“Y (Why…)” was released on September 8th, 2006 as part of Zhang Liyin’s debut single. It received two different music videos: The original featuring Liyin singing on a stage, and a second that was released early 2007 to collide with her promotion activities of the song. The second video documented Liyin’s promotional activities of her single “Timeless” with then TVXQ member, Xiah Junsu. Both videos were in Korean.

As part of Liyin’s debut single “Timeless, “Y (Why…)” was released on both the Korean and ‘Asia Special’ single editions. The Korean edition of the single listed the Korean version of “Y (Why…)” only, while the ‘Asia Special’ edition listed both Korean and Mandarin versions.

In 2008, the Mandarin version of “Y (Why…)” was also listed on Zhang Liyin’s first Chinese album, I Will. There is no official music video for the Mandarin version of “Y (Why…)”.

Additionally, the song is a cover of Jamelle Fraley’s “Powerless”.

Thank you to Jessica for the romanization.


Korean

내 손 끝에 그 약속이 (baby can you tell me)
아프도록 맺혀서 (can you tell me)
기도하듯 기다려도 (아련하게) 멀어지는 your fantasy

Can you feel my love’s tears 내 슬픔 내 지친
맘을 본다면 (날 본다면) 날 찾아와 줘~

Why baby why 날 떠나간 거니
When you need me when you hold me
늘 곁에 있었던 날 지워버린 거니
나는 이미 helpless and breathless and speechless
You leave me powerless

아직 못한 ceremony (ceremony)
이젠 모두 잊은 거니
기다림 끝에 그댈 본다면 (보게 되면)
모두 줄께come into me

Can you feel my love’s tears 맨 처음 속삭임
들린다면 (보인다면) 날 찾아와 줘

Why baby why 날 떠나간 거니
When you need me when you hold me
늘 곁에 있었던 날 지워버린 거니
나는 이미 helpless and breathless and speechless
You leave me powerless

You leave me powerless, I must confess
널 보내곤 넋을 잃고
Powerless I’m sapless 버틸 수도 없지만
내가 택한 오직 한 사람
너를 숨쉬고 내게 잠들어 oh

Tell me why 왜 떠나간 거니
한 순간도 단 하루도
널 없인 힘겨운 날 지워가는 거니
난 이미 helpless and breathless and speechless
You leave me powerless

Why baby why I feel so lonely uh


Romanization

Nae son ggeute geu yagsogi (baby can you tell me)
Apeudorog maejhyeoseo (can you tell me)
Gidohadeut gidaryeodo (aryeonhage) meoreojineun your fantasy

Can you feel my love’s tears nae seulpeum jichin
Mameul bondamyeon (nal bondamyeon) nal chajawa jwo

Why baby why nal ddeonagan geoni
When you need me when you hold me
Neul gyeote isseottdeon nal jiwobeorin geoni
Naneun imi helpless and breathless and speechless
You leave me powerless

Ajig mothan ceremony (ceremony)
Ijen modu ijeun geoni
Gidarim ggeute geudael bondamyeon (boge dwimyeon)
Modu julge come into me

Can you feel my love’s tears maen cheoeum sogsagim
Deulrindamyeon (boindamyeon) nal chajawa jwo

Why baby why nal ddeonagan geoni
When you need me when you hold me
Neul gyeote isseottdeon nal jiwobeorin geoni
Naneun imi helpless and breathless and speechless
You leave me powerless

You leave me powerless, I must confess
Neol bonaegon neogseul irhgo
Powerless I’m sapless beotil sudo obtjiman
Naega taeghan ojig han saram
Neoreul sumshwigo naege jamdeureo oh

Tell me why wae ddeonagan geoni
Han sungando dan harudo
Neol obshin himgyeoun nal jiwoganeun geoni
Nan imi helpless and breathless and speechless
You leave me powerless

Why baby why I feel so lonely uh


Simplified Chinese

我的手心有一个约定(baby can U tell me)
再怎么苦不放弃(can U tell me)
在祈祷里等你来临(我看不清)
远离的你像fantasy

Can U feel my love’s tears我疲惫的伤心
如果你看见(看得见)请回来这里~

Why baby why你已离我而去
When U need me when U hold me
总在你身边的我~你是否已忘记~
helpless and breathless and speechless
You leave me powerless~

