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“Wanipok,” (“The Beggar”) วณิพก by Aed Carabao แอ๊ด คาราบาว 
A SINGABLE ENGLISH (AMERICAN) VERSION translated by Ann Norman
Covered by Michael Albert

At the time my eyes first went blind
I wasn’t yet in a dark frame of mind
Though my love who’d always been there
Would desert and leave my life bare
I set out on a difficult road
Not even feeling the passage of time
I begged change from those all around
You got quarters? dimes? . . . .yeah sometimes

In a dark and secretive place
Just listening, taking in sound
I looked out, it felt like dream
I got tired and then I laid down
[I] woke up feeling renewed . . .
I have breath, I’m still above ground!
I might see the sun once again
Why waste my life . . . . . . laying around?

So I sing . . . every day on the street
I travel around . . . singing songs to survive
After buying something to eat
I save the rest . . . to treat my eyes

A representative of the darkness
I’ll repay the life I hold dear
I’ll replay all those who show kindness
Tend to music for people to hear
I bring meaningful songs from the dark world
I will sing out loud and clear
If someone say to stop, no one cares
I say, “Those who DO are out there!”
If someone says to stop, no one cares
I say, “Those who DO are out there!”
When someone says to stop, no one cares
I say, “Those who DO … are still out there!”

ไม้ไผ่ (Maai Pai) “Bamboo”
by แอ๊ด คาราบาว Aed Carabao
A SINGABLE ENGLISH VERSION translated by Ann Norman
Covered by Karl Osterhout

Note: OK, I’m pretty proud of this one. Instead of looking for a song that might be easily translated into singable English, I looked for an outrageously poetic song that showcases the poetic quality of many Carabao songs. Then I tackled that song it to see if it could be translated into rhyming English. It can! Karl Osterhout did a nice cover!

It’s dark, and rain is sprinkling out of the sky
I stretch to ride along a stream of moonlight
The muffled rain is my friend tonight,
Reminding me of the days gone by

A sad, lamenting phrase from this flute made of bamboo
I tease a song from the fingers that flutter,
from the rain’s pitter-patter, from the heart that cares . . . about you

The notes from the flute erase all other sound
The moonlight spreads to embrace one ground
This bamboo section was originally bound
with others in a clump a long time

And people, each single one, are rela-ted similarly
The force of air across a piece of a tree
One’s own wind power, the wood all together, combined

combined, combined . . . combined, entwined

Its a sound that reverberates far
On one wavelength whistling clear,
A note even transcending death
the heart’s loneliness . . suffering, distress
one’s evil and pain, and the ground disappear

On one wavelength whistling clear,
It’s a sound reaching those far apart
A sound even transcending death
I leave it to stay, I leave it to stay
Store it safely away . . . in your heart.

ตุ๊กตา Duk Dtaa (Doll) in SINGABLE ENGLISH!!!
A SINGABLE ENGLISH VERSION translated by Ann Norman

Thinking back to yesterday when I was just a child
My tiny doll, it seemed to hold such meaning as it smiled
My imagination roamed
wide as desert sands for miles
It blazed like sticks and logs stacked in a pile
But I must go on one set path
Compare it to a railroad track
Compare it to a railroad track

Thinking back to when I first arrived here in Bangkok
The city brimmed with meaning from the rural news we got,
They compared it to a car or ship,
Like our town must be a buffalo cart
Many paths . . . some we’ve no rights to walk
I hid the discontent of youth
And I walked out to search for truth
I walked out to search for truth

Recalling where I am, I know I’m not a little child
And so the doll means nothing now and hasn’t for a while
Passing like a car or ship,
Friends pass on, their numbers dip
They leave the world in keeping with the time
A doll a child holds brings to mind
many meanings I suppose
Like lead a workhorse by the nose
Like lead a workhorse by the nose
Like lead a workhorse by the nose

บัวลอยยยย!!! BUA LOOOOYYYYYY!!!! In SINGABALE ENGLISH!!!!!!!!
by แอ๊ด คาราบาว Aed Carabao
A SINGABLE ENGLISH VERSION translated by Ann Norman

NOTE: Singable translated done for the 60th Birthday of Mr Yuenyong Opakul, P’Aed Carabao. The name “Bualoy” means “Lotus Leaf” which is meaningful in the Thai Buddhist tradition. A lotus grows underwater from the bottom of the pond and then comes up to the air and blooms at the surface and is a metaphor for one’s personal development (if I understand correctly).

Bua Loy, my good friend
You left too soon it’s true
Where are you, Bua Loy?
You know, sometimes I think of you . . . of BUA LOOOOYYYYYYY!

