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170 – 설날(까치까치) – Korean Lunar New Year Song

February 3, 2011

새해복 많이 받으세요!  Happy Lunar New Year, Everyone!  In the spirit of the new Year of the Rabbit, here’s a class of my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders singing Korea’s official 설날 song.  As I understand it, the song was written around 1927, during Japanese colonization of the Korean peninsula, and carries anti-Japanese undertones.  In the recording above, it sounds like some of the kids forgot the words in the middle, so I’ve listed the lyrics to the first verse (with very, very rough translation) below:

까치 까치 설날은 어저께고요 (‘Magpie, magpie, yesterday was your New Year’s)

우리우리 설날은 오늘이래요 (‘But today is our New Year’s Day’)

곱고 고운 댕기도 내가 들이고 (‘I put in my beautiful pigtail ribbons’)

새로 사온 신발도 내가 신어요 (‘and a newly bought pair of shoes’)

(170 – Lunar New Year Song)

Recorded 1/31/11, 3:40PM (local time)

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