ไม่รักนะ ระวังติดคุก If You Don’t Love [Them], Watch Out, You’ll Be Stuck in Jail!

By Faiyen ไฟเย็น From the Album: Revolutionary Democracy บทเพลง ปฏิวัติประชาธิปไตย (original recorded 2011-2013; remastered 2020)

This Faiyen song is at least 8 years old, but has made a comeback with the 2020 student-led protests for democracy and reform of the monarchy. It is an song opposing the lese majesty law. Note that famous Thai dissident Junya Yimprasert, who would later lead the successful Save Faiyen campaign had to live in exile after writing an essay titled “Why I Don’t Love the King.”

ไม่รักนะ ไม่รักนะ ไม่รักนะ
[You] don’t love [them], don’t love [them], don’t love [them]
ไม่รักระวังติดคุกนะ ติดคุกนะ ติดคุกนะ ติดคุก
[If you] don’t love [them], beware! You’ll be stuck in jail, jail, jail
ก็เพราะ ไม่รักนะ ไม่รักนะ ไม่รักนะ
And it’s because [you] don’t love [them], don’t love [them], don’t love [them]
ไม่รักระวังติดคุกนะ ติดคุกนะ ติดคุกนะ
[If you] don’t love [them], beware! You’ll be stuck in jail, jail, jail
ลันลันลา ลาลาลาลาลา
La la la, la la la la la

Appreciating you for so long now*
Having loved you up to now however much
But you in turn do evil, harming [me]
My heart is almost destroyed
อยู่เหมือนตาย อยู่เหมือนตาย ตายทั้งเป็น
Living is like dying. Living is like dying. Dying while living.

I’ve been living frugally for so long
เธอซิ ไม่เคยจะพอ
But as for you, nothing is ever enough
I’ve been oppressed, [with you] riding on my neck
And I’m never able to complain
ขูดรีดกัน ขูดรีดกัน จนทั้งปี
We’ve all been exploited, exploited, all year round.

* Note the pronoun เธอ, translated “you” also implies a closeness or a  fondness. Thus in Thai, it sounds more like the singer is complaining about an unfaithful ex and not someone more distantly removed.

ปฏิรูป Reform

by Rap Against Dictatorship

Note: This is a PHENOMENAL SONG! Worthy successor to Rap Against Dictatorship’s internationally viral and award-winning song ประเทศกูมี “Pratet Gu Me” (What MY Country’s Got). Last time Rap Against Dictatorship took aim at the dictatorship and now they take DIRECT aim at the monarchy. “Reform” is short for “Reform of the Monarchy,” a demand of the ongoing mass protests in Thailand (as of November 2020). FOR THE BEST EXPERIENCE OF THIS VIDEO USE THE OFFICIAL ENGLISH-LANGUAGE TRANSLATION, which you can find in closed captions on the YouTube. If you don’t see closed captions, go to the YouTube and click on the “cc” button. If you see captions in Thai, go to the settings (gear-looking) button and change to English. Below is my own unofficial supplemental direct translation of the song, which I did to see if we are missing anything important in the Thai version. We are not. For this music video (unlike “Pratet Gu Me”), the group went to the trouble of getting the song translated into English that even kinda rhymes. I looked at the Thai version to see if it is significantly different, and it is not. The punchlines are of course slightly different in Thai and in English because of the wordplay, but they are equally stunning. For instance the English version calls someone (not mentioning no names!) a drunk sadist while the same line in Thai implies that he’s a sex addict. Only the English version has “bloodstains on my crop-top.” Funniest thing I learned in translating the video: At one point, in both Thai and English versions, the lyrics say “I here too,” which looks like bad English. But it’s not English at all. They are saying “Ai hia Dtoo” or “You Fucking Dtoo,” or “You Fucking Prayut,” speaking to the dictator using his nickname. 5555. AGAIN, please look at the official English version, which is the official statement Rap Against Dictatorship has prepared for the English-speaking world.

