Beautiful Creatures
(아름다운 것들)

performed by
Yang Hee-eun (양희은)
lyrics by
Bang Hee-gyeong (방희경)
music by
Scottish traditional song
year released
1972
album
Yang Hee-eun's Collection of Beautiful Songs
(양희은의 고운 노래 모음 2), 1972
아름다운 것들
Beautiful Creatrures

꽃잎 끝에 달려 있는 작은 이슬 방울들
Tiny dewdrops clinging to the tip of a petal
빗줄기 이들을 찾아와서 음 어데로 데려갈까
I wonder where the falling rain will take them all
바람아 너는 알고 있나, 비야 네가 알고 있나
Tell me now wind, do you know, or rain, do you
무엇이 이 숲속에서 음 이들을 데려갈까
What will take them away from these woods

엄마 잃고 다리도 없는 가엾은 작은 새는
A legless poor little bird lost without its mom
바람이 거세게 불어오면 음 어데로 가야할까
Where should it go when harsh wind starts blowing
바람아 너는 알고 있나, 비야 네가 알고 있나
Tell me now wind, do you know, or rain, do you
무엇이 이 숲속에서 음 이들을 데려갈까
What will take them away from these woods

모두가 사라진 숲에는 나무들만 남아 있네
Now that everyone's gone, there are only trees left
때가 되면 이들도 사라져 음 고요만이 남겠네
Soon only silence will remain when they're gone too
바람아 너는 알고 있나, 비야 네가 알고 있나
Tell me now wind, do you know, or rain, do you
무엇이 이 숲속에서 음 이들을 데려갈까
What will take them away from these woods

바람아 너는 알고 있나, 비야 네가 알고 있나
Tell me now wind, do you know, or rain, do you
무엇이 이 숲속에서 음 이들을 데려갈까
What will take them away from these woods
음 이들을 데려갈까
What will take them away
아름다운 것들

꽃잎 끝에 달려 있는 작은 이슬 방울들
빗줄기 이들을 찾아와서 음 어데로 데려갈까
바람아 너는 알고 있나, 비야 네가 알고 있나
무엇이 이 숲속에서 음 이들을 데려갈까

엄마 잃고 다리도 없는 가엾은 작은 새는
바람이 거세게 불어오면 음 어데로 가야할까
바람아 너는 알고 있나, 비야 네가 알고 있나
무엇이 이 숲속에서 음 이들을 데려갈까

모두가 사라진 숲에는 나무들만 남아 있네
때가 되면 이들도 사라져 음 고요만이 남겠네
바람아 너는 알고 있나, 비야 네가 알고 있나
무엇이 이 숲속에서 음 이들을 데려갈까

바람아 너는 알고 있나, 비야 네가 알고 있나
무엇이 이 숲속에서 음 이들을 데려갈까
음 이들을 데려갈까

Beautiful Creatrures

Tiny dewdrops clinging to the tip of a petal
I wonder where the falling rain will take them all
Tell me now wind, do you know, or rain, do you
What will take them away from these woods

A legless poor little bird lost without its mom
Where should it go when harsh wind starts blowing
Tell me now wind, do you know, or rain, do you
What will take them away from these woods

Now that everyone's gone, there are only trees left
Soon only silence will remain when they're gone too
Tell me now wind, do you know, or rain, do you
What will take them away from these woods

Tell me now wind, do you know, or rain, do you
What will take them away from these woods
What will take them away
bird on oa branch
photo from https://wildbirdrevolution.org

Beautiful Creatures (아름다운 것들) is an ode to the beauty of nature, or this world itself which is full of those fascinating creatures. If you take a moment and look at the miraculous things that surround you, you can't help marveling at this supposedly mundane reality. That's how I, and I'm sure most other people too, feel sometimes.

What would happen if the earth's axis weren't at 23.5 degrees to the earth's orbit? There would be no season and the day and night would always have the same length, with tropical places sizzling hot around the year and cold places always freezing cold. What a nightmarishly boring world that would be! What if the water didn't circulate through rain and evaporation? What about gravity that gives stability to everything with mass? You can think of such what-ifs on and on.

Our world is such an incredible design. I would venture to say no one could even imagine -- i.e. just fantasize in your head with no thoughts about implementation -- a system as intricately balanced and as gigantic in scale. And it has been in operation for millions upon millions, or rather billions of years without ever going astray (i.e. if we don't count the latest twist: this new species called Homo Sapience has now come very close to upending this beautiful system, but that's another subject). Isn't it the miracle of miracles to say the least.

What the song depicts is, it seems to me, this awe-inspiring nature, with all the beauty that is there for whoever chooses to notice. Ours is likely the only place endowed with this dynamic and vibrant beauty in this vast universe, full of fascinating lifeforms that are so beautifully diverse that you can't even begin to fathom their depth. It is a place where nearly an infinite number of these critters create a magnificent symphony of a galactic scale, in every passing moment.

The lyricist Bang created a set of lyrics entirely different from the original Scottish song, paying homage to this miraculous reality of ours, with a loving look at the amazingly beautiful creatures out there which are destined to go away in time.

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Yang Hee-eun (양희은)

Folk singer with a resonant contralto voice who has been a major figure in Korean folk music since the 1970s.