잠자리의 집

House of the Dragonfly

에피커 ~ 새벽공기 (피쳐링 단)

Epiker, “Early Morning Air (feat. Dan)”

 

This is another requested translation, and not gonna lie, if it weren’t a request, I probably would have given up on this song. Not only is there a lot of the typical rap traits like strange pronunciation and broken lines, but the Korean itself is, well… strange. Kind of poetic? Highly metaphorical? But trying to translate something that doesn’t really make sense in the first place is very challenging (take, for example, the challenge Japanese translators face when they struggle to interpret Trump’s… incoherence). I tried to strike a middle ground, somewhere between preserving the original meaning and trying to construct sense in English. Pretty sure I failed, but I tried.

Anyway, the first time I heard this song, I was immediately reminded of Primary’s collaboration with Paloalto and Beenzino for “Maebong Station on Line 3.” It has that same kind of chill vibe that explores our relationship to the passage of time. Fun stuff.

 

 

한국어:

 

1, 2, 3, 4 take a breath in starry night

(별이 총총한 밤에 숨을 한번 쉬어봐)

 

새벽 공길 마시는 게 익숙해

낮 밤이 간단히 바뀌어 지는 게

언제부턴지 기억은 흐리지만

확실한 건 유년기의 내게 새벽은

두려운 존재였지 밤이라도 새면

와이셔츠 첫 단추부터 잘못 낀 기분

하나 하나에 사소하든 아니든

민감하게 되는 나를 보게 되거든

 

요즘 밤잠을 설쳐도

좀 멋쩍은 입가의 미소와 더 교감하는 중

주마등처럼 스쳐가는 어떤 이에겐

그저 안기는 따뜻한 품 또 꿈꾸는 곳이지

보이지 않는 누군가의 꽃이 지곤 하고

초읽기가 시작되면

띄운 머리 위 구름 말풍선을

피워내려고도 하지 맞지?

 

새벽 공길 마시며 몇 자를 적어내 볼까?

거리엔 수많은 사람과 넘실거리는 밤

그 안에서 누군간 필름을 끊고

반대로 누군간 담배 불을 이어 어때?

너의 새벽은 네게 어떤 의미야?

알려줄래? (줄래? 줄래? 줄래?)

 

TIC TOC (똑딱) 시간을 빨라

입에 늘 들러붙던 나의 변명은

요즘 무뎌진 나만의 게으름의 거리

축에도 못 껴 하는 게 많아도

소화 가능한데

가늠할 수 없는 한숨 횟수는 늘어가

그려만 왔던 상상 속 퍼즐이 하나씩

끼워 맞춰지는 데도 느끼는 불안감

(잘 가고 있는 걸까?)

 

최근에 켜본 라이터에 아직 민감해서

상처 십상인 내 엄지 끝자락을 통해

느낀 건 내가 적어 낼 건 많고

태워낼 것들 다양한 감정도 많단 걸

느끼게 되는 새벽 밤이란 fellow (녀석)

내 옆엔 아무도 없지만 늘 주위를 채워

나와 함께 아침을 맞이하지

근데 사람 일은 몰라 이게 언제 끝날지

 

새벽 공길 마시며 몇 자를 적어내 볼까?

거리엔 수많은 사람과 넘실거리는 밤

그 안에서 누군간 필름을 끊고

반대로 누군간 담배 불을 이어 어때?

너의 새벽은 네게 어떤 의미야?

알려줄래? (줄래? 줄래? 줄래?)

 

내게 알려줘 새벽과 너의 관계

새벽공기와 뒤 섞인 기분 상태

고주망태들의 숨 들이키는

물의 컵만큼 차가울 누군가의 손

 

동이 트는 하늘 내 하루의 끝

낮엔 보지 못한 내용과

내가 배웅하는 부모님의 출근 아마도

이런 기분이셨겠지? 아마도

 

새벽 공길 마시며 몇 자를 적어내 볼까?

거리엔 수많은 사람과 넘실거리는 밤

그 안에서 누군간 필름을 끊고

반대로 누군간 담배 불을 이어 어때?

너의 새벽은 네게 어떤 의미야?

알려줄래? (줄래? 줄래? 줄래?)

 

새벽 공길 마시며 몇 자를 적어내 볼까?

거리엔 수많은 사람과 넘실거리는 밤

그 안에서 누군간 필름을 끊고

반대로 누군간 담배 불을 이어 어때?

너의 새벽은 네게 어떤 의미야?

알려줄래? (줄래? 줄래? 줄래?)

 

 

English:

 

I’ve gotten used to drinking in the early morning air

It simply transitions slowly from late night

although my memory of when it changes has flowed on

One thing I’m certain of is that dawn is my infancy

It was a frightening existence, and when day broke

it felt like I couldn’t do up a collared shirt from the first button

I couldn’t decide whether everything was trivial or not

or whether I actually looked as if I had any sense of aesthetic

 

Even though I’ve been sleeping fitfully recently,

I’m coming to terms a bit with my bashful smile

To someone who passes by in a flash,

this is just a place for a warm embrace and a dream

Their invisible flower just keeps falling

and when the countdown starts

the thought bubble floating above their head

will blossom and fall down, won’t it?

 

How many lines will I jot down as I breathe the early morning air?

It’s a night when countless people swarm the streets

Within this night, someone cuts the film and

alternatively someone else lights up a cigarette

What meaning does your dawn have to you?

Would you let me know? (Would you would you would you?)

 

Tick tock, time is so fast

The excuses that always come out of my moth

recently they’ve been stunting me on my lazy road

There are so many things I can’t keep up with

and although I can fake it

the countless number of sighs just increases

The puzzle that came to be painted in my imagination

I’m putting it together little by little but I still feel uneasy

(I wonder if you’re getting along ok?)

 

Recently my lighter has been finicky so

it cut up the tip of my thumb

There are a lot of things I felt that I’ll write down,

a lot of burning things and different feelings

The deep night that makes me feel something is my fellow

There’s nobody by my side but it is always close by

It greets the morning dawn with me

but knows nothing of the troubles of man; when will this end?

 

How many lines will I jot down as I breathe the early morning air?

It’s a night when countless people swarm the streets

Within this night, someone cuts the film and

alternatively someone else lights up a cigarette

What meaning does your dawn have to you?

Would you let me know? (Would you would you would you?)

 

Please tell me your relationship with the dawn

My feelings are mixed up with the dawn air

Someone’s hands are as cold as a cup of water

you’d give to someone completely wasted

 

The sky broken by dawn is the end of my day

There are things that can’t be seen in the daylight

and I should see my parents off since they are probably leaving for work

It was this sort of feeling, probably, wasn’t it?

 

How many lines will I jot down as I breathe the early morning air?

It’s a night when countless people swarm the streets

Within this night, someone cuts the film and

alternatively someone else lights up a cigarette

What meaning does your dawn have to you?

Would you let me know? (Would you would you would you?)

 

How many lines will I jot down as I breathe the early morning air?

It’s a night when countless people swarm the streets

Within this night, someone cuts the film and

alternatively someone else lights up a cigarette

What meaning does your dawn have to you?

Would you let me know? (Would you would you would you?)

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2 comments on “에피커 ~ 새벽공기 (피쳐링 단)

  1. lily
    July 4, 2017

    Thank you for your kindness !! I really appreciate it. you are too kind!! Thank you so so soooo much!!

    • djmongkimaejik
      July 5, 2017

      You’re more than welcome! I’m just happy to be helpful~ I know what it’s like not being able to understand a song or drama I’m so curious about!

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