40 ปี ฅนคาราบาว See Sip Bpee Kon Carabao (40 Years of Carabao People) [Ye Olde Carabao Band: 40 Years]

Lyrics by ยืนยง โอภากุล Yuenyong Opakul and ปรีชา ชนะภัย Preecha Chanopai
Composer: คาราบาว Carabao

Note: There is a joke in the title. The “kon” meaning “people” in “Carabao people” is spelled in the ancient way using an obsolete letter “k” that is no longer in the Thai alphabet. In the song, Carabao is protesting that they are still relevant while spelling “Carabao people” using an old-fashioned spelling. Maybe a good translation would be “Ye olde Carabao Band: 40 Years.”

This song riffs off the theme song for the TV show คาราบาว เดอะซีรีส์ “Carabao The Series,” which came out the year of the 30th Anniversary. It was an anthology series, with each episode covering a famous Carabao song, first with an intro to the song by the band Carabao, then a drama based on the song of the week, another few words from the band commenting on the drama, and some famous younger band (a different band each week) covering the Carabao song of the week in a totally new way. Most of the episodes were REALLY well done. If you can partially understand Thai, this show is MUST SEE. Search for คาราบาว เดอะซีรีส์ on YouTube.

[I] came from Suphan [by hitching a ride] with a postal vehicle*
[I] had enough money but I needed to be thrifty
I came into the big city intending to be a temple boy
Receiving leftovers to nourish myself
ณ ช่างก่อสร้างอุเทนถวายฯ
At Uthentawai School of Architecture
I studied following my older brother who had been here
And so I got new friends who were musicians
สูงยาวเข่าดี ปรีชา ชนะภัย
Nice and tall, Preecha Chanapai [Lek]

[I] performed for a living, being a starving artist
At night, shows of the band President played Farang songs
In the day, shows at the hotel had all genres of music
กับคุณเทียรี สุทธิยง เมฆวัฒนา
With Khun Thierry Suthiyong Mekwattana
Then one day, I was thinking of an old friend
I wanted to hear the song “Lung Kee Mao” [“The Drunken Uncle”] that our friend had created
But that unexpectedly became something that hurt my friend, causing him to lose his job
Because in that era, we weren’t allowed to play Thai songs.

เกิดเวียงจันทน์ ปีสองพันห้าร้อยหนึ่ง
I was born in Vientiane [Loas] in the year 2501 [1958]
At age two, I returned with my mother and father back to Thailand
เคยเป็นพระเอกหนังเรื่อง โอ้…กุ๊กไก่
I had previously been a movie actor [in] “Oh Gook Gai” [Oh “Chicken Coop”]
I was both a musician at Ozana recording studio
And I had previously played folksongs with P’Lek
And so we were friends/pals in the era of seeking/chasing [something]
I really believe it was fate
ลิขิตนำพาเป็น เทียรี่ คาราบาว
destining, leading me to be Thierry Carabao

จากเดือนตุลาสองห้าสองสี่ สี่สิบปีแล้ว
From October 2524 [1981], 40 years now
Oh friends, dear younger brothers and sisters, come tossing arms around each others shoulders, Carabao friends!
So many works [of art and entertainment] completed through hot and through cold
Young men, young women, and old people are still fans

However many ten thousands, hundred thousands, or millions of kilos [we travel on tour], we won’t be disheartened.
And long as we have strength to go on, let’s rush on
Our minds are still good, and we have two legs and two arms
We still have no plans to quit playing. Why would we quit?

Because the breath [we] breathe is For Life**
Because the breath [we] breathe is Carabao


Because the breath [we] breathe is For Life
Because the breath [we] breathe is Carabao

From rumors, we’ve made great strides here, a band For Life
Sky and Earth have written that [we] must create and serve society
so there are songs to match [what is going on]
ถ่วงโลกกลมๆ ใบนี้ด้วยคุณธรรม
So that this round, round world is weighted down with merit/virtue

In place of words hinting that we are old and senile, the sun [just] travels and sets
คนเราเกิดมา มีใครบ้างหนาผู้คนจดจำ
We people are born into the world. Is there anyone people remember?
ตราบชีพยังอยู่ จะขอตอกย้ำ
As long as we still have life, let us stress
We will put our heads down and do the duty of [ye olde] Carabao people.

