24 August 2022

(‘no one in the sky)’


The ไม่มีคนบนฟ้า EP was released on CD by t_047 last year. The title track, which was also released as a single, translates as ‘no one in the sky’, and in Thailand the sky is often used as a metaphor for the monarchy. The lyrics also criticise “people who claim to be deities which I find so lame”. But, perhaps to avoid accusations of lèse-majesté, the band added a disclaimer on their YouTube channel: “ไม่ได้มีเจตนาเพื่อโจมตีบุคคลใดบุคคลหนึ่ง แต่มีความตั้งใจตักเตือนบุคคลหลายกลุ่ม ที่ตั้งตนสูงส่งกว่าสามัญชนคนธรรมดา” (‘it was not intended to attack any individual, but with the intention of admonishing many groups who elevate themselves above ordinary people’).

The ไม่มีคนบนฟ้า music video features footage of riot police deploying water cannon against anti-government protesters. The EP also includes ความฝันยามรุ่งสาง (‘dreaming at dawn’), which was one of several singles released on the 45th anniversary of the 6th October 1976 massacre.

Songs by a more controversial Thai band, Faiyen, have resulted in lèse-majesté charges against the band members themselves and protesters who sing the tracks. Protesters sang Faiyen’s song โชคดีที่มีคนไทย (‘lucky to have Thai people’) outside Bangkok South Criminal Court on 28th July; they also sang it, along with another Faiyen track—ใครฆ่า ร.8 (‘who killed Rama VIII?’)—at Victory Monument yesterday.