เราไปทำอะไร (What Have I Done?)

By ไฟเย็น (Faiyen)
Specifically:
Lyrics, Melody : Port, Pook
Arranged : Port, Khoontong
All Vocals : Uncle Somchai
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Note: There is so much going on in this simple song, which is illustrated by stickers from a set made for the social media platform LINE, which is one of the most popular platforms used in Asia. The sticker set is called “Silly Family” and lampoons the Thai royal family. The stickers were pulled down within days of being posted, after the Thai government complained that the stickers would wound the feelings of the Thai people. (Echos of the religious taboo against drawing pictures of the Prophet Mohammad.) The stickers remind people of various incidents in the lives of the Thai royals. Similar to the British royal family, the Thai royal family provides lots of ridiculous incidents to gossip about, however gossiping about the Thai royal family is very dangerous. In this song, a clueless king is asking “What have I (or we) done to make everyone hate us so much?” In popular songs, the king is presented as working tirelessly for the Thai people. This relentless propaganda paired with the fact that anyone who gossips about the reality of the Thai monarchy can be thrown in jail, explains why there is a strong undercurrent of resentment against the King and the whole royal family.

เราไปทำอะไร ให้เขาเจ็บช้ำน้ำใจ
What have I done to hurt their feelings?
คนไทยจึงได้โกรธเกลียดเราขนาดนี้
So that Thai people hate me to this extent?
THIRD TIME ADD: [เจ็บปวดที่สุด I’m totally hurt!]

ขอให้บอกเรานะ
Please tell me
ว่าจะให้เราปรับตัวอะไร ยังไง ยังไงบ้าง
How can I adjust myself in some way, somehow?

เราเคยบอกเอาไว้
I told you before
จะครองแผ่นดินโดยธรรม
I’ll rule the land by means of justice
เพื่อประโยชน์สุขของชาวสยาม
For the benefit and happiness of the Siamese people

เราเหน็ดเหนื่อยเพียงไหน
However much I am tired and exhausted
ปิดทองหลังพระเท่าไร
However much gold leaf I stick on the back of the Buddha statue [However much I do my work quietly without singing my own praises]*
ถึงมาว่าเราเป็นคนไม่ดี
It comes in that they’re saying I’m a bad person

ขอให้บอกเราที่ ให้เราปรับตัวยังไง
Please tell me so I can make whatever adjustments
3X

ตอนนี้น้ำตาจะไหล ไปจ้องแม่น้ำดีกว่า
Right now so many tears will flow. I should just go stare at the river. That would be better.

*There is a Thai saying “ปิดทองหลังพระ” (“To put gold [leaf] on the back of the Buddha [stature],” meaning to do good works without drawing attention to yourself. In Thailand people make merit by applying gold leaf to the Buddha statue. Most people want their gold leaf to be on the front where everyone can see it, but the person who isn’t worried about being admired will apply the gold leaf to the back of the Buddha statue. It is equivalent to the English saying, “Don’t blow your own horn.” or “Don’t sing your own praises.” The band Carabao has an extremely famous song about King Bhumibol calling him a “ผู้ปิดทองหลังพระ” or a “Person Who Puts Gold Leaf on the Back of the Buddha Statue” (There is a spectacular performance of this song for King Bhumipol’s birthday, that includes a herd of saluting elephants and Add Carabao himself walking on water.)

เสื่อม Losing Faith

by Faiyen
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Note: For a year, the junta has promoted the idea that it would be horribly disrespectful to discuss politics or the monarchy during the recommended year of mourning for King Bhumipol. Well, that year is over. The Thai people may wear colorful clothes again. It is now or never for facing facts about King Bhumipol (who has practically been deified) and his son, Vajiralongkorn, the new king, who NEVER will be. According to this song, many are losing faith and taking down their picture of King Bhumipol (without replacing it with a picture of the widely hated Vajiralongkorn).

