English Lyrics to Breath (숨) by Park Hyo Shin

Breath is another poetic and cathartic song from Park Hyo Shin’s collaboration with musician and composer Jung Jae Il. The following is an original English translation of the lyrics to Park Hyo Shin’s 숨 (meaning ‘breath’, pronounced ‘s-oo-m’), interpreted first in Korean and then translated into English as naturally as possible.

In Breath, the lyrics sound quite fragmented. We as listeners are made to fill in the gaps between the image that is created one part of the song and the line following it. Even the music video doesn’t illustrate the song’s lyrics so it’s really left to us to visualize the story behind the lyrics.

What story does the song tell in your mind?

Translated Lyrics to ‘Breath’ (숨)

Official music video of ‘Breath (숨)’ by Park Hyo Shin

오늘 하루 쉴 숨이
오늘 하루 쉴 곳이
오늘만큼 이렇게 또 한번 살아가

The breath I will take today
The place I will rest today
Living yet another day, just like today…

침대 밑에 놓아둔
지난 밤에 꾼 꿈이
지친 맘을 덮으며
눈을 감는다
괜찮아

Kept under the bed
are dreams from the night before.
As they hold my wearied heart
I close my eyes
“It’s alright”…

남들과는 조금은 다른 모양 속에
나 홀로 잠들어
다시 오는 아침에 눈을 뜨면
웃고프다

In a shape different from others
I fall asleep, alone.
When I awaken to yet another sunrise
I am wont to laugh…

오늘 같은 밤
이대로 머물러도 될 꿈이라면
바랄 수 없는걸 바라도 된다면
두렵지 않다면
너처럼

On a night like tonight
If it is a dream I can stay in like this
If I can wish for what I cannot
If I am unafraid
Like you…

오늘 같은 날
마른 줄 알았던
오래된 눈물이 흐르면
잠들지 않는 내 작은 가슴이
숨을 쉰다

On a day like today
When the forgotten tears flow freely again
My small and sleepless heart
Takes another breath…

끝도 없이 먼 하늘
날아가는 새처럼
뒤돌아 보지 않을래
이 길 너머 어딘가 봄이

Over the endless sky
Like a bird that flies across
I will not look back.
Somewhere on the other side, is spring…

힘없이 멈춰있던
세상에 비가 내리고
다시 자라난 오늘
그 하루를 살아

Over the frail and still
world, the rain pours down.
Today has arrived again
and I merely live it once more…

오늘 같은 밤
이대로 머물러도 될 꿈이라면
바랄 수 없는걸 바라도 된다면
두렵지 않다면 너처럼

On a night like tonight
If it is a dream I can stay in like this
If I can wish for what I cannot
If I am unafraid
Like you…

오늘 같은 날
마른 줄 알았던
오래된 눈물이 흐르면
잠들지 않는
이 어린 가슴이 숨을 쉰다

On a day like today
When the forgotten tears flow freely again
My small and sleepless heart
Takes another breath…

고단했던 내 하루가
숨을 쉰다

The end of a long day…
Takes another breath…


More Lyrics

Goodbye by Park Hyo Shin
Sound of Winter by Park Hyo Shin
Other poetic Korean lyrics

1 thought on “English Lyrics to Breath (숨) by Park Hyo Shin”

  1. I will continue to look forward to your translation of Korean music. I am a new fan of Park Hyo Shin and I find his songs beautiful and emotionally-charged. Hope you will translate more of his songs. Thank you!

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