More Shinchon Blues - Twilight (황혼), A Woman Standing in The Rain (빗속에 서있는 여자), The Last Blues (마지막 블루스)

Twilight

These are songs sung by Shinchon Blues (신촌블루스)’s guest singers, or transient members, who perform on some projects with their regular members. Chung Seo Yong (정서용)’s Twilight (황혼) and A Woman Standing in The Rain (빗속에 서있는 여자) are from their second LP album, evoking a picture of a dreary citiscape and the lonely souls in it. Chung Kyung Hwa (정경화)’s The Last Blues (마지막 블루스), from Shinchon Blues III of 1990 is another poignant number about a woman who is parting with her love interest while a blues music is playing in the background. All three songs carry on the fine line of blues music with their sadness drenched lyrics and vocals.

황혼


회색빛 빌딩 너머로 황혼이 물들어오면
흔적도 없는 그리움이 스며드네
빗물처럼 이렇게 외로움에 젖네

바람도 없는 밤길을 나 홀로 거닐 때면
잊혀진 듯한 모습들이 떠오르네
불현듯이 이렇게 또 하루가 지난다

회색빛 빌딩 너머로 황혼이 물들어오면
흔적도 없는 그리움이 스며드네
빗물처럼 이렇게 외로움에 젖네

이렇게 또 하루가 지난다
이렇게 또 외로음에 젖네

Twilight


Twilight thickening over the ashen buildings
A faceless longing creeps into my heart
As I get drenched in the rain of loneliness

Walking the windless night street by myself
Half forgotten faces come back to my mind
When suddenly I realize another day's done

Twilight thickening over the ashen buildings
A faceless longing creeps into my heart
As I get drenched in the rain of loneliness

Thus another day is done
As I get drenched in loneliness


빗속에 서있는 여자


비가 내리면 외로운 여자
누구라도 자꾸 그리워 떠나고 싶네
비를 맞으면 그리운 여자
누군가가 흐느껴 울며 부르는 소리

쏟아지는 저 빗속을 헤매어봐도
만나고 싶은 그 사람은 보이질 않네
헤매어봐도 머물 곳 없어
쏟아지는 빗속에 서서 외로워 우네

A Woman Standing in The Rain


A woman that gets lonely when it rains
Craving to leave for someone she hankers for
A woman waxing wistful in the falling rain
Amidst a call from someone crying with wails

As she wanders through the pouring rain
The one she longs for is nowhere to be seen
With no place to stay for all the roaming
She stands crying lonely in the pouring rain


마지막 블루스


그대 슬픈 눈으로
나를 보내지 말아요
소리없이 흐르는 눈물이
내 맘 더욱 떠나긴 싫어

마지막 음악이 흘러도
나는 들리지 않아요
그대 내 품에 고개를 묻어요
오늘밤 우린 왠지 달라요

아 내 손을 잡아요
아 언제나 처럼
아 내 품에 안겨요
이 밤이 가도록

그대 오늘밤 춤을 추어요
오늘밤 우린 왠지 달라요

마지막 음악이 흘러도
나는 들리지 않아요
그대 내 품에 고개를 묻어요
오늘밤 우린 왠지 달라요

그대 오늘밤 춤을 추어요
오늘밤 우린 왠지 달라요

The Last Blues


Please don't let me go
Seeing your sad eyes
Those silent rolling tears
Makes it so much harder to go

The last song is playing
But my ears won't hear it
Rest your head on my chest
We're not our old selves tonight

Ah hold my hand
As you always did
Ah throw yourself in my arms
Till the night is no more

Dance away the night my sweet
We're not our old selves tonight

The last song is playing
But my ears won't hear it
Rest your head on my chest
We're not our old selves tonight

Dance away the night my sweet
We're not our old selves tonight


Chung Seo Yong

Twilight (황혼) is composed by Kim Chang Wan (김창완) of the Sanulim fame. One could almost feel a faint resemblance to his other songs like Green Days (청춘), with its gently flowing melody and soulful sentiments. The lyrics delivered by Chung Seo Yong’s sonorous voice draws what might be called a melancholy watercolor painting of the gray city’s lonely and impersonal silence. The ennui and bleak mood is punctuated by the sudden realization that a day is done as it fades out. It is one of those sadness tinged heartfelt ballads that make up a big slice of Korean pop music.

A Woman Standing in The Rain (빗속에 서있는 여자) is a Lee Jung Sun (이정선) work.
Chung Kyung Hwa Lee is a veteran songwriter whose music goes all the way back to the 70s, spanning the genres from folk to soft rock to blues and touching on subjects of nature as well as love and other realms of personal emotions. His songs don’t try to be particularly ambitious or grand scale but nevertheless find its niche through engaging melody and ambiance, backed by good lyrics complementing them. This song talks of a woman and rain in loneliness and desperation, a staple of pop music lyrics as well as in other genres of art such as films.

The Last Blues (마지막 블루스) is another Eom In Ho (엄인호) song, this time sung by Chung Kyung Hwa (정경화). Chung is a superb vocalist who carries a lot of emotion in her sweet and tender voice with a wide range. Responsible for two of the standout numbers on this third album of Shinchon Blues, she delivers a nice nuanced performance on this heart tugging song about a sad scene of goodbye. The song appears to have the highest emotional impact of the whole album. She continued on as a solo artist producing a few hits in the 90s.

The lady singers on Shinchon Blues’ albums are the knockout contributors, without whom the project probably wouldn’t have much chance of success. They lack the kind of powerful voice American Blues singers like Etta James are known for, but make up for this shortcoming with their delicate and finely nuanced phrasing, bringing to us more pop-like blues performances with high emotional content. Combined with the creativity of the songwriters, the end result is quite impressive.

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