You’re not easy, that’s why I want you more. I can’t control my heart, it’s ridiculous. Can you feel my breath longing for you right now? Even when I’m looking at you, I’m missing you. I’m so bad at this; won’t you set me free?”
Indeed, women do love challenges though most of the time they do not seem to do. The more they got curious, the more they got attracted. And women who are capable of rationalizing their emotions will be able to challenge the man she is attracted to too. Though they got impatient with all the game of pulling in and pulling out, they won’t show it and take action instead. And once they have set their mind, they will make that man find and catch her. For they know that the man is just all the same as her; that together they would be as compatible as Bonnie and Clyde; a perfect partner in crime. “Uh, I’m falling in love baby, you’re gonna find and catch me. Uh, give you all of this, baby, call me pretty and nasty. ‘Cause we’re gonna get it, my love. You can bet it on black; we’re gonna double the stack on them, whoa! I’ll be the Bonnie and you’ll be my Clyde, we ride or die, Xs and Os. Time keeps on ticking, and my heart is getting impatient. There’s only you in my world; missing you. I’m so bad at this, won’t you set me free?”
At times, women are even more capable than men regarding to live by seizing the day; carpe diem. At times, men are just thinking too much. Hence they cannot fully enjoy the moment. And at times like this, it is time for the women to take the wheel and open their mind, for they are in our area now. “One two three, it’s a new beginning, because I won’t ever look back. If I throw myself to you, you have to catch me for real, because the world can’t hold us down.” At times, men need to rest assured that the world cannot bring us down; hence they should catch us when we throw ourselves at them. It’s not that hard as long as we don’t over-think it. They can hold us till it feels like it’s going to burst. They can kiss us like it’s all just a lie; as if it’s the last love. They can hold us as if it’s the last night. They can kiss us as if tomorrow never comes. They can do it all and set us free as if it’s our last. “Baby, hold me till I explode. Stop thinking it over; what’s so hard about this? Kiss me like it is a lie; as if I am your last love. As if it’s the last night, love. As if there is no tomorrow, love.”


"As If It's Your Last" single teaser | source: YG Entertainment

This cruel patriarchal world isn’t cruel for women only, but also for men. The patriarchal system in the society has shaped men for having this kind of obligation to take responsibility of what they do towards women. Hence, some men take it seriously and are really careful in playing the game of romance. Well, there are some open-minded women out there who are willingly to make it easy for the men. No, it’s not because these women are hegemonized by the patriarchal power relation. On the other hand, it’s our effort to break down the power relation itself. And particularly, it’s for the sake of our own pleasure. Well, of course, it will be better if it’s for the sake of both parties’ pleasure. Hence, don’t be hesitated to take the chance when you have interest on it. Don’t make the game more difficult (since it’s already is) and don’t play too hard on yourself (since life is already hard). It won’t be that complicated, actually, if you don’t play the game too hard. Isn’t playing too hard meaning that you are trapped in the patriarchal hegemony itself? At times, all we need is just to be relax. It’s alright to give the trust for the women to take control. We won’t bite, unless you’re too cute, but yeah, we will bite in a cute way too.

Baby, hold me till I explode. Stop thinking it over; what’s so hard about this? Kiss me like it is a lie; as if I am your last love. As if it’s the last night, love. As if there is no tomorrow, love. –BLACKPINK, As If It’s Your Last (마지막처럼)





Little bit of that, little bit of this, little bit of that, gimme gimme gimme, gimme little bit of that
뭔데 자꾸 생각나 자존심 상해 애가 얼굴이 뜨겁고 가슴은 계속 뛰어 몸이 맘대로 어지러워
(Neo mwonde jakku saenggagna jajonsim sanghae aega ta eolgulri tteugeobgo gaseumeun gyesog ttwieo nae momi mamdaero an dwae eojireowo)
((Who are you to make me keep thinking of you? My pride is bruised, I’m burning up, my face is hot, my heart keeps racing, I can’t control my body, I’m getting dizzy))
줌의 모래 같아 잡힐 잡히지 않아 쉽지 않은 그래서 끌려 맘이 맘대로 어이없어
(Neon han jumui molae gata jabhil deut jabhiji anha neon swibji anheun geol geuraeseo deo kkeullyeo nae mami mamdaero an dwae eoieobseo)
((You’re like a fistful of sand, it’s like I can hold you but I can’t, you’re not easy, that’s why I want you more, I can’t control my heart, it’s ridiculous))
지금 너를 원하는 숨결이 느껴지니 바라보고 있어도 missing you 서툰 won’t you set me free
(Jigeum neoreul wonhaneun nae sumgyeolri neukkyeojini neol barabogo isseodo missing you seotun nal won’t you set me free)
((Can you feel my breath longing for you right now? Even when I’m looking at you, I’m missing you, I’m so bad at this, won’t you set me free?))

