Wandering on the Street



Everyone has their own way about how to deal with memories. For memories, particularly regarding to the one we hold most dear, are always there deep inside us. For memories, particularly the most precious ones are always here within us. They could come up to the surface of our mind whenever they want. They could come out suddenly at times. There are, of course, some things that can trigger those memories for coming again; like being at a certain place. And yes, for some people, a place isn’t just a place. A place is meaningful because of moments we’ve had in that place, times we’ve shared with our loved ones in that place. And a street can be so meaningful for it’s a street where we used to walk on together side by side with our loved ones. Those moments have built up memories. And that place has triggered those memories to greet us again. In a distant future, we find ourselves wandering on that street again, since we long for those moments and our loved ones so much. And we greet those memories with a warm heart.

“I’m missing you, I’m calling out for you, in all of my days. Even if I meet only with agonizing memories, I gladly welcome them. When I turn around towards the voice that is calling me, this empty street is already filled with your presence before I know it.” –Sung Si Kyung, On the Street (거리에서)

This song is titled “On the Street (거리에서)”, performed by South Korean male balladeer dubbed as the Prince of Ballads, Sung Si Kyung. The song was released on September 21st 2006 as the lead single taken from the singer’s fifth studio album, “The Ballads”, which was released later on October 10th 2006. Songwriter and music producer, Yoon Jong Shin, was the one who wrote the ballad track. The album was a success and the song became one of Sung’s signature songs. Lyrically, it speaks about the longing feeling someone has as the flooding memories of moments they shared with significant other in the past come to the surface when they walk down on the street they used to walk on together. Sung’s fellow singer, Shin Young Jae of 4Men, performed “On the Street (거리에서)” on an episode of South Korean music television program, Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend where Yoon Jong Shin came out as the legend. The episode was broadcasted by KBS television station on March 18th 2017 and later by KBS World channel on April 1st 2017.


"The Ballads" album cover | source: www.maniadb.com

There is always a day like this; a day that is so hard to live because we realize that there is this certain person we definitely cannot forget for the rest of our lives. Their presence that has long gone and our reviving loneliness greet us once again as we long for them. “Without you on this street, there is nothing for me to do. If I keep wandering around, I find myself bump into old memories every now and then. Illusions of your image and the sadness of my existence make me realize yet again that this love is difficult one to forget.” There is always a day like this; a day that is so hard to pass because we realize that there is this significant person that can’t be forgotten. The presence from the past and our reviving expectation greet us once again as we long for them. “When I arrive at the end of the street, I lean on the familiar wall. I still can see your presence when you confess your love to me under the light of the lamp post. The images of the past that rise up and the fluttering moment of my life make me realize yet again that it’s a moment that is too difficult to forget in one try.”
Some people are willing to go back to the same place just to feel the memories flooding through their veins. We do it in order to be able to feel once again; to feel the love that once was there. As we walk down that street that is full of memories, we’re wondering where that person is staying and what that person does for living now. We’re wondering whether they’re thinking of us too and whether they’re still searching for us too like we do. We stroll through the street hoping we could find the answers. “Where do you live now? How do you make a living now? It feels like someone might give the answers if I kept walking. Do you still think about me? Are you looking for me? It feels like someone might give the answers if I kept walking. Days when this street was familiar, days when our steps were in sync, those days of our longed past are coming back to find me again tonight.” And as the day gets darker and the night comes, the images from the past moments greet us once again. We find ourselves in a deep longing feeling for those moments and the person in it.
Some people tend to go back to some certain place in search for the memories that have been buried deep down beneath. Though it brings along the longing feeling, it feels nice to meet those memories. Though we are hurt by the emptiness, we’re gladly welcoming those memories. Even if those memories are the hurtful ones, the ones that make us anxious, they are warmly welcomed. “I’m missing you, I’m calling out for you, in all of my days. Even if I meet only with agonizing memories, I gladly welcome them. When I turn around towards the voice that is calling me, this empty street is already filled with your presence before I know it.” Though it hurts from waiting, we feel glad to encounter those memories. We found them. And the empty street is suddenly filled with countless presence of our loved ones. And it feels heartwarming inside. We know that the person we long for so much is somewhere out there. Hence we’re waiting, as we’re calling out their name to the sky. “With my bursting heart, I shout out to the night sky that I wait for you on this street.”


Shin Young Jae performed "On the Street" on IS2 | source: KBS World

People have their own way to deal with their longing feeling. Some people choose to go the same place over and over again. It’s a meaningful place where memories were built from moments that were shared together with the person they hold most dear. Some people do it in order to be able to find what they are always looking for; it’s the feeling of being fulfilled. And even though it’s just in a form of memories, they feel glad if they are able to find it. Some people do it since the day seems unbearable because of the longing feeling. And even though the hollow left by the absence of their loved one’s presence is hurting them, they feel glad if they could encounter it through memories. It gives them strength to continue living day by day. Those memories, whether it’s good or bad, whether it’s sad or joy, they welcome it with a warm heart. It fulfills them. It makes them whole again. And even though that person might not feel the same, it’s alright for them to feel it all by themselves. It’s just how they deal with the longing feeling.

