… and I don’t care what anyone says. I think it’s crazy awesome! True, I’m more than ever confused as to what the tone of this drama will be, but this music video alone had me rolling around laughing at its sheer absurdity. From the parody of Pak Se Ri’s iconic shot from a pond (here portrayed as a puddle) to Lee Bum Soo’s dead serious zombie dance, what’s not to love?
As the music video is set to Yang Hee Eun’s classic “Evergreen Tree” (“상록수”), I decided to be resourceful and kill two birds with one stone by featuring the song in this week’s “Beautiful Lyrics series.”
Singer: Yang Hee Eun
Song written and composed by Kim Min Gi
Lyrics translated by Blue1004
저들의 푸르른 솔잎을 보라
Look at the green pine needles on the field
돌보는 사람도 하나 없는데
Although no one tends to them,
비바람 맞고 눈보라쳐도
Even when rain, wind, and snowstorm hit
온누리 끝까지 맘껏 푸르다
They remain green to their heart’s content till the end
서럽고 쓰리던 지난날들도
The bygone days of despair and pain
다시는 다시는 오지 말라고
May they never come again
땀 흘리리라 깨우치리라
I shall sweat, I shall awaken
거칠은 들판에 솔잎되리라
I shall become the pine needles of the rugged field
우리들 가진것 비록 적어도
Although we do not have much,
손에 손 맞잡고 눈물 흘리네
With hand in hand, we shed tears
우리 나갈 길 멀고 험해도
Although our road is long and weary
깨치고 나아가 끝내 이기리라
We shall overcome and be victorious
About the song:
Like Kim Min Gi’s “Morning Dew,” since its release in 1978, “Evergreen Tree” became the de facto anthem of the pro-democracy protesters of the 1980s. (For more info about the songwriter, go here.) And then during the 1997-1998 Asian Financial Crisis, the song was featured in a public service advertisement using the scenes from Pak Se Ri’s first LPGA win in which she took a shot while standing ankle deep in a pond.
Here’s a clip of Yang Hee Eun singing the song live, and funny man Shin Jung Hwan parodying Pak Se Ri’s ad.
And more recently, after the passing of late president Roh Moo Hyun in 2009, the song was sung at his memorial service. As a human rights lawyer who participated in the pro-democracy movement of the 1980s himself, it was widely known that “Evergreen Tree” was one of his favorite songs.