I heard 아주 오래된 연인들 (translated: Aju oraedoen-yeonindeul) for the first time when Ha Hyunwoo of Guckkasten (as Music Commander) performed it on King of Mask Singer. Different from the arrangement by the original singer 015B, he incorporated whistling into the song, giving it a refreshing feel.
In case you are wondering, 015B is derived from 空一烏飛, which sounds like ‘zero one five B’ when pronounced in Korean (that is, ‘gong il o bi’).
Formed in 1990, 015B is a duo (they are brothers, in fact) who produce their own music. They do not have a main vocalist and get other singers to feature on most of their tracks. Notable singers who have featured include the late Shin Hae Chul, Yoon Jung Shin, Yoo Hee Yeol, Kim Tae Woo, Dynamic Duo and 4minute.
A lively and upbeat song, 아주 오래된 연인들 is a popular track from their third album “The Third Wave” released in 1992. I do find the intro excessively long. Hence, I left out the intro chords (which are C, D, F, G by the way) in the guitar tab.
It’s interesting the way they name their albums. For example, their second album is titled “Second Episode”, their fourth is “The Fourth Movement”, and they used “Lucky 7” for their, you guessed it, seventh album.
Although I would usually embed the music video of a song where available, I like this live performance of the song:
There’s not a lot of lyrics but it adequately expresses the central idea of how couples who have been together for a long time can lose the initial feelings that set their hearts racing if they take each other for granted.
Concise storytelling. Just brilliant.
Very Longtime Lovers
When evening comes, we call each other out of obligation
And ask each other about our daily lives when we couldn’t care less
Though we sometimes say “I love you” to comfort each other
It hardly makes our hearts skip a beat like it used to
If only we could regain the butterflies we had in our stomachs when we first met
We’d not feel bored with each other as we do now yea-yah
When weekend comes, we go on a date out of habit
Thinking we’re doing each other a service
Sometimes we see someone else, avoiding each other’s eyes
Or find an excuse to naturally break up
Source: My Dear Korea YouTube Channel (with modifications by me)