I wasn’t ready for this.

Leave it to Jonghyun to leave us with a happy bop to comfort us in this time of sorrow. While my Korean (still) isn’t good enough to understand a song in its entirity, I do understand enough to know that our Bling Bling is coming to us one last time with love for his craft and love for our ears.

Do I even have to talk about his vocals? There are few that could stack up to him in terms of sheer charisma and ability. His strength has always been knowing how to make the most of his instrument while simultaneously making it seem absolutely effortless on his part.

The production of this track is infectious with its deep house rhythms. The current incarnation of deep house has a lot of its root in nineties R&B and dance music and that makes it perfect for Jonghyun, who honed a lot of his singing techniques through listening to artists of that era. There is still something very much him in this beat, though, and you can hear it in the play up of R&B on the verses and the ever-so-slight switch-up to trap in a couple of the bridges. It is a song of many moods that doesn’t seem like it and manages its many disparate sounds well.

The refrain is what really makes your heart melt. Always be with you. Even before his death, the word had been that the focus of this album was going to be comfort to those who had lost someone. Hearing those words now and knowing that there is a high possibility that those words were always meant to be for us, his loyal listeners and fans, brings us to tears even when the sound is so joyous.

As for the visual, I am of two minds about it. The first is that I am happy the last public images of Jonghyun are of him smiling, gorgeous, and slaying us with every aspect of his being. The second is, knowing that he had made up his mind by the time this was filmed, the happiness and odd serenity about him makes me want to cry. It is a video that is very much him, giving us a piece of everything that he loved, and I am happy I have it…even if viewing it for this post may be the last time that I watch it for a while.

We stay shinin’ with pop!gasa

Lyrics:
Shinin’ shinin’, your eyes are shining
A lot, a lot, a lot, a lot

No matter how much I look, my hands and feet won’t listen
I think I’m going blind
Oh girl down oh come in come in
Come in, come around me
The moment we met eyes, my body
My arms, legs and body froze girl
I’m into you girl (nobody nobody)

I’ll make a cozy spot for you
Baby that’s your spot
Oh somebody call me but
I don’t wanna leave
My place is right next to you
We’re like Geminis oh girl
Can’t hide it baby come in

Always be with you you you you you you
(Baby come in)
Always be with you you you you you you
Baby come in be with you you you you you you
(Baby come in)
Always be with you (yeah yeah)
Hold me tighter (yeah yeah)

Woo woo woo
A lot, a lot, a lot, a lot
An aura is around your white skin
Even if I go blind, I wanna go closer, I don’t know
Feels like you’re the only one on this earth
It’s only you who walks, only you (you you)
Oh get to know me slowly
Oh slowly show yourself to me (show yourself)
Oh baby

I’ll make a cozy spot for you
Baby that’s your spot
Oh somebody call me but
I don’t wanna leave
My place is right next to you
We’re like Geminis oh girl
Can’t hide it baby come in

Always be with you you you you you you
(Baby come in)
Always be with you you you you you you
Baby come in be with you you you you you you
(Baby come in)
Always be with you (yeah yeah)
Hold me tighter (yeah yeah)

All of you is so dazzling, everything you touch
You’re brightly shining yeah (don’t be shy)
Getting to know you is so amazing
You’re shining on me even more
When your eyes are on me, I shine more
A lot, a lot, a lot, a lot

Baby come in
Always be with you you you you you you
(Baby come in)
Always be with you you you you you you
Baby come in be with you you you you you you
(Baby come in)
Always be with you (yeah yeah)
Hold me tighter (yeah yeah)

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