Joyce Kwon | Dream of Home
Joyce Kwon's New-American Folk Album "Dream of Home"
Joyce Kwon, voicekwon, gayageum, Joyce for Thriving, Joyce for Thriving 2020, Dream of Home
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Joyce Kwon, Dream of Home, voicekwon, joyce for thriving

Listen to Joyce’s debut album everywhere, including the following platforms:

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The dream of home can be a nightmare. It’s possible that it’s a place that never existed at all . . . Still, Joyce holds out hope that there’s space for her somewhere, if only in the collective imagination of those marginalized in their homeland, ostracized in the motherland.

All words & music by Joyce Kwon
except Nililiya & Motherless Child — traditional
Collaborative arrangements by Joyce Kwon & Ross Garren
except Motherless Child — a cappella arrangement by Joyce Kwon
Published by Voicekwon Music, ASCAP

 

Produced by Ross Garren
Recorded & mixed by Keith Armstrong
Recorded November 2017-March 2018 in North Hollywood
Mastered by Justin Shturtz at Sterling Sound

 

Album artwork by Gianina Ferreyra
Makeup & hair by Kaz Shimada
Design & layout by ps fairy
Official music video by Jon Pears & Back to Awake crew
Additional video by Hee Sung Kim & ps fairy

 

Thanks also to New Media Rights for legal counsel, Tronvig Group for helping me convey my artistic vision, Sun Yeo Art for design feedback, Molly, Hanni & Eunice for copyediting/feedback, 엄마 for help on Korean lyrics, and supporters on Kickstarter for helping make this new American folk tale of stone soup come true.

Joyce Kwon voice & gayageum
Ross Garren organ, piano, Mellotron, Rhodes, Clavinet, Organelle, Marxophone, glockenspiel, toy piano, Harmonetta & chromatic harmonica
Hitomi Oba tenor, alto & soprano saxophone
Nick DePinna trombone
Brandon Bae acoustic & electric guitar
Erik Kertes electric & upright bass
Gavin Salmon drums & percussion

 

Track listing:

1. Dream of Home

2. Ruby, 6

3. Nililiya

4. When I’m a Raisin

5. Song of Platitude

6. Motherless Child

7. Why-Go-Round

8. Little Bird

 

Released December 7, 2018

 

© 2018 ps fairy records
℗ 2018 Voicekwon Music

Lyrics

Dream of Home

 

Dream of home but don’t go back there
It’s all been packed up, nothing of yours remains

 

Fragile memories can’t withstand a closer look, clear through the lens
You might wish you could unsee, lose the alarming lucidity

 

Dream of home but don’t go back there
There’s not a place for you, nowhere to lay your head

 

Recollections don’t hold up when you step back, connect the dots
You might wish you could erase all that’s tainted your naivety

 

So let it live on in precious reminiscing
뒤를 돌아보지 마요 (Don’t look back)
A source of strength, a sense of belonging
앞으로만 봐요 (Only look ahead)
Let home stay home so you can go forward

 

So dream of home but don’t go back there
Hold it near inside, keep it safe, keep it dear

 

Dream of home but don’t go back there
Hold it near inside, keep it safe, keep it yours

Ruby, 6

 

Could I find my way back home?
Would you welcome me back in?
Will I recognize the place?
Has it all been rearranged?
I’m ready to go home now but I can’t seem to find my way

 

I’ve traveled ’round deep in the woods, in buildings that scrape the sky
By salty shallow waters, but they weren’t home—they weren’t you
And the farther I got away, the more I understood the girl wearing ruby shoes
But no matter how I try and click my heels, I can’t get back

 

Could I find my way back home?
Would you welcome me back in?
Will I recognize the place?
Has it all been rearranged?
I’m ready to go home now but I can’t seem to find my way

 

I’ve traveled ’round deep in the woods, in buildings that scrape the sky
By salty shallow waters but they weren’t home

 

And there’s no place like home—no, no place like home

Nililiya

Korean traditional
Verses translated to English by Joyce Kwon

 

Light the lanterns, set the table
Your long-lost love will return, time to celebrate
Nililiya

 

늴리리야 늴리리야 니나노 난실로 내가 돌아간다
늴리리야

 

Days have gone by, the moon doesn’t lie
When will we meet again, never to part?

