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089 – 베틀가 (A Song for Loom)

May 8, 2010

The Grandmother character’s song (as played and sung by a man) in the Hahoe Village ‘Pyolshingut’ Mask Dance Drama, near the city of Andong.  At this point in the performance, the old woman is sitting at her loom and sings about the miserable life that she has led since being widowed at the age of 15.  I was able to find the lyrics online, so I’ve posted them below.  Sorry that they’re only in Korean, but my language skills aren’t nearly good enough to try to translate any of it.  If someone else wants to give it a shot and post a translation below in the ‘comments’ section, that would be great, too. (hint, hint) (089 – Song for Loom)

베틀가

춘아 춘아 옥단 춘아 성황당에 신령님네 시단춘이 춘이련가
시집간지 사흘만에 이런일이 또 있는가 열다섯살 먹은나이
과부될 줄 알았다면 시집갈년 누이런가 바디잡아 치는소리
일평생을 시집살이 아구답답 내 팔자야.

Recorded 4/25/10, 2:16PM (local time)

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  1. companisbiki permalink
    March 6, 2011 10:16 am

    베틀가

    춘아 춘아 옥단 춘아 성황당에 신령님네 시단춘이 춘이련가
    choon, choon, okdan choon, are you Sidan Choon from Sunghwangdang Sinlyung’s place
    시집간지 사흘만에 이런일이 또 있는가 열다섯살 먹은나이
    what kind of thing would happen 3 days after marriage, with a young age of 15
    과부될 줄 알았다면 시집갈년 누이런가 바디잡아 치는소리
    if you/I knew I/you would be a widow, what bride would do this, the sound of the part of the loom hitting

    (since Korean phrases don’t use subjects often, she might be asking herself or the audience)
    일평생을 시집살이 아구답답 내 팔자야.

    forever spend your life sijipsal-ee, oh god, frustrating my life.
    (which is a system of daughter-in laws serving their mother-in laws, usually many Korean women have conflicts with their mother in laws and they work a lot b/c Korean males don’t work a lot in the house)

    it’s a song sang by Halmi (colloquial term for grandmother) telling her miserable life

    it may not be 100% accurate, but being a Korean this is the best translation I can think of

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