Backtracks: She Is – Clazziquai Project

This was an interesting conversation between my friend and her high school Kpop fan student.

Kpop Fan Student: Teacher, do you like Kpop?
My friend: Of course I do!
Kpop Fan Student: Really? Who is your favorite girl group?
My Friend (in a very excited tone): I love 2NE1 and 4Minute!!!
Kpop Fan Student: 4 what? 2NE who? Teacher, who are they?

When I heard this from my friend, I was shookd! (You have to understand, I’m an unnie Kpop fan and am proud of it!) This anecdote made me realize that there are lot of Kpop fans who do not know a lot of the old Kpop songs. Well – it’s been 10 years since 2ne1 and 4minute debuted – and they’ve since disbanded.

So we – pinayunnies – have decided to make Backtracks a staple of the blog. In the past – Backtracks was published whenever we feel like it, this time we are going to make it (and we really hope we can do this!) a weekly article. Backtracks will introduce Asian songs (Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Filipino) from the past to all Asian fans.

It wasn’t hard to decide the song I am publishing this week because it has always been a personal favorite of mine. It’s called She Is by Clazziquai.

If you have seen the drama My Name Is Kim Sam Soon, I’m sure you’ve heard of this song. It’s part of the drama’s OST – along with another Clazziquai song, Be My Love. This drama might be considered a bit old fashioned compared to those today – but it’s one of the classics I recommend you to watch. If you’re contemplating on watching it, here’s a recommendation post I made. If you’re a Daniel Henney (yes that Asian guy from Criminal Minds) watch this! He’s so swoon worthy in this drama.

Clazziquai 클래지콰이 (aka Clazziquai Project 클래지콰이 프로젝) on the other hand is an electropop band in Korea. To me I wouldn’t really consider them Kpop – because their music is a bit different. This was the song that introduced me to them and I have been a huge fan since then.

I think I’ve blabbered too much – here’s the lyrics to She Is by Clazziquai.

She Is – Romanization

Sumgyeowatdeon naui sujubeun ma-eum modu nege julke
Chaga-un nareul umjigineun neoui miso
Dachyeo-itdeon naui eodu-on ma-eum modu nege yeolke
Jidokhan nege uimireul jun neoui sarang

Cheo-eumen al su eobdeon neomanui hyang-giga neukyeojyeo
Shigani heureulsurok naneun byeonhago byeonhane

O nae sesang gadeuk bicheul naerigo
She is the girl What she is the one
Modeun geon neoro-inae byeonhae

Sumgyeowatdeon naui sujubeun ma-eum modu nege julke
Chaga-un nareul umjigineun neoui miso

Gonna gonna give my love to you
Gonna gonna give my love to you (2x)

Cheo-eumen al su eobdeon neomanui hyang-giga neukyeojyeo
Sesang-eun nega isseo byeonhae, Let it change

Dachyeo-itdeon naui eodu-on ma-eum modu nege yeolke
Jidokhan naege uimireul jun neoui sarang

Sumgyeowatdeon naui sujubeun ma-eum modu nege julke
Chaga-un nareul umjigineun neoui miso

Dachyeo-itdeon naui eodu-on ma-eum modu nege yeolke
Jidokhan naege uimireul jun neoui sarang
Chaga-un naege ongireul jun neoui miso..

She Is – Translation

I’ll give you the nervous feelings I’ve hidden
Your beauty moved my coldness
I’ll open up my tightly shut feelings to you
Your love gave your strong personality a purpose

I didn’t at first, but now I can feel your presence
As time passes, I’m changing more and more

Oh this world shines down bright light
She is the girl What she is the one
Everything changes for you

I’ll give you the nervous feelings I’ve hidden
Your beauty moved my coldness

Gonna gonna give my love to you
Gonna gonna give my love to you (2x)

I didn’t at first, but now I can feel your presence
The world only changes with you in it, Let it change

I’ll open up my tightly shut feelings to you
Your love gave your strong personality a purpose

I’ll give you the nervous feelings I’ve hidden
Your beauty moved my coldness

I’ll open up my tightly shut feelings to you
Your love gave your strong personality a purpose
Your beauty moved my coldness..

She Is – Hangeul

숨겨왔던 나의 수줍은 마음 모두 네게 줄게
차가운 나를 움직이는 너의 미소
닫혀있던 나의 어두운 마음 모두 네게 열게
지독한 네게 의미를 준 너의 사랑

처음엔 알 수 없던 너만의 향기가 느껴져
시간이 흐를수록 나는 변하고 변하네

오 내 세상 가득 빛을 내리고
She is the girl What she is the one
모든 건 너로인해 변해

숨겨왔던 나의 수줍은 마음 모두 네게 줄게
차가운 나를 움직이는 너의 미소

Gonna gonna give my love to you
Gonna gonna give my love to you (2x)

처음엔 알 수 없던 너만의 향기가 느껴져
세상은 네가 있어 변해, Let it change

닫혀있던 나의 어두운 마음 모두 네게 열게
지독한 내게 의미를 준 너의 사랑

숨겨왔던 나의 수줍은 마음 모두 네게 줄게
차가운 나를 움직이는 너의 미소

닫혀있던 나의 어두운 마음 모두 네게 열게
지독한 내게 의미를 준 너의 사랑
차가운 내게 온기를 준 너의 미소..

