“Love Love Love” A Look at Three Songs

Over the last few years I noticed a few of the songs i listen to actually had the same name. Most notably “Love, Love, Love”. I discovered that there are a myriad of songs sharing this title. I won’t be delving into all of those here. Rather, I’ll be focusing just three, two from The K-Pop scene and one more from one of my favorite American bands. Each song has a drastically different tone and outlook on the subject, and deserve a look.

If you decide to join me on this venture, please listen to each song two or three times, both for the feel of the music but also the usage of lyrics and – for the k-pop songs – visuals in conjunction with the music. For the Korean songs, I’ve added English translations I’ve found online for your convenience. I’ll add a few of my feelings after each song if you’d rather just read that first as well.

Love, Love, Love
The Sunset Tree (2005)
The Mountain Goats

King Saul fell on his sword
When it all went wrong
And Joseph’s brother sold him down the river for a song
And Sonny Liston rubbed some tiger balm into his glove
Some things you do for money
And some you do for love love love

Ras Kolnikov felt sick
And he couldn’t say why
When he saw his face reflected
In his victim’s twinkling eye
Some things you’ll do for money
Some you’ll do for fun
But the things you do for love are gonna come back to you One by one

Love love is gonna lead you be the hand
Into a white and soundless place
Now we see things
As in a mirror dimly
Then we shall see each other
Face
To face

And way out in Seattle,
Young Kirk Cobain
Snuck out to the greenhouse
And put a bullet in his brain
Snakes in the grass beneath our feet
Rain in the clouds above
Some moments last forever
But some flair out
With love love love

Probably the most philosophical of the three songs, I find it also the most atmospheric and calm, though that adds to the disturbing factor. The instrumental part of this piece is reminiscent of a rainy day, perhaps one where you would sit with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa listening to the drops on the roof. The kind of day that feels like we can reflect on the beauty and terror of this world. There is no urgency; we can’t change what has already happened, and all we can do now is reflect.

And perhaps that’s how I would sum up my feelings of this song: relflective melancholy.

The melancholy of the song is reinforced by the lyrics, which are sung almost like a lullaby. The juxtaposition of tragic and desperate actions with sayings that are usually used to extol the concept of love is jarring. But dig deeper, these aren’t just non-sequiturs. Feel free to share your thoughts on the relations, I think I’ll let the poetry speak for itself.

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Love Love Love
Remapping the Human Soul (2007)
Epik High

It’s Midnight, your tired drunk voice
2:00 a.m., the abruptly ended phone call
Nobody knows how I feel
I can’t stop
Love love love

Though it hurts, I keep on repeating
I can’t stop
Love love love

Have you ever been in love before?
Falling at first sight, like in the movies?
Spent the entire night talking on the phone?
Bragged to the entire world?
Waited in the pouring rain?
Run like crazy to the one you love?
Secretly guarded?
Gone crazy?
Pretended not to see when you really did?

I’m sure you have been in love
Spent all your money on your anniversary
Apologized even when you didn’t do anything wrong
Spent entire days writing love letters
Pushed back promises with your family
Prayed to God for that persons health
Ignored your friends
Missed them
Guarded their leaving figure

Can’t stop love
Why? I loved you like crazy
Why? I treated you so well
I gave you everything
You got me going crazy
Why? I loved you with all my life.
I gave you my body and soul
I lost everything for you
How could you?
Nobody knows how I feel
I can’t stop
Love love love

Though it hurts, I keep on repeating
I can’t stop
Love love love

 

Have you ever had your heart broken?
Had your makeup wash off in the pouring rain?
Cut your long hair?
Started smoking again?
Avoided areas where they might be?
Wrote letters you know you would never send?
Called them while you were drunk?

(Hello?)

Had your lips freeze up
I’m sure you’ve had a broken heart
Hated them as much as you loved them
Ripped up letters you didn’t read
Deleted the phone number you will never forget
Celebrated anniversaries by yourself
Burned all the photographs
Thought every song about heartbreak in the world was yours
Can’t stop love

Why? I loved you like crazy
Why? I treated you so well
I gave you everything
You got me going crazy
Why? I loved you with all my life.

