I was challenged to come up with an epic love song that doesn’t have the words “love” or “like” in the lyrics. As I went through my playlist, I was frankly surprised that there were in fact many such songs. After some contemplation, I decided to go with the song “Never Ending Story” by Boohwal because not only is it a great love song, it is one of my favorites, period.
Although the song is originally from 2002, drama addicts might be familiar with it from when Tae-bong (YOON SANG HYUN) serenaded it to Ji-ae (KIM NAM JOO) in Queen of Housewives (2009).
(English translation of the lyrics below…)
Never Ending Story
손 닿을 수 없는 저기 어딘가
Somewhere beyond my reach,
오늘도 넌 숨쉬고 있지만
You breathe on once again today.
너와 머물던 작은 의자위엔
Over the little bench we used to rest on,
같은 모습의 바람이 지나네
The same wind from then passes by.
너는 떠나며 마치 날 떠나가듯이
As you walk away, as you leave me
멀리 손을 흔들며
Waving your hands from afar
언젠간 추억에 남겨져 갈꺼라고
Saying that someday it will become a distant memory.
그리워하면 언젠간 만나게 되는
Like in the movies where you reunite one day
어느 영화와 같은 일들이 이뤄져가기를
if you long for each other, how I wish that would happen to us.
힘겨워한 날에 너를 지킬수 없었던
Because in hard times, I couldn’t protect you
아름다운 시절속에 머문 그대이기에
It is you who remained in the beautiful days.
(Repeat Verse 2)
Lyrics translated by Blue1004
Note about the lyrics:
As it is typical of songs written by Kim Tae Won (the leader of Boohwal), the original Korean lyrics to this song have many ungrammatical sentences that make it difficult to fully comprehend the meaning behind them. This translation was my best interpretation as I understood them, which may or may not be correct.