Nodul Riverside is a ballad created in the early 1930s.
It portrays the plight of the people who had no rights and led a miserable life under the colonial rule of the Japanese imperialists (1905–1945), and their grievance about and dissatisfaction with the rotten society.
The lyrics of the song tell of their wretchedness and sorrow, portraying the waste of the time through the weeping willows on the bank of the Nodul River, questioning the bitters of the past life to the sand beach and asking the quiet flow of the river to do away with their pent-up grudge. The basis of the lyrics is the hatred of the Korean people against the Japanese imperialists.
For its light rhythm, soft and gentle, beautiful and loose mood and easy and simple melody, the song was popular among the people.
Despite its limitations of confining to the lamentation over the hateful society of those days and the distress of the ruined nation, the song is still loved and used as a dance music for its peculiar national emotions and beautiful melody.
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