Bua Loy, this guy I know
He always limps, he’s got crossed eyes
He’s not that much to see
but his mind is high, like the Lotus Leaf
A friend when you need a friend
A cook when you need to eat
A doctor if you scream in pain
He’ll get you back on your feet

Bua Loy’s been handicapped
And so of course he escapes the draft
But still he volunteers
The man is brave and he endures
He works hard all the time
A humble, normal guy
Helps out every friend
He’s there through thick and thin

Bua Loy, my good friend
You left too soon it’s true
Where are you, Bua Loy?
You know, sometimes I think of you . . . of BUA LOOOOYYYYYYY!

One day the guns resound
Bua Loy is lying on the ground
Mumbles “Are y’all OK?”
The very last words Bua Loy will say
From that day ’til this day
In a farmhouse on a hill
Bua Loy is absent still
It’s listless there and grey

Spoken:

This world is all messed up
‘Cause some care just about their own needs
How many people in this world
Rise as high as this lotus leaf?

Sung:

This world is all messed up
‘Cause some care just about own needs
How many people in this world
Rise as high and become free . . . . as Bua Loy!!!!!

ทะเลใจ Telay Jai (Ocean Heart)
By แอ๊ด คาราบาว Aed Carabao

A SINGABLE ENGLISH VERSION translated by Ann Norman

Here is a voice memo to help you match words to music. For demonstration purposes only:

Back in the days I’ve left far behind,
days spent dreaming without any end
I learned how to live just by body and mind
being each other’s best friend

It’s like life drifts along: lonely days, lonely nights
It’s my body, but whose is this heart?
I survive just to fight the cruel days and cruel nights,
Nights when body and mind are apart

Some nights the heart lets itself down
Days and nights, defeated as fears play
Amidst bright city lights of downtown
Maybe some lose their way.

Those times the heart, it dreams wildly
Slips this world, flies off for distant parts
A small bird blown about by strong winds
finally drops down in the middle of the ocean heart

Every life struggles, searching just for a goal
Heart and body pass by absently
The suffering repeats from a delirious soul
Find your heart and you can live happily.

Some nights the heart lets itself down
Days and nights, defeated as fears play
Amidst bright city lights of downtown
Maybe some lose their way.

Those times the heart, it dreams wildly
Slips this world, flies off for distant parts
A small bird blown about by strong winds
finally drops down in the middle of the ocean heart

Back in the days that I’ve left far behind,
days spent dreaming without any end
I learned how to live just by body and mind
being each other’s best friend.

I learned how to live just by body and mind
being best friends for all time.

คนล่าฝัน “Khon La Fun” (Dream Chaser) by แอ๊ด คาราบาว Aed Carabao
A SINGABLE ENGLISH VERSION translated by Ann Norman

Note: I believe this was my first singable translation. The first line was hard because nothing rhymes with “horizon” (the word that is supposed to go at the end of the first line). I substituted in “a distant hillside” and the rest of the lyrics just fell into place.

Morning sunlight bursts out from that distant hillside
Saying much more time has arrived
Take your life onwards toward the goal that you choose
You might win, you might lose, you should try!
Watch the crows flying off and out of our sight
each looking for something to eat.
A reminder that each soul is born to this world
To search, to struggle, to fight

O life is so full of so much to do
We are born, suffer, die, every man
But what isn’t the same is the dream we pursue
Don’t stop till it’s held in your hand.

A person combines both the good and the bad
The noble include rich and poor
We know love is a beautiful thing to be had
Disappointment will happen for sure
In our way is the sky, the land, and the stream
Cross over to grab for your dream
Life comes to us once
Once and that’s all!
Make sure it is something you mean

O life is so full of so much to do
We are born, suffer, die, every man
But what isn’t the same is the dream we pursue
Don’t stop till it’s held in your hand.

Through months when it seems that everything’s dark
We still have the right to dream bright
Like a candle will light up the path far ahead
Like a firefly sparkling at night
To stand still afraid you are kidding yourself
Is the same thing as failure itself
You haven’t done anything yet, good or bad
You’re burned by your fear, nothing else

O life is so full of so much to do
We are born, suffer, die, every man
But what isn’t the same is the dream we pursue
Don’t stop till it’s held in your hand.