Do you still think about me? Are you looking for me? It feels like someone might give the answers if I kept walking. Days when this street was familiar, days when our steps were in sync, those days of our longed past are coming back to find me again tonight.” –Sung Si Kyung, On the Street (거리에서)





니가 없는 거리에는 내가 할일이 없어서 마냥 걷다 걷다보면 추억을 가끔 마주치지
(Niga eomneun georieneun naega hariri eopsseoseo manyang geottta geotttabomyeon chueogeul gakkeum majuchiji)
((Without you on this street, there is nothing for me to do, if I keep wandering around, I find myself bump into old memories every now and then))
떠오르는 너의 모습 살아나는 그리움 한번에 잊기 힘든 사람이란걸 한번 느껴지는 하루
(Tteooreuneun neoui moseup nae sarananeun geurium hanbeone cham itkki himdeun saramirangeol tto hanbeon neukkyeojineun haru)
((Illusions of your image and the sadness of my existence make me realize yet again that this love is difficult one to forget))
어디쯤에 머무는지 어떻게 살아가는지 걷다보면 누가 말해줄 같아
(Eodijjeume meomuneunji tto eotteoke saraganeunji geotttabomyeon nuga maraejul geot gata)
((Where do you live now? How do you make a living now? It feels like someone might give the answers if I kept walking))
거리가 익숙했던 우리 발걸음이 나란했던 그리운 날들 오늘밤 나를 찾아온다
(I georiga ikssukhaettteon uri balgoreumi naranhaettteon geuriun naldeul oneulbam nareul chajaonda)
((Days when this street was familiar, days when our steps were in sync, those days of our longed past are coming back to find me again tonight))

그리는 부르는 하루는 애태워도 마주친 추억이 반가워
(Neol geurineun neol bureuneun nae haruneun aetaeweodo majuchin chueogi bangaweo)
((I’m missing you, I’m calling out for you, in all of my days, even if I meet only with agonizing memories, I gladly welcome them))
부르는 목소리에 돌아보면 텅빈 거리 어느새 수많은 니모습만 가득해
(Nal bureuneun mokssorie dorabomyeon teongbin geori eoneusae sumanheun nimoseumman gadeukhae)
((When I turn around towards the voice that is calling me, this empty street is already filled with your presence before I know it))

막다른길 다다라서 낯익은 기대보며 가로등 환히 비춰지는 고백하는 니가 보여
(Makttareungil dadaraseo nachigeun byeok gidaebomyeo garodeung sok hwanhi bichweojineun gobaekhaneun niga boyeo)
((When I arrive at the end of the street, I lean on the familiar wall, I still can see your presence when you confess your love to me under the light of the lamp post))
떠오르는 그때모습 살아나는 설레임 한번에 잊기 힘든 순간이란 한번 느껴지는 하루
(Tteooreuneun geuttaemoseup nae sarananeun seolleim hanbeone cham itkki himdeun sunganiran geol tto hanbeon neukkyeojineun haru)
((The images of the past that rise up and the fluttering moment of my life make me realize yet again that it’s a moment that is too difficult to forget in one try))
아직 나를 생각할지 그녀도 나를 찾을지 걷다보면 누가 말해줄 같아
(Ajik nareul saenggakhalji tto geunyeodo nareul chajeulji geotttabomyeon nuga maraejul geot gata)
((Do you still think about me? Are you looking for me? It feels like someone might give the answers if I kept walking))
거리가 익숙했던 우리 발걸음이 나란했던 그리운 날들 오늘밤 나를 찾아온다
(I georiga ikssukhaetteon uri balgeoreumi naranhaettteon geuriun naldeul oneulbam nareul chajaonda)
((Days when this street was familiar, days when our steps were in sync, those days of our longed past are coming back to find me again tonight))

그리는 부르는 하루는 애태워도 마주친 추억이 반가워
(Neol geurineun neol bureuneun nae haruneun aetaeweodo majuchin chueogi bangaweo)
((I’m missing you, I’m calling out for you, in all of my days, even if I meet only with agonizing memories, I gladly welcome them))
부르는 목소리에 돌아보면 텅빈 거리 어느새 많은 모습만 가득
(Nal bureuneun mokssorie dorabomyeon teongbin geori eoneusae sumanheun nimoseumman gadeuk)
((When I turn around towards the voice that is calling me, this empty street is already filled with your presence))

부풀은 가슴이 하늘에 외쳐본다 거리는 기다린다고
(Bupureun nae gaseumi bam haneure wechyeobonda i georineun neol gidarindago)
((With my bursting heart, I shout out to the night sky that I wait for you on this street))

그리는 부르는 하루는 애태워도 마주친 추억이 반가워
(Neol geurineun neol bureuneun nae haruneun aetaeweodo majuchin chueogi bangaweo)
((I’m missing you, I’m calling out for you, in all of my days, even if I meet only with agonizing memories, I gladly welcome them))
부르는 목소리에 돌아보며 텅빈거리 어느새 많은 모습만 가득해
(Nal bureuneun mokssorie dorabomyeon teongbin geori eoneusae sumanheun nimoseumman gadeukhae)
((When I turn around towards the voice that is calling me, this empty street is already filled with your presence before I know it))

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