ภาพที่มีกันอยู่ทุกบ้าน ได้อันตรธานหายไป หายไป
A picture that everyone used to have in their home has disappeared and is gone, gone
เสื่อมศรัทธา คนเขาเริ่มเข้าใจ จะไปบ้านใคร ภาพหลุด ภาพหลุด
Losing faith, they begin to understand. Go to anyone’s house and the picture will be down
าพที่เห็นมานาน เคยมีติดบ้านติดเรือน
The picture that was one there attached to the home, attached to the house
ฝังจิตฝังใจไม่ลืมเลือน เขาบิดเบือนว่าเป็นเทวดา
Implanted in the heart and mind so one doesn’t forget, he distorts things such that he’s a god.
ฝังความคิดเข้าไป ใช้การโหมโฆษณา
Implants thoughts using concentrated advertising
แต่ปิดบังความเลวชั่วช้า รำคาญตาเลยปลดลงฝาบ้าน
But hiding the evil. It offends the eyes! Take it down from the wall of the home!

ก่อนเคยแขวนบูชา เขาบอกว่าปกป้องคุ้มภัย
Before [when they] used to hang [it on the wall] and worship it, they said it protects against dangers
วันเวลาหมุนเวียนเปลี่ยนไป จึงมั่นใจไม่ศักดิ์สิทธิ์นี่หนา
And time rolls by, things change. Therefore [one] is confident [it’s] not sacred.
หลงแขวนไว้ตั้งนาน เคยรักมั่น วันนี้เสื่อมศรัทธา
[They] were obsessed with hanging it up for so long now. Once loved it with certainty. Today, lose faith.
กลายเป็นภาพที่หมดราคา รำคาญตาเลยปลดลงฝาบ้าน
It becomes a worthless picture. It offends the eyes! Take it down from the wall of the home!

ภาพที่มีกันอยู่ทุกบ้าน ได้อันตรธานหายไป หายไป
A picture that everyone used to have in their home has disappeared and is gone, gone
ประชาชนเขาเริ่มเข้าใจ เดี๋ยวนี้คนไทย เลิกกราบ เลิกกราบ
The citizens begin to understand. Right now, Thais stop prostrating themselves [before a picture].

Rhyming English Version of Faiyen’s “Returning Happiness” Spoof

“Return Democracy to the People!” – English Version. [A spoof of Dictator Prayut’s “Returning Happiness to Thailand”]  Original Thai-language spoof by Port Faiyen; Singable English translation by Ann Norman

Note: I sang this song the morning of Dictator Prayuth’s visit to the White House on October 2, 2017, to express my disgust. Whatever the meaning of US President Trump’s White House invitation to a the leader of a successful coup that overthrew a democratic government in 2014, it cannot be interpreted as sign that Americans now respect Prayut Chan-o-cha any more than they respect authoritarian President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte, invited that same weekend, or North Korean Dictator Kim Jung Un, who President Trump said a day later he would consider inviting. So either President Trump was calling Asian world leaders indiscriminately that weekend, or he really had a list of evil dictators in his head and he was systematically going down that list. On behalf what I hope is still the majority of Americans, I apologize for a US President who seems oblivious to human rights concerns, at home or abroad. And I continue to condemn the power grab of General Prayut Chanocha in Thailand.

That day the People’s Party rose, the system changed to democracy
We built it up for all to see. Each time snatched away
The coups keep coming 10s of times. Democracy is held at bay
The rights of people are betrayed. And who’s it all for?

Then today you come back for some more
With guns and tanks, you plunder what’s not yours

You made democracy fall using dictatorship
Made it slip, claimed the coup protects the king
No need to tell truths, or respect rule of law or anything
Just stop your evil doing, return happiness to us by leaving now

Those who won’t give up the fight, pledge we will endure the risk
Democracy, it will exist. Crush dictatorship
Thailand doesn’t belong to just one group, but the whole citizenship
The power belongs to every Thai, choosing electively!

And at last, respect our rights and freedoms! Why can’t you!
Immediately restore democracy!