เรื่องประยุทธกูแม่งไม่อิน แต่เรื่องจริงกู Very good
The story of Prayut, even though I’m not into it, the true story, I’m really into/know all about
ที่บ้านกูไม่มีปฏิทิน เพราะตามจริงต้องการปฏิรูป
At my home, I don’t have a calendar, because actually, we must reform. [He doesn’t have a calendar with pictures of the royals because he wants reform of the monarchy]
มึงเอาเงินภาษีไปกิน พวกกูเลยจำเป็นต้องออกมาพูด
You [impolite version of “you”] take the taxes and devour them. And so all of us must come out and speak up!
ก้มกราบไม่ค่อยจะชิน ยกสามนิ้วพวกกูอะชู
I’m not very familiar with bowing; Let’s raise the three fingers!
ฟังท่อนนี้ละเสียงคุ้นๆ ประเทศกูมีท่อนแรกอะกู
Listening to these lines, it sounds familiar . . . “Pratet Gu Mee” yeah, the first part was mine![He did the first verse of their last huge hit song]
พี่น้องพวกเราโดนยิง และคนสั่งมันชื่อไอ้เหี้*
Brothers and sisters, we’ve been shot at; and the person who ordered it, his name is You Fucker [or other expletive]
พวกเรามีแต่ประชาชน พวกส้นตีนมีแต่ไอโอ
Us guys have only the people. The elite [the feudalists] have only the IO [information operatives]
รอวันศักดินาพินาศ ประชาราษฏรโห่ร้องไชโย
We wait for the day the feudalists fall. The citizens, the commoners with cheer “Hooray!” [“Chaiyo!”]

เรียกร้อง ประชาธิปไตย
Call for democracy
Come out and demonstrate peacefully!
ข้อเสนอ ต้องย้ำจุดยืน
The proposals, they must repeat/insist on our viewpoints:
ตั้งแต่ 10 จนถึง 3 2 1
From the 10 to 3, 2, 1! [a reference to the 10 demands for reform of the monarchy, and to the shorter “3 demands” which do not directly mention the monarchy, and to Rung’s statement that if the 10 demands are impossible, they become just one demand [presumably a Republic, without a king]
สู้ด้วย เสรีภาพ ความคิด
Fighting using freedom and ideas
ไม่ใช่ความผิด ที่ต้องโดนจับ
It’s not something wrong that I must be arrested for.
They trespassed right to the front of my house and arrested me.
แล้วมาแจ้ง ยุยงปลุกปั่น
And came to inform [me that I’d] incited and agitated

ออกไป เอ้ย เอ้ย
Get out! Oi! Oi!
ออกไป เอ้ย เอ้ย เอ้ย
Get out! Oi! Oi! Oi!
ออกไป เอ้ย เอ้ย
Get out! Oi! Oi!
ออกไป เอ้ย เอ้ย เอ้ย
Get out! Oi! Oi! Oi!
ตัวพร้อม ใจพร้อม
Our bodies are ready, our hearts are ready!
ถึงโดนล้อม ก็ไม่จำนน
Even if besieged, I won’t surrender
พร้อมกัน พี่น้อง
All together, brothers and sisters!
Send out the shouts of the people!

The origins of [this] government are illegitimate
The matter of these heals of ours, we like to do it. [ชอบธรรม “illegitimate” is a pun with ชอบทำ “like to do it”]
That twisted/distorted law you like so much
The voices of the citizens are shouting at you [impolite “you”] that we don’t want to listen to it
You [older brother] follow the orders of a boss nobody likes.
Even though [you] know it’s not good, you [older brother] must do it.
Life/livelihood it’s important, guys! [speaking aggressively to younger people]
And so you [older brother] must turn the barrel of a gun on unprotected people

The boss orders you [older brother] to arrest indiscriminately
Your humanity [older brother] sinks. You must choose a side. [word play with เลือกหน้า (“discriminately” or choosing [how to] go forward” and เลือกข้าง “choose a side”]
Your debased [heels of the feet] faith makes you believe that
you [older brother] must be on the side of the dictatorship, not your neighbors
Beside the eggs [whoever has the “balls”], or the colors, not beside people
You [older brother] are willing to do anything. You are a carcass of a human
The rank that adorns your shoulder you have in order to hunt people down
You’ll always have an excuse when you kill people.

สวัสดีครับไอ้สั*ว์ สวัสดีครับไอเหี้*
Hello you animal [used as swear word]. Hi you lizard [used as a swear word] [THIS IS WHERE IN THE VIDEO THE GROUP MARCHES PAST A PICTURE OF KING VAJIRALONGKORN!]
ช่วยส่งเสียงตอบรับ ถ้ามึงอยากจะพำนัก
Please send some answer/admission/acknowledgement if you want to live here.
Living in this country, you realize the king belongs to the pawns. [The English version says. “Checkmate. What’s your answer? You now live in a country where pawns have a king captured.”
Taxes are not owned by you Asshole [or other swear word]
You used already use my personal property. How much more do you [impolite “you”] want to take!

