[KOR – ENG Translation] 한희정 (Han Hee-jung) – 비유 (Metaphor) (Feat. 김사월 (Kim Sa-wol))

I’m very much looking forward to Han Hee-jung’s upcoming album. There’s a certain chilliness to her solo work that Casker’s music doesn’t, and her language is ever so intentional.

The three pre-release singles we’ve gotten so far have been sublime. “Metaphor”‘s stark strings and a fitting Kim Sawol appearance make it the most striking of the bunch, and I think its lyrics – phasing between thought and feeling, structure and instinct – leave a unique aftertaste.

Han Hee-jeong – Metaphor (Feat. Kim Sa-wol)

From 비유 (Metaphor) (2019) (single)
Label: Pastel Music
Distributor: Poclanos
Written, composed and arranged by Han Hee-jung


가령 샤워 후에
몸을 닦고 있어
머리를 말리고
관념은 배제한
움직임만 있어

나는 어떤 관능에 대해 생각해
좀처럼 규정되지 않는 순간과
언어로 표현해낼 수 없는

그것이 너에게서 느껴지는 때가 있어
의도한 적 없겠지만

가령 카페에서
글을 쓰고 있어
머릿속은 온통
관념이 가득차
움직임은 없어

나는 어떤 관능에 대해 생각해
좀처럼 존재하기 힘든 표상과
선율이 담아내기 어려운

그것이 너에게서 느껴지는 때가 있어
의도한 적 없겠지만

난 잘 알고 있어
의도하지 않아도
의도하지 않았겠지만
느껴지는 때가 있어
매우 특별한 일이지
이제 난 잘 알고 있어
얼마나 드문 일인지

For example, after a shower
Drying my body
And drying my hair
Excluding concept
There’s only movement

I think about a certain sensuality
A moment that escapes definition
Can’t be expressed in language

Sometimes I feel that from you
Though you didn’t intend it

For example, at a café
Writing down words
My head is all
Full of concept
There’s no movement

I think about a certain sensuality
A symbol that could hardly exist
Hard to capture in melody

Sometimes I feel that from you
Though you didn’t intend it

I know it well
Without intending
Though you probably didn’t intend it
Sometimes I feel it
Something very special
I know it well now
How rare that is


Notes

  • In the original, the last two lines of each verse are meant to echo each other – “excluding concept, there’s only movement”, and “full of concept, there’s no movement”. The tricky thing is that the latter is more explicitly a continuation of a sentence.
  • “가령” is translated as “For example”, but it has the sense of a hypothetical. Another way to say it would be “Suppose after a shower, I’m drying my body…”

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