Yoo Jae Ha (유재하)'s Because I Love You (사랑하기 때문에), The Obscured Road (가리워진 길)

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Yoo Jae ha (유재하, 1962-1987) was an extremely talented musician of the 80s who fell short of realizing his great potential owing to a tragic traffic accident that took his life prematurely. With both an innate passion and academic training in music, he displayed a remarkable songwriting ability as well as a mastery of multiple instruments. Playing in Cho Yong Pil (조용필)’s band while writing songs for other artists at a young age, he was on course to becoming a full-blown, successful artist. His first album, which came out in 1987, was notable in many ways. It had his own unique ballad style, was written, performed, and produced almost single handedly with all the instruments played and overlaid by him. It was a feat hardly ever seen before or since Yoo.

사랑하기 때문에


처음 느낀 그대 눈빛은 혼자만의 오해였던가요
해맑은 미소로 나를 바보로 만들었소

내 곁을 떠나가던 날 가슴에 품었던 분홍빛의
수많은 추억들이 푸르게 바래졌소

어제는 떠난 그대를 잊지 못하는 내가 미웠죠
하지만 이제 깨달아요 그대만의 나였음을

다시 돌아온 그대 위해 내 모든 것 드릴 테요
우리 이대로 영원히 헤어지지 않으리

나 오직 그대만을 사랑하기 때문에


커다란 그대를 향해 작아져만 가는 나이기에
그 무슨 뜻이라 해도 조용히 따르리오

어제는 지난 추억을 잊지 못하는 내가 미웠죠
하지만 이제 깨달아요 그대만의 나였음을

다시 돌아온 그대 위해 내 모든 것 드릴 테요
우리 이대로 영원히 헤어지지 않으리

나 오직 그대만을 사랑하기 때문에
사랑하기 때문에

Because I Love You


That first gleam of your eye I felt, was it merely my imagination
With your innocent smile you made a fool out of me

Those countless pinkish memories I had cherished in my heart
They faded into a pale blue the day you left me

Yesterday I resented myself for not forgetting you who left me
But I realize now at last that I am yours alone

For you who have come back to me I will give everything I've got
And we will be this way forever, never parting ways

Because I love you, and no one but you


Because I only get smaller all the time before you who stand tall
Whatever you have on your mind, I will acquiesce and follow

Yesterday I resented myself for not forgetting what was now past
But I realize now at last that I am yours alone

For you who have come back to me I will give everything I've got
And we will be this way forever, never parting ways

Because I love you, and no one but you
Because I love you


가리워진 길


보일 듯 말 듯 가물거리는 안개속에 싸인 길
잡힐 듯 말 듯 멀어져 가는 무지개와 같은 길
그 어디에서 날 기다리는지 둘러보아도 찾을 수 없네

그대여 힘이 돼 주오 나에게
주어진 길 찾을 수 있도록
그대여 길을 터 주오
가리워진 나의 길

이리로 가나 저리로 갈까 아득하기만 한데
이끌려 가듯 떠나는 이는 제 갈 길을 찾았나
손을 흔들며 널 떠나보낸 뒤 외로움만이 나를 감쌀 때

그대여 힘이 돼 주오 나에게
주어진 길 찾을 수 있도록
그대여 길을 터 주오
가리워진 나의 길

The Obscured Road


Flickering on in and out of sight, goes the mist shrouded road
Ever distant in and out of reach, extends the rainbow of a road
Where could it be waiting for me, nowhere found even as I look around

Please give me the strength, my dear
To find the way given to me
Please open the way for me, dear
To that obscured road for me

Should I go this way or that way, of the endlessly distant roads
The one who left as if dragged, I wonder if he has found his way
After seeing you off waving a hand, only a stark loneliness engulfs me

Please give me the strength, my dear
To find the way given to me
Please open the way for me, dear
To that obscured road for me


Spring In Korea

Spring In Korea

The style Yoo adopted for his first album was a unique one. The songs are unusually quiet, introspective ones typically about love and related personal sentiments. The gently flowing melody is sung in such a measured and held-back deliveries that some listeners may be turned off by its drone-like quality. Some critics also initially panned it for being drifty and off key in some parts. Others thought the songs lacked strong hooks, the melodic and rhythmic quality that grabs listeners’ attention, and thus were too bland and undistinguished. In the end his songs proved the detractors wrong by steadily gaining popularity over the years to become some of the most popular pop ballads.

Because I Love You (사랑하기 때문에) is a quintessential love ballad, pledging one’s love to the one of his affection. It is delivered in the typically quiet and controlled way, creating a peculiarly moody realm of the psyche far detached from the real world. The song takes the listener into a rarefied sphere of musings not often encounter in pop music.

The Obscured Way (가리워진 길) is another deeply introspective song. The narrator is looking at his place on the obscured road, which at times gets him lost without a clear vision forward. While searching for answers, he entreats with his loved one for inspiration and strength. For him or anyone else, life’s journey is seldom like a picnic to be taken lightly, and you would need all the help you can get.

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