빌린 입 Borrowed Tongue

by Minhwee Lee

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♦︎ won Best Folk Album of 2016
at the 14th Korean Music Awards ♦︎


Minhwee Lee’s first solo album, Borrowed Tongue, will be released (12” vinyl and digital) in November 2016. The eight tracks, written across seven years and recorded over two years, are loosely tied into one narrative. Leaning on the musical as well as lyrical strength, Lee’s music asks whether a very personal story can become that of the listener, as an individual and as a multitude.

“Perhaps she, too, must have been having nightmares; beautiful and somber dreams, where one has her tongue stolen, borrows a tongue, and finally sings with it. It is strange that one person’s nightmare could be solace to another. But if grief is, as is happiness, something that we have borrowed from some part of life—then we have no choice but to cherish the grief until it no longer is ours. We cannot but let the grief linger on the tip of our tongue, slowly touching and feeling.” (Youngle Kim, Sometimes an artist, currently editorial designer for the monthly [Todayboda] magazine)

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released November 17, 2016

Produced by 이민휘 Minhwee Lee
All songs composed and written by 이민휘 Minhwee Lee
Vocals & Arranged by 이민휘 Minhwee Lee (except for track6 - 고아침 Achim Koh)

Performed by
이민휘 Minhwee Lee(Piano, Synth, Acoustic/Elec guitar, Bass, Percussion)
김나은 Na-eun Kim(Guitar)
지윤해 G, 송시호 Siho Song (Bass)
조인철 Inchul Cho, 정원진 Won-jin Jung (Drums)
신영하 Brian Shin (Trumpet)
Zachary Hicks (Alto Flute)
Nadia Maudhoo, 방혜진 Debora Bang (Violin)
Yekaterina Barmotina (Viola)
남정현 Junghyun Nam, Tyler Michael James (Cello)

Mixed by 이민휘 Minhwee Lee (except for track 6, 7 - Nick Kmet)
Recorded by 이민휘 Minhwee Lee, 박열 Yeol Park(Studio Dunba), 박원 Won Park(Studio Papaya), Matthew Kulewicz, Yi-Wen Lai Tremewan
Photograph by 이민휘 Minhwee Lee
Designed by 강문식 Moonsick Gang

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Track Name: 빌린 입 Borrowed Tongue
그대 말할 수 없는 것
말하는 사람들로부터 고개 돌리면서
그대 말할 수 없는 것만 말하지
입 나만 여닫을 수 있다는 듯

해소되지 않는 침묵과 발 밑의 숫자들
여기 이기고 지는 사람은 없는데
해소되지 않는 침묵과 발 밑의 숫자들
여기 이기고 지는 사람은 없는데

그대 들을 수 없는 것
듣는 사람들로부터는 고개 돌리면서
그대 침묵 속에 들었다 생각하지
귀 나만 열어둘 수 있다는 듯

해소되지 않는 침묵과 발 밑의 숫자들
여기 이기고 지는 사람은 없는데
해소되지 않는 침묵과 발 밑의 숫자들
여기 이기고 지는 사람은 없는데

아 이제
내가 말할게
그대 입과 귀는 그대 것이 아니었다고



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Dear, the unspeakable 

You turn away from people speaking 

Dear, you only speak the unspeakable 

As if only you open and close the mouth

Unresolving silence, numbers underneath your feet 

However, no one winning or losing here
Unresolving silence, numbers underneath your feet 

However, no winning or losing here

Dear, the unlistenable

You turn away from people listening 

Dear, you think you listened in silence 

As if only you open and close the ears

Unresolving silence, numbers underneath your feet
However, no one winning or losing here 

Unresolving silence, numbers underneath your feet
However, no winning or losing here

Ah, now
I will tell you 

Your tongue and ears were never yours
Track Name: 거울 Mirror
두 발 아닌 네 발로 네 발로 네 발로 네 발로
두 발 아닌 네 발로 네 발로 네 발로 네 발로