Baby 터질 것처럼 안아줘 그만 생각해 뭐가 그리 어려워
(Baby nal teojil geotcheoreom anajwo geuman saenggaghae mwoga geuri eoryeowo)
((Baby, hold me till I explode, stop thinking it over, what’s so hard about this?))
거짓말처럼 키스해줘 내가 너에게 마지막 사랑인 것처럼
(Geojitmalcheoreom kiseuhaejwo naega neoege majimag sarangin geotcheoreom)
((Kiss me like it is a lie, as if I am your last love))
마지막처럼 --마지막처럼 마지막 밤인 것처럼 love
(Majimagcheoreom ma-ma-majimagcheoreom majimag bamin geotcheoreom love)
((As if it’s the last, as if it’s the last, as if it’s the last night, love))
마지막처럼 --마지막처럼 내일 따윈 없는 것처럼
(Majimagcheoreom ma-ma-majimagcheoreom naeil ttawin eobsneun geotcheoreom)
((As if it’s the last, as if it’s the last, as if there is no tomorrow))

Uh, I’m falling in love baby, you’re gonna find and catch me, uh, give you all of this baby, call me pretty and nasty
‘Cause we’re gonna get it, my love, you can bet it on black, we’re gonna double the stack on them, whoa!
I’ll be the Bonnie and you’ll be my Clyde, we ride or die, Xs and Os
시간은 흘러가는데 마음만 급해지지 세상은 하나만 missing you 서툰 won’t you set me free
(Siganeun heulleoganeunde maeumman geubhaejiji nae sesangeun neo hanaman missing you seotun nal won’t you set me free)
((Time keeps on ticking, and my heart is getting impatient, there’s only you in my world, missing you, I’m so bad at this, won’t you set me free?))

Baby 터질 것처럼 안아줘 그만 생각해 뭐가 그리 어려워
(Baby nal teojil geotcheoreom anajwo geuman saenggaghae mwoga geuri eoryeowo)
((Baby, hold me till I explode, stop thinking it over, what’s so hard about this?))
거짓말처럼 키스해줘 내가 너에게 마지막 사랑인 것처럼
(Geojitmalcheoreom kiseuhaejwo naega neoege majimag sarangin geotcheoreom)
((Kiss me like it is a lie, as if I am your last love))
마지막처럼 --마지막처럼 마지막 밤인 것처럼 love
(Majimagcheoreom ma-ma-majimagcheoreom majimag bamin geotcheoreom love)
((As if it’s the last, as if it’s the last, as if it’s the last night, love))
마지막처럼 --마지막처럼 내일 따윈 없는 것처럼
(Majimagcheoreom ma-ma-majimagcheoreom naeil ttawin eobsneun geotcheoreom)
((As if it’s the last, as if it’s the last, as if there is no tomorrow))

One two three 새로운 시작이야 절대 뒤돌아보진 않을 거니까
(One two three saeroun sijagiya jeoldae dwidorabojin anheul geonikka)
((One two three, it’s a new beginning, because I won’t ever look back))
너에게 던지면 너는 잡아줘 세상은 우릴 꺾지 못할 테니까 BLACKPINK in your area
(Nal neoege deonjimyeon neoneun nal kkog jabajwo sesangeun ulil kkeokkji moshal tenikka BLACKPINK in your area)
((If I throw myself to you, you have to catch me for real, because the world can’t hold us down, BLACKPINK in your area))

Baby 터질 것처럼 안아줘 그만 생각해 뭐가 그리 어려워
(Baby nal teojil geotcheoreom anajwo geuman saenggaghae mwoga geuri eoryeowo)
((Baby, hold me till I explode, stop thinking it over, what’s so hard about this?))
거짓말처럼 키스해줘 내가 너에게 마지막 사랑인 것처럼
(Geojitmalcheoreom kiseuhaejwo naega neoege majimag sarangin geotcheoreom)
((Kiss me like it is a lie, as if I am your last love))
마지막처럼 --마지막처럼 마지막 밤인 것처럼 love
(Majimagcheoreom ma-ma-majimagcheoreom majimag bamin geotcheoreom love)
((As if it’s the last, as if it’s the last, as if it’s the last night, love))
마지막처럼 --마지막처럼 내일 따윈 없는 것처럼 love
(Majimagcheoreom ma-ma-majimagcheoreom naeil ttawin eobsneun geotcheoreom love)
((As if it’s the last, as if it’s the last, as if there is no tomorrow, love))

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