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Review of Carabao (คาราบาว)'s new album "Sawadee Prateet Thai" สวัสดีประเทศไทย
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    Review of Carabao (คาราบาว)'s new album "Sawadee Prateet Thai" สวัสดีประเทศไทย

    My review of Carabao (คาราบาว)'s new album "Sawadee Prateet Thai" สวัสดีประเทศไทย

    The 28th Carabao album “Sawadee Prateet Thai” works the same old formula for success: originality and relentless positivity. The title track is infectious pop. If I’ve done this right, the refrain translates:

    Hello Thailand. Are you well?
    And [even] more luck to all those who were born Thai.
    Have a land abundant and complete
    Have people rich and satisfied
    But that’s small. We also derive comfort living as Thais.
    [I’m] doing well, Thailand.


    The next verse looks forward to greater democracy and asks the citizens to hold fast to peacefulness while they wait for the picture to change.

    As usual, the album encompasses a range of musical styles, including rock, country, reggae, Pacific Island, and sam cha.

    But it seems most energized by that jam session about a year ago with Santana, the band’s biggest influence. For myself, I will never forgive Carlos Santana for mispronouncing “Carabao” at the end of that concert. ("CariBOO!" ARGGHH!!) Aed Carabao, usually so talkative and in charge was, by his own admission, completely starstruck that night and hardly said [or sung] two words. He later noted that it would have been nice if the two bands could have discussed beforehand what they might play together. (UH, Yeah!) But it seems that P’Aed not only survived, but is grateful for this strange experience.

    This album is infused with the sound of Santana, including the trumpets. In opening bars of the 10th song, what sounds like a Santana riff is joined by a sam cha beat. The signature sounds of Santana and Carabao meld PERFECTLY for the rest of the song, which is actually titled “Santana Carabao”! The lyrics tell the story of how Santana and Carawan led to Carabao!

    Another remarkable song is the one sung by Thierry Mekwattana. It is sweetly beautiful, of course, but you will also have fun trying to guess what sort of stringed instruments they might be playing. A mandolin? A Thai violin? The mixture is delightfully different. I am also intriqued by “Sia Muay Pra Gaan Mueang,” a song about Manny Pacquiao and boxers in China [???]

    It’s a wonderful 28th album for the band. And, yes: TWENTY EIGHT!

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    Re: Review of Carabao (คาราบาว)'s new album "Sawadee Prateet Thai" สวัสดีประเทศไทย

    OK, and now a final correct translation of the title song of this album (we hope):

    สวัสดีประเทศไทย Sawadee Prathet Thai (Hello Thailand!)

    By Carabao


    Khun Thierry:

    My ancestry, [it was] mats and pillows [migrants]
    They walked far following their dream
    More than a hundred years back, I have an ancestor who is Thai of the Hun family lineage
    I thank my ancestor who chose to live in Thailand

    Khun Lek:

    I have only one guitar that I take everywhere on tour singing
    I’ll tell you as story close to me, which is a note on the present age
    There are Thais counting to the millions going along to cheer and help be [my] inner strength
    My life is this [way] a lot with Thais in Thailand

    Khun Aed:

    Hello Thailand. Are you well? ([We’re] great!)
    We are luckier than others to have been born Thai
    [We] have a land that is abundant. [We] have people rich in kindness
    Work hard, and we can live happy, living the Thai way

    The way I see it, when I look over Thailand
    to get to the bend in democracy we have to catch up [chase to be on time]
    Old things go. New things will come. Only have to turn our heads to consult.
    Acting capriciously like that. Poor Thailand!

    We have both right and wrong, both good and evil
    [You] don’t need to be afraid. We can live with these things
    Hold fast to peacefulness for a while with the changing picture
    Citizens must learn much more about democracy.

    Hello Thailand. Are you well? ([We’re] great!)
    We are luckier than others to have been born Thai
    [We] have a land that is abundant. [We] have people rich in kindness
    Work hard, and we can live happy, living the Thai way

    Hello Thailand. Are you well? ([We’re] great!)
    We are luckier than others to have been born Thai (A Thai!)
    [We] have a land that is abundant. [We] have people rich and kind.
    Work hard, and we can live happy, living the Thai way

    Doing well, Thailand!
    Truely, doing well, Thailand. Really great, Thailand.
    Greetings, Thailand

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