You made democracy fall using dictatorship
Made it slip, claimed the coup protects the king
No need to tell truths, or respect rule of law or anything
Just stop your evil doing, return happiness to us by leaving now

2X

For a country good and endless
Return happiness, bring back democracy

..​.​โชคดีที่มีคนไทย . . . . Lucky to Have the Thai People

Composed by Port, Arranged by Khoontong, Music by Faiyen
Released October 26, 2017
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Translation of Faiyen’s note about this song: After king Bhumibol died October 13, 2016, many Thai artists came out, one after another, composing songs praising the King’s virtue which derived its power from one-sided advertising and promotion of this king for an entire half century, by means of Article 112 of the Thai Criminal Code, which forbids insulting the King and carries a severe penalty of 3-15 years in jail for one offense. Gradually it silences, not allowing mainstream news or anyone whosoever, to present any perspective or information that reflects negatively on the King and royal family. Therefore, the band Faiyen, would like to be the #1 artists to chose to present one more viewpoint, another side to King Bhumibol, which Thai society does not dare mention, in order to stand firm in an ideology and point of view that will reveal the dark truth that has been bullying and suppressing people in Thai society for so long.

ในหลวงโชคดีที่มีคนไทย
The king is lucky to have the Thai people.
คนไทยโชคร้ายที่มีในหลวง
The Thai people are unlucky to have the king.
โหมโฆษณาประชาสัมพันธ์ จนซาบซึ้งไปถึงในทรวง
Mobilizing advertising to the people until the appreciation reaches their chests
ล้วนหลอกลวงคนไทยมานานหลายปี
Totally deceiving the Thai people for so many, many years now

ในหลวงไม่ได้ดีเหมือนที่เขาหลอก
The king isn’t good like he’s tricked us [into believing]
เขาครองบัลลังก์หลั่งเลือดตั้งแต่ขึ้นมา
He reigns with killing from the very beginning
ล้มรัฐบาลด้วยรัฐประหาร ปกครองด้วยการเข่นฆ่า
Overthrowing government(s) with coups, governing with murder
ตั้งแต่ตุลา ถึงพฤษภา ประชาวอดวาย
From October [9, 1976 & 14, 1973] to [Bloody] May [1992 & 2010]

ปิดปากคนด้วยกฎหมายลิดรอนเสรี
Gagging peoples with laws that take away their freedom
ข่มเหงย่ำยีกดคนให้จนดักดาน
Bullying, ravaging, and oppressing people so they are poor forever
คนทุกคนมีดีมีเลว แต่ในหลวงห้ามคนวิจารณ์
Every person has good and bad, but the king forbids people to criticize [him]
กลัวคนประณามว่าตนเป็นคนเช่นไร
He’s afraid someone will ask accusingly, “And what kind of person are you!?”

70 ปีปกครองด้วยความหวาดกลัว
Seventy years of ruling with fear.
ใครไม่รักพระเจ้าอยู่หัว จะโดนเสียบหัวประจาน
Whoever doesn’t love His Majesty will be publicly shamed
เขาทำแค่หนึ่ง ซาบซึ้งว่ามหาศาล
He does only one [thing]. [But some people] appreciate that he does so many, many millions of things
ที่เขาสูบกินเป็นล้าน คนไทยกลับไม่รู้เลย
That he devours millions [more], the Thai people totally don’t know

ในหลวงโชคดีที่มีคนไทย
The king is lucky to have the Thai people.
คนไทยโชคร้ายที่มีในหลวง
The Thai people are unlucky to have the king.
ระบอบราชาธิปไตยทำลายคนไทยทั้งปวง
The monarchy regime ruins all the Thai people
เรารักในหลวง หรือแท้จริงเรารักตัวเอง
We love the king or in truth we love ourselves?

ระบอบราชาธิปไตยทำลายคนไทยทั้งปวง
The monarchy regime ruins all the Thai people
เลิกรักในหลวง แล้วหันมารักประชาชน
Stop loving the king and turn to loving the people.