一起追寻的ceremony(ceremony)
你会不会都已忘记
]路的尽头最后~等到你(等到了你)
全都给你come into me

Can U feel my love’s tears那最初的细语~?
若你听见(听得见)请回到这里~

Why baby why你已离我而去~
When U need me when U hold me
总在你身边的我~你是否已忘记~
留下我helpless and breathless and speechless

You leave me powerless I must confess
看离你去迷失自己
powerless I’m sapless那么刺心太痛心
我的选择都始终是你
为你而呼吸在你怀中睡去Oh~

Tell me why为何离我而去~
一秒回忆一天过去
没有你会迷路的我~你是否已忘记
我早已helpless and breathless and speechless
You leave me powerless~


Traditional Chinese

我的手心有一個約定(baby can U tell me)
再怎麼苦不放棄(can U tell me)
在祈禱裡等你來臨(我看不清)
遠離的你像fantasy

Can U feel my love’s tears我疲憊的傷心
如果你看見(看得見)請回來這裡~

Why baby why你已離我而去
When U need me when U hold me
總在你身邊的我~你是否已忘記~
helpless and breathless and speechless
You leave me powerless~

一起追尋的ceremony(ceremony)
你會不會都已忘記
]路的盡頭最後~等到你(等到了你)
全都給你come into me

Can U feel my love’s tears那最初的細語
若你聽見(聽得見)請回到這裡~

Why baby why你已離我而去~
When U need me when U hold me
總在你身邊的我~你是否已忘記~
留下我helpless and breathless and speechless

You leave me powerless I must confess
看離你去迷失自己
powerless I’m sapless那麼刺心太痛心
我的選擇都始終是你
為你而呼吸在你懷中睡去Oh

Tell me why為何離我而去~
一秒回憶一天過去
沒有你會迷路的我~你是否已忘記
我早已helpless and breathless and speechless
You leave me powerless~


Pinyin

Wo de shou xin wo yi ge yue ding(baby can U tell me)
Zai zen me ku bu fang qi(can U tell me)
Zai qi dao li deng ni lai ling (wok an bu qing)
Yuan li de ni xiang fantasy

Can U feel my love’s tears wo pi bei de shang xin
Ru guo ni kan jian (kan de jian) qing hui lai zhe li~

Why baby why ni yi li wo er qu
When U need me when U hold me
Zong zai ni shen bian de wo~ ni shi fou yi wang ji~
Liu xia wo helpless and breathless and speechless
You leave me powerless~

Yi qi zhui xun de ceremony
Ni hui bu hui dou yi wang ji
Lu de jin tou zui hou~ deng dao ni ( deng dao le ni)
Quan dou gei ni come into me

Can U feel my love’s tears na zui chu de xi yu
Ruo ni ting jian(ting de jian) qing hui dao zhe li~

Why baby why ni yi li wo er qu
When U need me when U hold me
Zong zai ni shen bian de wo~ ni shi fou yi wang ji~
Liu xia wo helpless and breathless and speechless
You leave me powerless~

You leave me powerless, I must confess
Kan li yi qu mi shi zi ji
Powerless i’m selfless na me ci xin tai tong xi
Wo de xuan ze dou shi zhong shi ni
Wei ni er hu xi zai de huai zhong shui qi oh~

Tell me why wei he li wo er qu~
Yi miao hui yi yi tian guo qu
Mei you ni hui mi lu de wo~ ni shi fou yi wang ji
Wo zhao yi helpless and breathless and speechless
You leave me powerless~
why baby why~ I feel so lonely~ uh~

Author

Wendy has been a fan of Zhang Liyin since 2007, when she was introduced to "Timeless" by a friend. Since then, she has led and organized activities for Zhang Liyin fans all over the world. Aside from Zhang Liyin, she is also an avid fan of Rachel McAdams, Matthias Schoenaerts, Real Madrid, and Toronto FC.