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로이킴 ~ 떠나지 마라

Roy Kim, “Don’t Leave”

 

I’m really surprised it’s been almost two months since this song was released and yet I can’t find an English translation anywhere. I’m typically not a Roy Kim fan, but there’s something about this song I really like; something about the way the simple guitar and subdued vocals in the beginning build so naturally to a full orchestration, something about the way the lyrics repeat throughout all the verses except for the final line, something about the way such a hopeful yet heartbroken ballad was released right before Christmas (a couples’ holiday in Korea).

It may come off as a little confusing because Roy Kim is telling his lover to just leave in the verses, and yet the chorus is literally him just telling her not to leave. The way I see it, the verses are filled with hypotheticals: “If you don’t love me…” “If I eventually have to forget the good memories…” “If you’re going to rely on someone else…” He asks for his lover to leave, should the hypotheticals be true. But by asking her not to leave in the chorus, he’s asking her to confirm that all the hypotheticals are actually false; that she does love him, that he won’t have to forget the good memories, that she relies only on him. It seems like in the end, however, he knows that they’re all true and yet he asks her to stay.

 

한국말:

사랑하지 않는다면 날 떠나
의미 없는 변명 말고 날 떠나
좋았던 추억들도 결국 잊어야 한다면
아무것도 내게 주지 말고 날 떠나

떠나지 마라 x 4

미안하단 말할 거면 날 떠나
다른 이에 기댈 거면 날 떠나
난 사랑하지 않았다 날 속여야 한다면
아프지 말란 말은 하지 말고 날 떠나

떠나지 마라 x 4

내 품 안이 무뎌졌음 날 떠나
익숙함에 눈 먼 거면 날 떠나
빗속을 걸어갈 때 너가 떠오를 거라면
내 눈물 닦지 말고 날 떠나지마

떠나지 마라 x12

 

English:

If you don’t love me, just leave me
Don’t make meaningless excuses, just leave me
If I even have to eventually forget these good memories,
Don’t do anything for me and just leave me

Don’t leave me x4

If you’re going to say sorry, just leave me
If you’re going to rely on someone else, just leave me
If you’re going to pretend you never loved me,
Don’t tell me not to hurt, just leave me

Don’t leave me x4

If you’ve become desensitized to my embrace, just leave me
If you’re blind to the everyday things, just leave me
If I think of you when I walk in the rain,
I won’t wipe my tears, don’t leave me

Don’t leave me x12

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