Current Obsession: Seo In-gook Mellow Spring

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Another delightful song for the ears for this week’s Current Obsession with Seo In-gook’s newest single “Mellow Spring,” which dropped two weeks ago. Nowadays, you might recognize Seo In-gook as an actor before you realize that he started out as a singer. I wouldn’t blame you either, why with all the movies and dramas he’s been in, but it’s nice to know that the singer himself likes to remind everyone that he can hum a tune or two.  And oh so wonderfully, at that.

Seo In-gook – “봄 타나봐 (Mellow Spring)” [ Download ]

 

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The Singer: Seo In-gook (서인국)

The Backstory: As the first winner of the one of the first singing survival programs in Korea, Superstar K, the boy from Ulsan shot to insta-superstar fame back in 2009. As expected, such a lifestyle change came with its own pros and cons; from what I remember, he was surrounded by much criticism for his weight loss before his debut single, along with some troubling and stress-inducing issues from the industry. The singer continuously put out music over the years, however, and no one could deny the man’s singing talents back then or today.

It wasn’t until he appeared in cable drama Answer Me 1997 in 2012  that he caught my eye and most of Korea and abroad. He seemed to have a natural affinity for acting, and his teenage character was part of a most beloved group of friends. Seo In-gook remained on my radar since then with Master’s Sun and the movie No Breathing (which I have yet to see), and he’ll soon star in the upcoming drama King of Savvy.

Still, it’s the music that he loves and his voice that keeps me smiling. I’m glad that he was able to return back to the music after gaining a foothold in the acting world, and I hope that this single means that there’s more to come.

The Song: Considering that June is just around the corner, a song about spring now almost feels too late. But sometimes you just need a tune that will put you in a mellow mood — that’s where Seo In-gook comes in. Sure it’s no remake duet with a former co-star of Answer Me 1997 like Jung Eun-ji, but I’ll take what I can get.

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The Lyrics: (Korean from Naver Music and English from KpopChartNet)

카페인 때문인 걸까
너의 폐인이 돼버린 걸까

너와 마주 앉아 얘길 할 때면
나의 계절이 변해
얼어붙은 가슴에 봄이 오듯
어느 순간부터 심장이 뛰어

도대체 나 왜 이런 건지
같이 마신 커피 때문인 건지
그건 아마도

카페인 때문인 걸까
너의 폐인이 돼버린 걸까
자꾸만 가슴이 두근대고
입술이 바짝 또 말라오는 게
너 때문인 건지 아니면
커피 때문인 건지

너를 만나고 한참이 지나도
나는 진정이 안돼
겨우 침대 맡에 잠을 청해도
내 귓가엔 온통 네 심장소리

도대체 나 왜 이런 건지
누가 나 좀 말려 줄 순 없는지
그건 아마도

카페인 때문인 걸까
너의 폐인이 돼버린 걸까
자꾸만 가슴이 두근대고
입술이 바짝 또 말라오는 게
너 때문인 건지
아니면

너는 그저 내게 웃긴 얘기만
시간 때울 그런 친구로서만
나를 기대하는지 더는 안 바라는지
그런 너를 보며 왜 난 슬프지
그건 아마도

마음이 왜 이런 건지
내가 지금 봄을 타는지
자꾸만 니 손을 잡고 싶고
니 옆에 바짝 또 앉고 싶은 건
다른 이유가 있어
왜 너만 그걸 모르는 건지

실은 내가 너를 좋아해서야

 

Is it because of the caffeine?
Am I just really into you?

When I’m sitting across from you and talking
My seasons change
Just like spring coming into my frozen heart
At some point, my heart starts to beat

Why am I like this?
Is it because of the coffee we drank together?
It’s probably because…

Is it because of the caffeine?
Am I just really into you?
My heart keeps beating
My lips keep cracking
Is it because of you?
Or is it because of coffee?

Even after a while since meeting you
I can’t calm down
I barely fall asleep in bed
In my ears, I can only hear your heart beat

Why am I being like this?
Can’t someone stop me?
It’s probably because…

Is it because of the caffeine?
Am I just really into you?
My heart keeps beating
My lips keep cracking
Is it because of you?
Or…

You just think of me as someone to tell funny stories
As just a friend to spend time with
Do you expect more from me? Or not?
Why am I getting sad as I look at you?
It’s probably because…

Why is my heart being like this?
Is it because it’s spring?
Wanting to hold your hand and
Wanting to sit close right next to you
Is because of something else
But why are you the only one who doesn’t know

Actually, it’s because I like you

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