“This is my story…” KPOP actually really likes to use that phrase (or spice it up) a lot in songs, it seems. Depending on what song it is part of, many can think it is cute…or just plain annoying and unnecessary. The use of an English phrase is pretty common, so over time you may have grown used to this line. Let’s take a look at some of the songs that incorporate “This is my story”, or a variation of it, into the lyrics.
1. Bi Rain~ “Love Story”
This song literally starts off with “Hey, this is my story. It’s true. Ok listen…” Perfect example right there. Spoken with a sexy, husky voice to introduce the rest of the song, the guy’s “true love story.”
2. U-Kiss~ “0330″
Out of the group, Eli is the first to go, saying, “Yo, listen up. This is my tragic story. Just the breakin’ of my heart.” In this case, the word “tragic” is added to the phrase to emphasize on the fact that this is no happy story. A story about how the guy gets a broken heart and misses his girl very much. Listen to this song at 3:30 AM and see if it tears you up.
3. Heo Young Saeng (SS501)~ “Rainy Heart”
Opened with “Hey..You never know..This is my story…” Oy, rainy days and tears are perfect for sad songs, and for telling a sad story. This chorus of this song literally brought me to tears. You can feel the emotion behind the story indeed.
4. SNSD~ “Gee”
Yay, a happier and upbeat song! The unforgettable first sentence by Tiffany: “Aha! Listen Boy, my first love story.” The wording is a little different, but is still about a story, one about a shy girl who has completely fallen in love for the first time.
5. Bizniz ft Go In Hee~ “I Will Be Stronger”
The rap intro goes like this: “I gotta stronger, 난 강해질거야, 그래 나 BIZNIZ, you gotta listen to this, because this is my story.” Okay, I’ll listen to you. “I gotta stronger”, you mean “I gotta get stronger”, right? Though there is some English fail throughout the song, it is a story (full of rapping) about encouragement and strong determination rather than sulking around and thinking about someone you lost.
6. 4Minute~ What A Girl Wants
“Yeah. This is my first story.” Another one about a “first story”. This one is not innocent or happy though. The girl pretty much is giving up on men, thinking they are all the same like the one who let her down.
7. SM the Ballad~ “Hot Times”
“Hey! I’m gonna tell about this, this story about “love” of men.” The wording is a bit different, but nevertheless, it is a story being told, one about an obsession over a girl. Yups.
8. SHINee~ “Four Seasons”
At the very end of the song is Key’s “This is my love story, true sad story. Listen.” Might have made more sense to put it before the story was told, methinks.
9. 2NE1~ “Lonely”
Minzy has the phrase “I’m sorry ige neowa naui story” (”I’m sorry, this is your and my story”) in the song. This is not in the beginning or end of the song; it’s stuck in the middle. The story being told is of a girl who realizes she’s lonely even when with the man she loves, being depressed and thinking that she lacks in the area of love.
10. Mario & Nesty~ “Never Say Goodbye” (”My Girl” OST)
In the second phrase, “Uri manduri it’s my story” is rapped. The story? The lover better not not let the person down, because no matter what, he (or she?) will still love.
Many stories in KPOP songs are sad ones, those mostly being about love. Notice that many times that lyrics including “story” at the beginning are spoken as an intro to the song itself. For me, I don’t really mind artists using this phrase, though sometimes it feels just a bit redundant after listening for a long while. If the song really has a story to tell, great. If not, it is useless to include “story,” no?
Know other songs with “This is my story” or something really close to it in the lyrics? What do you think about the use of this phrase in KPOP?
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