아주 먼 옛날 (Song For You)

Total Score: 5.60

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MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 4
Singing Quality: 5
Contextual Fit: 5

Lyrics Only | Live (at SS3, 2010)

Release Date: 09/20/2007

This is, if I am not mistaken, a straight up Christian “I love God” song. Not sure whether it makes more sense for this to be the ending song on Don’t Don or “Thank You” – probably “Thank You”; I think I just associate “Song For You” with ending songs because that’s where it tends to sit in Super Shows. Super Junior walks around the stage, or rides a platform around the arena, and smiles and waves and makes heart signs along with “saaaaaraaanghaeyooooooo, chuuuukboookhaeyooooo.” Maybe the explicitly-Christian part is why Heechul’s not on it.

So okay, if that’s what this is, let’s look at it from two fronts: one as Kpop song and the other as religious song.

Kpop song = rather fluffy, but Ryeowook and Kyuhyun both successfully sing a B5 in their head voice, and nobody’s runs are too nasty. And the bass worping around everywhere is kind of cool. It also feels a bit short, again like “Thank You”, because each line outside of the rap is sung so slow: “saranghaeyo” by itself takes about eight seconds.

Religious song = it honestly sounds like one, even before I knew what the lyrics translated to. It’s not the saranghaeyo part; it’s the part after that, with “dangsinui maeume uriui, sarangeul deuryeoryo.” It’s the melody and the chord progression specifically there, and the DEFG—–FF over ii-V-I. That part sounds like a hymn. According to a 2015 census, only 27.6% of South Koreans declared themselves to be Christian (Protestant or Catholic), and over 50% were undeclared (a large chunk of whom are probably Sindo). How well do songs like this go over with Korean fans? If they’re not actively Christian, do they either parse it as “maybe not talking about god in the Christian sense” or parse it as “actually it’s talking about us ELFs, they are thanking god for giving us to them” or are they turned off by the religion or do they just go IT’S SUPER JUNIOR <3<3<3 regardless of lyrical content?

I’m writing this on US Inauguration day, and feeling very low and gritted-teeth about the whole thing, and chances are that’s coloring my opinion about this song (doesn’t help that I’m an atheist). If my opinion changes at all between now and when this posts, I’ll edit this.

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