It’s your business, so do what ever you like; but don’t take MY money and blow it all.
We all paid to raise you guys until you grew up to be buffalos [buffalo is an insult implying uncouth and stupid]
The whole family, both the men and women
ฉะนั้นอย่าเสือกจะเนรคุณ ปลายศรกำลังจ่อที่พุง
So don’t push it and be ungrateful. The tip of arrow is pointing at your belly.
พร้อมเสียงประชาชน ว่ารบเถิดอรชุน
Ready as soon as the people say, “Fight, Arajun!” [Arajun is a mythical hero, an archer, who fought demons and his arrow doesn’t miss.]

Pow pow pow get down get down grrrrr
Pow pow pow get down get down grrrrr
เสียงจาก Underground พวกกูมาแหวกกะลา
The sound from the our Underground [music] comes to break open the coconut shell [people’s insular world view]
พวกมึงมันทาส กระหายอำนาจ f**king parasites
All of us are slaves. The thirst for power. Fucking, parasites!
พวกมึงมันบ้า ถ้าเพื่อเสรีภาพ พวกกูพร้อมไฟท์
You’re all insane. If it’s for freedom, we’re all ready to fight!

Tutututu I here too พวกกูสู้ตายแบบไม่ได้ขู่
Tutututu [sound of rapid gunfire] You fucking Prayut! Us guys will fight to the death, we won’t be intimidated [Ha ha! “I here too” isn’t really English. It is “You fucking Dtoo” and “Dtoo” is the nickname of Prayut.]
Tutututu เลียตีนให้ตายไอควายยศมึงก็ไม่เท่าฟูฟู
Tutututu [sound of rapid gunfire] You [Prayut] lick the leg [suck up to him] as hard as you can, and your rank will never be equal to Foo Foo’s [the King’s beloved pet dog!], you buffalo.
มึงมองกูเป็นศัตรู พวกกูเลยลุกขึ้นมาสู้
You [impolite “you”] see me as an enemy. We will therefore rise up and fight.
รัฐประหาร มึงเจอกู ถ้าไม่เชื่อก็ลองดู
If there’s a coup, you will encounter me. If you don’t believe it, try it.

สิบร้อยหมื่นแสนคณะราษฏร์ พร้อมเพรียงย่ำตีนด้วยความแค้น
Tens, hundreds, 10 thousands, 100s of thousands of Peoples Party members, ready to angrily march in unison
รายเรียงส่งเสียงกึกก้อง ชูสามนิ้วกันให้สุดแขน
Along the way, their voices resounding; raising the three fingers together as high as they can go
ปล่อยเพื่อนกู ไอ้เหี้* กูจะไม่ยอมให้ใครเหยียบย่ำ
Release our friends, you Assholes! I won’t let anyone trample on them!
ภาษีกู มึงถลุงอยู่ วันๆ เสือกเอาแต่นอนเด้า
Our taxes you continue to waste. One day we’ll come to find out that [it was just for having sex?]
มึงจะปิดสื่อทั้งประเทศก็ปิดไป ปิดหู ปิดตา ปิดไฟ
You [impolite “you”] will shut down the communications of the entire nation, and do it! Shutting ears and eyes, turning off the lights.
ให้แม่งจบที่รุ่นกู จะไม่ยอมอยู่แบบเป็นไพร่
Have it fucking end in my generation! I’m not willing to live like a slave.

ออกไป เอ้ย เอ้ย
ออกไป เอ้ย เอ้ย เอ้ย
ออกไป เอ้ย เอ้ย
Get out! Oy! Oy!
ออกไป เอ้ย เอ้ย เอ้ย
Get out! Oy! Oy!

เอา เอา เอาสิ่งที่เขาบัญญัติ
Take, take, take the things he decrees
เอาประชาชนออกมายืนกำหมัด เอาหมาบำบัด
Take the people’s clenched fists. Take a therapy dog [probably another reference to Foo Foo]
เราขอไม่เอาคำสั่ง ไอ้ขี้เมากำหนัด
Please don’t give us orders you lust-drunk person
เอาช่งเอาชาติ เอาบ้งเอาบ้าน แล้วเอางานมั่งป่ะ
Looking after yourself/taking our country, taking our homes. Do some work!
เอาแต่พวกพี่เพื่อนพ้อง เอาพี่เอาน้อง แต่ไม่เอาประวัติ
You just want your group of friend, your siblings; but you don’t want any records.
เอาทุกอย่างไป เงินชาติเงินใครเอาไป แต่บอกให้เราประหยัด
You want totally everything, to take away the country’s money, whoever’s money; But you tell us to be thrifty.
เอาเป็นว่าเราเหมือนขี้ฝุ่น ไว้ให้เขากำจัด
It seems we are like dust, there only to be eliminated/wiped out
เอาที่หมาเดิน เอาสีน้ำเงิน แบบนี้เอาป่ะล่ะ
Take the dog bath, take the Blue color. How do you like that?