The sky, and the mountain, you’ve crossed both before
I ask have you crossed to your dream?
Go off to your dream far away on the shore
In the end you will catch it and more
Try out being a person who chases your dreams
The prize of dreaming is dreams
Life comes just once
Once and that’s all!
Don’t let it be boring and mean

Morning sunlight bursts out from that distant hillside
Saying much more time has arrived
Take your life onwards toward the goal that you choose
You might win, you might lose, you should try!
Try out being a person who chases your dreams
The prize of dreaming is dreams
Life comes just once
Once and that’s all!
Don’t let it be boring and mean

O life is so full of so much to do
We are born, suffer, die, every man
But what isn’t the same is the dream we pursue
Don’t stop till it’s held in your hand.

O life is so full of so much to do
We are born, suffer, die, every man
But what isn’t the same is the dream we pursue
Don’t stop till it’s held in your hand.

Reng Koi (The Vulture Waits) แร้งคอย by แอ๊ด คาราบาว Aed Carabao
A SINGABLE ENGLISH VERSION translated by Ann Norman

This is an extremely rough voice memo for demonstration purposes only:

Right now, a vulture quietly waits
To see who falls and who may die
Who walks along this forest path
Must cross his land, Dong Paya Fai.
A stream flows wide and out of sight
A ridge of cliffs defies the sky
The town beneath a sheet of blue
Near rapids my heart waits for you

Near rapids my heart waits for yours
Right where the vulture often waits
Near rapids my heart waits for yours
Right where the vulture waits, I wait.

Right now rain strikes the side of the cliffs
While far away birds sing and drift
The soothing sounds of forest strife
Who knows the source of music’s life?
Sing out like streams roll out of sight!
Like cliffs defy sky and sunlight
The town beneath a sheet of blue
Near rapids my heart waits for you.

Near rapids my heart waits for yours
Right where the vulture often waits
Near rapids my heart waits for yours
Right where the vulture waits, I wait.
I wait and wait and wait and wait.
Right where the vulture waits . . . I still wait .. .

โลกแห่งความรัก Lok Haeng Kwaam Rak (World of Love) by แอ๊ด คาราบาว Aed Carabao in SINGABLE ENGLISH!!!!
A SINGABLE ENGLISH VERSION translated by Ann Norman

Note: There are two addition to the original Thai: the phrase “Each one has worth” which I needed to rhyme with “Earth” and “just out of our sight” to make a line scan.

While I still have life, I will do the same things
that through ages people do
Up until the very last day that I’m still breathing
I’ll accept the coming changes too
Though my heart breaks, I’m almost crushed
I’ll move towards goals that one pursues
Help me take just one step
towards some common things we dream
One step first is all I ask for
From here on, I’m sure I’ll walk on secure

So many forests, species alive
Blossoms cheer and help us to thrive
When the sky turns to gold, seasons they change
Towards a greater day, that’s just out of our sight
People will blossom, each one has worth
The world smiles brightly
Each has love on this whole Earth

While I still have life, I will do the same things
that through ages people do
Up until the very last day that I’m still breathing
I’ll accept the coming changes too
Though my heart breaks, I’m almost crushed
I’ll move towards goals that one peruses
Help me take just one step
towards some common things we dream
One step first is all I ask for
From here, I’m sure I’ll walk on secure
on a world full of love
One love that we share

Walk on a world full of love
It’s one love that we share

วันชัย Wan Chai (The Day of Victory) by แอ๊ด คาราบาว Aed Carabao
A SINGABLE ENGLISH VERSION translated by Ann Norman

By each new day and night, your road becomes less long
From when you started this fight, you’re almost there, so stay strong
While walking down this road, though troubles take their toll,
Wade on through hot and through cold. You’ll soon arrive at your goal.

When you fall, get up and stand again
Don’t feel bad about old, past mistakes
Don’t waste tears about the pains and aches
We must continue forwards to the end

Once there’s a day you leave
Your journey should succeed
Though months or years have gone by
This bump won’t cause you to die.

Through hurt or pain, endure
Force yourself on once more
Fight on to victory day
A day good things come your way.

ดอกไม้สีชมพู (Dok Mai See Champoo) Pink Flower  by Aed Carabao แอ๊ด คาราบาว
A SINGABLE ENGLISH (AMERICAN) VERSION translated by Ann Norman

HERE IS A VOICE MEMO, FOR DEMONSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY:

As if heaven played a joke
Here’s what it gave me at the start:
A boy’s body; a girl’s heart.
Like, “A pretty flower ‘til you smell’”
I’ve a love that others tease
I want to fly so far away
In this world of ours today
Who’ll breathe in deeply and be pleased?

A fragrant, stimulating scent. I’m a flower bright and pink
Shimmering, sparkling alone. In depression I sink
I want to scream so all know
Ask just how am I wrong?
Wrong my heart is a girl?
Or wrong my body is male?
Me I don’t yet understand
Won’t someone come and understand?

