Music has been expressing concern about education for a while

This is a song that was released in November 2019 in South Korea. Their testing regime is strict and traumatizes the students as well. It permeates their whole society to the extent that suicide rates are high in youth. It’s not exclusive to South Korea. The same is true in other high pressure Asian countries. Here are the lyrics for the song “Numb” by CIX.

Numb

CIX

Young face

어린 얼굴에

There’s no expression, rather than dreaming

표정은 없어 꿈꾸기보단

Learn to give up

포기를 배워 가

Blurry good and evil

흐린 선과 악

A real lie

진짜 같은 거짓말

I know it’s wrong

잘못된 걸 알지만

I pretend I didn’t see it

못 본 척 고갤 돌리지

I’m busy measuring everything ooh

다 재느라 바빠

ooh Cover your eyes and cover your ears ooh

눈 가리고 두 귀를 막아

ooh The intense pressure to be silent ooh

침묵하라는 지독한 압박

ooh I can’t hold it anymore, I’m short of breath

더 참지 못해 숨이 조여

Oh nah nah nah lift your head (it’s going down) Oh nah nah nah

고개를 들어봐

(it’s going down)

Oh my my my, don’t leave it like this

Oh my my my

이대로 두지 마

Let’s not be broken yeah

꺾이지 말자고

yeah Do anything

뭐든 하자고

Go now now now

Go now now now

Go back to the era of purity for the first time

돌아가 처음으로 순수의 시대로

Stepping on your feet like the first time

처음처럼 발을 딛고 서

I open my eyes again like the first time

처음처럼 다시 눈을 떠

I dream of you like the first time

처음처럼 너의 꿈을 꿔

Put everything here back to the origin

여기 모든 걸 원점으로 되돌려

I’m going numb

I’m going numb

They don’t care no more

They don’t care no more

I’m going numb

I’m going numb

They don’t care no more

They don’t care no more

Stepping on your feet like the first time

처음처럼 발을 딛고 서

I open my eyes again like the first time

처음처럼 다시 눈을 떠

I dream of you like the first time

처음처럼 너의 꿈을 꿔

Put everything here back to the origin

여기 모든 걸 원점으로 되돌려

This place has already become hell

이미 이 곳은 지옥이 됐어

A child who has not been stepped on

밟지 않는 아인

I’ll be stepped on soon

곧 밟히게 될 걸

The answer of the test paper (obvious answer)

시험지의 답 (뻔한 답)

The life price that ran there hoo

거기 달린 목숨 값

hoo Not 1st place loser1

등 아님 패배자

Oh who will be innocentOh

누가 무고하겠니

Adults’ onlook ooh

어른들의 방관

ooh Your feet wearing the mask of rebellion ooh

반항이란 탈을 쓴 발악

ooh A situation where I am bruised by indifference ooh (now)

무관심에 멍드는 상황

ooh (now)I can’t take it anymore

이제 더 이상 못 참겠어

Oh nah nah nah lift your head

Oh nah nah nah

고개를 들어봐

Oh my my my, don’t leave it like this

Oh my my my

이대로 두지 마

Let’s not be scared, let’s get it right

겁먹지 말자고 바로 잡자고

Go now now now

Go now now now

Go back to the era of innocence for the first time

돌아가 처음으로 순수의 시대로

I’m going numb

I’m going numb

They don’t care no more

They don’t care no more

I’m going numb

I’m going numb

They don’t care no more

They don’t care no more

Stepping on your feet like the first time

처음처럼 발을 딛고 서

I open my eyes again like the first time (go)

처음처럼 다시 눈을 떠 (go)

I dream of you like the first time (hoo)

처음처럼 너의 꿈을 꿔

(hoo)Put everything here back to the origin

여기 모든 걸 원점으로 되돌려

Ooh everyday, everything goes to hell

Ooh everyday

다 지옥행

Now, it’s like a war in the classroom, aim your friends and bang!

Now,

교실 안은 전쟁 같아 친구를 겨눠

bang!

The imprisonment of us is injectable obedience

우릴 옥죄는 주입식의 복종

Don’t resist, hey, laugh

저항하지 말고 야, 웃으라고

Like an unequipped node

못 갖춘 마디같이

Every time I act in the opposite direction, cut out the old logic

매번 엇박으로 굴지 낡아빠진 논리 따윈 잘라내는

Ambition ooh!

패기

ooh!What I’m trying to discuss is innocnece

논하려는 건 순수란

Perhaps it’s you to save us

구원하는 건 아마도

it’s you

Oh nah nah nah lift your head (lift your head)

Oh nah nah nah

고개를 들어봐 (고개를 들어봐)

Oh my my my (hey) don’t leave it like this

Oh my my my (hey)

이대로 두지 마

Stepping on your feet like the first time

처음처럼 발을 딛고 서

I open my eyes again like the first time

처음처럼 다시 눈을 떠

I dream of you like the first time

처음처럼 너의 꿈을 꿔

Put everything here back to the origin

여기 모든 걸 원점으로 되돌려

We gonna break this one

We gonna break this one

I’m going numb

I’m going numb

They don’t care no more

They don’t care no more

I’m going numb

I’m going numb

They don’t care no more

They don’t care no more

Stepping on your feet like the first time

처음처럼 발을 딛고 서

I open my eyes again like the first time

처음처럼 다시 눈을 떠

I dream of you like the first time

처음처럼 너의 꿈을 꿔

Put everything here back to the origin

여기 모든 걸 원점으로 되돌려S

Songwriters: Anthony Pavel / Hee Ju Park / Jay Kim / Kaelyn Behr / Paul Brian Thompson / Subin Kim / Woo Hyun ParkNumb lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

About S. R. Zelenz 119 Articles
S.R. Zelenz has worked in education for 20 years. Working with students from all walks of life, cultures, races, and social diversity, Zelenz’s research in Educational Leadership led to finding a better way to approach learning for students with trauma histories. Many were juvenile offenders, gang members, diagnosed with varying behavioral disorders, or had family histories of violence, murder, or narcissistic parenting. This research could not be effectively accomplished without further understanding: how epigenetic trauma inheritance may be impacting these students; how brain development from trauma may be impacting their behavioral and emotional development; as well as deep understanding of psychology and its varying classifications for behavioral and personality disorders. The goal is to find solutions for changing the conversation and making a real difference for these students. She has also worked with nonprofits of varying focus areas for the last 25 years. Her undergraduate degree in Arts Administration and Music prepared her for managing nonprofits of any size as well as procuring funding so that they can achieve their goals. Pairing her nonprofit background with her education background, she has been able to make a difference for over 200 nonprofits worldwide, written curriculum for schools across the globe, and assisted many arts organizations through performance and management.