Pretty You



Let’s bring in the sugar! I know that I’ve passed the teenagers stage, where love and romance stuffs were as simple as butterfly in the stomach. We have a crush, we develop a romantic feeling, we fall in love, and the only thing we concern of is about how, when, and what words we will say when we confess our feeling to the subject of our romantic feeling. However, at times like this when we’ve grown older (and colder inside), I think it’s pretty good to take a look back into those heartwarming days again. Who knows that it could bring back the warmth into our heart? And yes, we’ve all been there and done that. We fell for the pretty things that attracted our eyes, and then it went into our heart as our mind could not stop thinking about it all days and all nights. And we found ourselves pondering all alone whether to speak up our feelings. And our foremost fear was actually only the timid aspect of ourselves and the risk of embarrassing ourselves when things go wrong. However, it was the beauty of youth. It’s in the fluttering heart. It’s in the memorable moment.

“I want to pick and gather all the pretty words and give them to you. But when I’m in front of you, those words go back inside. While drinking a glass of water at dawn, I make a promise by myself to tell you. I will confess tomorrow, the words that have been on the tip of my tongue, you are pretty.” –SEVENTEEN, Pretty U (예쁘다)

This is a bubblegum-dance-pop song titled “Pretty U (예쁘다)”, performed by South Korean boy group, SEVENTEEN (also widely known as the acronym ‘SVT’). It was released on April 25th 2016 as the lead track for the group’s first studio album, “Love & Letter”, or also known as “First Love & Letter”. “Pretty U (예쁘다)” written by SVT’s members: Woozi, S.Coups, Vernon, and Seungkwan, along with music producer Bumzu. The music was composes and arranged by Woozi, Bumzu,Won Young Heon, and Dong Ne Hyung. An official accompany music video was premiered on MBC Music channel on April 24th 2016. The MV is just as bubbly as the song. All the SVT members look adorable and loveable in this MV, which I love so much. It gives the feeling of “it’s spring but summer is ready to come earlier with SEVENTEEN”. Lyrically, it speaks about the worry and concern of a young man who has a crush on some girl; about the excitement of experiencing first love. And the melody; the melody is just as pretty as the song’s title, as it brings cheerfulness anytime I listen to it.


"Love & Letter" album cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

First love is something, but experiencing having a crush is something else. When having a crush, our brain feels like going to explode with ideas on how to express our feelings. However, it’s a backlash because we find it hard to arrange our thoughts and get ourselves together. “Got so much to say, but I can’t organize my thoughts, help me.” And yes, our mind is full of the subject of our crush. We cannot seem to see anything else. We cannot seem to think of anything else. We cannot seem to feel anything else, but the urge to confess our feeling. “What kind of expression must I use to be able show you my heart? Should I just take my heart out to copy and paste it on you? Once upon a one fine day, you magically appeared in front of me. You took my heart and stole my eyes, you’re so greedy. Words that I wanted to say are: don’t take this the wrong way, but I can’t see anything else but you. You’re so ice, baby, at the same time you melt me down. Just can’t get enough, I want to show you all of me without hiding anything.”
It’s like we’re getting ill, and the only medicine that could heal us is the subject of our crush. It’s like we always feel hungry, and the only food that could make us full is the subject of our crush. We diligently study about how to confess our feeling to the subject of our crush, even more diligent than we study for school subjects. “Medicine for a cold, food for hunger, you for me, when I look you up in the dictionary. I wish you could be defined as me, but by the way, what should I do today? Should I ask the internet? What to wear, where to go, I should’ve studied so hard like this for school.” And the more we think about it, the more we got this rush of blood to the head. We feel like we’re in a rush; that the world might end before we could confess our feeling. And that would be a very big disaster for us. The more we take time, the more we got impatient. “I can’t take it no more; I’ve got something to say. I can’t take it no more; I’m going to try it now. I can’t take it no more, I was about to write a letter. I can’t take it no more, but I can’t stand it anymore.”


