สมเด็จ His Majesty*

By Risky Drop (lyrics by Rishadan Port)

Rishadan Port (aka Port Faiyen) was recently in jail (March 5 to May 12 2021) after being charged with lese majesty for three Facebook posts made way back in 2016. One post calls people who tattletale on each other for lese majesty foolish and cruel. Another notes a fact about about a coup in TURKEY! A final post lists lyrics for a new song about “A Very Sucky Institution,” one that oppresses and kills people. (In Thai, this “sucky institution” phrase rhymes with “monarchy”).

Coincidentally, Port posted his “Sucky Institution” lyrics just days after the disappearance of his former roomate Itipon Sukpaen (also known as Dj Zunho or Beer). And by 2019, SEVEN more of his antimonarchist friends would be dead, including yet another former roomate, Siam Teerawut! Yes two assasinated roomates in 3 years! Both DJ Zunho and Siam were young men when they disappeared never to return, leaving behind grieving friends and families–but what does that compare to the hurt feelings from Port’s song? After a 9th assassination, of Wanchalearm Satsaksit, we know pretty much conclusively that all 9 assassinations were ordered by King Vajiralongkorn, so if “Sucky Institution” means “Monarchy” then Port was right many times over. The government should drop this ridiculous case because the best way to defend Port is to review the overwhelming evidence that the monarchy has killed 8 of his friends—and was trying to kill him and all of Faiyen band just for SINGING SONGS!.

Throughout 2019 and 2020, Port was already sick with a life-threatening illness, unable to escape to France with the rest of Faiyen band because of it. And so he hid in plain sight in Thailand, which was possible because of the drastic weight loss from his illness. But he finally recovered enough to regain the lost weight, and was then instantly arrested and held without bail in jail, where he contracted covid-19 (on top of all his other troubles).

Port wrote several songs while in jail, and recorded this one within days of getting out of jail and then the hospital. You see here his prison haircut. This song is about Port’s observation that a caste system existed even among the prisoners, with some being very privileged. His band is called “Risky Drop” because prior to Port being arrested, he was, as I was said, hiding in plain sight in Thailand. So if the band were to drop an album (which they were working on) it would have been risky. (Get it?) Port is out of jail on bail and his ridiculous case is still pending. Please continue to follow this artist as fame helps keep him safe!

มีเงิน ร่ำรวย ทำอะไรก็ย่อมได้
If you have money and are rich, whatever you want to do, “Sure! You can do it!”
มีแต่คนคอยรับใช้ สั่งอะไรได้ดั่งใจ
Have people waiting to serve you, able to order anything one’s heart wishes
You don’t need to endure difficulties like just anybody
คนแบบนี้ เขาเรียกว่า สมเด็จ
People like this, they call “His Majesty”*

มีเงิน ร่ำรวย ซื้ออะไรก็ย่อมได้
If you have money and are rich, whatever you want to buy, you can probably buy it
ไม่ว่าอะไรก็ซื้อได้ สั่งอะไรได้ดั่งใจ
No matter what it is you can buy it, order whatever your heart desires
Their privilege is above just anybody
คนแบบนี้ เขาเรียกว่า สมเด็จ
People like this, they are called “His Majesty”

How come they say people are equal,
When even in the prison, there are still classes of people?
There is no justice, (and don’t think there is)
Who is brave enough to tear down injustice?

How come they say people are equal?
Even in the prisons there are still classes
There is no justice, (and don’t think there is)
Who is brave enough to tear down injustice?

มีเงิน ร่ำรวย ทำอะไรก็ย่อมได้
If you have money, are rich, whatever you want to do, “Sure! You can do it!”
มีแต่คนอยากรับใช้ สั่งอะไรได้ดั่งใจ
There are only people wanting to serve you. You can order anything your heart desires
มีเงิน ร่ำรวย ซื้ออะไรก็ย่อมได้
If you have money, are rich, whatever it is, you can likely buy it.
ไม่ว่าอะไรก็ซื้อได้ สั่งอะไรได้ดั่งใจ
No matter what it is, you can buy it; order anything your heart desires.
No need to endure difficulties with regard to anything
คนแบบนี้ เขาเรียกว่า สมเด็จ
People like this, they call “His Majesty“*

*The term “สมเด็จ,” Pronounced (“Somdet”) which I have translated, “His Majesty” is used for the king but is not exclusively used for the king. It can apply to the King, Queen, or others in the highest ranks, so maybe “Your Highness” would be a better translation.

