Korean Rock: Pia (피아) Covers Cho Yong-Pil’s (조용필) “Hello”

Pia is a high-energy rock band that is always a hit at rock festivals and on rock contest TV shows. They have quite a unique sound and have gradually become one of my favorite rock bands in Korea.

Cho Yong-Pil is a Korean pop music legend. Born in 1950, he’s been actively making music since 1969. “Hello” is his 19th album and debuted at #1 on the Korean pop charts, knocking Psy’s Gentleman out of the lead. His second single “Bounce” gained #1 popularity on a number of music shows, pushing Psy, Roy Kim, and SHINee aside – not bad for an old man.

The interesting thing about this cover is that Pia mixes two of Cho Yong-Pil’s hits together. “Hello” is from his 2013 album by the same name and the bridge section is from Cho Yong-Pil’s “Short Hair” (단발머리) released in 1980. Enjoy this interesting cover! The original “Hello” video is at the bottom of the post and 단발머리 is link in the bridge.

Lyrics (가사)

네 눈빛을 보면 꽤 낯 가려 보여
자존심도 좋지만 난 너 생각뿐야

Ah~ 손끝만 스쳐도
그댄 벌써 나를 알아보리
Ah~ 우린 운명이라고
나의 느낌이 말해주지

네게 빠져들어 정신 잃기 직전이야
좋아한다 말해 Hello
네 숨결에 Oh~ 네 흔적을 남겨줄래
타투처럼 새길게 Hello

Hello Hello Hello
Hello Hello 닫힌 너를 열어
I need to get to know
너란 사람을 알고 싶어 Hello~

서로의 눈빛을 보며 뜨거운 맘을 느껴
오늘이 지나기 전에 Hey 널 알고 싶어

Hey 원했던 사랑 바로 너
오직 너만 가득해
Hey 고민할 필요 없잖아
내게로 와 단숨에

너의 모든 것을 사랑하고 감싸 안을
사람 바로 나야 Hello
기다릴게 Oh 다정스런 목소리로
내게 대답해줄래 Hello

Hello Hello Hello
Hello Hello 닫힌 너를 열어
I need to get to know
너란 사람을 알고 싶어 Hello~

(Bridge – from 단발머리)
그 언젠가 나를 위해 꽃다발을 전해주던 그 소녀
오늘따라 왜 이렇게 그 소녀가 보고 싶을까

Hello Hello Hello
Hello Hello 닫힌 너를 열어
I need to get to know
너란 사람을 알고 싶어 Hello

Cho Yong-Pil’s “Hello”

The video itself is quite the visual feast. However, it is a little…unusual…to see an actor who looks to be about 30 pining over a seemingly 16-year-old girl.

Which version do you prefer? Want to see more of Pia?

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