อองซานซูจี (Aung San Suu Kyi)

by ไฟเย็น Faiyen
released October 20, 2017
Lyrics by Jom, Sahai Saengdao
Melody by Jom
Arranged by Khoontong, Jom

Please buy the song at Bandcamp to help the band Faiyen, who are also refugees in a country bordering Thailand.

Note: The Rohyingya have been called “The Most Persecuted People on Earth” and it look as they are experiencing genocide. The Rohingya of Myanmar (Burma) are stateless, that is without citizenship in their own country, even the fact that many were born in Burma and with ancestors there going back to the 1800s. They happen to be Muslim in a predominantly Buddhist country and have been marginalized to the point that they have no rights even within their own country, and often live in camps within the country and are not allowed to travel or work outside of the camps. On August 25, a militant group of Rohingya attacked police posts and Myanmar troops responded by clearing and burning Rohingya villages, driving more than 400,000 Rohingya (predominately women and children) into neighboring Bangladesh, which was itself already suffering from catastrophic flooding. People had hoped that when Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi came to power in she would begin to help the Rohingya and prevent what seems to be a brewing Holocaust, but shockingly she also seems to question or downplay the volumous reports of atrocities suffered by the Rohingya. And she won’t even call them “Rohingya,” which is the name they use for themselves. This is happening next door to Thailand, so the Thai band Faiyen, has written a song to raise awareness. Please send money to a charity of your choice to helping the Rohingya refugees.

THIS SONG IS IN ENGLISH, so no translation is necessary, but here are the words:

* Aung San Suu Kyi, does she believe in human rights?
Aung San Suu Kyi, who gets the Nobel Peace Prize.
Aung San Suu Kyi, who gets the Nobel Peace Prize.
Aung San Suu Kyi, does she believe in human rights?
Does she believe in human rights?

You and I, we are all human.
Rohingya, they are human too.
Refugee, we’re still human.
You and me, we stand for humanity.

(*)

Please ask her why Rohingya children
and women had fallen by Peace Prize Government?

(*)

Tear drops in my eyes when having ethnic cleansing.
Tear drops in my eyes when she said there is Nothing.
Under the same sky we have the same human rights.
Please save life! Rohingya from genocide in Myanmar. (*)

เผด็จเกิร์ล- No Reason (Dictatorship-Girl* – No Reason)

Words and Melody by รัฐ พิฆาตไพรี* Rat Pikaatpairee (of the band Tattoo Colour)
Arranged by Tattoo Colour

Note: This music video is very interesting because it was done by a very popular mainstream Thai band living in Thailand, rather than by persecuted activists living in Thailand, whose members are in and out of jail, or by dissidents who have had to flee the country and live in exile. And yet Tattoo Colour is exactly on point about all the despicable things going on in Thailand. How do they get away with it? Well . . . this song is just a silly love song about the dictatorship of a demanding girlfriend . . . and why would you think otherwise, Prime Minister Prayut?

ความรักไม่มีเหตุผล
Love doesn’t have a reason
ไม่มีความเท่าเทียมใดๆ
There’s no equality of any kind
ต้องยอมรับเอาไว้ทุกอย่าง
You must be willing to accept everything
ไม่มีวันชนะ ต่อให้มีเหตุผลเท่าไรก็ตาม
There’s no day of victory. However many reasons, it doesn’t matter

นี่คือชีวิตที่ต้องเผชิญ
I have a life in which I must face
ลำบากทุกครั้งที่คุยกับเธออยู่ร่ำไป
difficulty each time I chat with her, repeatedly
จะกี่เหตุผลในใจที่มี
However many reasons that I’ll have in my heart
ก็อยากจะเถียงเธอดูสักที จะดีไหม
And I’ll want to debate with her, “Look, just once!” would it be a good idea?

อย่าเลย อย่าเสี่ยง
Don’t! Don’t risk it!
ถูกให้ตาย ตอนสุดท้ายเราก็ผิด
[I’m] totally correct, but in the end I’m wrong
จะยังไงก็ต้องเจอ นี่คือเธอผู้ไม่แพ้
Anyway, I’ll still find this is one who doesn’t lose
ก็แล้วแต่ ให้ทำใจเอาไว้
It’s up to me to come to terms with it.

