A Korean Love Song: I Love You by Position

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I stumbled upon a Korean love song titled “I Love You” by Position on Youtube. It is in Korean but the tune is very familiar. I have heard it somewhere.

It turned out that the song was originally in Japanese but has been covered by many singers in different languages.

The original singer and songwriter was a Japanese rock singer called Yutaka Ozaki (尾崎豐), active in the late 80s to early 90s. His career was cut short when he died in April 1992 at the age of 26. So sad.

I Love You by Position in Korean

This music video is a major production. Unlike most MV, this one is like a mini-movie. It comes with English subtitles so you know what the story is about and the lyrics of the song.

The actor playing Sean Shin (the guy with the brain injury) is Shin Ha-kyun. He was in the movie Joint Security Area and Korean TV drama Brain.  


I Love You by Yutaka Ozaki in Japanese

The original song that started it all. The meaning of the song is very different from the Korean version. 

Lyrics (English)

Translated By: Brian Stewart & Takako Sakuma

*Translator’s Note: In our interpretation of these lines Ozaki is saying that because he and his girl are both young their options are limited by the world at large (their parents, society), so they end up in this box like abandoned kittens. Nowhere to go. 

Singer: Ozaki Yutaka
Words: Ozaki Yutaka
Music: Ozaki Yutaka

I LOVE YOU
Please, I don't wanna hear a sad song right now
I LOVE YOU
Run away, Run away, it's this room I found myself in

Our love had its limitations
so we're like abandoned stray cats * 1
this room is like our empty box, buried in fallen leaves
that's why you cry out like a kitten

we bring naivety to the creaky bed,
when we hold each other tightly,
then we'll close our eyes again,
and hope that our love doesn't lose its passion in a sad song.

I LOVE YOU
there's a secret which our love, too young, can't reach.
I LOVE YOU
living the way we do now, we'll never get there

We just hurt each other,
dreaming of a love
living as one
You've heard 'I love you' so many times,
You can't live without this love

we bring naivety to the creaky bed,
when we hold each other tightly,
then we'll close our eyes again,
and hope that our love doesn't lose its passion in a sad song.

then we'll close our eyes again,
and hope that our love doesn't lose its passion in a sad song.