SVT in the music video of "Pretty U" | source: Pledis Entertainment

It’s like the universe has put us in the destined course to meet the subject of our crush. Everything seems abnormal, in a way that it’s not the way it used to be. We cannot breathe whenever we look at someone, and we’re not usually like that. We lose focus easily whenever we meet someone, and we’re not normally like that. Even seeing that person from a far can make our heart flutters; and it’s not usually like that. “We chose each other, focusing on by the nano level. Whenever I see you, it’s breathtaking; normally I’m not like this.” All we ever wanted is to give all the pretty words in the world to that person naturally, casually, and easily. However, those words stick in our throat whenever we face that person directly. “I want to pick and gather all the pretty words and give them to you. But when I’m in front of you, those words go back inside. While drinking a glass of water at dawn, I make a promise by myself to tell you. I will confess tomorrow, the words that have been on the tip of my tongue, you are pretty.”
There is no such thing as an easy confession. Confession never comes easy. We can make a promise to ourselves every night but breaking it by ourselves in the day. We can practice over and over again along the night to deliver those lines but forgetting it all during the day. Unless we got really brave and fearless, we won’t get there. Unless we got the timing, we won’t get there. “Baby, you’re my lady, I’m running to your heart, baby, I’m almost there. While drinking a glass of water at dawn, I make a promise by myself to tell you. Sweet and pretty words like the lines in a movie, the words I’ve been practicing overnight for days. Tomorrow, I will clench my fists and must tell you, you are pretty.” Unless we set ourselves straight and throw away the hesitation, we won’t get there. And most of the times, it’s our own over-thinking that restrains us from confessing. “Does she love me? Does she love me not? I’m counting flower petals all day long. Does she love me? Does she love me not? What answer will the flower petals tell me?”


SVT's members Vernon, Wonwoo, Seungkwan, and Woozi in the music video of "Pretty U" |
source: Pledis Entertainment

We all do some silly things whenever we have a crush. We could sit all day, picking up flower petals one by one and counting them. We could daydream all day, just wondering what the-subject-of-our-crush is doing at the time. We could ponder all day, strolling down the social media timeline just to stalk the-subject-of-our-crush. We could do nothing all day, but surfing the web just to search about how to confess our feeling. Yes, those seem silly. However, as silly as those things may seem, those are actually a heartwarming and heartfelt thing to do. Those acts are sincere. Those acts are pure. Those acts are innocent. Those acts are genuine. And yes, sadly, the ugly truth is that adults are lacking of those acts that are sincere, pure, innocent, and genuine. As we grow older, most of us start to take things for granted; when ironically, as we grow up, we should take more care towards things that matter for us, instead. Hence, for me personally, we need to bring back those spirits from our young days in order to grow up gracefully. It’s kind. And it’s pretty.

“I’m running to your heart. I’m almost there. While drinking a glass of water at dawn, I make a promise by myself to tell you. Sweet and pretty words like the lines in a movie, the words I’ve been practicing overnight for days. Tomorrow, I will clench my fists and must tell you, you are pretty.” –SEVENTEEN, Pretty U (예쁘다)




Seventeen~
할말이 많은데 정리가 안돼 도와줘 S.O.S 하나
(Halmari maneunde jeongniga jal andwae dowajwo S.O.S hana dul set net)
((Got so much to say, but I can’t organize my thoughts, help me, S.O.S, one two three four))
                                 
어떤 표현법을 써야만 맘이 전해질까
(Eotteon pyohyeonppeobeul sseoyaman nae mami jeonhaejilkka)
((What kind of expression must I use to be able show you my heart?))
마음을 꺼내서 너에게 복사해 붙여야 하는건가
(Maeumeul kkeonaeseo neoege boksahae buchyeoya haneungeonga)
((Should I just take my heart out to copy and paste it on you?))
어느 멋진 날에 나에게 짠하고 나타나선
(Eoneu meotjin nare naege jjanhago natanaseon)
((Once upon a one fine day, you magically appeared in front of me))
맘을 취하고 시선을 빼앗고 욕심쟁이 내가 하고 싶었던 말은
(Nae mameul chwihago shiseoneul ppaeatgo neon yokshimjaengi naega hago shipeotteon mareun)
((You took my heart and stole my eyes, you’re so greedy, words that I wanted to say are))
Don’t take this the wrong way, but 말곤 보여
(Don’t take this the wrong way, but neo malgon an boyeo)
((Don’t take this the wrong way, but I can’t see anything else but you))
You’re so ice ice baby, at the same time 녹여
(You’re so ice ice baby, at the same time neon nal nogyeo)
((You’re so ice ice baby, at the same time you melt me down))
Just can’t get enough 너에게 숨김 없이 보여주고 싶어
(Just can’t get enough, nal neoege sumgim eopshi boyeojugo shipeo)
((Just can’t get enough, I want to show you all of me without hiding anything))

Oh 우린 서로를 선택했고 나노 단위로 집중해
(Oh urin seororeul seontaekhaetgo nano danwiro jipjunghae)
((Oh we chose each other, focusing on by the nano level))
볼때 숨이 채할 같아 평소엔 그러는데
(Neol bolttae nan sumi chaehal kkeot gata pyeongsoen an geureoneunde)
((Whenever I see you, it’s breathtaking, normally I’m not like this))