ความรักไม่มีเหตุผล
Love doesn’t have a reason
ไม่มีความเท่าเทียมใดๆ
There’s no equality of any kind
ต้องยอมรับเอาไว้ทุกอย่าง
You must be willing to accept everything
ไม่มีสิทธิ์จะเถียง
There’s no right to dispute
ไม่มีสิทธิ์เรียกร้องอะไรไปกว่านี้
No right to demand anything more than this

รู้ต้องบอกไม่รู้
If you know, you must answer “I don’t know”
ไม่มีความคิดเห็นใดๆ
There are no opinions of any kind
อดทนรับเอาไว้ทุกอย่าง
Endure and accept every sort of thing
ไม่มีวันชนะ ต่อให้มีเหตุผลเท่าไรก็ตาม
There’s no victory day. However many reasons, it doesn’t matter

แผ่นดินพายุจะพังทลาย
A storm will destroy the land
ไม่อาจทำร้ายทำอันตรายเธอได้เลย
It probably can’t harm or hurt her at all
ผิดถูกไม่รู้ชนะเหมือนเคย
Wrong or right, it’s all the same, I’ll never know victory.
สนุกสนานกับฉันได้เลย ไม่เป็นไร
[She] can have fun with me, it’s OK.

บอกแล้ว อย่าเสี่ยง
Told [you] already, don’t risk it.
ถูกให้ตาย ตอนสุดท้ายเราก็ผิด
[I’m] totally correct, but in the end I’m wrong
จะยังไงก็ต้องเจอ นี่คือเธอผู้ไม่แพ้
Anyway, I’ll still find this is one who doesn’t lose
ก็แล้วแต่ ให้ทำใจเอาไว้
It’s up to me to come to terms with it.

ความรักไม่มีเหตุผล
Love doesn’t have a reason
ไม่มีความเท่าเทียมใดๆ
There’s no equality of any kind
ต้องยอมรับเอาไว้ทุกอย่าง
You must be willing to accept everything
ไม่มีสิทธิ์จะเถียง
There’s no right to dispute
ไม่มีสิทธิ์เรียกร้องอะไรไปกว่านี้
No right to demand anything more than this

รู้ต้องบอกไม่รู้ ไม่มีความคิดเห็นใดๆ
If you know, you must answer “I don’t know”
อดทนรับเอาไว้ทุกอย่าง
Endure and accept every sort of thing
ไม่มีวันชนะ ต่อให้มีเหตุผลเท่าไรก็ตาม
There’s no victory. However many reasons, it doesn’t matter
ต่อให้มีเหตุผลเท่าไรก็ตาม
Even if I have however many reasons, it doesn’t matter
และจะเป็นอย่างนี้ไปนานเท่านาน
It just will be like this for a long while.

*The title “เผด็จเกิร์ล” (pet-de-girl) is a made-up word which is almost like the word for dictatorship “เผด็จการ” (pet-de-gaan) but the last syllable is the word “girl” in English.

พอกันที (Enough Already!)

On the Album บทเพลงของมิตรสหายท่านหนึ่ง (Songs from One of Our Comrades) by Faiyen at Bandcamp 
Lyrics : เกษียร เตชะพีระ Kasian Tejapira, จอม Jom (Faiyen), พอร์ท Port (Faiyen)
Melody : พอร์ท Port (Faiyen)
Arrangement: ขุนทอง Khoontong (Faiyen)

Note: This song responds to the events of December 2013 to January 2014 in Thailand. The People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) or People’s Committee for Absolute Democracy with the King as Head of State (PCAD) under Suthep Thaugsuban, was protesting in the streets to remove Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Suthep’ group marched to overthrow the government and proceed with national reform through a non-elected royalist council, in order to “eradicate” the “Thaksin regime” (Yingluck is Taksin’s sister). Yingluck dissolved Parliament and called for new elections, which the PDRC refused to participate in. This song is on the side saying “Enough already! Stop the ralleys that create the conditions for violence.” In May 2014, General Prayut staged a coup saying he wanted to prevent violence and “return happiness to the people.” The PDRC applauded the coup and disbanded.