ว่าไงพวกเบี้ยกูเนี่ย IO (IO)
What do you say, pawns, it’s me your IO (IO)
อยู่ในวงไพ่กูมีแต่ ใบโพธิ์ (ใบโพธิ์)
In my group of cards, I have only spades (spades)
พ่อกูป๊อกเก้า แต่กูแม่งบอดตลอด
My father is pok gao [the game poker-nine] [Bhumipol is king #9] But I’m always blind [a pun in Thai between “poker” and “blind”; In English, this line ends “But I’m a 10, a zero,” meaning Vajiralongkorn, king#10 is a zero]
กูเลยให้ ประ ประ ประ แม่งเข้ามาโกงระบอบ
And so I let Pra . .. Pra . . . Pra [Prayut] come cheat the system
มึงเข้าไปดูที่ Pornhub Pornhub
You [impolite “you”] come to see Pornhub (Pornhub)
กี่คนที่กูเอา ลองนับ ลองนับ
However many people I want (try to count [them], try to count [them])
ฆ่าพวกคิดต่าง ไม่จองเมรุ ไม่จองวัด
[I] kill the dissidents. I don’t book a crematory. I don’t book a wat.
กูปกครองทัพ หรือมึงจะลองวะ
I rule the army. Are you going to try?
มีทหารเป็นกองๆ มีเงินเป็นกอง กูนอน กูนอนนับ
I have piles of soldiers. I have piles of money. I lie there, lie there counting [it]
ศพพวกมึงกูฆ่าเป็นกองๆ กูฆ่าปิดปาก ปิดปากไม่ยอมรับ
There are piles of the corpses of you people I’ve killed. I kill and silence. Silence and don’t accept [what they are saying. HERE IS WHERE THE ENGLISH SAYS “Bloodstains on my crop-top”]

There are younger siblings calling to say “Mom called to ask if you are going to their protest.
ม็อบนี้แจกเงินใช่ไหม เห็นเด็กนั่งนับเงินในข่าว
The demonstrators hand out money, isn’t that right? I saw the kids sitting counting money in the news.
อย่าไปเลยอันตราย ข่าวบอกว่ามันอันตราย
Don’t go! It’s dangerous. The news says it’s dangerous
มัจจุราชอยากเห็นคนตาย แต่ใครบ้างล่ะที่ไม่ตาย
The God of Death wants to see people die, but who is there who doesn’t die?
คนออกมากันมากมาย ออกมาไล่คนหน้าไม่อาย
People are coming out in great numbers. Coming out to expel the shameless
เขาอยากจะเปลี่ยนกฎหมาย แก้ระบบที่มันฆ่าไม่ตาย
They want to change the laws, change the system that won’t die
ความเท่าเทียมไม่มีความหมาย เราคนไม่มีวาสนา
Equality has no meaning. We are people with no luck
เมื่อคุณทำหลักการหล่นหาย ประชาชนจึงมาตามหา
When you make principles fall and disappear, the people consequently come out looking for them

ออกไป เอ้ย เอ้ย
Get out! Oi oi!
ออกไป เอ้ย เอ้ย เอ้ย
Get out! Oi oi!
ออกไป เอ้ย เอ้ย
Get out! Oi oi!
ออกไป เอ้ย เอ้ย เอ้ย
Get out Oi! Oi! Oi!
ออกไป เอ้ย เอ้ย
Get out Oi oi!
ออกไป เอ้ย เอ้ย เอ้ย
Get out! Oi! Oi! Oi!
ออกไป เอ้ย เอ้ย
Get Out! Oi oi!
ออกไป เอ้ย เอ้ย เอ้ย

Get out! Oi oi oi!

