Melody of Lyrics: Tablo (ft Lee Sora) - Home

Friday, January 25, 2013


Okay, I'm back with Melody of Lyrics series again. I was actually planning to do another post on Epik High, but I eventually decided for Tablo's solo work instead. Todays pick is "Home", which is from his first solo album "Fever's End: Part 1", realeased on October 21, 2011. It is an emotional song that is heavily influenced by his Stanford controversy and the hardships he went through then.



English translation:

When I step past my door frame, I get dizzy
Because it’s the border to my comfort zone
The useless emotions that dirty my heart is covered with dust
If I get out of here, there’s death
Because I disliked the unfamiliar happiness more than the familiar sadness, I threw away my footsteps
I worry that I’ll become a pair of worn shoes
Because the world, time, people twistedly wear me
I forget. Like the heaps of newspapers and bills in front of my door,
Don’t leave the thoughts and demands of the world in front of me
This is my home – leave me alone
Just don’t come in here

Now I cry without tears
Just like breathing, I cry again
The sadness that became a home
Though I try to take a step out, I cry at the doorstep
I cry, without me knowing

Do I deserve to be happy?
Why have I fallen deeply into shallow scars?
Anyone may receive showers of arrows in life
But why is the target on my heart so big for me?
Emotions run from one end to another
But for a slow-paced me, I fall behind and out of breath
I cannot hold my heart and I lose the world
A few steps more is happiness but
I raise each step a little more
Anyone can be afraid of this
But to me, it’s more natural than laughter
Crying is easy like breathing – the more you hold it in, your more you let out
Let me breathe – sadness is my home
I want to stay here, in this place
Even if I go out to happiness for a moment
Now I know that I would want to go back

Now I cry without tears
Just like breathing, I cry again
The sadness that became a home
Though I try to take a step out, I cry at the doorstep
I cry, without me knowing

Inside my sadness that became my home,
Inside my sadness that became my home, can I invite you in?

Now I cry without tears
Just like breathing, I cry again
The sadness that became a home
Though I try to take a step out, I cry at the doorstep
I cry, without me knowing

(Translation from: Pop!gasa, all credit goes to the translator. Romanization and hangul at JPopAsia)


Brief discussion of the lyrics:

In this song, Tablo speaks about how, during his Stanford controversy, he sought comfort from his home, the only place he could feel protected. But by locking himself inside he became frightened to go back, describing the outside world as "death". And even though, he tried to take a step out, it was too hard. As he hid himself inside, the sadness and depression he felt ultimately became such a familiar feeling that it almost became a "home" to him. 

I feel that this is a very relatable feeling that Tablo describes in his song. We all have had times where it is difficult to face the world again when you've come across setbacks. Home is the place we know we can always count on, a place that is always there. But at the same time, a home can also become a place of anguish if you stay there too long, hiding yourself from your problems. And when time goes on, it will be harder to go back into the world. And in this song, Tablo masterfully describes the difficulty of taking that step out, knowing that the outside world can hurt him once again. 

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