40 ปีแล้ว ยังขอตอกย้ำ
40 years now. Let us emphasize again
จะก้มหน้าทำหน้าที่… ฅนคาราบาว
We will put our heads down and do the duty of [ye olde] Carabao people.

*The story of young Add heading off to Bangkok, hitching a ride on a postal vehicle, is covered in another autobiographical song that is amazingly good: ไม่ยืนยง Mai Yuenyong (Not Endure [Forever])
**The genre of music they play is called “Songs for Life,” or “For Life.” Wikipedia defines “Songs for Life” as “a type of Thai folk music, strongly influenced by elements of Western folk and rock music with a protest theme mainly centered on the hardship of working-class people and in favor of a democratic political system.” The genre started in the 1970s but Carabao became the most successful example of the genre in the 1980s. The definition given in Wikipedia may be skewed by the example of Carabao.

ทุ่งฝันตะวันรอน Tung Fun Dtawan Ron (The Meadow Dreams of the Sunset) IN SINGABLE ENGLISH

Translation of song by  ยืนยง โอภากุล Yuenyong Opakul, aka แอ๊ด คาราบาว Add Carabao
Album: ทุ่งฝันตะวันรอน Tung Fun Dtawan Ron (The Meadow Dreams of the Sunset) (2006)

NOTE: The direct translation is HERE.

ถ้าหลับฝันเป็นความจริง คงตามเก็บไม่ได้หมด
If dreams are in fact real, it’s still nothing we keep
ถ้าหลับฝันนั้นเป็นฝัน จากผลผลิตของกาลนอน
If dreams are just dreams, they’re the product of sleep
แต่ฝันเมื่อยามตื่น ใครเคยเชยชมมาก่อน
But who, after they wake, their dreams still can caress
ทุ่งฝันตะวันรอน งดงาม ประทับใจ
A meadow dreams of sunset. Its colors impress

ชีวิตเป็นความจริง มีบางสิ่งที่ยิ่งใหญ่
Now life, it is real. It has some things that are great.
ความรักและเห็นใจ โลกทั้งใบยังต้องการ
Both empathy, love. The whole world needs to relate.
ฝันถึงโลกใบนี้ มีแต่ความรักเบ่งบาน
Dream of blossoming love. For the whole world, suppose
There’s only life that flows, ruling the dreams in one’s heart

Store a harvest of love, a field of dreams set apart
Dream flowers in your heart, love’s consequence show
A love that is huge . . . I want each person to know
Earth’s love-flowers blow, people’s flower-dreams reel

ถ้าฝันเป็นความจริง สิ่งเดียวที่ฉัน มุ่งมั่น
If dreams could be true. One thing that appeals
จะ เปลี่ยน ทุ่ง ทานตะวัน เป็นทุ่งฝันแห่งผองชน
I’d make a sunflower field become a meadow of dreams
โลกไม่มีใบที่สอง คนก็เกิด แค่หนึ่งหน
There is no Earth number two. We’re born just once it seems
ขอความฝันในใจคน จงเป็นบานด้วยดอกฝัน
May all the world’s hearts’ dreams, bloom and flowers reveal
May dream sunflowers team, spread across a dream field
Meadows dream of sunset
Meadows dream of sunset
Meadows dream of the show
As sun slowly goes

Review of the Album “Poem” by Add Carabao

Album cover of "Poem"Add Carabao has a new compilation album of his most poetic songs in ultra-HD, with an English language title, “Poem,” and ITS AVAILABLE IN THE US ON AMAZON MUSIC! (And the fact that there is an English-language title means you don’t have to type in Thai to find it.) For the record, the Thai-language title of the album is “กวี” which means “Poet.”