ปิดทอง Putting on Gold Leaf

by Yena เยนา

Note: This song is a spoof of a very famous Carabao song, a beautiful and over-the-top hymn celebrating King Bhumibol. That song is titled, ผู้ปิดทองหลังพระ (Poo Bpid Tong Lang Pra), or “Person Who Applies Gold Leaf to the Back of the Buddha Statue,” which is a saying in Thai about someone who does good deeds without trying to draw attention to themselves. But why would someone apply that description to King Bhumibol, for whom so much public money has been spent guilding his reputation? I am guessing it is because ผู้ปิดทอง (Poo Bpid Tong) kind of rhymnes with Bhumibol (which is pronounced Poo-Mee-Pon). To appreciate this Yena song you MUST see the music video of the Carabao song it is spoofing (included at the bottom of this post). The original song, lists the hard work supposedly done by (the insanely wealthy) King Bhumibol on behalf the Thai people—which always begged the question of how this royal work was special, compared to the ordinary work of so many ordinary people done for ordinary compensation. And the refrain of the original song consists of the king’s full name and title, which is very very long: something like, “His Majesty, the Great King Bhumibol Adulyadej Great King Barom Naat Bor Pit, of the Chakri Dynasty Blah Blah Blah Blah,” followed by, “But the Thai people call him ‘The Heart of Thai People” and other accolades. This spoof song is about two ordinary people with very short names and no special recognition. It was sung at Mob Fest, November 14 at Democracy Monument, as part of the ongoing prodemocracy protests, which include demands for reform of the monarchy.

นายรถขายไอติม เฉาก๊วยผลไม้
A man who pushes a cart to sell ice cream, grass jelly, fruit
Used to be a waiter, [he] once built a house and a bridge
Big window panels have pictures of the boss
เป็นร้อยๆบาน เขาห้อยตัวลงมาเช็ด
Hundreds of them, which he suspends himself down to wipe
At the workplace [he] is the butler, the driver

บริต บอนาด บอพรม
Barit Bonat Baprom
เรียกสั้นๆ ว่าไอ้แดง
Called “Daeng” for short
เรียกเต็มๆ ไอถั่วแดง
The longer version is “Tua Daeng”*
เรียกสั้นๆ ว่าไอ้แดง
Called “Daeng” for short
All the villagers call him “That Damn Daeng”

นายรถขายบะหมี่ ลูกชิ้นคนละไม้
A man who pushes a cart to sell noodles and meatballs
คุมเครื่องสูบน้ำ ขัดรองเท้า รับนายพล
Supervises a water pump, shines shoes, goes to pick up the general
Somedays he is an electrician, installing light bulbs
เป็นร้อยพันดวง เขาทำโอ เอาให้เสร็จ
in the hundreds and thousands, he works overtime to finish
อยู่หน้าบ้านขายข้าวแกง คนปักษ์ใต้
In front of his house, he makes rice and curry. A person from the South

บริต บอนาด บอพรม
Barit Banat Baprom
เรียกสั้นๆ ว่าไอ้นุ้ย
For short he’s called “Nui”
เรียกเต็มๆ ไอไข่นุ้ย
In full, he’s called “Kai Nui”*
เรียกสั้นๆ ว่าไอ้นุ้ย
For short, he’s called “Nui”
All the villagers call him “That Damn Nui.”

*FYI, the names Tua Daeng and Kai Nui translate into “Red Bean” and “Plump Eggs,” whereas Bhumipol Adulyadej translates into “Strength of the Land, Incomparable Power.”

Here is the Carabao version. The video is from a live tribute performed for the king’s 84th[?] birthday. Please wait for the part where Add Carabao walks on water, and near the end, the part where white elephants stand on their hind legs and salute the king. Also note, that King Bhumibol himself seems strangely unimpressed with the whole show. I would have been impressed!

เก้าอี้ที่ว่างเปล่า Empty Chairs [Thai version of Empty Chairs at Empty Tables from Les Misérables]

Posted to YouTube February 5, 2013. Shared near the anniversary of the October 6, 1976, Thammasat University Massacre. The whole musical Les Misérables has been translated into Thai, so don’t read too much into the defeated tone of the end of the song. The current Thai prodemocracy movement is going strong as of October 9, 2020.

My heart suffers more than I can say
The pain never goes away
Why am I abandoned to be all alone?
As for all of them, they disappeared away somewhere

This land, let’s still gradually change it
We used to persevere, do you remember?
Together we used to sing great songs
Why don’t they all come these days?

