seoul

 

 

 

Produced by HONNE
Written by HONNE, RM

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Note: Original lyrics are transcribed. RM teased this track on Twitter earlier this year.

I really love the song because, as someone who was born and raised in Seoul, I can really feel Seoul. The lyrics really come alive and visualize themselves in my imagination. I’ll include some “local” information in the notes, hoping to deliver some second-hand experience.

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차가운 새벽 공기에
In the cold morning air,

남몰래 눈을 뜨네
I open my eyes without anyone’s knowing

이 도시의 harmony
The harmony of this city–

난 너무나 익숙해
it’s so familiar to me

내 어린 나날들은 아득하고
Though my childhood days are far away
(1) my childhood days are faint; it’s been a while
(2) my childhood days are far away; it’s physically far (He grew up in Ilsan, a satellite city of Seoul)

빌딩과 차들만 가득해도
and it’s filled with buildings and cars only,

이젠 여기가 나의 집인걸
now this is my home

Seoul Seoul

 

넌 왜 soul과 발음이 비슷한 걸까
Why would it be that your pronunciation is similar to soul

무슨 영혼을 가졌길래
What kind of soul is it that you possess

무엇이 날 이토록 너의 곁에 잡아두나
What is it that holds me by your side like this

네게 난 추억조차 없는데
I don’t even have memories of you

난 이제 네가 너무 지겨워
I’m now so sick of you

너의 맨날 똑같은 잿빛 표정
The same old, ashy facial expression of yours
In addition to the fact that the city is filled with concrete buildings, fine dust levels have been soaring in South Korea, contributing to the “ashy expression.” Grey/ashy might also describe the mundane, colorless city life 

아니 아니 나는 내가 두려워
No, no, I’m afraid of myself

이미 너의 일부가 돼버렸거든
because I have already become a part of you

 

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면 I love you, Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I love you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면 I hate you, Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I hate you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면 I love you, Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I love you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면 I hate you, Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I hate you, Seoul

Seoul

 

가만 있어도 풍경이 바뀌는 버스와
A bus that changes its scenery even when I’m still

비슷한 듯 조금씩 다른 빌딩
and buildings that look similar but a bit different from each other

역한 듯 아닌 듯한 삶의 향과
The scent of life that feels disgusting or not

따뜻한 척 하는 차가운 공원들
and cold parks that pretend to be warm

늘 헤매야 하는 사람들과
People that always have to wander,

너무 많은 한을 품는 한강들과
Han rivers that take so much Han within,
(1) Han is a mix of sorrow, nostalgia, anger, pain, and hope, as explained in this reddit post. Han rhymes with Han Rivers, although the meanings are completely different (Han, emotions, uses 恨, whereas Han in Han River uses 漢).
(2) As of 2016, the suicide rate in South Korea is the 10th highest in the world (according to WHO) and the 2nd highest among OECD countries (according to OECD). There have been many that threw themselves into the Han River. Mapo Bridge, which was infamous for attracting many jumpers, has been named “Bridge of Life” and started displaying encouraging messages along the parapet.
(3) When I was transcribing the lyrics, I first thought it is 한을 품”은,” not 한을 품”는.” This simple difference changes the nuance completely. When one says “너무 많은 한을 품은 한강들 (Han rivers that contain so much Han),” it’s a description of a static status. When one says, instead, “너무 많은 한을 품는 한강들 (Han rivers that take so much Han within),” it’s a description of an ongoing situation.

혼자 하늘을 볼 수 없는 그네들과,
swings that can’t see the sky by themselves,
그네들 [geunedeul], which I translated as swings, can also be “they; those people”

다 큰애들과
grown-up children,

좀 늦어버린 나
and me who came a bit late

 

친구들은 툭하면 떠나겠다 해
Friends easily say that they’ll leave

난 끄덕거려 보지만 웃질 못해
Though I try nodding my head, I can’t smile

너무 인정하기 싫지만
Though I hate to admit it,

이미 난 너의 매연과 그 역겨움까지 다 사랑해
I love everything of you, even your fumes and disgusting side

청계천의 비린내를 사랑해
I love the fishy scent of Cheonggyecheon
Cheonggyecheon is a stream running through downtown Seoul from east to west, which provides a large public recreation space. People would stroll along the stream or, in summer, sit beside the stream to chat, eat food, drink beer, or even dip their feet in the cold water.
Update: I learned that the city of Seoul now prohibits outdoor alcohol consumption at 청계천 (since July 2018).

선유도의 쓸쓸함을 사랑해
I love the lonesomeness of Seonyudo
Seonyudo Park is an ecological water park located in the middle of Yanghwadaegyo (one of the bridges connecting the northern and southern sides of Seoul that are separated by Han River; this is the same Yanghwa bridge as in Zion.T’s Yanghwa BRDG). As a former water purification plant, Seonyudo Park offers various gardens and sculptures that utilize the old facilities. The park indeed looks very forlorn and lonesome when visited in late fall and winter.

돈만 있으면 살기 좋다던 어느 택시기사의 그 한숨까지도
and even the sigh of a taxi driver who said it’s a good place to live as long as you have money

I love y’all

 

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면 I love you, Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I love you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면 I hate you, Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I hate you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면 I love you, Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I love you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면 I hate you, Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I hate you, Seoul

 

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면 I love you, Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I love you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면 I hate you, Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I hate you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면 I love you, Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I love you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면 I hate you, Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I hate you, Seoul

 

I’m leavin’ you

I’m livin’ you

I’m leavin’ you

I’m livin’ you

I’m leavin’ you

I’m livin’ you

I’m leavin’ you

I’m livin’ you

Seoul

 

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면 I love you, Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I love you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면 I hate you, Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I hate you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면 I love you, Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I love you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면 I hate you, Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I hate you, Seoul

 

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면 I love you, Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I love you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면 I hate you, Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I hate you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면 I love you, Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I love you, Seoul

사랑과 미움이 같은 말이면 I hate you, Seoul
If love and hate are the same words, I hate you, Seoul

Seoul

 

I love you, Seoul 

I hate you, Seoul

I love you, Seoul

I hate you, Seoul

 

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