First Love (첫사랑), Love like A Spring Rain, Farewell like A Winter Rain (사랑은 봄비처럼, 이별은 겨울비처럼)

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First Love (첫사랑) and Love like A Spring Rain, Farewell like A Winter Rain (사랑은 봄비처럼 이별은 겨울비처럼) are songs performed by Lim Hyun Jung (임현정, 1974-) in 1999 and 2003, respectively. Lim was a standout among the female singers in that she wrote the music and lyrics as well as the musical arrangements for all her songs. She had a good deal of chart success with her pleasant and melodic songs.


첫사랑


햇살처럼 눈부시게 다가와
나를 깨우던 그대는
봄비처럼 내게 스쳐 지나간
나의 첫사랑 그대는

오래 전 영화속에 소설속에
주인공 이름처럼 너의 그 이름
이제 아련해

언제인가 나를 설레게 하던
나의 첫사랑 그대는
다시 누군가와 행복하기를
지나버린 사랑 그대

영원히 내맘속에 기억속에
남을 것만 같던 그때 그 상처
이제 아련해

슬픈 영화처럼 나를 울렸던
나의 첫사랑 그대는
다시 누군가와 행복하기를
지나버린 사랑 그대

다시 누군가와 행복하기를
지나버린 사랑 그대

First Love


Coming to me like a dazzling sunshine
You were there to awaken me
Then fleeting by me like a spring rain
You were my first love

Like in an old movie, like in an old novel
Your name is like the movie's hero's
Just a faint blur now

Giving me such a heartthrob long ago
You who were my first love
I wish you happiness with someone new
My sweetheart of yesterday

The hurt in my heart from those days
Which seemed like it would last forever
It is a faint memory now

You who made me cry like a sad movie
You who were my first love
I wish you happiness with someone new
My sweetheart of yesterday

I wish you happiness with someone new
My sweetheart of yesterday

사랑은 봄비처럼, 이별은 겨울비처럼


묻지 않을께 네가 떠나는 이유
이제 사랑하지 않는다는 걸 알기에
야윈 너의 맘 어디에도
내 사랑 머물 수 없음을 알기에

이해 해볼께 혼자 남겨진 이유
이젠 나의 눈물 닦아줄 너는 없기에
지금 나의 곁에 있는 건
그림자 뿐임을 난 알기에

사랑은 봄비처럼 내 마음 적시고
지울 수 없는 추억을 내게 남기고
이제 잊으라는 그 한마디로
나와 상관없는 다른 꿈을 꾸고

이별은 겨울비처럼 두 눈을 적시고
지울 수 없는 상처만 내게 남기고
이젠 떠난다는 그 한마디로
나와 상관없는 행복을 꿈꾸는 너

기도 해볼께 니가 잊혀지기를
슬픈 사랑이 다신 내게 오지 않기를
세월 가는대로 그대로
무뎌진 가슴만 남아 있기를

왜 행복한 순간도 사랑의 고백도
날 설레게 한 그 향기도
왜 머물 순 없는지 떠나야 하는지
무너져야만 하는지

사랑은 봄비처럼 내 마음 적시고
지울 수 없는 추억을 내게 남기고
잊으라는 그 한마디로
나와 상관없는 다른 꿈을 꾸고

이별은 겨울비처럼 두 눈을 적시고
지울 수 없는 상처만 내게 남기고
떠난다는 그 한마디로
나와 상관없는 행복을 꿈꾸는 너

Love like A Spring Rain, Farewell like A Winter Rain


I won't ask why you have to leave
As I know you do not love me anymore
As I know in your waning heart
There can be no place for my love

I'll try and understand why I'm left behind
Why you are not there anymore to wipe my tears
As I know it is only a shadow of you
That is by my side now

Love drenched my heart like a spring rain
Leaving me those unforgettable memories
Now you tell me to forget it just like that
Dreaming of a new start nothing to do with me

Farewell drenches my eyes like a winter rain
Leaving me behind with an indelible scar
Now you tell me you are leaving just like that
Dreaming of happiness nothing to do with me

I will try and pray that I forget you
That there be no more heartbreak for me
That I resign myself to the passing time
And there be only my unfeeling heart

The happy moments and confessions of love
The fragrance of it that stirred my heart
Why can't they stay, why must they go
Why do they all have to crumble

Love drenched my heart like a spring rain
Leaving me those unforgettable memories
Now you tell me to forget it just like that
Dreaming of a new start nothing to do with me

Farewell drenches my eyes like a winter rain
Leaving me behind with an indelible scar
Now you tell me you are leaving just like that
Dreaming of happiness nothing to do with me


Lim Hyun Jung

Majoring in music in college, she came on the music scene with a fresh style, bright and happy sounding melodious tunes that seem to take the listener on a trip over the rainbow. The catchy melodies and buoyant rhythm caught on, and got used in a commercial that gave First Love a huge boost. Maybe the Korean people needed these lovely and happy songs at such a difficult time following the collapse of the country’s finance and the ensuing intervention of IMF.

Lim’s forte was in crafting lovely melodies and the pleasant and fitting lyrics that nicely complemented them. She was not particularly flashy with her vocal style or stage manners, just as she once said in an interview that she had a rather limited vocal range, which makes her success all the more impressive. She made up for her weakness with her talent in songwriting and arranging, which might be a first among female singers as far as I know.

Both songs are a lighthearted remembrance of a past love that couldn’t bloom, quite a change of pace from other serious and sad songs of the same theme.
Lim Hyun Jung 2 The mood is warm, bright, happy and rollicking, like enjoying a pleasant sunny afternoon without a trace of worry on your mind, just remembering the good old times with a smile on your face, grateful for the beautiful memories of what went down in your younger days. It makes you wonder about the mystery of the human mind that the same experience of failed love can take on such different outlooks. Maybe it is true that all the vicissitudes of life are first and foremost the makings of the mind.

Lim has released five albums in all. Her legacy seems to be in demonstrating that a female artist can be as good as her male counterpart as far as creating hit songs while doing all the creative parts such as the original music, lyrics and the arrangement herself. It is a feat not too many have achieved even among male artists.

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