Friday, September 21, 2012

Melody of Lyrics: Deli Spice - Chau Chau/Chow Chow

So, I'm thinking that this is going to be a Friday thing. Well, at least the previous two Melody of Lyrics I also posted on Fridays (in my time zone), so why not make this day the official day for this series.


Anywhoo...for today I picked Deli Spice's "Chau Chau/Chow Chow", which I only recently discovered for myself. But it has already left an unforgettable impression on me. Despite the fact that "Chau Chau" has been played in several TV shows as of late (Running Man, Infinity Challenge, Answer Me 1997/Reply 1997), the song was actually the lead single of Deli Spice's first album (also titled "Deli Spice") released back in 1997. However, the song is still recognized as one of the most iconic songs in Korean rock music. The lyrics are written by the vocalist Kim Min Kyu.



(I love how in this live version the crowd sings along.)

English translation: 

I hear your voice
I hear your voice
I hear your voice
I hear your voice

Even though I try not for the life of me to hear it
Even though I try not for the life of me to hear it

I hear your voice
I hear your voice

Even though I try not for the life of me to hear it
Even though I try not for the life of me to hear it

I hear your voice
I hear your voice

Even though I try not for the life of me to hear it
Even though I try not for the life of me to hear it

I hear your voice
I hear your voice

Your voice
Your voice
I hear your voice

Your voice
Your voice
I hear your voice

(Translation from Languagebymusic.com.)

"Deli Spice"(1997) album cover.

Why I like these lyrics:

It is kind of funny that I'm going to talk about how great "Chou Chou"s lyrics are, while there are actually only two lines in the entire song ("I hear your voice, Even though I try not for the life of me to hear it") that are repeated over and over again. But the thing is that in those two lines there is much more meaning that some other songs could never carry in a whole song. When I first heard "Chau Chau" after reading the lyrics, I immediately thought of this song as a love song. For me the lyrics perfectly described the feeling of being in love, when all you think about is the person you like - the yearning. However...

...just recently, this song was also featured in Blue's Beautiful Lyrics series at Electric Ground (do read her post). And I am super thankful for this extra information I got from her lovely post: 
"Many assume “Chow Chow” to be a love song, the lyrics representing the longing for and inability to get over someone. However, the songwriter Kim Min Kyu explains differently. Early on in the band’s career, they felt that they were dismissed by everyone. The song was in fact expressing the band’s resentment and desire to turn a deaf ear to those people who criticized and judged the band simply based on appearance. In this context, the song title represents the Chow Chow dog breed and the people’s voice is compared to the barking of a dog."

But whatever the inspiration behind this song was, the haunting aspect of these lyrics, combined with the beautiful melody of course, make "Chou Chou" one of my most favourite song lyrics of all time. And to illustrate the thoughts I had about this song, I found this Dream High MV on Youtube that I felt fitted really well with the song if you are familiar with Sam Dong and Hye Mi's characters. 



And following Blue's lead, I also encourage to see this clip from Answer Me 1997. This time song lyrics perfectly represent Joon Hee's feelings for Yoon Jae:

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