Flowers have no right to choose
The scent attracts a swarm of bees
I bow my head and let them bruise
A pink flower in the breeze

A fragrant, stimulating scent. I’m a flower bright and pink
Shimmering, sparkling alone. In depression I sink
I want to scream so all know
Ask just how am I wrong?
Wrong my heart is a girl?
Or wrong my body is male?
Me I don’t yet understand
Won’t someone come and understand?

Flowers have no right to choose
The scent attracts a swarm of bees
I bow my head and let them bruise
A pink flower in the breeze

English-translation/version of Wan Waan Mai Mi Kow” (วันวานไม่มีเขา ในวันนี้ไม่มีเรา) “If It Weren’t for Her, Today I’d Not be Here” (The Mother’s Day Song by แอ๊ด คาราบาว Aed Carabao)

Note: I Americanized this song a teeny bit. Aed Carabao had the mothers getting up early to cook rice, eggs, and fish soup. I keep the eggs and added “packs a lunch.” The rest is VERY close to the original.

Here is a (very rough) voice memo, for purposes of helping you fit the words to the music:

If it weren’t for her, today I’d not be here
Who gets up first and cooks the eggs? We’re sleeping very near
Wakes us up and packs a lunch. Makes sure we’re clean and dressed
Takes us back and forth to school. Makes sure we pass our tests.
Chases us around. . . as sun sets.

If it weren’t for her, today I’d not be here
She tucks us into bed each night. Fights sicknesses and tears.
A familiar warm embrace, shares our troubles to the end.
The world is what it is. She helps us understand
Persevere, be strong . . . Fly against the wind!

Ever-lasting like the sky, her love keeps us secure,
‘Til the world wears away, a parents’ love is pure.
If not for them, this whole wide world we’d miss
If not for them, we wouldn’t exist.

If it weren’t for her, today we’d not be here
Young adults fly off to find their dream
Just knowing she’s back there
Their hearts are free of sadness, not a worry or a care
If IT were not for YOU! There be none of us, its true.
If not for YOU, We’d be nowhere

ซานตาน่าคาราบาว Santana Carabao
By คาราบาว Carabao
SINGABLE ENGLISH VERSION translated by Ann Norman

Here is a VERY rough demo, to help one match English-language words to the music:

A teen in his room, just singing out loud
In a mirror performs, showing off with no crowd
I cared only to learn lead guitar,
Santana, the band we adore
Woodstock showed the world there was more
music to explore: Hippie, rock and roll.

From October 14th, was born P’ Nga Caravan
Out from Thammasat U., they lead the crowds on
College students and regular folks, were the ones who made dictators flee
We were just grains of sand in that sea
Grains that blossomed somehow . . . into our band Carabao

He wowed, that Latin lead guitar
Santana was for us such a star
“Wanipok,” opened doors; rock/sam cha
Carabao to this day: Thailand’s Santana

He wowed, that Latin lead guitar
Santana was for us such a star
“Wanipok,” opened doors; rock/sam-cha
Carabao to this day: Thailand’s Santana

Songs for Life serve, as if destined to be,
Encouraging Thais towards a path good and free
A mirror to reflect black and white,
honor, fairness, hu-man-ity
Our group creates songs, melody,
helping Thailand to see . . . a path forward for life

Santana Carabao, sam cha Carabao
Sam cha Carabao, Santana Carabao
Santana Carabao, sam cha Carabao
sam cha Carabao, Santana Carabao

Rohingya (โรฮิงญา) by Eed Opakul อี๊ด โอภากุล
An International, SINGABLE ENGLISH VERSION translated by Ann Norman

NOTE: I made some changes to make it International, including dropping the words “Thai.” Thank you to P’Eed for writing this important song and for giving permission to translate into English.

They’re out there in boats because they don’t have a land
Drifting, clinging to their humanity
Bangladesh doesn’t care. India won’t lend a hand.
Burma stomps on them with impunity

Near the border of Thailand
They’re pushed into camps, where they wait and wait indefinitely.
You lose your humanity, given no place to stand
Even lacking nationality, Rohingya!

Rohingya Ro- Rohingya Ro-Ro-Ro Rohingya
Rohingya Ro- Rohingya Ro-Ro-Ro Rohingya

[We] have a land to walk on, a roof over our head
With two hands and two feet, we proceed
Life throws up a road block; our work won’t succeed
Though now we’re in debt, we still breathe.

We have citizenship, we vote and make our own rules
We’ve a nation, freedom, sovereignty
But what we don’t have is suffering so cruel
Our troubles can’t be compared to the. . . Rohingya!