We used to chat together right in front of this window
Go out walking the path with boldness
Calling our brothers and sisters, all the people, to action
With strong, fervent words
With fire hidden in the words we spoke
In the end, they became empty [words] for nothing
In the morning on the ramparts . . . only that

โอ้เพื่อนเอ๋ย เพื่อนเอย ฉันแน่ใจ
Oh my friends, my friends, I’m sure
You would probably forgive me that
I didn’t die along with you
As we had promised

The souls of you all probably visit
Shadows that come and warn us, right?
An arrow of sadness more than I can say
In my aching heart

โอ้เพื่อนเอ๋ย อย่าถามถึงโลกใหม่
Oh my friends, don’t ask about the new world
A world with no end to winter
When I see the empty chairs
Every story falls to ruins, vanishes, and ends

ดอกไม้จะบาน Flowers Will Bloom

Lyrics by จิระนันท์ พิตรปรีชา Jiranun Pitrpreecha

Note and translation by Tee Taratorn. Posted by ginkowneow with permission: “Déjà vu. We had the first student uprising against dictatorship in October 1973. It lasted 3 years and ended up with a tragic event – the massacre at Thammasat university on 6th October 1976. After a long pause, now we’re having the second student uprising. The song ดอกไม้ or ดอกไม้จะบาน was written by Jiranun Pitpreecha (จิรนันท์ พิตรปรีชา), a former student leader during the first student uprising. In the aftermath of the massacre, she joined the Communist Party of Thailand to fight in a guerrilla warfare against the government for some years and was granted amnesty by government order 66/2523 later. The song encourages students to rise up and fight against dictatorship. The songwriter had high hopes for a nationwide uprising leading to a revolution in those days. The song was wildly known among university students in 80s, 90s. Due to the recent political situation, the song has come back to life. Notice the rhyming words and the rhyme pattern. Usually, a songwriter would omit/add or replace words where they need rhyming words. I put my comments/the literal translations behind ‘//’”

ดอกไม้ ดอกไม้จะบาน
Flowers. Flowers are going to bloom.
//metaphor: University students are uprising
Innocent [inexperienced without hidden agenda] and courageous
//referring to the university students; บริสุทธิ์ = innocent, pure; หาญ rhymes with บาน
Blooming in the heart
สีขาว หนุ่มสาวจะใฝ่
[With] good intentions, young people would dream [of a better life]
//สีขาว = white colour; ใฝ่ฝัน = dream; ขาว-สาว rhyme
[They are] determined to rise up
//แก้ไข = correct
[They] initiate hopes
//จุดไฟ = ignite; ศรัทธา = faith; ใฝ่-ไข-ไฟ rhyme
[They] learn to fight with evil
//มายา = trick, fraud
[They] move forward
//ธา-ยา-หน้า-หา rhyme
[They] recruit more supporters
//เข้าหา = approach; มวลชน = people
ชีวิต อุทิศยอมตน
[They] sacrifice their own lives
Going through the [political] turmoil
//สับสน = confusion, chaos; ชน-ตน-สน-ผล rhyme
For the sake of people
//ผล(ประโยชน์)= benefit; ประชา = ประชาชน = people
Flower blooming [or student uprising] is great
//คุณค่า = value
Keep growing slowly
//ชา-ค่า-ช้า-ว่า rhyme
and steadily
Here and there
Fresh flowers
Hand them to people
//ยื่น = hand; ยืน-อื่น-ชื่น-ยื่น rhyme

ตะวันฉาย The Sun Shines

Words and melody by Chin Kamanchon จิ้น กรรมาชน

This song was written by Jin Gamanchon as moral support for the pro-democracy student protesters as of March 24, 2020. The student protests came to a stop because of covid-19 precautions but are now back in full force and are gathering strength. And the protesters are now openly calling for reform of the monarchy as well as an end to the dictatorship of Prayut Chan-ocha. Chin Kamanchon also wrote or cowrote two other songs, much used by prodemocracy protesters up until the present: For the Masses เพื่อมวลชน and Ashes of the Fighers นักสู้ธุลีดิน.

A cold night, very late
I see the light of dazzling stars
I ask the wind to blow strongly
Help us change something
Tomorrow morning
There’s an expectation that with the sunlight
The plants that are the crowd of people will blossom
เมือง ทุ่งนา ป่าเขา
The city [will be] a rice field, or a forest
The sound of the people’s demands will still reverberate
Freedom must struggle on until it is has arrived
เจ้านกน้อย จงหาญกล้า
Oh little bird, you must be courageous
ปรารถนา ยุติธรรม สังคมที่เท่าเทียม
Desiring justice, a society that is equal

Under a dirty power
With [who knows] how much suffering
Listen to the cries and wailing
That come with the passing wind.