 

See you in the next backtrack post!

Romanization done by chipskjaa@pinayunnies. Please credit when copying it. thanks 고마워요 🙂
credits: MBCkpop@youtube + Clazziquai project @bandcamp + aheeyah @soompi + as tagged

– chipskjaa (“,)

Recommended Drama – My Name Is Kim Sam Soon

If you are curious about watching a Korean drama but you don’t know which Korean drama to start off with, I would recommend you to watch My Name is Kim Sam Soon (내 이름은 김삼순).

The Story

Its a story about a girl, Kim Sam Soon, in her 30’s who has just been dumped by her boyfriend on Christmas Eve. She goes crying and eventually ends up in the men’s bathroom where she met her future boss, Hyun Jin Heon, the owner of Bon Apetit. Their first meeting is not a friendly one, but little did she know that she would be working for him as the pastry chef of his restaurant. Jin Heon’s mom is continuing to pester him about getting married so he contracted Sam Soon to be his girlfriend. Later on, they both develop feelings for one another, but things get complicated when Jin Heon’s ex-girlfriend came home. Will both Sam Soon and Jin Heon end up together?? Ok.. so I wrote this synopsis myself because I don’t want to spoil the fun of watching the drama 🙂 Although we do know what happens to most romcom (romantic comedy), let’s just pretend not to know!

The Actors…

Kim Sun Ah

This is probably the best role she has ever done! She’s very very convincing..

Hyun Bin

This drama was in 2005, thus this drama was way before Secret Garden.Though we all loved him in Secret Garden, he was pretty good here for a new actor.

Jung Ryeo Won

I super love this girl. She’s one of those who made a successful cross over from being in a girl group to being an actress, she is just absolutely talented! Though this is one of her early dramas. But if you watch most of her works now, you’d be really amazed by her — try watching My Girlfriend has Two Faces.

Daniel Henney

 One word! HOT! ahaha I saw Daniel Henney for the first time after watching this drama and I never stopped adoring him! He is so handsome! kk ok… i’ll stop now before I start typing about how handsome he is.. but he is so handsome, isn’t he??

Why I Like It?

Honestly, this is not  the first drama that I have seen, but if I were to watch Kdrama’s all over again, I’d love to start with this. Most of the other dramas that I watched before this were all melodramas with a heavy theme. But this just hit the right spot, with me thinking at times “Why do you keep breaking my heart” or laughing like crazy. It was fun and light but with a story of its own. I guess that’s what I miss watching in romcoms. Some romcoms now just don’t have the flare of the old ones like Samsooni, Full House, Goong or Coffee Prince. To me they will always be classics.

As this drama was made in 2005, I love the fact that they made a story that many would realize and understand. In Korea its a big deal for a woman when they reach 30 and they’re not married or if they do not have a family. I am not Korean, but my Korean friends who are in their 30s have this dilemma. For most of us its just an age, but apparently there, women feel like they are old and there is that pressure to find your match before you get any older. Women also there feel that the older they are, the lesser will be the chance for them to get married. And if the pressure from the age is not enough, parents and relatives ask them when will they get married. My friend hates going to her hometown because of this pressure! To me, I think this drama made girls understand that women in their 30s still do have a chance and that they can still be beautiful!

Kim Sun Ah was at her best in this drama. She was very very effective as 30 year old chubby loveless girl. And what amazes me is that she had to put on some weight to play this girl. She’s a pro.  I have to say this is Kim Sun Ah’s drama and she will forever be remembered as Kim Sam Soon! Even now, when I see her, I always associate her as Samsooni! That’s how faboulous she is!

But if you watch this drama.. please remember that this was made in 2005, so it doesn’t have all the new gadgets and high fashion of the dramas now..

The OST

 This drama also had one of the most unforgettable songs! It was this drama that made Clazziquai (Alex, Horan and Dj Clazzi) popular in the mainstream Kpop music. Here are 2 of the songs from the drama which you might have heard before.

Be My Love (first part) and She Is

Picture Spam! Don’t you just love this drama!

So if you’re looking for a good Kdrama to start  your Hallyu addiction, My Name is Kim Sam Soon will be a good one!

**credits: dramabeans.com + ashin103@yt + as tagged