Sound Bites: Lee Hi (이하이) - Dream [☝]

Friday, August 09, 2013

Hi guys! This is a new section I'm making on the blog. Whenever I find the inspiration, I will post certain songs that have touched my heart. There have been lots of songs that have done this to me, and I just wanted to document them all here. Maybe we share the same emotions for the song, right? :)

In the recent months I have Daylight (Maroon 5), Found (Phillip Larue), Falling In Love (2NE1), and October Rain (Roy Kim) in the list of songs that were on loop on my player. 

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A friend (who is a die-hard kpop fan) happened to copy various kpop songs to me. I asked her to recommend me some because I mostly listen to my favorite groups only and I wanted to explore other artists too. This is how I got to know Lee Hi.






Track: Dream
Album: First Love
Artist: Lee Hi (이하이)







The Melody
I love the piano. I just adore the kind of music that comes from it, and this song is full of that. With just the first few notes of the intro, I was captivated by the mellow melody of the song.

The Voice
Lee Hi's voice is very unique, compared to most female voices that we have on the kpop scene. I happened to read about this singer in the Summer 2013 issue of Sparkling Mag, a local kpop magazine here in the Philippines. Apparently, she is a product of a reality talent show. She was not the grand winner though. Still, one record company saw the raw talent in her and gave her an offer, thus the launching of this album.

The Message
I can't understand Korean so obviously I did not know what the song was about when I first heard it. However, what connected to me is the emotion that I felt upon listening to it. All I know is that this is a sad song. Let's verify that conjecture by looking at the translation of the song's lyrics:



거짓말처럼 달콤하게만
So sweetly, like a lie

나 꿈결 속으로 너와 거닐던
I walked with you in my dream

혼자 남은 걸음은 다시
When my footsteps are left alone again

길을 잃고 헤매도 
I get lost and wander but still,

ON YOU~

이 느린 마음에 초라하게만
This slow heart makes me feel miserable

나 남겨진 
So I can’t throw away 

약속 버리지 못해
the promise that remains with me

혼자 남은 걸음은 또
When my footsteps are left alone again

길을 잃고 헤매도
I get lost and wander but still

I just wait for, you just back to 

내게 다시 거짓말 같은 
So that those times that seemed like a lie

시간 속에 나 물들 수 있게
Can be colored in me

and I just pray for, you just turn me on

오 다시 없을 것 같은
So that I can fall asleep in your embrace,

너의 품에 나 잠들 수 있게
That I feel like I’ll never be in again

Dream

거친 바람도 찬 바다에도
The rough wind, the cold sea

영원할 거라고 
The memories that 

믿었던 기억
I thought would be forever

흐려져만 가는 너
You are growing more and more faint

목소릴 잃은 추억들
Like the memories that lost its voice

I just wait for, you just back to 

내게 다시 거짓말 같은 
So that those times that seemed like a lie

시간 속에 나 물들 수 있게
Can be colored in me

and I just pray for, you just turn me on

오 다시 없을 것 같은
So that I can fall asleep in your embrace,

너의 품에 나 잠들 수 있게
That I feel like I’ll never be in again

밝아오는 빛을 
If only the night stopped brightening

멈춰준다면 
So that I can stay by your side

너 나의 곁에 머물 수 있게
If only you came to me every night

무너진 나를 달래러
To comfort the broken me

매일 밤 찾아온다면
Then I would smile and say

“그래 내일 봐” 라고 웃으면서
“Okay, see you tomorrow”

기꺼이 하루를 견딜텐데
And gladly endure through a day

I know 

This is just a dream

내게 다시 돌아온다던
And the words saying that

말은 멀리도 
You will come back to me

가버렸는데
have gone far away

But I just pray for, you just turn me on

남아있는 나의 날들은
My remaining days 

너를 지워내지 못하는걸
cannot erase you

Dream


And yeah, I was right. It is a sad song indeed. The song really becomes more meaningful once you know the lyrics.

This is a beautiful piece, and I am playing it now on repeat. 


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