 

Nililiya
늴리리야 늴리리야 니나노 난실로 내가 돌아간다

 

Young yesterday, graying today
What can you do? What can you say?
Nililiya

 

늴리리야 늴리리야 니나노 난실로 내가 돌아간다
늴리리야

 

늴리리야 늴리리야 니나노 난실로 내가 돌아간다

When I’m a Raisin

 

Someone gave me some advice: “Stay out of the sun or you’ll get wrinkles”
It’s too late for that, that’s not what’s for me

 

When I’m a raisin, I’ll say I dared to look into the sun
That I let myself be blinded by its glow

 

When I’m a raisin, I’d like to say I have no regrets
That I lived and loved fully
Let my heart swell and shatter again and again

 

I won’t let myself spoil with delusions of self-preservation
Life is for living, the sun for shining, I’m for thriving

 

When I’m a raisin, I won’t be sad
I’ll have lived my life out in the sun
And be prepared to go into the light

Song of Platitude

 

They say that time heals all things, but it’s no use while you’re stuck in time
You say you’re fine that you’ll be alright, going through the motions like a mime

 

You don’t want to cry so you sing
You feel like you’ll die so you ring a friend who says—

 

They say that time heals all things, but what’s the use when you’re stuck in time?
You say you’re fine that you’re moving on, going through the motions like a mime

 

You don’t want to cry so you sing
You feel like you’ll die so you ring a friend—
Don’t cry! Won’t you sing?
Though you can’t help but sigh as you cling to what you’ve left

 

They say that time heals all things, but you won’t be whole till you’re out of time
Everything happens for a reason, but you can find no reason or rhyme

Motherless Child

American traditional
Korean lyrics by Joyce’s mom, additional English lyrics by Joyce Kwon
Korean ad libs based on the Korean Liberation Day song lyrics by Jung In-bo

 

가련하다 갈곳잃은 우리 (Pitiful are we who’ve lost our way)
서글프다 나라없는 우리 (Sad are we the nationless)
비통하다 자유없는 우리 (Sorrowful are we stripped of freedom)
돌아갈길 잊어버렸나? (Have we forgotten the way back?)
너무 멀리 가버렸나? (Have we gone too far?)

 

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
A long ways from home, a long ways from home

 

True believer | I do believe
True believer | We’ll find our way home
True believer | When the heavens cry out
Heavenly land, true believer | 흙 다시 만져보자
True believer | We will rise up, rise up and take back our land
Motherless child | 바닷물은 언제 춤을 출까?

 

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
바닷물은 언제 춤을 출까? (When will the ocean rise to dance?)
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
흙 다시 만져보자 (Let us touch the soil again)
A long ways from home, a long ways from home

 

Such a long, long ways from home

Why-Go-Round

 

It’s time to let go and move on, you’ve held on for too long
It’s time to let go and be free, forget what just won’t be

 

And run away to a place where you can be—just be
Far away from the stale air of a room closing in
Out in a world without walls

 

It’s time to let go and move on, you’ve held on for too long
It’s time to let go and be free, forget what just won’t be

 

And run away to a place where you can be—just be
Far away from the stale air of a room closing in
Out in a world without walls

 

It’s time to let go and move on, you’ve held on for too long
It’s time to let go and be free, forget what just won’t be

 

You deserve to be happy, you deserve to be free
You deserve to be happy

Little Bird

 

Little bird, little bird, what have you come home to find?
Sweet memories lingering in the breeze in fields of foxtail, tall and lithe

 

Little bird, little bird, flying ‘cross an endless sky
In reverie, you forget the things that made you leave in search of life

 

(Korean bird calls quoted from the folk song Saetaryeong)
쑥국 쑥국 쑥쑥국 쑥국
쑥국 쑥국 쑥쑥국 쑥국

 

Oh, I hear your song longing for a time gone by
Clear melodies, above the trees as you sing of hope and fly

 

작은 새야 작은 새야 무엇을 찾으려 집에 왔니?
산들바람에 유연하게 흔들리는 키큰 강아지 풀 밭
아름다운 추억들이 아련히 떠오르네

 

작은 새야 한없는 하늘을 가로질러 날아가는 작은 새야
공상에 빠진 너는 삶을 찾아 떠나갔던 이유를 어느새 잊고있네

 

오 귀여운 새야 지난 세월을 그리워하는 너의 노래소리를 나는 듣네
네가 희망을 노래하고 나무위를 지나 하늘 높이 날때 들리는 청아한 가락

In memory of 미야이모, 솔 and my gayageum teacher 고순옥 선생님