I Don't Care




There is a saying I saw one day on the Instagram, that girls love the boy who hurts them, while boys hurt the girl who love them. Well, though we may find that saying is true sometimes, we better think again. Girls and boys may do that since they are not mature enough to understand how to respect and appreciate themselves. Okay, let’s put aside the discussion about love, since love is hard to understand no matter how old we are or whether we are mature or immature. However, discussing about self-respect is another thing. We may find ourselves falling in love head-over-heels towards someone, but that does not mean we have to degrade ourselves just in order to be loved back by that person. I know it all too well that love means understanding (or at least trying to understand) and accepting (or at least trying to accept) the one we love with their entire package. However, we must not forget that before we are someone’s lover, we are ourselves; an independent human being. And we need and have to respect ourselves before anyone else.

All those girlfriends you have, that you say are just friends, don’t think of me in the same way as them, I won’t let it ride. From now on, do whatever as you want. I’m going to stop caring, though I did really love you at some point.” –2NE1, I Don’t Care

Today I’m in the mood for writing about this one Korean song titled “I Don’t Care”, performed by once-frontrunner South Korean girl-group, 2NE1. The pop R n’ B track was released on July 1st 2009 and served as the second single released from the group’s eponymous extended play, “2NE1”. The self-titled debut EP was released on July 8th 2009. A reggae remix version of the song was released as a part of 2NE1’s first studio album, “To Anyone”, in 2010. “I Don’t Care” was written by YG Entertainment’s famous songwriter and composer, Teddy Park, along with Kush. An official accompany music video for this song was premiered on June 9th 2009, starring actor Lee Jong Suk as the cheating boyfriend of the group’s member, Sandara Park. Lyrically, “I Don’t Care” is a women-empowerment song that encourages women to take action towards the unpleasant behaviors of their boyfriend regarding to infidelity and lies.


"I Don't Care" single cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

Bad boys are indeed interesting. Somehow they have this kind of appeal that could easily attract us. However, knowing our limit is very important too for our health. “Hey, playboy! It’s about time and your time’s up. I had to do this one for my girls, you know. Sometimes you gotta act like you don’t care. That’s the only way you boys learn.” When there are things that we cannot tolerate anymore, we have to know when to stop. “I cannot ever forgive you for that lipstick mark at the end of your collar. You phone is always turned off every day, it doesn’t seem like you’re going to change. All those girlfriends you have, that you say are just friends, don’t think of me in the same way as them, I won’t let it ride. From now on, do whatever as you want, I’m going to stop caring though I did really love you at some point.” When there are things that we cannot accept, we must know how to stop instead of trying to tolerate while hurting ourselves. “Sometimes, you get drunk and call me at 5:30 in the early morning. Again, you say some other girl’s name, no.”
Bad boys are indeed enchanting. Somehow they have this kind of charm that could easily steal our hearts. However, knowing our limit is very important too for our sanity. When we feel that we cannot take it anymore, then we better know when to stop. “Stealing glances at other girl’s legs, I think you’re so pathetically hopeless. Every day you take off your couple ring, and secretly go on a blind date, I don’t think that I’ll be able to take it anymore. My friends say that you’re not really worth it, though you even try to persuade your wolf-like friends for advice. I’d rather keep it simple and let it go with an easy heart. I’m too good for you, though I believed you were my love.” When we feel that it has crossed the line, then we better know how to stop. When we feel that it has gone too far, then we must know when to stop. When we feel that we have had enough, then we must know how to stop. We need to have our own standpoint. “I tried to call you just in case, because you said you were busy. But as expected, I heard a girl’s laugh in the background, oh no.”
Bad boys are indeed charming and appealing; but it won’t last long as long as they don’t have manners. “I remember the night when I was crying until dawn because of you, boy. I regret every time I think about how my heart had gone too easy for you, boy. I’m too good to throw away yet too boring to have. You should’ve treated me better when we were together, why are you clinging onto me now? I’ve been fooled by your lies for hundreds of times. From today on, I’ll be a bad girl who makes guys cry. Now without a single tear, I’ll laugh at you; you’re the loser inside a game called love. Get on your knees and take me back; if not, just get out of my sight right now.” And heartless woman wasn’t just born that way. Instead, they were born by experience. They’ve been hurt before, they survived, they stand up, and they decide to fight back. “I don’t care, I’ll stop caring about what you’re doing or wherever you’re at, from now on, I don’t want to have interest anymore, just get out of the way. From now on, don’t come and cry to me, and don’t cling on, ‘cause I don’t care.”


