This music video is a touching tribute to mothers everywhere
“모두가 힘든 시절을 보내고 있는 지금, 내가 살아있음을 소중하게 만들어주는 ‘엄마’의 존재를 다시 한번 생각해 보는건 어떨까?”
“Nowadays when everyone is having a hard time, how about thinking once again about the ‘Mum’ who gave us precious life?”
A cheesy question perhaps, but one that rapper Song G wants his listeners to contemplate as they listen to his latest release ‘Mum’ (or ‘Mom’ as you may say if you are American).
The relatively unknown rapper just released the single ‘Mum’ to very little fanfare but it is sweet nonetheless. As there is almost no information available about the track and video in English, we thought we would bring you this warm ode of family as the holiday season approaches.
The song itself tells a very personal story of Song G’s childhood growing up poor with a mother who gave up on her own dreams to give everything to her family. The lyrics are a little overly dramatic and romanticised but overall the song is a mature reflection over the life of his mother and how she has provided for him over the years.
As the song is so long and my translations would most likely not do justice to the lyrics, I won’t give a full translation but here are a few lines from the bridge and chorus to give you a feel for the track:
The one person in this tough world who will hold my hand when I fall down
Who is prettier to me than anyone in the world
Who is very tender like a pretty, young flower petal
Who smiles at small joys
Who still has much shyness even though she has aged
You are my mum, you are my first love
Even as wrinkles appear you are as beautiful as always
You are my mum, you are my first love
Even as snow falls in your hair you are as beautiful as always
Theses lyrics are meaningful and sincere no doubt but even more heartwarming is the video which is masterfully crafted to tell the story of a woman and her relationship with her mother.
It begins from the perspective of a woman who is telling the story of a person she loves but its unclear who she is referring to – maybe her first boyfriend?
I have a person that I love.
I have tried to protect them for a long time.
They were the first person to give me a ring as a present.
It was the first time I received shoes too.
When I was with friends, there were times when I was embarrassed of their occupation.
I am so sorry…
As the story unravels it starts to become clear that maybe she’s not talking about a romantic love:
A person that read and understood all my worried complaints while I prepared for any exam
I got a job.
I thought “What gift should I get them with my first salary?” and I didn’t know so I gave them cash
They seemed to really like it ^^
I found a new love.
Now I have left their embrace but…
I wonder how they are doing.
The name that deafens me by just calling it…
Yes, of course. Who else could it be?
The video then cuts to a clip of a woman fighting back tears while explaining that she had only associated the word ‘mum’ with nagging while apologising for fighting with her mother.
At this point, the song finally begins and we see the same story retold from the mother’s perspective.
I have a person that I love
I have being protecting that child since they were inside me.
On that child that filled my heart’s first birthday, I gave them a small ring
Like their first shoes, I still can’t forget how moved I was on the day they first walked.
I passed by pretending not to notice when I happened to bump into that child in the street with their friends because they seemed embarrassed
Kids are all the same at that age~
I feel really bad about their complaints and annoyances when they are having a hard time because of exams.
With their first wage, they gave me an allowance.
It was admirable…
But I used this precious money to open a savings account for a housing deposit in their name
That child has found someone that they love
I feel bad thinking about the child that is leaving my embrace to marry but…
They say they will come here regularly and call often
This part is intercut with shots of people talking about their regrets for how they’ve treated their mothers as well as what it is that they are grateful for. It ends with them all telling their mums that they love them. The final screen says:
I will always love you
I could analyse this video to death and talk about the role of women in modern Korean society, Confucianism and all of that but sometimes it’s nice just to appreciate a good message.
If you are one of us who are lucky enough to have a great mother in your life, now might be the perfect time to give her a call or go and have a chat.