โซตัส S.O.T.U.S [Hazing]

By Rap Against Dictatorship (featuring EP$ON, RAFA & Hockhacker)

Note: You can see the English-language translation provided with the video by clicking on the closed-captions (“cc”) button and selecting English. S.O.T.U.S. is the system of hazing of younger university students by older students. The acronym stands for “Senority, Order, Tradition, Unity, and Spirit.” The Thai prodemocracy movement has long been against it, with Netiwit “Frank” Chotipahtpaisal of Chulanlongkorn University and Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak of Thammasat Univerity being prominent activists working to reform or do away with the system as it often involves violence, humiliation, and intimidation, and teaches authoritarian values. The note under the video says, “Sotus สร้างชาติ ใช้รุ่นมาถืออำนาจ หล่อหลอม สร้างภาพ ใช้อำนาจไม่รับผิดชอบ,” which translates roughly: “S.O.T.U.S. creates a country that uses age groups to show their power, which teaches the idea that one can use power without responsibility.”

คนที่คุณก็รู้ว่าใคร “You Know Who” in Singable English!

Lyrics and melody by Commoner สามัญชน; Singable English translation by Ann Norman

Note: This song is stunning. The original with direct translation is HERE. Keep in mind that Pai Dao Din (real name Jatupat Boonpattararaksa) featured in this video, rose to fame by spending 2.5 years in jail just for sharing a perfectly good BBC news article introducing then-new King Vajiralongkorn (that is, he pushed “share” on Facebook). He continued to be the whistleblower sounding the alarm that all is NOT WELL despite the happy propaganda. In the video, I sing in English on top of the Thai version, and also interpret the images at the end.

This is just the old excuse that uses one guy to block what’s real
And hide what others feel, no one gets a say
Using it to cover shit, though no one thinks it’s right today
They menace everyone, who won’t bow, obey.

Yeah again it’s You Know Who . . . And no one speaks his name.
Is it really only me, who’ll refuse to play this game?

For the laws that just oppress, let them die . . . remove distress
Expose the truths that no one wants to see
It may mean we’re cursed to die, but if it works . . . We need to try!
Release the chains that cause the misery.

When you look back over time, while we would cheer our love sublime
They drove many others out, who didn’t feel the same.
Disgusted now, realizing it. A person’s brain
is washed by shit. At school it’s slaves they train . . . isn’t this insane.

Yeah again it’s You Know Who . . . And no one speaks his name.
Is it really only me, who’ll refuse to play this game?

For the laws that just oppress, let them die . . . remove distress
Expose the truths that no one wants to see
It may mean we’re cursed to die, but if it works . . . We need to try!
Release the chains that hold us in misery.

For the laws that just oppress, let them die . . . remove distress
Expose the truths that no one wants to see
(Love is different than fear)
It may mean we’re cursed to die, but if it works . . . We need to try!
Release the chains that hold us in misery.
(You’ll rot in hell waiting on their promise)

บทอาศิรวาทถวายแด่ประชาชนผู้สร้างชาติ Verses of Blessings Offered to the Citizens, People who Create the Nation

ในโอกาสวันจักรี On the Occasion of Chakri Day วันที่ 6 เมษายน 2564 April 6, 2021

A poem by เพนกวิน Penguin written from jail. My commentary is below the poem.

กรุงเทพเทพเสกได้ เองฤา
Can Krungtep be created by the magic spell of an angel?
ล้วนแต่ตีนแต่มือ ไพร่สร้าง
All the feet, all the hands . . . commoners create and build
เวียงวังวัดสะพรั่งคือ ใครก่อ ขึ้นนา
The towns, royal palaces, and temples in blossom, who built them up?
ใยเทพฉวยชื่ออ้าง ว่าตั้ง กรุงเอง
Why does the angel snatch the name, claiming he built it himself?