예쁜 모두 모아서 따다 주고 싶은데
(Yeppeun mal modu moaseo ttada jugo shipeunde)
((I want to pick and gather all the pretty words and give them to you))
너너너너 앞에 서면 자꾸 들어가는
(Neoneoneoneo ape seomyeon jakku deureoganeun mal)
((But when I’m in front of you, those words go back inside))
새벽에 물을 마시면서 혼자 다짐해 나는 너에게
(Saebyeoge mureul mashimyeonseo honja dajimhae naneun neoege)
((While drinking a glass of water at dawn, I make a promise by myself to tell you))
끝까지 올랐던 말을 내일 하겠어 예쁘다
(Teok kkeutkkaji cha ollatteon geu mareul naeil kkok hagesseo neo yeppeuda)
((I will confess tomorrow, the words that have been on the tip of my tongue, you are pretty))

감기에는 배고프면 에는 처럼 사전에 찾으면
(Gamgieneun yak baegopeumyeon bap neo eneun na cheoreom sajeone neol chajeumyeon)
((Medicine for a cold, food for hunger, you for me, when I look you up in the dictionary))
나로 정의됐음 좋겠단 말야 근데 오늘은 대체 어떻게 해야
(Naro jeongidwaesseum jokettan marya geunde oneureun daeche eotteoke haeya dwae)
((I wish you could be defined as me, but by the way, what should I do today?))
인터넷에다 물어볼까 어떤 어떤 공부를 이렇게나 해볼걸
(Inteoneseda mureobolkka eotteon ot tto eotteon got gongbureul ireokena haebolkkeol)
((Should I ask the internet? What to wear, where to go, I should’ve studied so hard like this for school))

Oh 우린 서로를 선택했고 나노 단위로 집중해
(Oh urin seororeul seontaekhaetgo nano danwiro jipjunghae)
((Oh we chose each other, focusing on by the nano level))
볼때 숨이 채할 것만 같아 평소엔 그러는데
(Neol bolttae nan sumi chaehal kkeotman gata pyeongsoen an geureoneunde)
((Whenever I see you, it’s breathtaking, normally I’m not like this))

예쁜 모두 모아서 따다 주고 싶은데
(Yeppeun mal modu moaseo ttada jugo shipeunde)
((I want to pick and gather all the pretty words and give them to you))
너너너너 앞에 서면 자꾸 들어가는
(Neoneoneoneo ape seomyeon jakku deureoganeun mal)
((But when I’m in front of you, those words go back inside))
새벽에 물을 마시면서 혼자 다짐해 나는 너에게
(Saebyeoge mureul mashimyeonseo honja dajimhae naneun neoege)
((While drinking a glass of water at dawn, I make a promise by myself to tell you))
끝까지 올랐던 말을 내일 하겠어 예쁘다
(Teok kkeutkkaji cha ollatteon geu mareul naeil kkok hagesseo neo yeppeuda)
((I will confess tomorrow, the words that have been on the tip of my tongue, you are pretty))

I can’t take it no more 할말은 있는데 I can’t take it no more 지금 하려고
(I can’t take it no more, halmareun inneunde, I can’t take it no more, jigeum haryeogo hae)
((I can’t take it no more, I’ve got something to say, I can’t take it no more, I’m going to try it now))
I can’t take it no more 편지를 쓰려다가 I can’t take it no more 참겠어
(I can’t take it no more, pyeonjireul sseuryeodaga, I can’t take it no more, mot chamkkesseo)
((I can’t take it no more, I was about to write a letter, I can’t take it no more, but I can’t stand it anymore))

Baby you’re my lady 너의 마음속을 달려 가는 중인데 baby 이제 거의 왔어
(Baby you’re my lady neoye maeumsogeul dallyeo ganeun junginde baby ije geoi da wasseo)
((Baby, you’re my lady, I’m running to your heart, baby, I’m almost there))
Oh~ 새벽에 물을 마시면서 혼자 다짐해 나는 너에게
(Oh~ saebyeoge mureul mashimyeonseo honja dajimhae naneun neoege)
((Oh~ while drinking a glass of water at dawn, I make a promise by myself to tell you))
영화처럼 달콤하고 예쁜 몇일 밤새 연습했던
(Yeonghwacheoreom dalkomhago yeppeun geu mal myeot nal myeochil bamsae yeonseuphaetteon geu mal)
((Sweet and pretty words like the lines in a movie, the words I’ve been practicing overnight for days))
내일은 주먹을 쥐고 말해주고 싶어 예쁘다
(Naeireun kkok du jumeogeul kkwak jwigo malhaejugo shipeo neo yeppeuda)
 ((Tomorrow, I will clench my fists and must tell you, you are pretty))

Does she love me, does she love me not 하루 종일 세고 있어 꽃잎만
(Does she love me, does she love me not, haru jongil sego isseo kkonnimman)
((Does she love me? Does she love me not? I’m counting flower petals all day long))
Does she love me, does she love me not 꽃잎은 내게 어떤 답을 전해 줄까
(Does she love me, does she love me not, kkonnipeun naege eotteon dabeul jeonhae julkka)
((Does she love me? Does she love me not? What answer will the flower petals tell me?))

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