Rohingya Ro- Rohingya Ro-Ro-Ro Rohingya
Rohingya Ro- Rohingya Ro-Ro-Ro Rohingya
So whenever you’re tired with the insanity
Remember the Rohingya and their plight
In this struggle with destiny that we all have to fight
Let’s not give up hope on humanity

SOLO

So whenever you’re tired with the insanity
Remember the Rohingya and their plight
In this struggle with destiny that we all have to fight
Let’s not give up hope on humanity

We have citizenship, we vote and make our own rules
We’ve a nation, freedom, sovereignty
But what we don’t have is suffering so cruel
Our troubles can’t be compared to the. . . Rohingya!

Rohingya Ro- Rohingya. Rohingya, Rohingya
Rohingya Ro- Rohingya. Hold on, hold on, Rohingya!
Rohingya, ask your heart to believe . . . you must believe still in humanity
And in your own! . . . Rohingya!

แค่คิดยังไม่เคย Kae Kit Yang Mai Koie (Only Thought About It, Still Haven’t Ever . . .)
Composed แอ๊ด คาราบาว Aed Carabaofor the band Assist แอซซิส, Champions of Season 1 of Bao Young Blood (2015)

If you have trouble matching the English words to the music, use this voice memo (for demonstration purposes only):

Inside each one, of course there is fear
Choose good or bad? It’s up to one to decide
Experience, gives us strength from inside
Some get to their goal. Some won’t survive.

I am a person with love and with dreams
Just starting this struggle, I get up, I drop
A coconut rolling with no way to stop
Just drifting on. . . that’s how it seems

Where there is a dream, to that place I’ll go.
Where there could be love, pushing onwards I strain
My body hurts but it’s worth all the pain
Others strengths and desires will be different than mine
So what if I fail? Though disappointed, I’m fine!
If I wake up tomorrow, why should I whine?
Lessons learned in the past, they’ll be my road sign
To a victory in life, I think of, but still haven’t seen.

Over the ocean one seagull flies
When at last, he’s caught a fish to eat
He squawks to the world to advertise his feat
So my fears fly off and disappear

Life is mainly a struggle, a fight
One fights to live, to feed the hunger inside
Let’s go to the land where our hopes reside
For which we’ve yearned . . . . for oh so long

Where there is a dream, to that place I’ll go.
Where there could be love, pushing onwards I strain
My body hurts but it’s worth all the pain
Others strengths and desires will be different than mine
So what if I fail? Though disappointed, I’m fine!
If I wake up tomorrow, why should I whine?
Lessons learned in the past, they’ll be my road sign
To a victory in life, I think of, but still haven’t seen.

The seagull’s like one’s heart. It carries us on towards the shore
Over a vast empty ocean, with no hope and no love
Press on now, don’t relax. Those fears, you must let go of
A land of love’s still ahead . . . that you think of, and need to know more . . .

Where there is a dream, to that place I’ll go.
Where there could be love, pushing onwards I strain
My body hurts but it’s worth all the pain
Others strengths and desires will be different than mine
So what if I fail? Though disappointed, I’m fine!
If I wake up tomorrow, why should I whine?
Lessons learned in the past, they’ll be my road sign
To a victory in life . . .

Where there is a dream, to that place I’ll go.
Where there could be love, pushing onwards I strain
My body hurts but it’s worth all the pain
Others strengths and desires will be different than mine
So what if I fail? Though disappointed, I’m fine!
If I wake up tomorrow, why should I whine?
Lessons learned in the past, they’ll be my road sign
To a victory in life, I think of, but still haven’t seen.

พ่อภูมิพล Paw Pumipon (Father Bhumibol) [English version วอร์ชั่นภาษาอังกฤษ]
By แอ๊ด คาราบาว Add Carabao
Thai version published on YouTube October 17, 2016
This CarabaoinEnglish translation was used for the official English version of the song posted on YouTube November 3, 2016

Father roams both and far and near, treads on every inch of land
From peaks of mountains, tall and grand, down to shores with mangroves filled
Comes to teach, to tell, to build. Brings new methods he creates
Fixes problems, sets things straight, bringing hope to all Thailand

However hard, there’s no complaints. To make sure they have better fates
His royal body dedicates, and he rules with righteousness

The sky went dark October 13th. He closed his eyes and then was gone
His children’s tears will flood Thailand, they grieve for Father Bhumibol.

King of our hearts. Father Bhumibol
[. . .] Father to Thai people everywhere
To follow your trail will be a noble thing
Great, learned King, whose sweat has blessed our land

Great, learned king, whose sweat caressed our land

Lyrics Translations for the Band