ปราสาททองอร่ามเรื้อง เรืองสมัย
Golden palaces glitter and gleam for ages
ทองรีบเร้นจนใคร ขื่นกล้ำ
The gold was seized until someone is bitter
โอ้ว่าทิพยาลัย สรวงสถิตย์
The palaces where monarchs lived
งามวิสิทธิ์วิเศษล้ำ ก็น้ำตาใคร
Magnificently and splendidly built on whose tears?

เหงื่อไพร่พรูพรั่งพื้น พสุธา
The sweat of commoners pouring to the ground
ข้าวจึงเหลืองเต็มนา ทั่วด้าว
The rice therefore fully yellows the fields throughout the territory
ใช่โพสพเทวดา ใดเสก ประทานแฮ
Not the Goddess of Rice casting a spell, granting [it]
ผองไพร่ไป่ปลูกข้าว ฤาเจ้า มีเสวย
If the farmers don’t farm rice, will the monarchs have rice to eat?

เลือดใครไหลหลั่งป้อง ปฐพิน
Who shed blood to protect the motherland?
เลือดแน่เลือดไพร่ริน พิภพกว้าง
Certainly the blood of commoners flows [across] the wide world
เลือดดินย่อมย้อมดิน แดงเดือดค
The blood of the land is likely stain the ground red
ใช่เลือดบนหลังช้าง ที่ล้าง ธรณี
It’s not the blood [of the one] on the back of the elephant that washes the Earth

บุญแรงราษฎร์หล่อเลี้ยง โลกา
The virtue and power of the citizens nourishes the world
เป็นหลักค้ำผืนนภา แผ่นหล้า
It’s a principle that holds up the sky and the land [that is, the country]
เหลือยิ่งเอกบุญญา มหาราช ใดเลย
Even greater than the principle and merit of any great king
ขอนบคำนับอ้า ไพร่ฟ้า จงเจริญ
Now let me salute with the words, “Long live the people!”

Note: This poem was written on the occasion of “Chakri Day,” which is the day to celebrate the Charkri Dynasty, of which King Vajiralongkorn is the 10th king. Kruengtep is the actual (abbreviated) name of the city foreigners call “Bangkok.” Kruengtep means “Angel City.” The ones who went into battle on the backs of elephants (at least in the legends) are the kings and princes. Penguin’s last poem evoked two famous จิตร ภูมิศักดิ์ Jit Poomisak songs/poems: แสงดาวแห่งศรัทธา Starlight of Faith, and ฟ้าใหม่ New Sky (both translated at this site). This poem calls up images from a third famous Jit Poomisak song, กลิ่นรวงทอง The Scent of Golden Ears of Rice (translated at Carabao in English). Penguin may be claiming the legacy of this famous poet/revolutionary by writing poems from jail that are similar to his and perhaps as good as his (time will tell). The poem is in โคลงสี่สุภาพ format. The picture of Penguin I used is a screenshot from the music video for the song กล้ามาก เก่งมาก ขอบใจ So Daring! So Talented! Thank You by Paeng Surachet

ALERT: Artists at this Site Awaiting Trial

This was originally a post to alert you that many artists at this site were in jail, charged with lese majesty and denied bail. Pai Daodin, Rung, Ammy, Penguin, Port Faiyen, and Anon Nampa have all now been freed. This is partly due to Penguin and then Rung’s hunger strikes to get bail for all the most recent lese majesty victims. It may also be partially due to the fact that covid-19 is spreading through the prison. Port, who was already in fragile health, got covid-19 and was sent to the hospital. Anon Nampa also got covid-19.

