Melody of Lyrics: Song Ji Eun ft. Bang Yong Guk - Going Crazy

Friday, September 28, 2012

There are a lot of love songs. I think about 95% of songs are with a romantic theme in K-pop, or in music overall. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised when "Going Crazy" came out. The song isn't you usual break-up ballad, and it is definitely not what I normally expect from K-pop. Aside from the awesomeness of the husky and fierce rap, soft vocals and the creepy music video, "Going Crazy" also has pretty thought-provoking lyrics.

"Going Crazy" was released as a digital single on March 3, 2011. It features Song Ji Eun from the girl group Secret and Bang Yong Guk from B.A.P. Yong Guk also participated in the production of the song by writing the rap lyrics.

English translation of the lyrics: 

This is not love, not love
It’s an obsession
Wherever I am, whatever I do
I’m scared of you who’s watching me

I follow your shadow and call your phone
I get exhilirated when I hear your trembling breath
My heart beats faster as your footsteps get quicker
I’m gonna go crazy, this long dark night
Under the streetlight in front of your dark house
I watch you, through the gaps of your room windows
Find me until the night ends
Let’s play a breath-taking hide and seek
You can never never get away from me

*Are you crazy? Why are you doing this?
Please leave me alone
I see you and I’m suffocating
Get away from my sight

You can never get away from me
You’re gonna fall in love with me
Try to escape, wherever youa re (I don’t wanna see you)
I can see you, I know you very well
You can never get away from me
You’re gonna fall in love with me
Look at me now, I don’t wanna cry
No more more

Go away, disapper
I can’t breathe anymore
Wherever I go, wherever I am
You follow me, it’s so scary

I called you hundreds and thousand times but why aren’t you picking up
Did you forget? It’s been 1000days since we’ve met
I prepared a present that you like
I’m waiting for you on the street that you pass by often
I know my love, don’t call it an obsession, you don’t know love
You say I’m crazy but you don’t know my heart
You can never never get away from me


I know you want me too, you love me too, don’t run away from me

Stop talking non-sense, get back to your senses and stop
Let me go now, this is not right
It’s not love (not love)
It’s only scarring me, don’t do this (don’t do this)
I used to love you but not anymore
Erase me from your memory
I don’t wanna cry, no more more

(Translation from Pop!gasa, all credit to the translator.)

Why I like these lyrics:

Like I said, there are a lot of conventional love songs in K-pop. So I appreciate the different approach "Going Crazy" has to love and ending a relationship. Instead of K-dramaish heartbreak and tears, we get a stalking ex-boyfriend. 
But what I love about the lyrics of the song is that they are constructed in a way that makes it seem like a conversation between the woman and the man. We don't really have to guess what's going on as every line is very literal and clear. They perfectly convey the desperation of the woman, who insists he is delusional, and the obsessiveness of the man, whose love has gone over the line. It's like a sad love song, but not quite in the way you'd expect it. Much more creepy.
I remember that, back "Going Crazy" was released, fans compared it to Eminem and Rihanna's "Love The Way You Lie", and in a way it is a little similar. Especially when it comes to the construction of the song and the dark theme. The thing I love about the both songs is that the lyrics in the songs really make me believe in the role that both rappers are playing. Though Eminem's rap writing skills are way more complex and acknowledged internationally, I think that Bang Yong Guk did a nice job with writing his part for "Going Crazy". Not to mention the fact that Yong Guk's husky voice really fits the concept.

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  1. Are there similar conversation kind of duets or songs with a similar beat/feel. I loved this. Have played it like a hundred times already. Its addictive.

    1. I can't really think of anything that's similar, except Eminem and Rihanna's "Love The Yay You Lie", like I mentioned above. There are some conversation kind of duets in K-pop, but I don't think there is anything that's similar to this particular song. For instance, Leessang's "Turned off the TV" is also kind of conversational, but it has a totally different theme.


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