Feb 222017
 
Aed Carabao

Aed Carabao

Carabao (Thai: คาราบาว) is the most popular Thai rock band of all time.  The band was formed in 1976 by 2 university students Aed and Keo who met whilst studying in the Philippines.  The word Carabao is a Tagalog word which means buffalo, a symbol of strength, hard work, and patience.

Carabao’s songs often tackle social and political issues, demanding social justice and taking on the causes of the ordinary Thai people, but they have also created love songs and more philosophical songs that carry messages for people everywhere. Aed Carabao is loved for his sharp tongue and open criticism of corrupt politicians, big business and environmental destruction.

Their recent album releases have each contained one song written in English, “Mr Lao Khao” is from the album “3 Cha Rob Nee pee bah Rob nah phee bork” (Thai: 3 ช่า รอบนี้ผีบ้า รอบหน้าผีบอก)

64 years old man, everyday drunk like hell
3 daughters working in Nippon, a son work in rice fields
His daughters send him money, some money for something
Lao Khao is the local whisky, take him through this world all alone

Great God, don’t take him away, he’s my father in law
I pray for him sometime; discovering he’s a good man, good man
Skol kol kol, Mr Lao Khao

64 years old man, everyday drunk like hell
Lao Khao is the local whisky, take him through this world all alone

One day he goes fishing, and fall down into the water
Whisky bottle never left hand,
My old man getting mao, mao, mao

Great God, don’t take him away, he’s my father in law
I pray for him sometime; discovering he’s a good man, good man
Skol kol kol, Mr Lao Khao

One day he goes fishing, and falls down into the water
Whisky bottle never left hand,
My old man getting mao, mao, mao

Lost the house and the rice field, his woman gone forever
All because of Lao Khao
At the end he killed himself

Great God, don’t take him away, he’s my father in law
I pray for him sometime; discovering he’s a good man, good man
Skol kol kol, Mr Lao Khao