So the concern now is that, 1) many have lost weight and are in more fragile health due to poor conditions at the prison, especially the covid-19 outbreak that affected about half of all the prisoners, 2) frivolous charges still hang over their heads and if convicted (the trials will be held in secret), they may still spend decades in prison, and 3) many have been forced to wear large electronic monitoring ankle bracelets and conditions of their release include that they not disparage the monarchy (they are pointing out huge crimes, not insulting people for the fun of it) and that they not cause any “ความวุ่นวาย” which is hard to translate but means something like “chaos” (the recent protests have been remarkably peaceful relative to protests in other countries or in Thai history.) So people just laugh at these requirements.

Below is my original post, written while the artists mentioned were still in prison:

ALERT: Artists at this Site in Jail

As of March, 2021, 5 musicians featured at this site are currently in jail for lese majesty (and if we count activists who guest star in the music videos, we have 6 artists in total recently arrested for lese majesty).

We have:

1) Poor sick Port Faiyen, of Faiyen band, under the names Port Faiyen and Rishadan Port, authored or coauthored at least 18 songs at this site. He is also a personal friend and advised on many of the translations at this site. Most people thought he had received asylum in France, arriving with the rest of Faiyen band in August 2019, but he never got to France. Right after the assassination of Surachai’s team in Laos, Port had to secretly return to Thailand to get treatment for a life-threatening illness. We covered for him, pretending he was in Laos and then in France. A few months later the regime would assassinate his onetime housemate and informal Faiyen band member Siam Teerawut (as mentioned above). Altogether the regime assassinated 8 people he knew well. He must be released for medical reasons as it clear the regime has been trying to kill him. He is a clever and prolific songwriter, with an accessible style. If you are unfamiliar with his songs, start with พ่อ “Paw” and ทวงคืน “Demand it Back.”

2) Pai Daodin (real name Jatupat Boonpatararaksa) stars in two of the best recent music videos posted at the site: คนที่คุณก็รู้ว่าใคร “You Know Who” by Commoner, and กล้ามาก เก่งมาก ขอบใจ “So Daring! So Talented! Thank You” by Paeng Surachet.

3) Ammy The Bottom Blues (the name of his band is “The Bottom Blue,” first name “Ammy”), was arrested for lese majesty for setting fire to a giant picture of King Vajiralonkorn hanging in front of the jail where they are holding the lese majesty prisoners! He also boldly wears a t-shirt that says, “No God, No King, Only Humans.” Check out two songs he performed at MobFest: “1 2 3 4 5 I LOVE YOU” and a cover of Carabao’s “Made in Thailand.”

4) There is a Suphan Rap by leader of the student movement Penguin, (real name Parit Chiwarak) that is MUST SEE. (This is a prexisting Thai-style of rap, similar to, but not derived from, Western rap). Penquin has been arrested for lese majesty and, is in jail on a hunger strike..

5) While going through the Port Faiyen songs yesterday, I was surprised to discover one that Anon Nampa had contributed to! Anon Nampa is the famous human rights lawyer who gave the Harry Potter speech saying we have to finally discuss the monarchy if Thailand is to solve it’s problems. The song both Port and Attorney Anon contributed to is a love song to a comrade in the struggle titled, “แด่เธอผู้เป็นดวงใจและไฟฝัน To You, the One Who is My Heart and My Dreams.”

5.5) In addition we have student leader Rung (her real name Panasaya Sithijirawattanakul), Pai, and Penguin, starring in a new music video for Paeng Surachet’s hit song กล้ามาก เก่งมาก ขอบใจ “So Daring! So Talented! Thank You.” But they are not in jail for this particular video because it was released AFTER they were arrested for lese majesty. Pai and Penguin were already musicians with songs at Music of Thai Freedom prior to performing in the new video. But with the new release, Rung is added to the sad list of performers contributing to music videos at this site.

That the people on this list are on the right side of history is obvious, and internationally recognized. For instance:

A) ALL of Faiyen band other than Port have received asylum in France (Port would have been admitted too but was too sick to go) in recognition that they were being hunted for assassination for their free speech. The band members now make regular media appearances in France telling their horrific story to all who will listen.