The music is good enough to stand on its own, even if you don’t understand Thai, but if you want to be blown away, see how the lyrics translate into English. Because these songs have lyrics that more than double the impact of the music, often including a punchline that will take your breath away.

If I were to pick 15 songs that best demonstrate Add Carabao’s poetic abilities, I would have something very close this album. And they aren’t all famous songs. Don’t be fooled by “Talay Jai” (Ocean Heart) as the inevitable opening song (Add Carabao’s favorite). For instance, this album includes an inexplicably overlooked song that has long been my personal favorite: “Kwam Jing” (Truth), which totally works as an atheist hymn. “All the faith eclipses the thinking and dreaming one should have.” And, “It’s in the study of genuine truth/reality that the world spreads out for a person.”

In Mai Pai someone on a rainy moonlit night is composing a song on a bamboo flute: “I tease a song from the fingers that flutter/ from the rain’s pitter-patter/ from the heart that cares . . . about you.” And in the next moment, through the power of music, we are contemplating the oneness of the human race and of the universe in general.

Rang Koy (The Vulture Waits) is similarly powerful. The first verse sets up a wild scene in a jungle where a vulture waits (to eat those who die along the path). There are streams flowing out of sight and cliffs that defy the sky. The second verse explodes by asking, Who understands the life of music? (Where does music come from?). We should let it go (sing out) like streams flowing out of sight. Like cliffs that defy the sky! And, as in all these songs, the music almost tells the story by itself — in this case by including the chirping of birds and other jungle sounds.

Luk Lung Kee Mao (Son of the Drunken Uncle) is a long vivid story with a poetic punchline that I will not give away. (In audio of the debut performance of this song, I thought I heard a collective gasp from the audience.) I had long argued that “Son of the Drunken Uncle,” written for the band’s 25th anniversary was even better than “The Drunken Uncle” (a fan favorite from the very first Carabao album).

Lok Hang Kwam Rak (World of Love) is a song that makes you want to light candles and all hold hands (or that was one friend’s response to it). Rak Tong Su (Love Must Struggle) is Thailand’s “I Will Survive” [a breakup] song. Ngem Jai (An Opening in the Heart) s another wholesome campfire song that encourages people to open their hearts, just a crack, to each other and let the truth out.

There are many lighthearted, playful, and humorous songs as well: Phi Suea Nak Su (Fighter Butterfly) is an infectiously upbeat song about a butterfly continuing to fly even with injured wings. Bor Yere Joye (No Big Deal), uses a dismissive phrase in Chinese that Add’s mother used to say, to cheer up the downhearted. And Tawan Tok Din,  (The Sun Sets) goes on and on in a a silly 50s doo-op style, complete with falsetto voice, about the fact that people can’t survive a drowning. I did a direct translation then went online to ask “What the heck?” A friend suggested this was yet another song about impermanence.  And believe it or not, the song suddenly made sense to me.

There are several more songs that for the moment I will categorize as “interesting” as I still need to think it over and/or translate them: “Sai Tan Tee Huan Kuen,” (The River That Flows Back), invites Thai expats to return home, offering sympathy for their plight. It came out in 2006. Is it being intentionally recycled for the current moment? “Pukawatketa” is a song involving the characters Arjuna and Krishna from an Indian myth. I have already translated an Add Carabao song titled “The Arrow of Arjuna” and its amazing, so we shall see. “Lung Fang” sounds like many other Carabao songs about idylic/not so idylic farm life, but that is just a guess based on the sound of a rooster crowing. In Che’2018, Add Carabao takes a second run at memorializing Che Guevera, after regretting the result of an earlier attempt. Although this album’s version of “Che 2018” is in Thai, he also did a version in Spanish.

