Melody of Lyrics: Epik High - One

Friday, August 31, 2012

Okay, so I decided to make a list of great song lyrics in Korean music (probably even incorporate some Japanese and Chinese songs). I've actually been wanting to this ever since I started this blog. Originally, it was supposed to be one or two posts in length, but I realized that perhaps it would just be better to just have one post per song lyrics. And instead of it being a list, maybe I'll just do a series. Then I would also have more room for discussion. Seems like a better idea, right? 
I’ve named this series Melody Of Lyrics, which I feels fitting. Lyrics may seem secondary to instrumentals or vocals, but I think that song lyrics that speak to you are often as important. And such good lyrics just may have a melody of their own. Whether they are happy, sad, comical, witty, racy or cute, the only condition is that they need to have that little something that speaks to my soul.
I can't promise to be unbiased when it comes to the selection of the songs since I'm gonna discuss only songs that I think deserve being noted for awesome lyrics. But feel free to stick around and give your opinions and suggestions anyways.  



So, I’m gonna start this series with Epik High's "One". Now, Epik High is definitely one of my favourite Korean artists and much of it is thanks to their very meaningful song lyrics. They have many other songs with wonderful lyrics which I'm gonna discuss later on, but today we're sticking to "One" alone.

English translation of the lyrics:

(One!) 
Time is tickin', t-time is tickin'-tickin'
Time is tickin', t-time is tickin' away...

Tick, tick, tick...

I want to see your tears pour out
Pour out for no reason
No one knows the inside of your heart
The glass fragments are raging a storm

The wounds become a sickness
All the doors become a wall
I've become an enemy in the mirror
Doesn't it hurt?

I'll keep anyone from knowing about you
I'll leave the breath to tighten out
I'll force you to choose the end
(Aren't I bad?)

I'll take away all reason in the world for you to stand
Without the choice of a road back
I guess you'll walk to the end
Your breath would probably end before my heart

Wounds (When you cry)
Scars (Though you try)
Tears (Say goodbye)
Flowing (The time is tickin')

You are (When you cry)
Wandering (Though you try)
Through death
(I'll save you)

You are the one (One!)
When you're walking through the shadows
When I'm panicking in the shadows
My breath does the same

You are my savior
I'll reach my hand out to you
When all the doors in the world close for me
I'll support you with my hand

You are the one, you are my savior
You are the one, you are my savior
You are the one, you are my savior
My savior (One!)

Time is tickin', ti-...

Your hand set the world on fire
You close everyone's eyes
The suffering that was reflected in your eyes
Like stars became your city

(Are you still dreaming?) Still sleeping?
Are you measuring all the tears you've shed?
Hope is a paper boat that sinks
Isn't it sad?

Maybe you wake up drenched in sweat at night
Is consciousness crawling on the floor?
Are you thinking it's the end?
(Are you okay? 'Cause I understand)

I'm a scar on your broken body
I'll erase the tears you've hidden away in your shattered marriage
I'll grab your hand with mine and trust you

Wounds (When you cry)
Scars (Though you try)
Tears (Say goodbye)
Flowing (The time is tickin')

You are (When you cry)
Wandering (Though you try)
Through death
(I'll save you)

You are the one (One!)
When you're walking through the shadows
When I'm panicking in the shadows
My breath does the same

You are my savior
I'll reach my hand out to you
When all the doors in the world close for me
I'll support you with my hand

You are the one, you are my savior
You are the one, you are my savior
You are the one, you are my savior
(My savior)

Do you have wounds?
Do you have scars?
Are you wandering through the shadows?

Do you have wounds?
Do you have scars?
You're still beautiful to me...

You are the one (One!)
When you're walking through the shadows
When I'm panicking in the shadows
My breath does the same

You are my savior
I'll reach my hand out to you
When all the doors in the world close for me
I'll support you with my hand

Time is tickin', t-time is tickin'-tickin'
Time is tickin', t-time is tickin'-tickin'
Time is tickin', t-time is tickin'-tickin'
My savior

(Translation from JpopAsia, all credit to the translator. Click on the link for hangul and romanization.)


"One" is from Epik High's fifth studio album Pieces, Part One, which was released on April 17, 2008. The lyrics, like most of Epik High's songs, are written by members Tablo and Mithra and, like most of Epik High's songs, they are really dark. In fact, if I had to come up with four words that could describe the themes in "One" they would be hopelessness, depression, suicide but also rebirth


Why I like these lyrics:


I like that the lyrics target issues that are actually there in the Korean society as suicide and depression is very known problem in Korea (suicide rate being one of the highest in the world). And while K-pop is usually fun and upbeat dance music that doesn't acknowledge these issues, then Epik High's "One" seems to address them in a very serious straightforward manner that makes it easy to relate to the song. 
I especially love how in the music video the members of Epik High are shown as "death angels" of sorts and this role is carried on in the lyrics also. From what I understand (Warning! My interpretation.), it seems that the members are posing as a dark force that wants to inflict pain and forces one to choose suicide. But simultaneously they are "saviours" as for a suicidal person death may seem to be the only answer, the only way to save oneself from pain and suffering. While it may be the end for those who ultimately choose death, it may also be another beginning - rebirth - for those who decide to live on. The will to live being what actually saves them.

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