"2NE1" EP cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

People say that those who are heartless once cared too much. And I guess it’s true at some point. Being hurt deeply over and over again is indeed making a significant change inside ourselves, whether we realize it or not. No matter how much we understand someone and how we accept them with their entire package, there are certain things that cannot be crossed over. And when that boundary has been crossed, we reach our limits of understanding and acceptance. Because when the boundary is being crossed, that is when we are treated disrespectfully. Love is about understanding and acceptance, but relationship is about respect and appreciation. When the respect and appreciation are being hurt, and there is no sign of effort to fix them, there what is more to hold on in the relationship? We admit that there is love (or at least, there was love), but understanding and acceptance won’t do well without respect and appreciation. The art of letting go is never easy, yet we have to know when to walk away when there’s nothing left to hold onto.

I regret every time I think about how my heart had gone too easy for you, boy. I’m too good to throw away yet too boring to have. You should’ve treated me better when we were together.” –2NE1, I Don’t Care






Hey, playboy! It’s about time and your time’s up, I had to do this one for my girls, you know
Sometimes you gotta act like you don’t care, that’s the only way you boys learn
옷깃에 묻은 립스틱은 나는 절대로 용서못해
(Ni otgise mudeun ripseutigeun naneun jeoldaero yongseomotae)
((I cannot ever forgive you for that lipstick mark at the end of your collar))
매일 하루에 수십번 꺼져있는 핸드폰 변하지 않을것만 같아 oh oh
(Maeil harue susipbeon kkeojyeoinneun haendeupon byeonhaji anheulgeotman gata oh oh)
((You phone is always turned off every day, it doesn’t seem like you’re going to change, oh, oh))
그저 친구라는 수많은 여자친구 똑같이 생각하지마 I won’t let it ride
(Geujeo chinguraneun sumanheun yeojachingu nal ttokgachi saenggakhajima I won’t let it fly)
((All those girlfriends you have, that you say are just friends, don’t think of me in the same way as them, I won’t let it fly))
이제 니맘대로해 미련을 버릴래 한때 정말 사랑했는데 oh
(Ije nimamdaerohae nan miryeoneul beorillae hanttae jeongmal saranghaenneunde oh)
((From now on, do whatever as you want, I’m going to stop caring though I did really love you at some point))
가끔씩 술에 취해 전활걸어 지금은 새벽 다섯시반
(Gakkeumssik sure chwihae jeonhwalgeoreo jigeumeun saebyeok daseossiban)
((Sometimes, you get drunk and call me at 5:30 in the early morning))
다른 여자의 이름을 불러 no
(Neon tto dareun yeojaui ireumeul bulleo no)
((Again, you say some other girl’s name, no))

I don’t care 그만할래 니가 어디에서 하던 이제 정말 상관 안할게 비켜줄래
(I don’t care geumanhallae niga eodieseo mwol hadeon ije jeongmal sanggwan anhalge bikyeojullae)
((I don’t care, I’ll stop caring about what you’re doing or wherever you’re at, from now on, I don’t want to have interest anymore, just get out of the way))
이제와 울고불고 매달리지마 ‘cause I don’t care, I don’t care
(Ijewa ulgobulgo maedallijima ‘cause I don’t care, I don’t care)
((From now on, don’t come and cry to me, and don’t cling on, ‘cause I don’t care, I don’t care))
‘Cause I don’t care, I don’t care, boy I don’t care