เราไม่ใช่มวลมหาประชาชน
We aren’t the great mass of people (PDRC)
เราเป็นเพียงผู้คนที่เหนื่อยหน่าย
We are just people who are tired
ที่เห็นคนธรรมดาต้องมาตาย
Of seeing that ordinary people died,
สังเวยความกระหายอำนาจรัฐ
Sacrificed in the thirst for state power

เราไม่ใช่มวลมหาประชาชน
We aren’t the great mass of people (PDRC)
เราเป็นเพียงผู้คนที่อึดอัด
We are just people who feel uncomfortable
ที่เห็นเงาความรุนแรงกระหน่ำซัด
to see the shadow of violence threatening to crash down
เราจึงตัดสินใจเดินออกมา
And so we’ve decided to walk out

* พอกันทีความรุนแรงไม่แปลงเปลี่ยน
Enough already with the violence that’s never changed
เราจุดเทียนคนละเล่มเต็มสนาม
We’ll light a different candle throughout the field
ตาสบตา ใจสบใจ ใต้แสงงาม
The eyes glimpse eyes, hearts glimpse hearts under the beautiful light
ร่วมในความยึดมั่นสันติธรรม
Joining in adherence to peace and justice

เทียนถูกจุดส่องใสในเงาหม่น
Candles shine in the dark shadows
คนหนึ่งคน ใจหนึ่งใจ ร่วมใส่แสง
The people, one person, the hearts one heart, together shining light
ให้เปลวเทียนแผดเผา ล้างเงาแห่งความรุนแรง
So that the candle flame burns washing out the shadow of violence
จะเปลี่ยนแปลงสังคมสู่สันติภาพ
It will alter society towards peace

ฟ้าใหม่ A New Sky

Words and Melody by: จิตร ภูมิศักดิ์ Chit Poomsak
Arranged by: จอม, พอร์ท, ขุนทอง Jom, Port, Koontong of Faiyen

From the excellent NEW Faiyen album “Songs from One of Our Comrades, Part 1” บทเพลงของมิตรสหายท่านหนึ่ง ภาค 1, released June 19, 2016, available at Bandcamp.CLICK HERE to purchase the album or individual songs.

Note: This song is from the album “Songs from One of Our Comrades,” containing Faiyen covers of a wide variety of pro-democracy and revolutionary anthems from Thailand and around the world. Here is a rousing up-tempo version of the ballad Fah Mai (New Sky). The YouTube begins with one line in the original style. Enjoy!

Female voice sings:

โน่นขอบฟ้าเรืองรองทาบทองอำไพ ใสสดงามตา คือฟ้าใหม่
Way over on the horizon brilliantly overlaid in gold, clear and pleasing, it’s a new sky . . .

[Fast music starts:]
โน่นขอบฟ้าเรืองรองทาบทองอำไพ ใสสดงามตา
Way over on the horizon brilliantly overlaid in gold, clear and pleasing
คือฟ้าใหม่ ใกล้มา นำมวลทาสเป็นไท
It’s a new sky approaching closer leading the slaves to be free
อาบด้วยแสงเสรีภราดรธรรม ฟุ้งเฟื่องประจำ
To be regularly bathed in the light of freedom, equality, and justice
งามล้ำกว่า ก่อนไกล ชีพสดใสเริงรื่น
Beauty just over the edge. Before too long, [we are] living bright and cheerful.