Below are the 15 songs as they are spelled on Amazon Music with hyperlinks to their translations here at Carabao in English. Four of the 15 songs already have rhyming translations, which I will link to. Three have not yet been translated.

Ta Lay Jai
Mai Pai
Rok Tong Su
Che’2018 (Thai Version)
Ngam Jai
Sai Taan Tee Huan Kuen
Luk Lung Kee Mao
Tawan Tok Din
Rang Koy
Phi Suea Nak Su
Lung Fang
Bor Yere Joye
Lok Hang Kwam Rak
Kwam Jing

I got an interview with Add Carabao once to pitch the idea of doing an album in English using singable translations of his Thai-language songs (such as my own translations) plus some of his existing English language songs. At one point during this out-of-body experience, I was shouting “People need to know that you’re A POET! You’re a POET!”

An English-language album finally did materialize and it’s terrible. New songs were written directly in English FOR Add Carabao by a Thai composer who is A) NOT Add Carabao, and B) not completely comfortable with English. You can read about it HERE. Meanwhile, my fantasy album demonstrating Add Carabao is a POET! He’s a POET! has arrived. It’s just that the songs are still in Thai. And maybe that’s OK.

Lek Carabao posts about “Feelings I have for the song ‘Tuk’”

Note: This is a translation of a Facebook post from Lek Carabao on the Lek Carabao Solo Facebook page, on January 11, 2022 [I still need to check this translation]. He talks about his feelings for the song ‘Tuk” and the whole “Tuk Kwai Tuey” Series of 10 songs, and the fact that he is writing a medley of the songs to perform for the band’s 40th anniversary. Note that I made similar points to his in a review of those songs (the same link as above) that I wrote several years ago: that the story is intentionally a legend, that it has alot of power, that one of the interesting aspects of the set of songs is technological change, both in farming (which is a key theme of the story) and in the actual physical recording of the songs over a period of 10 years.

“ความรู้สึกที่มีต่อบทเพลง ถึก”
“The feelings I have for the song ‘Tuk’”

เมื่อคืนออกจากห้องนอนมาช่วงตีสอง เข้านอนเร็วไปหน่อยมั้ง หายง่วงก็ไม่ฝืนนอนครับ ออกมาทำเพลงต่อดีกว่า ทำเพลง “ถึกควายทุยภาค 1” แบบเต็มเพลงค้างไว้น่ะครับ
Last night I came out of my bedroom at 2 am. Maybe I’d go lie down real fast but once I’m no longer tired I can’t force myself to lie down. It’d be better to come out and work on the song “Tuk Kwai Tuey 1,” like spend the night working on the whole song.

ดังที่เรียนแล้วว่า เราจะมีเมดเลย์ถึกควายทุยทั้งสิบภาคไว้แสดงบนเวทีครบรอบ 40ปีคาราบาวอย่างแน่นอน ซึ่งก็ได้ทำเดโมเสร็จเรียบร้อยไปแล้ว เหลือเพียงให้สมาชิกวงใส่รายละเอียดเพิ่มเติมใกล้แสดงเมื่อไหร่ก็นำมาใช้ซ้อมได้เลย
Like I already told you, we are definitely going to have a medley of all 10 Tuk Kwai Tuey songs to perform for the 40th anniversary of Carabao. And the demo is already finished. All that is left is for the band members to put in the additional details near the performance, whenever that is, and be able to bring that to rehearsal.

โดยส่วนตัวผม รู้สึกว่าถึกควายทุยนั้นเป็นดั่งตำนานของวง แม้จะเป็นเรื่องราวที่พี่แอ๊ดสมมุติตัวละครและเรื่องราวขึ้นมา แต่โดยเนื้อหาของทุกภาคนั้นล้วนมีเสน่ห์ และเป็นดั่งอุทาหรณ์สอนใจ ยิ่งเมื่อนำมารวมกันครบทุกภาคยิ่งเห็นถึงภาพรวมที่น่าทึ่ง
And as for me, I feel that Tuk Kwai Tuey is a legend of our band. Even if P’Add came up with the story and fictional character. But the whole content of this part of Tuk has a certain special something (เสน่ห์). It’s an interesting didactic example, all the more when put together with all the other Tuk songs so you can see the overall picture, which is impressive.

