Love of My Sweetheart
(내 님의 사랑은)

performed by
Yang Hee-eun (양희은)
lyrics and music by
Lee Joo-won (이주원)
year released
1974
album
Love of My Sweetheart (내 님의 사랑은), 1974
내 님의 사랑은
Love of My Sweetheart

내 님의 사랑은 철 따라 흘러간다
Love of my sweetheart, it flows with the season
봄바람에 아롱대는 언덕 저편 아지랑이
In the haze over the hill shimmering in spring wind

내 님의 사랑은 철 따라 흘러간다
Love of my sweetheart, it tides with the season
푸른 물결 흰 파도 곱게 물든 저녁 노을
On white crested blue waves under crimson sunset

사랑하는 그대여 내 품에 돌아오라
Love of mine, I beg you to come back to my arms
그대 없는 세상 난 누굴 위해 사나
Who am I going to live for in a world without you

내 님의 사랑은 철 따라 흘러간다
Love of my sweetheart, it rains with the season
가을바람에 떨어진 비에 젖은 작은 낙엽
On a little wet leaf falling down in the autumn wind

내 님의 사랑은 철 따라 흘러간다
Love of my sweetheart, it snows with the season
새하얀 눈길 위로 남겨지는 발자욱들
Over the footprints made on the shiny white trail

사랑스런 그대여 내 품에 돌아오라
My lovely one, I beg you to come back to my arms
그대 없는 세상 난 누굴 위해 사나
Who am I going to live for in a world without you

사랑이 깊으면 외로움도 깊어라
As love deepens, so does loneliness
내 님의 사랑은

내 님의 사랑은 철 따라 흘러간다
봄바람에 아롱대는 언덕 저편 아지랑이

내 님의 사랑은 철 따라 흘러간다
푸른 물결 흰 파도 곱게 물든 저녁 노을

사랑하는 그대여 내 품에 돌아오라
그대 없는 세상 난 누굴 위해 사나

내 님의 사랑은 철 따라 흘러간다
가을바람에 떨어진 비에 젖은 작은 낙엽

내 님의 사랑은 철 따라 흘러간다
새하얀 눈길 위로 남겨지는 발자욱들

사랑스런 그대여 내 품에 돌아오라
그대 없는 세상 난 누굴 위해 사나

사랑이 깊으면 외로움도 깊어라

Love of My Sweetheart

Love of my sweetheart, it flows with the season
In the haze over the hill shimmering in spring wind

Love of my sweetheart, it tides with the season
On white crested blue waves under crimson sunset

Love of mine, I beg you to come back to my arms
Who am I going to live for in a world without you

Love of my sweetheart, it rains with the season
On a little wet leaf falling down in the autumn wind

Love of my sweetheart, it snows with the season
Over the footprints made on the shiny white trail

My lovely one, I beg you to come back to my arms
Who am I going to live for in a world without you

As love deepens, so does loneliness
live version by Yang Hee-eun
cover by Separate and Together (따로 또 같이)

Love of My Sweetheart (내 님의 사랑은) is one of Yang Hee-eun's early numbers that showcase her folk style. In a young, sonorant voice, the kind you might expect from a young woman brought up steeped in traditional values, the song seems to go straight to the heart, with all its heartfelt candor completely devoid of any vocal acrobatics or commercial slickness. Like a lovelorn seamstress, she goes through scenes of beauty in nature, seeing a touch of her loved one in them, perhaps because love is one of the most natural things in our world.

The brooding melody has a quality of something pure and moving, complementing the lyrics very well. The original song's guitar and wind instrument arrangements, however, might sound a bit dated now, given the intervening time of nearly a half century. Happily though, the cover version by the folk rock band Separate and Together (따로 또 같이), whose member Lee Joo-won (이주원) composed the song, infuses a fresh multi-part harmony to the melody, creating beautiful harmonics reminiscent of the fifties and sixties vocal harmony bands such as The Brothers Four. In fact, both the mood and lyrics of this song appear to be right in line with Seven Daffodils (일곱 송이 수선화) by that band, which used to be quite popular in Korea and was also covered by Yang Hee-eun and other singers.

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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.