B) Pai Daodin (Jatupat Boonpatararaksa) accepted a prize from Thailand’s National Human Right Commission on behalf of his Dao Din group ( in relation to their environmental activism), and won the 2017 Gwanju Prize for Human Rights from the South Korean  May 18 Memorial Foundation.

C) Anon Nampa is on the Time 100 Next 2021 list of emerging leaders shaping the future.

D) Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul (aka Rung), was named one of world’s most inspirational and influential women of 2020 by BBC.

As the situation in Thailand deteriorates, in what is hopefully the last death throes of Thailand’s evil and unsustainable lese majesty law, you may continue to see Thailands best and brightest thrown in jail. Please watch and protest.

เราคือเพื่อนกัน We Are Friends

Lyrics and melody by ชูเวช เดชดิษฐรักษ์ Chuwet Dedittharak and Natthaphong Phukaew ณัฐพงษ์ ภูแก้ว of the band สามัญชน Commoner

Note: The music video shows a protest from  September 19, 2020.

hàak ter dâai-yin sĭiang pleng ban-leng
If you hear the music playing
ter jong glàp bpai rîiak prâi pon
You must go back and call out the people’s troops
man keu tûuang-tam-nong kŏng săa-man chon
It is the tune of the commoner
kon tam-má-daa yàang rao
Ordinary people like us

hàak ter dâai-yin sĭiang glong grà-nàm
If you hear the drums banging
man keu sĭiang táo kŏng muuan chon
It’s the sound of the masses
grà-hèum dûuay raeng kŏng săy-ree chon
Resounding with joined strength of the free people
kon dtâi fáa diieow gan
People under one sky together

duuang daao yang bprà-gaai tor săeng
The stars still sparkle and shine
jà-ràt raeng yaam mêut mon bon fáa glai
Strong and bright in the dark times, in the sky far away
pòok jai rao rûuam bprà-săan
[They?] bond our hearts together
sàt-taa mân sôo tĕung wan ban-lú chai
With certain faith fighting until the day we attain victory

ปรบมือดังเสียงกลอง และป่าวร้องว่าไม่ยอมให้ผู้ใด
bpròp meu dang sĭiang glong láe bpàao róng wâa mâi yom hâi pôo dai
Clap your hands like drums, and proclaim, “We won’t yield to anyone”
มาทำร้ายลิดรอนสิทธิ์เสรี ที่เรามีตราบที่เรายังหายใจ
maa tam ráai lít ron sìt săy-ree têe rao mee dtràap têe rao yang hăai jai
They harm and deprive us of the rights and freedom that are ours as long as we breath
จับมือเดินก้าวไป เราคือเพื่อนกัน
jàp meu dern gâao bpai rao keu pêuuan gan
Clasp hands and walk on forward. We are friends.

Cover of เมดอินไทยแลนด์ (Made in Thailand), MobFest version

Cover by Ammy The Bottom Blues and Rap Against Dictatorship; “Made in Thailand” by Add Carabao

Note: Ammy of the band “The Bottom Blues” is the lead singer of this cover. He is currently in jail for lese majesty charged with setting fire to a giant portrait of Vajiralongkorn at a protest in front of the prison holding the most recent victims of Thailand’s lese majesty law! This performance happened earlier at “MobFest.” “Made in Thailand” is a classic Carabao song, for which it is customary in performances to update a few lines to the political current situation; so this performance is totally in line with that 30-some year tradition. As for the rap section, note that the phrase “Made in Thailand“ works just like the phrase “Pratet Gu Mee“ (“That’s What My Country’s Got” or That’s My Fucking Country“), which is the title of Rap Against Dictatorship’s biggest hit. The rappers can rattle off a list of complaints and then say “Made in Thailand”! The context of the original “Made in Thailand” song is now irrelevant, but the song was a plea for Thais to buy Thai products. The reason the song is covered here (and altered) is it was once upon a time a monster hit and still signals Thai pride and political activism (and also a little irony in that the songwriter Add Carabao is not participating in the current protests). Compare to “Born in the USA” being used at patriotic events in the US: the details of the original song are no longer relevant because it makes for a great anthem. The translation of the “Made in Thailand” song is pretty solid (altered parts are in blue), while the translation of rap section is very sketchy and full of holes. Please send me any important corrections. Enjoy. 