อาจเป็นเพราะช่วงเวลาก็มีส่วนไม่น้อย เพราะภาคหนึ่งถึงสิบนั้นห่างกันถึงสิบปีดังที่เคยเรียนให้ท่านทราบไปบ้างแล้ว ซึ่งเวลานั้นมีผลต่อประสบการณ์ และประสบการณ์ก็มีผลต่อการสร้างงานไม่น้อยเลย
Maybe it’s because the length of time over which there were contributions is not short. Because Part 1 is 10 years distant from Part 10, as I already explained. And there were a lot of experiences over that period of time, and those experiences affected the composition to a significant degree.

มิเพียงประสบการณ์ในการพบเจอบทเรียนชีวิต เทคโนโลยี่ในช่วงสิบปีก็มีความแตกต่างไม่น้อยเลย ถึกภาคแรกและภาคสิบจึงถูกสร้างจากเครื่องไม้เครื่องมือที่ต่างกันราวหน้ามือกับหลังมือ นี่จึงเป็นการเดินทางที่น่าสนใจในแทบทุกด้าน
It was just the experience in confronting the lessons of life. The technology over a 10 period also was quite different. Tuk part 1 and Tuk part 10 were therefore created from machinery that was as different as the front and back of a hand [as different as night and day?]. So the path we traveled was interesting from every side.

จะมีสักกี่บทเพลงที่เหมือนถึกควายทุย “สิบเพลง สิบภาค แต่เรื่องราวเดียวกันที่ฉาบไว้ด้วยประสบการณ์แห่งการเดินทางผ่านกาลเวลาอย่างแท้จริง”
How many songs are there anywhere like the Tuk Kwai Tuey set of songs? “10 songs, 10 parts, but one story that is plastered with the real experience of traveling through a length of time.”

ในมุมของผมนั้น รู้จักถึกภาคแรกจากการได้ฟังจากคาสเซ็ทเทปม้วนที่ทำให้พี่แอ๊ดตกงานนั่นแหละ อิ อิ ซึ่งเนื้อหาของมันมีอิทธิพลต่ออารมณ์นักดนตรีเต้นกินรำกินอย่างผมในยามนั้นมากมาย
From my perspective, I know Tuk part 1 from listening to a cassette tape that caused P’Add to lose his job (he he . . .)* And the contents were so impactful on the emotions of musicians like myself who performed for a living in that time.

นั่นเป็นอีกหนึ่งเหตุผลที่ทำให้ผมเลือกที่จะถอดชุดอวกาศทิ้ง และมาใส่อะไรก็ได้ที่มันใช่ตัวเราจริงๆ และทำในสิ่งที่เรารักและเห็นว่าถูกต้อง
This was one more reason that made me take out the empty[?] cassettes and toss them, put in whatever I really use and to do the things I love and believe are correct.

ด้วยความรักที่มีต่อบทเพลงถึกควายทุย ผมจึงตั้งใจว่าจะทำมันทั้งสิบภาคเป็นเดโมแบบเต็มเพลงไว้ แล้วจะชวนพี่แอ๊ดและสมาชิกวงมาร่วมกันบันทึกเสียงในแบบถึกควายทุยณ.พศ.นี้กันครับ
With the love that I have for the Tuk Kwai Tuey songs, I aim to turn the whole 10 songs into a medley. And I will invite P’Add and band members to come together to record a Tuk Kwai Tuey with a current sound this year.