From one it becomes a hundred thousand
The look in the eyes showing we have each other
Ready to stand side by side together
Is the sun shining

The sound of the people’s demands will still reverberate
Freedom must struggle on until it is has arrived
เจ้านกน้อย จงหาญกล้า
Oh little bird, you must be courageous
ปรารถนา ยุติธรรม สังคมที่เท่าเทียม
Desiring justice, a society that is equal
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Thai Royal Anthem – His Majesty Somsak Jeamteerasukul

This is the Royal Anthem, “Glorify His Prestige” apparently without any words changed. The translation of the official Royal Anthem IS HERE. The joke in this music video is that the Royal Anthem is used to honor an important longtime critic of the monarchy; Somsak Jeemterasukul, a former history professor at Thammasat University, now a refugee in France. He is celebrated at the ongoing mass protests (as of September 2020), for being a source of truthful and solid information about the Thai monarchy, and opening many eyes. I can think of two bombshell news stories that he broke, which turned out to be true: one about Vajiralongkorn’s harem and another about Vajiralongkorn’s secret prison at Tawee Watana Palace. Also check out the song “สมศักดิ์ เจียมธีรสกุล” “Somsak Jeamteerasakul,” by Rishadan Port and Erosagape, which is also translated at this site.

ชายคนนั้น That Man

Words and melody by สุรชัย จันทิมาธร by Surachai Chantimatorn aka หงา คาราวาน Nga Carawan

This song was written by Nga Carawan in 1983 about King Bhumibol (although for safety reasons, he isn’t mentioned by name). King Bhumibol was 56 in 1983. The song says “That Man” is almost 60, which is near to death. YIKES! The fact that many lines of the song also work well for King Vajiralongkorn in 2020 illustrates my argument that it is the institution of the monarchy itself that is to blame for the bad monarchs and the bad governance. No one is superior to another person merely by their birth, and no one should be above the law.

ชายคนนั้น นั่งเหงาเศร้าซึม
That man sits lonely and depressed
A large ancient gloomy home
Sunlight shines into the mansion
A seat on the balcony doesn’t have anything to bother him
That man sits smoking
Notices the ashes piling up, sighs and turns
He sips wonderful smelling coffee
คิดไปใคร่ครวญ ก็บ่มีหยังคิด
Pondering, he has nothing to think about
คิดจะเอาอย่างนั้น ฝันจะเอาอย่างนี้
Thinks he’d like to have something like this; dreams he’d like to have something like that*
Thinks he’ll have those things improved a little

He doesn’t hope to have the moon and stars.
He thinks only for life to be happy and comfortable
Wants a flood of money piling up

He’d like a group of friends
OH, he does? Then, he has lots of them.
He’d like a mistress? [Ok] then, he has [way] too many.
To have someone die, he only needs to raise a finger

Raise a finger,
ชี้นิ้ว ฮือ…
raise a finger er . . .

ชายคนนั้น นั่งเหงาเศร้าซึม
That man sits listless and depressed
Muttering out of sight like a hungry person
Will be 60 years; this is near to death.
Hope slips away with the wind
As if melted
Hopes to be happy and comfortable
But is never done fussing and disagreeing
But is never done fussing and disagreeing
And so he sits smoking
ชายคนนั้น นั่งเหงาเศร้าซึม
That man sits lonely and depressed
บ่นงำงึม บ่นงำงึม
Muttering out of sight, muttering out of sight
ชายคนนั้น นั่งเหงาเศร้าซึม
That man sits lonely and depressed
บ่นงำงึม บ่นงำงึม
Muttering out of sight, muttering out of sight

*[I switched the order of “that” and “this” to match the usual order in English]

รำลึกกาสะลอง Reflecting on [the life and death of] Gasalong

by Anonymous

Note: This song is about Kraidet Luelert, also known as Kasalong (or Gasalong as I’ve been spelling it), a Thai political refugee who was hunted down in Laos and assassinated in December 2018 for being an antimonarchist. The prime suspect is King Vajiralongkorn, who is said to have ordered the killing.

