두근두근 (Dugeun-dugeun) – Thump-thump

Du-geun Du-geun (두근두근, thump thump) — an onomatopoetic word that imitates the sound of a heartbeat.

heart·beat /ˈhärtˌbēt/ noun. —The pulsation of the heart.

This word… there is too much to be said about it, so I’ll try to keep it short as possible. At face value, it is the sound of a heartbeat, as I have mentioned. Everyone needs their heart to go “du-geun du-geun” in order to stay alive, and such is the case for our Dokko Jin.

It also happens to be the title of the hit song of Gu Ae-jung’s former group, KBSN, which played during Dokko’s surgery 10 years ago. The song is what initially starts up his attraction to Ae-jung because he finds the song makes his heart go “du-geun du-geun.” In episode 8, Dokko finds out the truth about the song’s relation to his surgery, and is convinced that it is the sole reason why he liked Ae-jung. He tells her, “My heart no longer goes du-geun du-geun because of you.” Not much later, he finds out that he was wrong, and that he actually still likes her a lot apart from the song.

This word/song title ends up reviving his heart both physically and emotionally. Physically, in that, it literally starts up his heart during both of his surgeries. Emotionally, because his heart going “du-geun du-geun” lets him know that he is deeply in love with Ae-jung.

In episode 14, Dokko tells Ae-jung on the phone, “It’s fate. I met you so that my heart could go ‘du-geun du-geun‘ again after my heart is stopped this time around (his second surgery).” He is no longer just referring to the song, but it is Ae-jung herself who has become his “du-geun du-geun” woman. It’s fitting that he rejects the doctor’s offer to play the song during his second surgery while she sings it to him from afar, because it is the love he shares with Ae-jung that ultimately makes his heart go “du-geun du-geun” and live.

In episode 16, Dokko is finally able to hear Ae-jung sing it to him in person. At the movie theater, Ae-jung tells Dokko not to listen to the harsh words of a few bystanders, and she says, “Instead of listening to upsetting words, do you want to listen to ‘du-geun du-geun‘?” It is Ae-jung’s way of comforting Dokko, as she sings her words of affection to him in what marks an intimate and memorable moment for the both of them.

Lyrics to the song (translated by me):

We didn’t really suit each other in the beginning.
We just bickered and burnt up each other’s insides.
But what’s strange is, one day, suddenly our hearts connected.
When you’re not with me, I go crazy because I want to see you.

As my special someone, a gift full of excitement,
The more you come closer, the more I like you so much.

Because of you, this heart, goes ‘du-geun du-geun
I love only you; filled with these words, my heart cries out.
You see me with my eyes closed and extending my trembling lips,
The one who embraces me first, I’m dreaming of you.

The day when I leaned on you while pretending to sleep,
I heard your heart beating louder than my own

The one thing that I can’t hide even if I try,
The one thing that I desire even in my dreams,
Is that one person more valuable than anything else in the world.

Because of you, this heart, goes ‘du-geun du-geun
I love only you; filled with these words, my heart cries out.
You see me with my eyes closed and extending my trembling lips,
The one who embraces me first, I’m dreaming of you.

I already knew that you were like me,
This glowing love that is engraved within our hearts.

Because of you, this heart will forever go ‘du-geun du-geun
I love only you; these blissful words fill up my heart.
You offered me your trembling heart with your arms wide open,
I’ll fully embrace this best love.

— celest1al

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