Current Obsession: ToHeart Tell Me Why

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Next up for our musical pleasure is ToHeart, a collaboration duo between S.M. Entertainment and Woollim Entertainment, who recently released a mini-album together back in March, with a follow-up single in April. I love the idea of unit groups, especially between entertainment agencies, since it feeds my love for dream casting idols in one group. And when you’ve got two voices that blend beautifully together—why yes, I would love these boys to “Tell Me Why” I should let more dreams become reality.

ToHeart – “Tell Me Why” [ Download ]

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The Band: Key (SHINee) and Woohyun (INFINITE)

The Backstory: As far as I’m aware, the idea for this unit group came from the boys themselves, and I’d seen countless advertisements for their first mini-album. I know more about Key (thanks to being a dedicated SHINee fan with a particular love for him) than I do of Woohyun, but both idol groups have such passionate fans that I’m sure the news of a collaboration was more excitement than anything else.

I’ve loved the idea of what I call “idol mix-up” (wherein you pick your favorites from each group and throw them in a group together) ever since the 2009 SBS Gayo Daejun, when various idols performed together to perform singles from the opposite gender. For example, a few male idols did this awesome rendition of Brown Eyed Girls’ “Sign,” or in the 2012 SBS Gayo Daejun when fans voted for their dream idol groups to perform brand new songs like “Yesterday.”

But while these castings could feel haphazardly put together (and sometimes they are because you’re trying to coordinate schedules for five different idols from five different groups for rehearsals, recordings, etc. Basically MADNESS), I love that something like ToHeart was in the works with someone as off-beat like Key and a talented performer like Woohyun. Put time and effort to get quality, and then, let heaven sing.

The Song: Unfortunately, the first upbeat offering “Delicious” wasn’t quite what I was hoping from the duo, which may explain why I quickly watched the music video, and then promptly turned it off. I was much more relieved then, to find that “Tell Me Why” was right up my alley. I’ve listened to the broadcasting version of this single as well, but found that you could hear the singers’ voices better in this one. Plus, I just have a love for acoustics. And adorable, quirky idols.

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The Lyrics: (Korean from KpopLyrics2you and English from Kpoplyrics)

부탁해 Tell Me Why 난 강해지고 싶어
뜻도 모른 채 널 놓치긴 싫어

하늘의 별처럼 넌 나를 비추지만
네가 떠나면 난 어둠에 갇혀

Wanna Go Touch Wanna Get Tips
조금 더 내게 기회를 줘
제발 안 된다고 하지마 애원해 난

피지 못한 Tiny Dream
멈춰선 Tiny Dream
왜 안 돼 내가 계속 가겠다는데
내 길이야 Make A Dream
막지 마 Make A Dream
누가 감히 끝을 정할 수 있어

대답해 Tell Me Why 날 이해시켜 제발
네가 원해도 못 하는 게 있어

뒤틀린 사랑을 난 바로 잡고 싶어
그냥 떠나면 난 미칠지 몰라

Wanna Go Touch Wanna Get Tips
한 번 더 나를 믿어줘
이리 잔인하게 가지마 부탁해 난

피지 못한 Tiny Dream
멈춰선 Tiny Dream
왜 안 돼 내가 계속 가겠다는데
내 길이야 Make A Dream
막지 마 Make A Dream
누가 감히 끝을 정할 수 있어

Love Is Blind
더는 넘지마 그 Line 그 Lies
차갑디 차가운 네 눈빛을 봐
이미 닿지 않던 사이 Good-Bye
I Cry But 금방 돌아와 줄거라 믿어
나 빌어 곧 행복해질 거라 믿어
왜 그래 솔직히 말해 진짜 네가 필요해
강한 척 말하고 달래도
약한 난 시들고 멍들고 찢기고
Seems Like I Should Leave You
그래 갈 거라면 꼭 다시 돌아와

안 된다고 Time To Cry
멈춰줘 Time To Cry
나를 봐 눈물로 널 잡고 있잖아
내 길이야 Make A Dream
막지 마 Make A Dream
누가 감히 끝을 정할 수 있어

Oh, 나란 남잔 사랑 앞에 겁날게 없어
모든 걸 잃어도 너만 얻으면 돼
Oh, 그 무엇도 간절함을 이길 순 없어
You’re The Only One Not Else Everyone
The One And Only One
The One And Only One
One Love

 

Please, tell me why, I want to become strong
I don’t want to lose you without even knowing the reason

Like the stars in the sky, you shine on me
If you leave, I’m trapped in darkness

Wanna Go Touch Wanna Get Tips
Give me a chance
Please don’t say you can’t, I beg you

A tiny dream that hasn’t bloomed
A tiny dream that has stopped
Why can’t I? I want to keep going
It’s my path, make a dream
Don’t block me, make a dream
Who can dare to end it?

It’s frustrating, tell me why, help me understand please
There are things you can’t have even if you want it

I want to make this crooked love straight again
If you just leave, I might go crazy

Wanna Go Touch Wanna Get Tips
Believe in me once more
Don’t leave me cruelly, please

A tiny dream that hasn’t bloomed
A tiny dream that has stopped
Why can’t I? I want to keep going
It’s my path, make a dream
Don’t block me, make a dream
Who can dare to end it?

Love Is Blind
Don’t cross that line, those lies
Look at your cold eyes
We’re already far apart, goodbye
I cry but I believe you’ll come back soon
I pray, I believe that we’ll be happy soon
Why’re you doing this? Honestly, I really need you
I pretend to be strong, I try to comfort you
But the weak me is withering, bruising, ripping apart
Seems Like I Should Leave You
Fine, if you wanna leave, go but come back

I can’t, time to cry
Please stop, time to cry
Look at me, I’m holding onto you with my tears
It’s my path, make a dream
Don’t block me, make a dream
Who can dare to end it?

Oh a guy like me has nothing to be afraid of in front of love
Even if I lose everything, I just need to gain you
Oh, nothing can win over this desperation
You’re the only one, not else everyone
The One And Only One
The One And Only One
One Love

 

 

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