거울에 들어갑니다 어머니
거울에 들어갑니다 저는

네 발의 어머니 미소 짓는다
네 발의 어머니 눈물 짓는다

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Not on two feet but on four,
on four limbs, on four limbs, on four limbs

Not on two feet but on four,
on four limbs, on four limbs, on four limbs

Walking into the mirror, mother
I’m walking into the mirror

Mother, on four limbs, smiles
Mother, on four limbs, sheds tears
Track Name: 부은 발 Swollen Foot
환속한 사람들 이 산을 오르네
구름 속을 더듬어 가네
그곳엔 우리가 기다려온 무언가
있을 거라 생각하면서

조심하렴 한 번의 실수에 사람들이 사라진다
조심하렴 진실을 말하면 이 산이 무너진다

문지기를 만난다면 거짓말을 하세요
아름다운 모습으로 거짓말을 하세요

사람들은 이 산을 오르고 또 오르네
구원을 찾아서 오르네
오르고 또 오르네

산에 간 사람들 보이질 않았네
한 번도 돌아온 적 없었네
신과 사람들이 우릴 기다린다
그렇게 믿고만 있었네

조심하렴 한 번의 실수에 사람들이 사라진다
조심하렴 진실을 말하면 이 산이 무너진다

문지기를 만난다면 거짓말을 하세요
아름다운 모습으로 거짓말을 하세요

우리들은 이 산을 오르고 또 오르네
구원을 찾아서 오르네
오르고 또 오르네
오늘도

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Those who return climb up this mountain
They fumble in the clouds
Thinking something they have awaited
Will be there

Beware; one mistake, and people disappear
Beware; tell the truth, and the mountain collapses

If you meet the gatekeeper,
go ahead and tell a lie In your beautiful form,
go ahead and tell a lie

People climb up this mountain and climb again
In search of salvation, they climb
They climb and they climb

People who went to the mountain were no longer seen
Never once did they return
God and the people await us
Such was their belief

Beware; one mistake, and people disappear
Beware; tell the truth, and the mountain collapses
If you meet the gatekeeper,
go ahead and tell a lie In your beautiful form,
go ahead and tell a lie

We climb up this mountain and climb again
In search of salvation, we climb
We climb and we climb
Today again
Track Name: 깨진 거울 Broken Mirror
나는 어제 거울을 나와서
네 이름을 불러보네
내일이 올 것처럼

나는 오늘 거울을 깨트려
조각들을 모아 보네
네가 자는 사이에

이제 난 이 침묵 속에서
네가 아닌 나에게 말하기로 그러기로 해

난 사실 알고 있었지
무엇을
무엇을
무엇을
무엇을

이제 난 이 침묵 속에서
네가 아닌 나에게 말하기로 그러기로 해

난 사실 알고 있었지
무엇을
어제를
무엇을
어제를

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So yesterday, I came out of the mirror and called your name

as if tomorrow would come
Today, I broke the mirror 

and gathered the pieces while you sleep

And now, in this silence
 not to you, but to me
I am going to say
that I actually knew already
 what
what
 what
 what

And now, in this silence
 not to you, but to me
I am going to say
that I actually knew already
 what

yesterday
 what
 yesterday
Track Name: 받아쓰기 Dictée
아버지 제가 어젯밤 혀를 도둑 맞았어요
입이 비었으니 그 말조차 할 수가 없고
창문을 열어두었다

밤 동안 혀가 돌아오길
기원하면서

아버님 따님의 혀를 가져왔습니다
당신은 누군가
우리 딸은 혀가 있는데

이제야 나는 입 벌리고 천천히 그의 손을 잡아
커다란 목소리로 고백해본다
이 사람입니다
이 사람이에요 아버지

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Father I lost my tongue last night 

I cannot even say those words because my mouth is empty

I opened the window

Hoping it would come back overnight

Sir I’ve brought your daughter’s tongue 

Who are you? My daughter has a tongue

Now I open my mouth, hold his hand slowly,

And say out loud
This is the person 

This is the person, 

Father