เมดอินไทยแลนด์ แดนดินไทยเรา
Made in Thailand. [In] this Thai country of ours
เก็บกันจนเก่า เรามีแต่ของดีดี
We keep old [ways/things], and have very good things
มาตั้งแต่ก่อนสุโขทัย มาลพบุรี อยุธยา ธนบุรี
coming from, first, the Sukothai [era], through the Lop Buri, Ayuthaya, [and] Thon Buri [eras]
ยุคสมัยนี้ เป็น คสช.
This age it‘s the NCPO [era] [The era of the National Council for Peace and Order or the junta]
(ขอเสียงดัง “เป็น คสช.“)
(Shout it loud, “it’s NCPO!“])
เมดอินไทยแลนด์ แฟนแฟนเข้าใจ
Made in Thailand. Fans [please] understand:
ผลิตผลคนไทย เราใช้เองทําเอง
Products that Thai people use, [we] make ourselves
ตัดเย็บเสื้อผ้า แล้วติดยศให้ตัวเอง
Sewing clothes and attaching a rank [military insignia] on one’s self
กางเกงยีนส์ (ชะหนอยแน่)
[making] jeans (sha na na)
แล้วขึ้นเครื่องบินไป . . . ?
Then [the products] are loaded onto a plane flying off to? . . . [Waiting for audience to fill in word]
(แล้วขึ้นเครื่องบินไป . . . ? )
(Then they are loaded onto a plane flying off to. . . [GERMANY!])
(แล้วขึ้นเครื่องบินไป . . . [เยอรมัน] )
(Then they are loaded onto a plane flying off to. . . [GERMANY!])
(แล้วขึ้นเครื่องบินไป . . . [เยอรมัน])
(Then they are loaded onto a plane flying off to. . . [GERMANY!])
คนไทยได้หน้า ฝรั่งมังค่าได้เงิน
Thais get a good reputation. Farang get the money.
(ขอเสียงดังๆ หายเยอรมันไป )
(Shout it loud, “it disappears off to Germany!“)
First rap by Nattapong Srimuang (Liberate P): [We can’t hear it clearly, so no translation]]
Second rap by Pratchayaa Surakamchonrot (Jakobi): ขออีกเพลงนะ
จ๊ะ “ประชาธิปไตย“ หรือ เราก็แค่แบบไทยๆ เราก็ทันสมัย ก็เหมือนเกินไป
เรามี สส..คน สจ… ผบ.ตร.ผบ.ตอ. ผบ.ตป.เรามี สว. โอ้ ค ว ย …..ช่างแม่ง พวกกูไม่เหมือนที่ไหน เมดอินไทยแลนด์
How about another song:
How about “Democracy”? We have it “Thai-style.” To have to modern style, it‘s like [were asking] too much! [THIS NEXT part is word play with acronyms]: We have MPs, Members of the Provincial Council, .. . chief of police, chief butts, ??? We have Senators who are stupid d.i.c.k’s Fuck it! Those assholes are not like anywhere [else] . . . “Made in Thailand“
Third rap [I don’t know the rapper’s name]: เป็นไทยแลนด์ ดินแดนฆาตกร .เป็นฆาตกรรม อย่างกับหัตถกรรม ราชาการทำอยุติธรรม มึงมีอำนาจ เป็นเผด็จการ เผด็จการที่พวกมึงสร้าง . . .จันทร์โอชา…… กูจะไม่ยอมหลบอยู่ในกะลา เพราะเผด็จการที่พวกมึงสร้าง…. . ของชาวประชา พวกมึงไม่ยอมยุบสภา เพราะเผด็จการที่พวกมึงสร้าง ควยประยุทธ์ จันทร์โอชา
