As most of my friends will know about me, I love to listen to Korean music, especially ballads. The wonderful thing about Korean music and the language itself is that there is a very heavy element of expressiveness in the music and the language. I came across this song by DongbangShinki (also more  properly translated as ‘rising gods of the east’), an idol group now turned duo from South Korea, which is entitled “Before You Go”. The song talks a lot about letting go of the relationships you ought to let go of, mainly in the context of romance, but I think more than anything else, it can be used in the context of any other relationships such as family and closest friends.

The part where they sing, “너 끝까지 내 곁에 남으면 더 힘들고 쓰러질지도 몰라 아주 잘한 거야 너를 자유롭게 해줄 사람이 네 곁에 올 거야 네 곁에 올 거야 ” ( If you stay beside me ’till the end You’ll be more heartbroken, you might fall Made a very good choice A person who will set you free Will come to you Will come to you)  seems so especially striking as a reality of life. We let go of the ones we love because it is in the hope that they might learn their own lessons in life.

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If you feel it’s a burden That all my senses are focused only on you I will leave now If I made you suffer Because I couldn’t control my feelings I will go now

I was afraid that like “hooc” You might fly away from my side Not a day could I rest saying “hugh” I didn’t know then that I was hurting you With my foolish obsession

Just know this before you go That I was the only man who loved you only So stupid was I An idiot a scumbag who couldn’t even protect you If you stay beside me ’till the end You’ll be more heartbroken, you might fall Made a very good choice A person who will set you free Will come to you Will come to you

I won’t make any more of small excuses So make that kind of look on your face no more (so sad) With my mouth shut I only wanted to wish your happiness It wasn’t that, no no no no

In the cold wind with “hoo” I warmed up your cold hands “Pooc” (deep) in my arms After a year we had our first kiss I gave myself to you, I always do

Just know this before you go That I was the only man who loved you only So stupid was I An idiot a scumbag who couldn’t even protect you If you stay beside me ’till the end You’ll be more heartbroken, you might fall Made a very good choice A person who will set you free Will come to you Will come to you

Thank you for giving me happy memories You go on and don’t remember, forget anything Don’t look at me with worried eyes, I’m okay

Someday all my heart’s wounds will be cured Someday I will meet a nice person Forget, yeah, forget everything and hurry up and go Before I change my mind and hold onto you

Out of habit, I might call you without knowing Hello hello hello hello Missing you like crazy, if I’m at your door, be cold

Just know this before you go That I was the only man who loved you only So stupid was I An idiot a scumbag who couldn’t even protect you If you stay beside me ’till the end You’ll be more heartbroken, you might fall Made a very good choice A person who will set you free Will come to you Will come to you

Korean

그대만 바라보는 것이 부담스럽다고 느낀다면 난 이제 그만 떠날게 내 감정을 다스리지 못해 그댈 괴롭게 했던 거라면 이제 난 물러날게 난 그대가 훅 하고 내 곁에서 날아가 버릴까 단 하루도 휴 하고 쉴 수조차 없었단 말야 내 이런 바보 같은 집착이 널 아프게 할 줄 난 미처 몰랐다 이것만은 알고가 너만 사랑했었던 단 한 남자였다고 너무 미련해서 너조차 지키지도 못했던 바보 등신이었다 너 끝까지 내 곁에 남으면 더 힘들고 쓰러질지도 몰라 아주 잘한 거야 너를 자유롭게 해줄 사람이 네 곁에 올 거야 네 곁에 올 거야 사소한 어떤 변명도 이제 하지 않을게 그런 표정 짓지 마 슬퍼 나는 단지 입을 닫고 너의 행복만을 바래주고 싶었어 그런 게 아닌데 no 찬바람에 후 하고 차가운 네 손 녹혀주던 날 내 가슴에 푹 하고 안겨 나눈 1년만의 첫 키스 난 나를 주고 말았다 언제라도 그렇게 이것만은 알고가 너만 사랑했었던 단 한 남자였다고 너무 미련해서 너조차 지키지도 못했던 바보 등신이었다 너 끝까지 내 곁에 남으면 더 힘들고 쓰러질지도 몰라 아주 잘한 거야 너를 자유롭게 해줄 사람이 네 곁에 올 거야 네 곁에 올 거야 행복한 추억들을 내게 줘서 고맙다 넌 잊고 살아 넌 모두 잊어버리고 걱정스런 눈빛으로 보지 마 난 괜찮아 언젠가 이 심장의 상처들은 아물겠지 언젠가 나도 좋은 사람 만나게 되겠지 잊어 그래 모두 떨쳐버리고 어서 가라 내 이런 마음 다시 돌려 너를 잡아두기 전에 습관처럼 나도 모르게 네게 전화 할지도 몰라 hello hello hello hello 네가 너무 보고 싶어서 네 집 앞에 있어도 냉정하게 이것만은 알고가 너만 사랑했었던 단 한 남자였다고 너무 미련해서 너조차 지키지도 못했던 바보 등신이었다 너 끝까지 내 곁에 남으면 더 힘들고 쓰러질지도 몰라 아주 잘한 거야 너를 자유롭게 해줄 사람이 네 곁에 올 거야 네 곁에 올 거야

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