*** เพิ่มเติม สำหรับท่านที่สงสัยในรูปแบบของถึกในแบบที่ผมกำลังจะทำ ลองเข้าไปดูถึกควายทุยภาค 7 ที่ผมลงไว้ใน youtube ได้ครับ แต่เมื่อเสร็จสมบูรณ์จะเป็นพี่แอ๊ดร้องครับ
*** Also for those of you curious about the style of the “Tuk” that I am doing right now, go look at “Tuk Kwai Tuey Part 7” that I already put out there on YouTube. Although, when it’s done, I assume it will be P’Add singing.

Note from translator: *[If I understand correctly, Add showed Lek the tape, and Lek was so impressed, he showed it to their boss, who ripped the cassette out of the tape player threw it on the floor and said, they were forbidden to play those songs for the customers at the hotel because the songs were in Thai and they were supposed to be singing only foreign songs. (Although the exact song the boss heard from the cassette before ripping it out I believe was “ลุงขี้เมา” “Lung Kee Mao”)]

Phongthaep Kradonchamnan พงษ์เทพ กระโดนชำนาญ

So I keep piecing together connections between Add Carabao and other important Thai artists. Often the connection is that Add Carabao, or rather Yuenyong Opakul, helped them at the very beginning of their careers (writing songs for them (the band Hammer)), producing their first album (the band Zu Zu, with lead singer Tom Dundee), guest singing on their first studio album (the band Asanee & Wasan, with Asanee). In each case, the famous or soon-to-be famous artists, undoubtedly influenced Carabao in return, so understanding the connections helps one understand Carabao music.

Of course we know that Add Carabao idolized Nga Caravan and the band Caravan (pronounced Carawan). See for instance the Carabao tribute song to Caravan on their 20th anniversary. He even chose “Carabao” as the band’s name, in part because it is similar to Caravan. But did you know that a former Caravan band member toured with the band Carabao in their earliest days?

The singer Phongthaep Kradonchamnan, nicknamed “Moo” meaning pig, started out in the band Caravan. After a horrific massacre of students at Thammasat University in 1976 many left-leaning students and young people, including Caravan band members, escaped to the jungle to join the Thai communists. There was an amnesty for the communists in 1980. Phongthaep came out of the jungle and Add invited him to come tour with Carabao, which he did. But Phonthaep was never an actual Carabao band member according to Thai Wikipedia.

He was definitely touring with Carabao during the Made in Thailand tour, as you can see in the historical concert footage of the famous first Velodrome concert in 1985 (the one the police shut down early because of a rowdy crowd, at which point, Add soothed the crowd with a song sung acapella and urged them to leave peacefully). In that concert Phongthaep was very bouncy and animated and had a different style than Carabao, perhaps more influenced by traditional northeastern Thai styles, like mor lam, which is often compared to western rap. (Phonthaep is from the northeast). Phongthaep also guest starred in the first Carabao movie, เสียงเพลงแห่งเสรีภาพ (Music of Freedom), about the origins of the band (very much fictionalized) that came out in 1985.

When Phongthaep left to work as a solo artist, Add, along with other Carabao band members, played back-up on his first album “ห้วยแถลง” “Huay Talaeng,” released in 1986. The title of the album is the name of a district in Nakhon Rachasima Province, where Phongthaep is from. A YouTube of that full album is at the top of this page. Interestingly, the 7th song on that album หยดน้ำ “Water Drop” has borrowed the tune of the Christmas carol “Deck the Halls”

According to Thai and English Wikipedia, Phongthaep Kradonchamnan’s lyrics are very poetic and he sings about the downtrodden, thus earning the him name “กวีศรีชาวไร่ or “The Farmer’s Poet.” Interestingly this name was given to him by Asanee Polachan, who famously wrote “Kit Tueng Baan” (“Missing Home)” the song that evolved into Carabao’s “Duan Pen” or “Full Moon”). To learn more, check out the Carabao song,”Polachan’s Song ‘Full Moon’” (yes, it’s a song about a song.)

Below is Phongthaep Kradonchaman’s 25th Anniversary concert (the 25th Anniversary of “The Farmer’s Poet”), which should be a better, more accessible introduction to his music than his first album.