I gave you my body and soul
I lost everything for you
How could you?
Nobody knows my heart
I can’t stop
Love love love

Though it hurts, I keep on repeating
I can’t stop
Love love love

Cry like an idiot
Get drunk again
Hold on to your friend
And curse that person
Time passes
Get drunk again
Grab the phone
Say love!

Nobody knows my heart
I can’t stop
Love love love

Though it hurts, I keep on repeating
I can’t stop
Love love love
Nobody knows my heart
In reality, only you don’t know
Though it hurts, I keep on repeating

As I live my life, I’m sure I’ll see you again

Translation from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/e/epik_high/

While the Mountain Goats had a ruminating effect, Epic High’s song is much more an expression of the craziness of still being in love despite a break up or fight. The catchy hook is both really effective at conveying this madness of late night drunken confusion and making sure the song became popular in Korea. The visuals are straightforward, a person alone in her head going over memories, torn, reconstituted and completely befuddled. I personally like the lack of emotion and blank stare the singer gives – a comatose observation of the memories playing through her head, that only seem to multiply despite attempts to destroy and clear them away. For me the music video really strengthens the song as the lyrics are relatively prosaic while the video is much more… lyrical.

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Love Love Love

Beautiful Journey (2010)

FT Island

My heart stops. My breath stops. You are leaving me
I only loved you until my heart ached. I was happy
Born as your man, i loved you indefinitely
That’s enough. I’ll try to hold back my tears

Rain soaks my whole body
I struggle to lift my head again and look at the sky
Tain drops getting into my eyes replace the tears
That i’ve been holding back again and again
Thinking of you

I was so happy because i loved you like crazy
I let go of you, who gave me memory of love.
Good bye, my love love love

Fare well, my love love love
Even though my filling up tears soak my whole body,
Now good bye good bye good bye
Please be happy after leaving me
Step by step, you are getting far away from me

I silently pour myself a glass
Struggling to hold it up, i let out a sigh
I take the glass
Together, i swallow the tears that

I’ve been holding back again and again

Thinking of you

I was so happy because i loved you like crazy

I let go of you, who gave me memory of love.

Good bye, my love love love
Fare well, my love love love
Even though my filling up tears soak my whole body,
Now good bye good bye good bye
Please be happy after leaving me
Step by step, you are getting far away from me

I didn’t know love because my heart is cold
But thank you so much. I know now. That love is like this.
My heart stops. My breath stops. You are leaving me.

Good bye, my love love love
Fare well, my love love love
Even though my filling up tears soak my whole body,

Now good bye good bye good bye
Please be happy after leaving me
Step by step, you are getting far away from me

Rain soaks my entire body. I look at the sky.
Even though my filling up tears soak my whole body,

Now good bye good bye good bye
Please be happy after leaving me
Step by step, you are getting far away from me

Translation from: http://southkoreaaddict.blogspot.kr/2011/11/love-love-love-ft-island-lyric.html

If the Mountain Goats’ song is a rainy day contemplation and Epic High’s song is late night self-loathing, then FT Island’s song is a drunken cry against cruel fate. The imagery of destiny is clear in the music video, with both a marionette motif and the ‘red string of fate‘ making an appearance. The song is, what’s the right word? Emo? Probably too much for some, but I know I likes me some emo on occasion. The music complements this by starting off slow, again reminiscent of a light rain, and building up to torrents of sorrow as the song goes on.

And there you have it, three songs I like connected by title. What are you thoughts on these songs? Which ones did you like or not like? I’m curious to know why!

O———–O

Post Script:

I’m not particularly happy with the translations I found, but they will have to suffice. If I ever get around to doing my own translations, I’ll update them here as well as give them their own post. If you see any glaring errors, let me know and I’ll correct them!

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