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The Sad Story Behind The Song “EIGHT” Pt 2 : Collab With Sneha

Hey there! This post is very special to me as it’s the first time we’re gonna talk about a real and sad story behind a song, and there’s something more that is making it more special…… it’s a collab with my blogging friend Sneha from Read, write and believe.

As it’s a collab, Sneha is explaining the first half of the song in her post, so you have to read her post here before reading this one because it’s part 2. I’ll start from Verse 2 of this song so it might get confusing for you so you must read the 1st part. [LINK]

“If this is a nightmare, I promise I won’t ever wake up again.”

In the last line of the Post-chorus, IU says that it’s a nightmare and since her friend Sulli is now gone in reality, she doesn’t want to wake up from her happy memories.

Island, yeah, this is an island, a small island we made together
Yeah, mm, forever young, the word “eternity” is a sandcastle
Saying goodbye is like a disaster alert
I miss you when the morning comes
Let’s both pass this eternity
We’ll surely meet on this island once more

In SUGA’s rap, he explains their dream world as an island, which is made by them and where they all are forever young since all of IU’s friends have passed away relatively during their young ages but time doesn’t flow in her memory. SUGA explains “Goodbyes” as a disaster since disasters are sudden, scary, and unpredictable.

In the music video, IU and SUGA are riding on a plane which I think describes their life as artists. IU sees a lizard on the window but it disappears as the plane meets turbulence. This scene explains how IU couldn’t do anything when she heard the tragic news about her friends and was helpless.

Actually, on her 1st Seoul concert day, IU talked about her friend Sulli, about how sad she was, and thought that Sulli was present at her concert. And on the 2nd day, Hara’s tragic news hit her during the concert. It made her feel very sad and also had a hard time finishing the concert.

Like a passerby who comforted and told me
It isn’t that easy to forget a memory worth a handspan
Even as time passes
I’m still held back in the place where

We dance under the orange sun
Together with no shadow below us
No separation was meant to be
Let’s meet at the memory that was once beautiful

Continuing in the music video, IU wakes up from the nightmare and runs to check if the lizard is okay but making her more worried, the lizard wasn’t there. Then she finds that the door is left open and she sees a girl in a white dress outside.

The girl starts to run in an imaginary world where the sun is orange and she seems to set free, happy, and brave enough to jump off a cliff.

We’re lying down, arms out for each other
Having a conversation that is not sad
There is no such thing as a depressing end
I’ll meet you in these memories forever

A drop of tear comes out from IU’s eye where she is dreaming her memories and the girl in a white dress rides on a dragon and IU sees them through the airplane window and sheds tears of happiness and sorrow. It probably means that her friends who have left the world now are free and happy in heaven. She will meet them forever in her memories.

Now IU wakes up because the memory saving process is complete. She acts confused and sad, probably because she didn’t want to wake up from her dream, then she shows a slight smile as now she’s relieved that her friends are happy in heaven.

She makes an ice-cold look to the viewers of the video, and the first lines of the song “So are you happy now? Finally happy now, are you?” are slowly playing in the background. She’s asking the haters if they are finally happy now with all the tragic incidents that happened.

Lastly, at the end of the video, the “E” and “I” of “EIGHT” gets split, which probably describes that “I” as in IU has now come back to reality after being together and reliving the memories with her three friends- Sulli, Hara, and Jonghyun.

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34 thoughts on “The Sad Story Behind The Song “EIGHT” Pt 2 : Collab With Sneha

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  1. Eight is indeed a very sad and touching song. Whenever I feel sad, I listen to this song and it warms my heart and gives me a sense of peace. Indeed when you are sad, you understand the lyrics. Not to mention, that IU’s voice is that of an angel’s! Its sooo beautiful.
    You and Sneha have done an excellent job on this Collab! I loved reading this soooo muchh, I don’t know what compliment to give! Fantastic! Fabulous! Amazing!!! Love it so so much! 💜 💚🖤🥰

    Also, I do hope that IU’s friends are safe and happy now In heaven with no hate to bother them 💖🎗

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  2. Beautiful collab guys!! ✨
    “I’ll meet you in these memories forever”, this line breaks my heart everytime. People change and leave but we cherish and go back to those memories to see them again and again which I think is beautiful,you know, to visit a lovely place where there is only happiness. 💜💜
    I feel sad for I.U, I never knew she had a bad past. 💔

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      1. It really is!! Her collab with suga made it even more pleasing to hear. When I heard it for the first time without lyrics, I thought it was just like any other song. When I listened again with lyrics, damn it’s was so sad and deep. Now your theory makes me even more emotional 😭💜

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  3. I don’t even know how to comment after reading this 🤐 honestly, I never paid attention to eight’s lyrics because I was told by my friend that it was about Sulli and I did not want to read them. If you listen to the song without knowing the language it’s such a happy song but the lyrics they’re just sad…
    I will surely it was an amazing post but next time when you posts something as sad as this give a warning at the start 😭😭😭😭😭 it hurts so much to know she lost two of her friends and everything happened like a gust of wind… It must have been so hard for her to cope up 😭

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    1. I also didn’t know about the story behind it and thought it’s just a normal happy song. Thanks Saumya, I also think I should’ve done that.
      Sulli, Hara and Jonghyun were her best friends and it must have been really hard for her. We can’t even imagine. I hope their souls are happy and free now in heaven.

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  4. That’s a really cool collab and the song is really sad…It hits you every time and that voice of an Angel makes it even more intense…When I am happy I feel the music but when I am sad…I feel the lyrics
    Nice post!!

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  5. Just came after reading part 1. I am going to go listen to eight again. Such a beautiful song filled with true feelings. IUs voice is❤️❤️. And the collab was amazing guys I enjoyed it a lot!

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