It‘s Thailand, land of the serial killer … It’s murder . . . one of the kinds of handicraft … doing injustice. . . the people who have power. It’s a dictatorship that those assholes create . . . Chanocha . . I’ve not going to go back and duck inside a coconut shell. Because of the dictatorship that those assholes create. .. of he people. Those assholes aren’t willing to dissolve parliament [one of the demands of the student movement] because of the dictatorship those assholes create. Dickhead Prayut Chanocha.
Fifth rapper [I don’t know his name]: มีโฉนด แต่ก็เหมือนไม่มีโฉนด ซื้อเค้ามา แต่ก็เหมือนว่าเศร้าก็อยู่ แผ่นดินของใคร พ่อแม่ซื้อมาตั้งแต่เมื่อไร วาสนาของผมไม่มี วาสนาของผมไม่มี จะอยู่ที่ไหน ที่ว่าจะมีความเสรี เคาบอกว่าอย่าอยู่เลยที่เมืองไทย ผมไม่มีเงินแล้วผมจะบินไปได้ไง โอกาสไม่มี ผมอยากจะไปไหนผมก็ไปไม่ได้ ผมเลยต้องอยู่ตรงนี้ ก็หวังว่าซักวันนึงอะไรมันคงจะง่าย เย้ เมื่อไหร่แม่งจะง่าย เย้ เย้ เย้ เย้ [or แย่?] เมื่อไหร่แม่งจะง่าย เมดอินไทยแลนด์ เมดอินไทยแลนด์ อเมซิ่งไทยแลนด์ อเมซ อเมซ
I have a deed [to land], but it’s like I don’t have a deed [to land]. I bought it. But it’s like I’m sad right now. Whose land is it? Since when did my mother and father buy it? I have no luck. I have no luck. Where can I live where I’ll have freedom? They say, [whatever you do], don’t live in Thailand. I have no money so how am I going to fly somewhere? I have no opportunity. If I want to go anywhere, I can’t. And so I must stay right here. I’m hoping one day it will be easy. Yo! When damnit, is it going to be easy. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Made in Thailand, Made in Thailand, Amazing Thailand. Amaze. Amaze
Ammy: (ขอเสียงปรบมือดังให้ RAD)
Ammy: (Clap your hands for RAD (Rap Against Dictatorship)
[This last part is straight from the original song:]
เมดอินไทยแลนด์ พอแขวนตามร้านค้า
Made in Thailand. As soon as [they] hang [the clothes] up in the store,
label [them] “Made in Japan”
Then it will sell well for a high price
People] can boast that it’s foreign
ทั้งทันสมัย มาจากแม็กกาซีน
Totally up-to-date from the magazine
They didn’t trick us for money
We tricked ourselves . . .

