mermaid comes back home

인어…집으로 돌아오다
지선
인어…집으로 돌아오다

인어…집으로 돌아오다 (Mermaid…comes back home) by 지선 (Jisun)

I don’t know how popular this artist is (I’m guessing not too popular), but if you guys know Epik High’s “One”, you know her. She was the female voice in that song. Anyways, this song is a bit different from what kpop normally sounds like. It’s eerily sad, and Jisun’s amazing voice just makes it beautifully depressing.

It’s a story about “The Little Mermaid”, not Disney’s version but the original version by Brothers Grimm, which is why the song is so painful. I translated it to the best of my ability because some of the wording is hard to transcribe to English. Anyways, read along the translation, thinking about it as if you were watching the mermaid, and enjoy the music! If you like this and want more recommendations, let me know!

-5th

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Once upon a time, a mermaid discovered love and the world became…wow.
She lost her voice, and gained legs.
I guess the mermaid did not know
that love, in any case, like a dream,
is a moment of happiness that slips by.

Love reaches tears.
Before you know it, it becomes separation.
Broken, that girl is crying.
I guess love hurts for everyone.

Once upon time, a mermaid left the sea and the world became…wow.
She fell in love and threw herself away.
Does the mermaid know
that the thing known as love
is a moment of miracle where one throws away the other?

Love reaches tears.
Before you know it, it becomes separation.
Broken, that girl is crying.
Is separation always this cruel?

Did the mermaid find it,
the song she left in the sea,
the erased memory’s voice taken away by love?

Love reaches tears.
Before you know it, it becomes separation.
Broken, that girl cries.
I guess, in the end, love hurts anyone.

Love reaches tears
Before you know it, it becomes separation.
Broken, that girl cries.
Painfully, that girl cries.
A broken mermaid’s sad love story.