ประเทศกูมี (Prathet Ku Mi) (English translation)

  • Artist: Rap Against Dictatorship (แร็ปอะเกนสต์ดิกเทเทอร์ชิป)
  • Song: ประเทศกูมี (Prathet Ku Mi)

This Is My Country

(If you don't know what's up in this country,
Let us tell you.)
 
The country in which the black panther was slain by riffles,
The country in which morals are preached but the crime rates are higher than the Eiffel tower,
The country whose law can not stand up against the Dharma or the Bible,
The country in which good people aren't commemorated as idols,
The country in which weekend houses for judges are built in national parks,
The country whose capital's heart was turned into a killing field,
The country in which taxes are candy for the prime minister,
This is my country, this is my country.
 
The country free of corruption which doesn't even investigate on it,
The country whose prime minister's watch is made of corpses
The country whose parliament is the playground of its soldiers,
The country in which a constitution is written so that its army's paws can trample all over it,
The country in which artists are put on airs as rebels,
The country in which (actual) rebels have no power and have to be shrink with fear,
The country in which rebels are made to obey like ants,
This is my country, this is my country.
 
The country in which people in suits lie about what they do,
The country in which the poor have to die because they can't afford 30-baht 1healthcare,
The country which is so powerful that it eats panters like sushi,
The country in which nobody is guilty because nobody is held accountable,
The country in which murder is no problem if you have the money,
The country whose law is more elastic than the arms of Luffy2
The country in which people keep pretending that they are doing good,
This is my country, this is my country.
 
The country in which a gun is pointed at your throat,
The country in which you are told that you are free, even though you are deprived of your right to vote,
The country in which you can't swear even though swears are attached to your gum,
The country in which whatever you do will be intruded by the leader,
The country whose sovereignity has been confiscated by vile people,
The country in which you either hide the truth or eat the bullet,
The country in which the big fish eat the small fish,
This is my country, this is my country.
 
The country in which nobody dares to express his disdain,
The country whose law is made to be menaced by the police,
The country in which people who have ideas have to pretend that they are asleep,
And if you don't like it here, they will force to stay,
The country in which nobody reads, especially the prime minister3
The country in which you are forced to stay quiet and if you won't, you'll end up in prison,
The country in which high ranked officials succeed all the time, no matter how immorally they act,
This is my country, this is my country.
 
The country in which two political parties have separated the country into two factions,
The country whose population is f*cking separated into two sides,
The country in which people from both mobs f*cking die,
The country in which both sides fear the army,
The country whose populace f*cking hasn't had an election in four years,
The supposedly free country that pretends to me that I have a choice,
The country in which the army is assembled to elect the prime minister,
This is my country, this is my country.
 
The country whose budget appears to be unlimited,
The country in which government officials hide money in their homes,
The country whose prime minister is kinda annoying,
The country that has a law but screws it with machine guns,
The country whose population is happy but lives under a coconut shell4
Four years we have lived under the feet (of the military) and nobody has dared to step into the parliamentary,
The tedious country in which you know what's up without it being said,
This is my country, this is my country.
 
The country in which you can find anything but common sense,
Driven by money as if under a magical spell,
That, as time passes, turns into a bright diamond of evil
And is worshipped in a cult of selfishness by monkeys on a stone,
That are mindlessly drunk to the extend that they can't find answers to anything
And ignore what's right and just let those selfish beasts
Rule everything with darkness and fear,
This is my country, this is my country.
 
(If you're ready,
Raise your middle fingers and let the masses march with us.)
 
The good country whose lineage will last forever,
But whose wealth won't last if the government steals from the poor, as the rumours spread all around the world
And there are sanctions against the country, there are troubled people everywhere now,
The country in which protestors are shot by night,
The country in which profane laws are passed that f*ck up the nation
The country that makes it people believe that it won't waste the tax payer's money,
This is my country, this is my country.
 
The country which has the ability to turn laws into pretexts,
The country in which people dress up with hope,
Hope on their T-shirts and poverty on their trousers
The country that's deaf to its own people,
If people in other countries have something to say, they are listened to,
The country in which everybody is taken into examination
And some grasp the answers because they love to count money,
The country in which false promises are given like loading bullets,
The country in which a regime that tells us to love it is created,
The country in which sitting down on a chair and looking outside is considered the answer, as we just love counting the days,
This is my country, this is my country,
This is my country.
 
  • 1. roughly equal to 1 USD
  • 2. An animé character who has the abilty to stretch his body: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey_D._Luffy
  • 3. Prayut claims that he reads a lot. This line is an allusion to that claim.
  • 4. In internet slang, Thailand is sometimes (mostly in political contexts) referred to as "กะลาแลนด์" (Gàlaalaen/Kalaland=> Coconut shell land) which itself is an allusion to the idiomatic expression "กบในกะลา" (gòp nai gàlaa/kop nai kala => frog in a coconut shell) which stands for a narrow-minded person with a limited view. (Just like the frog whose whole world is what he can see inside the coconut shell.). The meaning of the concept of Thailand (its leaders in particular) being a country under a coconut shell is that, due to being a dictatorship, Thailand isolates itself from the world and loses itself in a spiral of ultranationalism, ultraroyalism, authoritarianism etc. and ignores its actual ideals like democracy and integration into the globalised world.
Submitted by อาทิตย์อาทิตย์ on Wed, 19/12/2018 - 21:57
Last edited by อาทิตย์อาทิตย์ on Fri, 21/12/2018 - 11:51
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