And finally, for those who speak Thai, here is a fairly recent TV show in which he is interviewed.

For more of his music, just search using his name in Thai: พงษ์เทพ กระโดนชำนาญ

Asanee & Wasan อัสนี-วสันต์

A bonus of learning about Add Carabao (Yuenyong Opakul) is learning about many other great Thai musicians who have collaborated with him. Such is the case with Asanee Chotikul and the second band he formed with his brother Wasan, named Asanee & Wasan.

The band is important enough to have their own Wikipedia page both in Thai AND in English. You can learn more there. They are from Loei Province, which is in Isaan, and where I happened to live for the brief period I lived in Thailand. But for my purposes, this biography is almost irrelevant because the coolest thing about Asanee (and Wasan)’s music is not that it is specific to a region, but that it sounds so strangely familiar to any Westerner of my Boomer era. It’s like discovering famous classic rock song from the 80s that you somehow never heard before. For proof, here is their band’s 30th Anniversary concert at Impact Arena in Thailand, September 24-25, 2016.

Check out the drums at about 1h into the video. I just LOVE it.

Even more remarkable, Asanee, but not Wasan, was also part of a progressive rock band called บัตเตอร์ฟลาย Butterfly which was REALLY GOOD. And the lead singer sings in English with no accent.

Here is the album Butterfly Vol. 3 Action, from 1986

What does all this have to do with Yuenyong Opakul, aka Add Carabao? Not much, but in 1986 he did sing on three songs on the very first Asanee & Wasan studio album บ้าหอบฟาง Ba Hop Fang (To Carry Alot of Stuff), an album that is really really good and maybe one of their best.

The three songs Add Carabao is included on are:

ไม่เป็นไร Mai Bpen Rai (Never Mind)
วันนี้ วันดี วันที่เป็นไท Wan Nee Wan Dee Wan Tee Bpen Tai (Today is a Good Day, A Day That We Are Free/Thai)
น้ำเอย น้ำใจ Nam Oie Nam Jai (Kindness . . Oh, Kindness)

Later, Add Carabao helped write a song for the 4th Asanee & Wasan studio album ฟักทอง (Pumpkin) (1989). That song is หัวใจสะออน Hua Jai Sa-on (The Heart that Loves to Love), lyrics and melody by ยืนยง โอภากุ Yuenyong Opakul and อัสนี โชติกุล Asanee Chotikul. It is one of the more famous Asanee & Wasan songs and includes an Isaan word in the title (which made it hard for me to translate).

Add Carabao has collaborated with Asanee Chotikul as a cowriter on at least two big “We are the World”– style songs that gather a large group of famous musicians together to sing for a cause, most notably ชีวิตสัมพันธ์ Cheewit Sampat (Related Life) (1987), an environmental song, but also คนขายฝัน Kon Kaai Fun (Sellers of Dreams) for the Thailand Intellectual Property Festival (2002).

Another Add Carabao – Asanee Chotikul collaboration that follows the pattern of bringing together very famous artists to do something special is พลจันทร์เดือนเพ็ญ Polachan Duan Pen (Polachan’s [Song] “Full Moon”) (1989). I find the song stunning, with layers of meaning, but I get the impression it is not well known.

Interestingly both ชีวิตสัมพันธ์ Cheewit Sampat (Related Life) and พลจันทร์เดือนเพ็ญ Polachan Duan Pen (Polachan’s [Song] “Full Moon”) work their magic by riffing off the song  เดือนเพ็ญ Duan Pen.

Knowing that Yuenyong Opakul was close to Asanee Chotikul at least from the first Asanee-Wasan album alows me to theorize some connections between some Yuenyong Opakul songs and Asanee-Wasan songs. It especially helps explain the song “Yuenyong” on the Yuenyong Opakul solo album โน พลอมแพลม No Problem from 1990 (see the notes under the translation of the song).

Lyrics Translations for the Band