다른 여자들의 다리를 훔쳐보는 니가 너무너무 한심해
(Dareun yeojadeurui darireul humchyeoboneun niga neomuneomu hansimhae)
((Stealing glances at other girl’s legs, I think you’re so pathetically hopeless))
매일 빼놓는 커플링 몰래 소개팅 더이상 못참을것같아 oh oh oh
(Maeil ppaenonneun keopeulling na mollae han sogaeting deoisang motchameulgeotgata oh oh oh)
((Every day you take off your couple ring, and secretly go on a blind date, I don’t think that I’ll be able to take it anymore, oh, oh, oh))
절대 아니라는 수많은 나의친구 늑대란 친구들까지 타일렀지만
(Neon jeoldae aniraneun sumanheun nauichingu neon neukdaeran chingudeulkkaji tailleotjiman)
((My friends say that you’re not really worth it, though you even try to persuade your wolf-like friends for advice))
차라리 홀가분해 너에게 과분해 사랑이라 믿었는데 oh oh
(Charari holgabunhae neoege nan gwabunhae nae sarangira mideonneunde oh oh)
((I’d rather keep it simple and let it go with an easy heart, I’m too good for you, though I believed you were my love, oh, oh))
오늘도 바쁘다고 말하는 혹시나 전화해봤지만
(Oneuldo bappeudago malhaneun neo hoksina jeonhwahaebwatjiman)
((I tried to call you just in case, because you said you were busy))
역시 뒤에선 여자 웃음소리가 들려 oh no
(Yeoksi dwieseon yeoja useumsoriga deullyeo oh no)
((But as expected, I heard a girl’s laugh in the background, oh no))

I don’t care 그만할래 니가 어디에서 하던 이제 정말 상관 안할게 비켜줄래
(I don’t care geumanhallae niga eodieseo mwol hadeon ije jeongmal sanggwan anhalge bikyeojullae)
((I don’t care, I’ll stop caring about what you’re doing or wherever you’re at, from now on, I don’t want to have interest anymore, just get out of the way))
이제와 울고불고 매달리지마 ‘cause I don’t care, I don’t care
(Ijewa ulgobulgo maedallijima ‘cause I don’t care, I don’t care)
((From now on, don’t come and cry to me, and don’t cling on, ‘cause I don’t care, I don’t care))
‘Cause I don’t care, I don’t care, boy I don’t care

너땜에 울며 지새던 밤을 기억해 boy 후회할 생각하니 맘이 쉬웠네 boy
(Nan neottaeme ulmyeo jisaedeon bameul gieokhae boy deo huhoehal neol saenggakhani mami swiwonne boy)
((I remember the night when I was crying until dawn because of you, boy, I regret every time I think about how my heart had gone too easy for you, boy))
놓치긴 아깝고 갖기엔 시시하잖니 있을때 잘하지 이제와 매달리니
(Nal nochigin akkapgo gatgien sisihajannni isseulttae jalhaji neo wae ijewa maedallini)
((I’m too good to throw away yet too boring to have, you should’ve treated me better when we were together, why are you clinging onto me now?))
속아준 거짓말만해도 수백번 오늘 이후로 남자 울리는 bad girl
(Sogajun geojitmalmanhaedo subaekbeon oneul ihuro nan namja ullineun bad girl)
((I’ve been fooled by your lies for hundreds of times, from today on, I’ll be a bad girl who makes guys cry))
이젠 눈물 한방울 없이 비웃어 사랑이란 게임 loser
(Ijen nunmul hanbangul eobsi neol biuseo sarangiran geim sok loser)
((Now without a single tear, I’ll laugh at you, you’re the loser inside a game called love))
무릎꿇고 잡을 있니 아님 앞에서 당장 꺼져
(Mureupkkurko jabeul su inni anim nun apeseo dangjang kkeojyeo)
((Get on your knees and take me back, if not, just get out of my sight right now))

I don’t care 그만할래 니가 어디에서 하던 이제 정말 상관 안할게 비켜줄래
(I don’t care geumanhallae niga eodieseo mwol hadeon ije jeongmal sanggwan anhalge bikyeojullae)
((I don’t care, I’ll stop caring about what you’re doing or wherever you’re at, from now on, I don’t want to have interest anymore, just get out of the way))
이제와 울고불고 매달리지마 ‘cause I don’t care, I don’t care
(Ijewa ulgobulgo maedallijima ‘cause I don’t care, I don’t care)
((From now on, don’t come and cry to me, and don’t cling on, ‘cause I don’t care, I don’t care))
‘Cause I don’t care, I don’t care, boy I don’t care

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