เร็วลุกขึ้นเถิด เร็วลุกขึ้นเถิด ทุกชั้นชนไทย
Hurry, get up! Hurry, get up, Thai people of every class!
ชนผู้รักชาติ รักความเป็นไท จงสามัคคี
Patriotic people who love liberty must unite!
เร็วลุกขึ้นเถิด เร็วลุกขึ้นเถิด ทุกชั้นชนไทย
Hurry, get up! Hurry, get up, Thai people of every class!
พร้อมใจกัน ก้าวตรงไป สู่ไทยเสรี
Join together to walk right on towards a free Thai [country]

Status Quo

Lyrics by Khun Opas; Music by Faiyen
Arranged by Port, Jom, Khoontong (of the band Faiyen)

This song is on Faiyen’s new album บทเพลงของมิตรสหายท่านหนึ่ง ภาค 1 (“Songs from One of Our Comrades, Part 1”), released June 19, 2016, which is available at Bandcamp. CLICK HERE to purchase the album or individual songs.

No translation needed on this one. It’s in English and the Karaoke words are on the video. The man in the video is Opas Chansuksai, 68 years old and in poor health, who got 3 years in prison, reduced to a year and a half, for scribbling some graffiti on a bathroom stall at a shopping mall. He reportedly wrote [in Thai]:

“The comedian government that robbed the nation, led by f**king Prayuth. They have issued ridiculous policies of amature comedians. Their main job is to use the monarchy (The uncle [a censored physical description]). Their main weapon is the Article 112. You [***] I’m sick of seeing your face everyday. It tells me that you are near the end because of the looming internal conflict.”

When he had served most of the time, the authorities threatened to prosecute him for a second message he written on the same day as the first message. The lyrics of this song were written (in English) by Khun Opas from prison.

Hiroshima ฮิโรชิมา

by Nga Caravan

Note: The song “Hiroshima” by Nga Caravan is more than 30 years old. The dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima happened 71 years ago. So why bring it up? As American President Barack Obama said in his speech May 27, 2016, at the Hiroshima Peach Memorial: “We stand here, in the middle of this city, and force ourselves to imagine the moment the bomb fell. We force ourselves to feel the dread of children confused by what they see. We listen to a silent cry. We remember all the innocents killed across the arc of that terrible war, and the wars that came before, and the wars that would follow. Mere words cannot give voice to such suffering, but we have a shared responsibility to look directly into the eye of history and ask what we must do differently to curb such suffering again.”

ควันลอย…ฟ้าแดง…แสงจ้า
Smoke floats . . . the sky is red . . . glaring
ฝนดำ…ทาบทา…รังสี
Black rain . . . a coating . . . of radiation
ร่างกาย…หายวับ กับที่
Bodies vanish with it
บัดนี้…บัดนี้…ไร้เมืองไร้คน
Now, in this moment, there is no city, no people

ฮิโรชิมา…ฮา…ฮา…ฮ่า แตกสลาย
Hiroshima . . . ha . . . ha . . ha . . . broken, ruined
หลายแสนคนตาย…ฮา…ฮา ดับสูญ
Many hundreds of thousands die, depart from the world
จะเกิดกี่ครั้ง…ก็ยังฝังใจ…จำ
However many times I’m born . . . it’s still impressed on my heart . . . I remember
ผู้ที่ทำ…มันไม่ใช่คน
The people who did it . . . they aren’t people

อะตอมมิคบอมบ์
Atomic bomb
ทั้งหลายตายเสียเถิด
So many die and are wasted
ไล่มันกระเจิง เปิง…เปิด…ไปให้พ้น
Blasted away in every direction
สันติสุข…สู่หล้า…และสากล
Peace . . . the land . . . and universally
ชีวิตคน…คน ไม่ใช่ผักไม่ใช่ปลา
The lives of people . . . people . . . not vegtables, not fish!

ฮิโรชิมา…ฮา…ฮา…ฮ่า ฮ่า…ฮา…ฮา
Hiroshima . . . a . . . a-a …a . ..a
ฮิโรชิมา…ฮา…ฮา…ฮ่า ฮ่า…ฮา…ฮา…ฮ่า…ฮา
Hiroshima . . .a … a .. a-a .. . a… a ..a . . .a

ฮิโรชิ…มา
Hiroshi . . . ma!