잠자리의 집

상상은 여권이 필요없는 여행이다

김완선 ~ 강아지

Kim Wan Sun, “Puppy”

 

I still remember the first moment I heard this song. It was as some friends and I started to tuck into a late lunch at a galbi restaurant. Despite the terrible acoustics, the song still struck me immediately. Kim Wan Sun has been a powerhouse since the 80’s, and while her most recent work has been focusing more on behind the scenes, “Puppy” is a demonstration that her talent has not waned. I think the song is intended to be interpreted as a simile (every mention of a dog is accompanied by the modifier “like”) instead of literally, but the song remains powerful regardless of interpretation. And considering Korea’s stray dog population is, well, considerable, I don’t necessarily feel the need to choose an interpretation.

 

Also, here’s a translation of the text that appears in the video:

Love, like a person, is always leaving, but longing, like a dog, is always waiting.

My name was Mimi.

But now they call me “abandoned dog.”

 

 

한국어:

 

꿈속을 헤매다 눈을 떠 보니

언제부터 와있었나 너의 뒷모습이

잠이 깨면 영원히 떠나버릴까

강아지처럼 핥아만 보네

 

나를 너무 사랑한단말보다

그런 눈을 내게 보여 주겠니

나 그래 이미 늦었단 걸 알고 있으니

널 찾지도 헤매지도 않은 거지

 

누구라도 상관없으니

언제 어딜 가든 잘살아

행복마저 빌어 줄 테니

꼭 한번쯤은 날 찾아와서

 

우리 이별을 후회하며 너 펑펑 울기를

 

어두운 터널을 맘껏 달리다

너무 빠르다며 겁에 질린 니 목소리

깜짝 놀라 차 세워 뒤돌아보니

거울 속에 너의 사진뿐

 

나를 너무 사랑해서 떠난단

아침드라마에나 가끔 나올듯한

너 그때 그 한마디 이해할 수 없으니

나 이리도 바보같이 사는 거지

 

누구라도 상관없으니

언제 어딜 가든 잘살아

행복마저 빌어 줄 테니

꼭 한번쯤은 날 찾아와서

 

후회 한다며 흘린 눈물만큼 너 울기를

 

술에 취해 너를 기억해

 

누구라도 상관없으니

언제 어딜 가든 잘살아

행복마저 빌어 줄 테니

꼭 한번쯤은 날 찾아와서

 

우리 이별을 후회하며 너 펑펑 울기를

 

 

English:

 

I wander around in my dreams, try to open my eyes

[You arrived at some point but if I awake

will your back be forever be leaving me?]

I just lick like a dog

 

More than saying you love me too much,

you’re giving me those eyes

True, I already knew it was too late

I can neither search for you nor wander

 

It doesn’t really matter who

No matter where you go you always live happily

I’ll wish you every happiness, so

come searching for me just once

 

That way, as you regret our breakup, you’ll cry your eyes out

 

In a dark tunnel, I run to my heart’s content

I run so fast, frightened by your voice

Turning around, I’m shocked by a car stopped there

Only your photo is in the mirror

 

You said you’re leaving because you love me too much

It’s like what sometimes happens in the morning dramas

I can’t understand those words you said then

and yet I’m living like this, like a fool

 

It doesn’t really matter who

No matter where you go you always live happily

I’ll wish you every happiness, so

come searching for me just once

 

In regret, I hope you shed as many tears as I have

 

I’ll remember you when drunk

 

It doesn’t really matter who

No matter where you go you always live happily

I’ll wish you every happiness, so

come searching for me just once

 

That way, as you regret our breakup, you’ll cry your eyes out

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