สายลมโบกมา กิ่งไม้ลู่ใบร่ำอาลัยหา
The wind blows the branches ruffling the leaves, a sad perfume searches
ลูกหลานของมวลประชา นักรบคนกล้า ชื่อกาสะลอง
A relative of all us people, a brave fighter named Kasalong
ต้องชีวาวาต ถูกฆาตกรรมสยอง
A life had to be terrifyingly murdered
โบกปูนถ่วงใส่ในท้อง ศพไหลล่องลอยตามน้ำมา
Weighted down with cement in his abdomen, the corpse floats down stream

Cruel heart, ruthless rock, dark and depraved
พรากชีวิตดังผักปลา ไม่มีเมตตาบ้างในกมล
Deprived of life, as [easily] as if he were a fish. There is no kindness of any kind in [that] heart
He had a mother and father, siblings, and relatives just like everyone
เชิดชูกู้สิทธิผองชน อุทิศตนสู้บนเส้นทาง
Raising up, rescuing the rights of all the people. Dedicating himself to fighting along the course

The lives of people aren’t different from each other;
They all have the right to dream and believe their various dreams and beliefs
เกียรติยศชื่อเสียง นั้นเป็นเพียงเงาเลือนลาง
Honor and fame, it’s only a fading shadow
แค่คนเขาคิดเห็นต่าง ไล่ล่าไล่ล่างทำลาย
Just because someone’s opinions are different, they are hunted down, wiped out, destroyed

The wind whistles, the pedals of flowers fall off and drift away falling in a row
จ่อมจมซบดินหินทราย กรุ่นกลิ่นกระจายทั่วไพรพนา
They sink and nestle into the dirt, stones, and sand. Their smoldering odor spreads through the woods
รอวันงามงอกเจ้าดอกไม้มวลประชา ถึงวันผลิดอกออกตา หอมกลิ่นโชยมาโอ้กาสะลอง
Wait for the beautiful day little flowers of the masses of people sprout, until the day of blooming, one looks out, the beautiful smell gently blows in. Oh Kasalong!

[Go back to * and repeat 1 more time]

รอวันงามงอกเจ้าดอกไม้มวลประชาถึงวันผลิดอกออกตา หอมกลิ่นโชยมา โอ้กาสะลอง
Wait for the beautiful day little flowers of the masses sprout, until the day of blooming, one looks out, the beautiful smell gently blows in. Oh Kasalong!

ถั่งโถมโหมแรงไฟ Strike with Fire

by สุรชัย จันทิมาธร by Surachai Chantimatorn aka หงา คาราวาน Nga Carawan

Note: This song was written by Nga Carawan, but in this video is covered by Add Carabao. Both are royalists today so that they once sang this is really interesting. The song was written by Nga Carawan right after the Thammasat University massacre of students protesters in 1976, which caused many of the protesters, including Nga to flee to the jungle and join the Communists. So this is a song calling for an armed communist revolution. This site does not promote violence (or communism). But the historical fact is that many of today’s older prodemocracy activists in their 60s or 70s were once communists and this history is important for the development of the Thai prodemocracy movement. You also must also check out Nga Carawan’s beautiful song “คืนรัง” “Return to the Nest” thanking the government for offering amnesty to the Thai Communists and inviting them back home. Add Carabao has an interview in which he also expresses his thanks for the amnesty.

Revolt to overthrow old-style society
A revolution for the nation of the Thai people
Come join together to push the wheel of history
Towards a sovereignty bright and true
Grab a weapon and strike with fire
to advance [our] social ideals

Soldiers of the people perform their duty
กำจัดเหล่าไพรี ปฏิกิริยา
Warding off the enemy’s actions
Difficulty is your friend eliminating obstacles
Overthrow the fascist emperor and feudalism*
They harm us continually
Sacrificing the people of the nation
The masses are like a wall of copper and steel
We are unique. Not inferior
A person who stands steadfast, enduring
Everything is a product of the masses
We the fighters for the people step forward to lead
The hands shall bear arms bravely, declaring victory

[musical interlude]

State power will come from the barrel of a gun
Guns against guns. [If they] shoot us, [we] shoot at [them]
Our minds are armed to win the war
Awakening a consciousness of rising up and liberation
Have a revolution to overthrow old style society
A revolution for the nation of the Thai people
Come together to push the wheel of history
Towards a sovereignty true and bright
Grab a weapon and strike with fire
to advance [our] social ideals

*”ศักดินา” “sakdina” is a hierarchical social system from Thai history that assigns different numerical ranks of prestige to everyone, especially nobility. So the word could also be translated as “elites” rather then “feudalism.” In Thai protest songs, it is used to criticize the hierarchical social system with the monarchy at the top.