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국카스텐 ~ 프레임

Guckkasten, “Frame”

 

 

Guckkasten’s popularity has been surging recently, thanks to lead singer Ha HyunWoo’s amazing performance on King of Masked Singers. Despite that, only their most popular singles have been translated into English. I wanted to change that – then immediately regretted my decision. Guckkasten’s lyrics are very poetic, so they’re A LOT to unpack. The words here are a fairly literal translation, but the line order is all over the place so I would say this is probably my least accurate translation ever. But maybe it gets the idea across?

 

 

한국어:

 

보고 또 바라봐도

깨진 눈으로 빚었던

많고 더 많아지는

점거당한 이미지만큼

난 쓸모 없어지고

 

가고 또 다가가도

계속 더 멀어져 가는

늙고 오래돼버린

추방당한 아름다움은

바로 내 불길함

 

무엇이 남아 있나?

부재하던 작은 환상들도

너무 많이 버려진

살아있던 어린 독백들아

 

조금씩 흔들리고 흔들리고

흔들어 날 깨트려라

조금씩 움직이고 움직이고

움직여 날 깨물어라

 

찾고 또 찾아봐도

움켜져 버리는 것은

선명해 보일수록

희미하게 비춰져 오는

가면을 쓴 대답들

 

뛰고 더 뛰어 봐도

같은 자리를 돌았던

많은 그 자국들은

구겨 넣어 틀에 맞춰진

날 보는 나의 관음

 

무엇이 남아 있나?

부재하던 작은 환상들도

너무 많이 버려진

살아있던 어린 독백들아

 

조금씩 흔들리고 흔들리고

흔들어 날 깨트려라

조금씩 움직이고 움직이고

움직여 날 깨물어라

 

 

English:

 

Even if I stare and stare,

I become as useless as

the growing number

of images of being trapped

that my open eyes concocted

 

It’s my misfortune that

my beauty is exiled

it grows older and older

and keeps moving further away

even as I keep approaching

 

What is left?

Even my small fantasies are gone

I abandoned so many

young, living soliloquies

 

Little by little, shake, shake,

shake me, break me

Little by little, move, move,

move me, bite me

 

Even though I search and search,

the clearer I can see

the things I’m trying to grab,

the more faintly

the mask-wearing answers shine

 

Even though I run and run,

I come back to the same place

There are so many stains

the wrinkles match the stereotype

the goddess of mercy [1] sees in me

 

What is left?

Even my small fantasies are gone

I abandoned so many

young, living soliloquies

 

Little by little, shake, shake,

shake me, break me

Little by little, move, move,

move me, bite me

 

[1] I’m pretty sure this is referring to Avalokiteśvara, the bodhisattva of compassion.

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3 comments on “국카스텐 ~ 프레임

  1. amy
    July 21, 2017

    i feel like even if i spoke korean fluently i still wouldn’t be able to understand their songs lmao. regardless, i really appreciate this translation so thank you for taking the time to decipher and translate hyunwoo’s lyrics ^_^

    • djmongkimaejik
      July 21, 2017

      There are so many times when even lyrics in our own native language leave us guessing as to their meaning. I love it! That’s what art is supposed to do; make you think.

      • amy
        July 24, 2017

        yeah i agree! i can’t even remember all the times i’ve encountered english lyrics that were just utterly baffling because of how often it happens haha. and though my knowledge of indie bands is still relatively lacking, so far guckkasten has been the band whose lyrics have been the most thought-provoking to me, with mot as a close second (though i haven’t been able to find a lot of translations for their songs so maybe i’m wrong about them ^^;;). but even though their lyrics are puzzling to say the least, i’m still so glad i discovered them because their music was such a breath of fresh air compared to what i’d been listening to before. and i’m always so grateful every time i see people translating their songs because i can’t imagine how difficult it must be for some of them (or all of them??? haha)

        tl;dr: thank you again for this translation (and i’m sorry for writing so much lmfao)

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