อยากจะมีชีวิตที่ดีกว่านี้ I Want A Life That’s Better Than This

By Commoner วงสามัญชน

* อยากจะมีชีวิตที่ดีกว่านี้ อยากจะข่มตานอนโดยไม่กังวล
I want a life that’s better than this. I want to shut my eyes to sleep without worry
อยากจะมีเวลาให้ได้ค้นหาตัวตน ให้ฉันมีชีวิตที่กำหนดเอง
I want to time to be able to find myself, so that I have a life that I determine myself
อยากจะมีชีวิตที่ดีกว่านี้ อยากจะข่มตานอนโดยไม่กังวล
I want a life that’s better than this. I want to shut my eyes to sleep without worry
อยากให้รัฐบาลเห็นค่าของคน เอาชนะความจนด้วยรัฐสวัสดิการ
I want the government to recognize the value of the person [and] conquer poverty with a welfare state

My father and mother work to make a living, never taking a day off, with the hope that I will have a life better than them
ให้ฉันได้เล่าเรียนทั้งที่ค่าเทอมแทบจ่ายไม่ไหว ต่อให้ล้มลงเจ็บป่วยเมื่อใดยังคงต้องฝืนหาเงิน
[They] would have me study even though they can barely pay the cost of a term. Even if they fall down and are hurt at times, they still must force themselves to find a way to bring in money.
ถูกกดดันให้รับราชการทั้งที่ยังหาตัวเองไม่เจอ ทำได้แค่เพียงเออออเบลอๆไม่อยากให้เขาผิดหวัง
I’ve been forced to accept government service even if I haven’t yet found myself. I can do it but it’s just all a blur. I don’t want to disappoint them.
I get into a university [and] two years later suddenly realize what I actually want to do, that I don’t want to be a government employee.
จึงตกนรกระหว่างที่เรียนอยู่แต่พ่อแม่ไม่เคยรู้ คิดว่าอยากจะลาออกแต่ก็ยังไม่กล้าพอ ทำได้แค่ต้องเรียนต่อเรียนต่อไป
And so I’m in Hell while at university, but my father and mother never know. I want to quit, but I’m not brave enough to do it. The only thing I can do is keep on studying.

[Repeat *]

The days pass, enduring study for the degree, even though I never wanted to learn this subject
Then one day I gather my hopes to tell my father and mother about the path I have chosen
แม่ยืนยันให้รับราชการถ้าแม่ป่วยแล้วจะทำยังไง ถ้าแม่ล้มลงลูกจ่ายไม่ไหว หรือปล่อยให้แม่ต้องตาย
Mother insists that I have to accept government service. If she gets sick, what will she do? If she starts to fail, her child won’t be able to pay, which might even mean she must die.
พ่อตอกย้ำว่าชีวิตคนจนต่อให้ขยันก็ยังต้องจน มันมีชนชั้นนำไม่กี่คน ผูกขาดภาษีของเรา
My father stresses that the lives of poor people are such that even though they work diligently they must still be poor. There aren’t many people in the high levels of society.
ถ้าหากวันหนึ่งพ่อแก่ตัวลูกก็ดันมาตกงาน ก็ได้แค่หวังเบี้ยชราแค่ 600 ประชาชนไทยมันไม่มีสวัสดิการลูกต้องรับราชการ
Suppose I get old and you, son, are forced into unemployment. Then the only hope is for the old age pension of 600 baht ($20.00/month). The Thai people don’t have welfare. Son, you must be a government employee

[Repeat *]

ก้มลงช่วยมด Bend Down and Help the Ant

By Yena เยนา

Note: This is another highly coded song from Yena (compare to Putting on Gold Leaf ) and  again I have posted the version sung at MobFest. This song basically asks people to be authentic, or points out that they may not be being authentic when they go with the flow and show their respects to the flag or to the king. Thus the lines about walking hand in hand and declaring one’s love in the month of December are a highly coded reference to ostentatious displays of love for King Bhumibol, whose nationally celebrated birthday was in December. The extreme public displays of undying love for Bhumibol seen at his death are no longer “cool,” and respect for the monarchy in general is quickly reversing due to the disaster of his son and successor, Vajiralongkorn.

Going out to yell and wave flags, you do that as you like, or as everyone else does, or as has been instilled
Bending down to help the ant in the sewer on the ground that you stand [on], you do it if you like, depending on what you want to do
Standing and showing respects to someone, you do that as you like, or as everyone else is doing, or as was instilled
Bending down and embracing the Thai Ridgeback [breed of] dog on the ground called Thailand, you do it as you like depending on what you want to do.

Each and every person says and dreams they want to see a world that is bring and beautiful
It’s not that difficult; just try having faith [in your dreams] and listening to your heart.

Going out and writing blessings for a certain someone, you do that as you like, or as everyone else is doing, or as has been instilled
Bending over and writing a message of love on your desk in the classroom [with liquid paper], you do that as you like, depending on what you want to do.
Walking holding hands in the Winter, the month of December, and promising to love, you do that following your heart, or as others are doing, or as has been instilled.
พ้นจากหน้าหนาวนั้นเพียงไม่นานเธอทิ้งฉันไปตามใจแค่ตามใจก็แค่ตามหัวใจ ของเธอ
After that Winter, not much long after, she abandoned me, because that is what her heart wanted.

Each and every person says and dreams they want to see a world that is bring and beautiful
It’s not that difficult. Just try having faith [in your dreams] and the voice from your heart.